[Libs-Or] OLA Quarterly Call for Papers Spring 2016 Issue: Access Services in the New Century

Charles Wood wuchakewu at gmail.com
Fri Jan 22 08:51:22 PST 2016

The Oregon Library Association Quarterly is seeking submissions for the
Spring 2016 Issue.  The OLAQ is a professional/academic journal that
showcases the writing and work of library employees in Oregon, and is
indexed in many online databases.

The author deadline is April 15, 2016.  See instructions for authors here:


The theme for the winter issue is Access Services in the New Century, and
will be guest edited by Turner Masland, Assistant Manager, Access Services,
at Portland State University. Turner invites potential authors to email him
their ideas at: masland at pdx.edu.   Final articles will be due to Turner on
April 15th. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Turner.

More about the theme:

Access Services in the New Century

“plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose”

“The more it changes, the more it’s the same thing.”

- Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr in the January 1849 issue of his journal Les
Guêpes (“The Wasps”)

Libraries are continuing to change at a rapid pace, transforming from quiet
repositories into a vibrant locations for knowledge and information
gathering and exchange. Books are being moved to storage facilities to make
room for more collaborative learning spaces. Technology demands are rising.
Makerspaces are becoming essential library services. While these changes
are both scary and exciting, they are also necessary for libraries to
remain true to their core mission: serving our communities and their
information needs while respecting their rights to privacy and intellectual
freedom. While everything in our industry feels like it is changing
rapidly, it also remains the same.

The spring issue of OLA Quarterly will focus on access services in the new
century. How are core activities like circulation, interlibrary loan, space
and stacks management changing? Staying the same? How can we better meet
our patron’s needs? What have been our major success and victories in this
new century?

Possible paper topics include:

Experience combining circulation and reference into an Information Commons

Circulating technology (laptops, tablets, eReaders, etc.)

Human Resource Management

Managing physical space to meet patron needs

Creating fast and efficient resource sharing services

Security, safety and disaster planning

Customer Service training successes

Technology training for staff

Managing reserve collections in the face of rising textbook costs

Intersection of Access Services and Collection Development

ILS migration / management

User Experience from an access services perspective

The OLAQ has global reach because it 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.  Authors retain the rights to their work, and past authors have gone
on to have their articles published in magazines such as American Libraries.

The theme for the winter issue is Library Marketing and Communications, and
the deadline is February 10th, 2016.  Please contact Joan Petit of Portland
State University for more information at: jpetit at pdx.edu

Charles Wood

OLAQ Coordinator


wuchakewu at gmail.com
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