Please see below for a call for papers for "Refusing Crisis Narratives,"
which is a Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship.

Kind regards,
Agnieszka Hayes

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From: Sam Popowich <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, Nov 5, 2020 at 4:26 PM
Subject: [Jerome-L] Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship CFP:
Refusing Crisis Narratives
To: jerome <[log in to unmask]>

Hi everyone,

I'm excited to announce the CFP for a Special Issue of the Canadian Journal
of Academic Librarianship, "Refusing Crisis Narratives". For this issue, I
will be joining Karen Nicholson, Kristin Hoffmann, Nicole Doro, and Eveline
Houtman as Guest Editor.

A state of crisis is often considered a core, if ambiguous, element of
librarianship (Radford and Radford 2001; Seale and Mirza 2019). John
Buschman (2003) has argued that the profession thrives on a “culture of
crisis,” while Emily Drabinski (2016) has pointed out that “for
librarianship, the present is always exceptional and always requires
exceptional attention to take action for the coming future.” Given the
current state of the world, marked by the intersecting crises of climate
change, pandemic, economic collapse, intensified violence against oppressed
peoples, and the end of American hegemony, librarianship tends to rely on
tried-and-true narratives of crisis: resilience, doing more with less,
finding the opportunity within crisis, and returning to core values, to
name a few.

We seek articles that explore the tensions within librarianship between
crisis and opportunity, refusal and a service ethic, resistance and
collaboration. As the interlocking crises of 21st century racial and
patriarchal capitalism deepen and become more acute, we seek articles
looking to move academic librarianship’s self-understanding beyond the
usual narratives.

The full CFP can be found here:

I look forward to working on this special issue with the CJAL editors. If
your work fits in this area, please consider submitting. Feel free to reach
out if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, or would just like to
sound out some ideas.

Thanks very much,


Sam Popowich MLIS, MA

PhD Student, University of Birmingham

Head, Discovery and Web Services
University of Alberta Library
Edmonton, Alberta
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