Call for Chapters: Social Media for Communication and Instruction in Academic Libraries


Jennifer Joe, Western Kentucky University
Elisabeth Knight, Western Kentucky University

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: April 30, 2018
Full Chapters Due: August 30, 2018
Submission Date: December 30, 2018


The subject of the use of social media has been renewed by the impact that social media had on the last U.S. presidential election, and the impact that social media networks will have on subsequent elections. This has called attention to the relevance and urgency of incorporating social media use into the academic library, both as a marketing tool and as an instruction tool – and even as an instruction topic. As guides in the information world, it is important that librarians be well-versed in social media. This publication seeks to be an up-to-date, “post-truth” look at the importance of social media in all facets of library marketing and instruction at the academic (post-secondary) level.


The objective of this book is to provide a concise reference for librarians in the field to consult for advice and guidance in using social media in academic libraries and in instruction, with special emphasis on assessment and evidence-based practiced. This volume will give librarians the foundation necessary to argue for or against social media use in their library, as is appropriate for their situation.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in the field of information and knowledge management in various disciplines, e.g. library, information and communication sciences, administrative sciences and management, education, adult education, and information technology. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support professionals in the field who wish to incorporate or improve upon social media use at their respective institutions.

Recommended Topics

What is/are Social Media?
Similarities/Differences in Social Media Use among different libraries
Social Media and Academic Library Marketing
Social Media as an Information Literacy Tool
Social Media as an Information Literacy Topic
Social Media Assessment for Marketing
Social Media Assessment for Library Instruction
Problems with Social Media Use (FERPA, etc.)
Examples of Social Media Use in Academic Libraries

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before April 30, 2018, a chapter proposal of 500 to 1,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by May 30, 2018 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by August 30, 2018, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2019.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication,
Social Media for Communication and Instruction in Academic Libraries. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.
All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.

Important Dates

Accepted proposals will be notified by May 30, 2018. The review process will run from August 30th, to October 15th, with review results given to authors by October 30th. Final acceptance notifications will be sent by December 15th, 2018.


For questions, please contact Jennifer Joe ( or Elisabeth Knight (