[Libs-Or] OLAQ: Call for proposals

Loftis, Elsa eloftis at ocac.edu
Mon Jun 26 14:06:21 PDT 2017

Call for submissions: Oregon Library Association Quarterly

The summer issue of OLA Quarterly is about exploring critical librarianship
(or, as you’ll sometimes see it described on social media as “critlib”).
This movement within the library profession seeks to acknowledge and
question systemic oppression in its various forms and to promote social
justice within the library world, in our workplaces, and for our students
and patrons. There is a lot of discussion brewing about this on social
media, at conferences, in our personal conversations, and in library
literature. I know I would like to learn more, and I hope you’ll join me in
digging a little deeper into these discussions. There are some very
compelling ideas being talked about in the library world about how to
promote equity of access to information, the tools we use to serve our
patrons, and how we could be helping to raise up marginalized voices in
scholarship. Does this change how we look at our work?

In some discussions online and elsewhere, the language used around critical
librarianship is heavily steeped in philosophy and theory, and it sometimes
feels inaccessible. From my early exploration of critlib, at its core, what
I hear is that it is simply trying to help foster critical thinking, while
at the same time trying to promote social awareness. I’d like to learn more
about this, and hope that you do as well. I would love to hear what library
workers in Oregon are doing or thinking about this, and how it might inform
how we serve. Do these ideas have different practical implications for
academic libraries, public libraries and beyond? Please consider writing a
piece for the OLAQ this summer, and make a lasting and valuable
contribution to this important topic.

The summer issue guest editor is Elsa Loftis. She is the current president
of the Oregon Library Association and the Director of Library Services at
the Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Would you like to write for the OLA Quarterly? The OLA Quarterly is an
official publication of the Oregon Library Association and is indexed by
library science related databases. It is a professional journal that
showcases the work of authors who work in Oregon Libraries.  If you write
for the OLA Quarterly, you will be a published writer!

If you are interested in writing for OLA-Q, please submit your ideas (title
and a brief description) via email to the guest editor for review. The
guest editor will review submissions and respond to all authors in a timely

Please submit your ideas to Elsa Loftis at eloftis at ocac.edu.  Please add
"OLA-Q" in the subject line of your email.

*Deadlines:* all ideas for articles are due by July 15. If your idea is
selected, final drafts of articles will be required by August 15. The fall
issue will be out on September 15, 2017.

The article length averages 1,000 to 2,500 words. OLAQ authors retain the
rights to their articles, and some have gone on to publish in magazines
such as American Libraries.

For more information, see: http://commons.pacificu.edu/olaq

To take a look at the current issue, see:


Elsa Loftis

The OLA Quarterly is a professional journal which represents library
employees in the State of Oregon globally. Authors retain the rights to
their work when published in the OLAQ, so some past authors have gone on to
have their articles published in publications such as American Libraries
magazine.  OLAQ is indexed by Library Literature & Information Science and
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts. Full text of
the OLAQ is also available through HW Wilson's Library Literature and
Information Science Full Text and EBSCO Publishing's Library, Information
Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA) with Full Text.  It is also part
of the Digital Commons Network.

Elsa Loftis, M.L.I.S. | Director of Library Services
Oregon College of Art and Craft
8245 SW Barnes Road | Portland OR 97225
971-255-4135 | www.ocac.edu

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