Society of Southwest Archivists
Call for Submissions for an issue of Collaborative Librarianship
Countering Weaponized Tradition: Libraries and Archives Using Collaboration and Tradition as a Catalyst for Progress
Guest edited by Erin Renee Wahl and Arlene Schmuland
A lot has been written on the benefits of understanding the history and traditions of organizations when you join the team, but not a lot has been written on the ways history and tradition can be used to affect an organization negatively, or what actual tangible progress comes from understanding this history and using it to instigate positive change. This special issue seeks to open a dialogue that might offer a broader, honest perspective of progress informed by organizational history and traditions in libraries and archives. This issue will explore how librarians or archivists have taken institutional history and tradition and pivoted the narrative towards progressive changes. A relevant topic even prior to 2020, the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic showed libraries and archives where their organizations were weakest and has left even the strongest organizations wondering how to leverage tradition for future diversification…and who else to bring into the process. In addition, library and archives employees who were already taxed by the tough realities of work are now asking more serious questions about their work environments and wondering how to leverage traditions and collaborations to create a more progressive work environment.
Some topics you might want to consider include:
● How do you create buy-in in your library/archives/department to change legacy practices?
● What pre-COVID traditions has your library/archives shifted as you return to normal? What led you to make this change?
● What assessment methods do you use to inform shifting traditional practices? Where is your change originating from?
● How do you encourage new librarians and staff members to utilize their expertise to implement change?
● Legacy and tradition are not necessarily bad. What legacy practices have you deliberately maintained and why? What led you to this decision?
● How do you create balance between legacy practices and progressive momentum?
● It’s not just about planning for shifts: almost every practice shift requires significant labor to achieve. Whether that’s temporary work or changing existing workloads: how have you managed the labor costs of practice changes?
● How do you work flexibility for change into strategic planning and core library documents?
● And any other topics you think might be relevant to this!
Don’t forget the collaborative focus…
In keeping with the overall focus of the journal Collaborative Librarianship, all proposals and articles must focus on collaborative approaches to changing weaponized traditions. These approaches will have utilized cooperation between multiple departments, organizations, libraries, archives, etc. rather than an approach handled by single entities. Collaborating entities can be from the same institution but it must be made clear how this cooperation entailed working outside of what departments, etc. have done in the past, and what is “typical” in our field. In addition, we hope to prioritize articles written by co-authors in different libraries, archives, departments, and other disciplines who did this work together.
Please make sure you familiarize yourself with what Collaborative Librarianship prefers to publish by perusing recently published issues and visiting these webpages:
Authors should submit proposals or fully finished articles using the form and instructions to the guest editors via this link: https://forms.gle/QPC1GxbhKe1c5sfo8
Full Article Route
September 10, 2023
Full Article Deadline
December 31, 2023
Proposal Response by
September 30, 2023
Full Article Response by
Peer-reviewed: March 15, 2024
Other: February 29, 2024
Peer-reviewed: May 1, 2024
Other: March 30, 2024
Peer-reviewed: March 15, 2024
Final Decision Response by
Peer-reviewed: June 17, 2024
Other: April 30, 2024
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