The Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship (CJAL) invites article submissions for a special issue on the theme of research, scholarship, and Canadian academic librarians, to be published in May 2019. Members of the Research and Scholarship Committee of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) will serve as guest editors for this issue: Selinda Berg, Melanie Boyd, David Tkach, and Jenaya Webb.
The nature of what constitutes scholarship for librarians is vague, leaving fundamental questions unanswered. Despite an uncertain, evolving, and sometimes disparate environment, academic librarians nevertheless demonstrate a commitment to advancing scholarship within their profession. One group advancing scholarship within Canadian academic libraries is the CAPAL Research and Scholarship Committee (Committee Mandate). To foster a greater understanding of the research environment of academic librarians, as well as to capture a scholarly foundation to inform their own work and the work of others, the committee is editing a special issue of CJAL.
This special issue will gather diverse perspectives that engage with the question: What is research and scholarship for academic librarians? The intent is to bring together voices that probe, examine, and reflect on this question. We hope that this special issue will unearth uncertainties, highlight points of divergence and convergence about research and scholarship within the profession, and bring other important questions to the fore.
Some potential questions to which submissions might respond include:
The editors welcome papers of up to 10,000 words that address these or related questions—from all perspectives, approaches, and methodologies. If the submission has a geographic focus, the focus should be on Canada or have a strong connection to Canada.
CJAL is an open access, peer-reviewed journal published by the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) and accepts submissions in English and French. Articles submitted for reviews must fit the journal’s Focus and Scope.
Please submit completed papers electronically to CJAL (http://www.cjal.ca) by July 1, 2018. In the Comments for the Editor area, please indicate that your submission is intended for the special issue on research and scholarship.
CJAL has a continuous model of publication. Articles accepted for this issue will be published as soon as they are ready, and they will be collected into the special issue when they have all been published. Librarians needing timely publication of their articles for tenure or promotion purposes will benefit from CJAL’s continuous model of publication.
Please direct any questions to:
David Tkach, editorial coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org