Sunday 11 September 2016

Call for Book Chapters: Rebooting Public Libraries for the 21st Century to Recreate the Future

Call for Book Chapters

Rebooting Public Libraries for the 21st Century to Recreate the Future

Dr. Sabuj Kumar Chaudhuri, Assistant Professor (Stage-II), Department of Library & Information Science, University of Calcutta
Dr. Pubalika Bhattacharya Maitra, Assistant Professor, Department of Library & Information Science, University of Calcutta

Warm Greetings!
With pleasure, Department of Library & Information Science, University of Calcutta invites you to contribute a high quality research paper with meaningful insights both in Indian as well as global context to an edited volume with ISBN.

Objectives of the Book
Public libraries are called people's university. It's a metaphoric and idealistic attribution attached to public libraries. Growth of public libraries from the Pre-British India to modern India has been a fragmented one. Need of life-long learning was felt by our socio-cultural ancestors and their dream of an independent India was in fact first weaved in public libraries. It would not be exaggerating if we say today's modern India is the resultant of that vision. After a long struggle we have got our precious Independence. But unfortunately after independence, what our great leaders envisioned public libraries as a platform for the holistic development of the society has been gradually eroded and reduced as a vestigial organ to the society. It is the hard truth we all know it. Sometimes too much romanticizing proves to be detrimental. Public libraries are not exception. With the inception of computers and internet the whole arena of learning and reading has been changed forever and the organic connection between public libraries and the society has been damaged severely. They have lost societal relevance. With all these in the backdrop, we want to debate and seek to investigate the reasons for present shambles and the path to recreate our future. We strongly believe that fully updated public libraries are still socially relevant and have the power to drive a sustainable social change.

Recommended Topics
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following
  • Category I: Design for people
  • Romanticism Vs Reality
  • User or Patron
  • Fantasy Vs Need
  • Touching All Layers of the Society
  • People's University an Exaggerated Connotation  
  • Unfamiliarity Vs Librarian
  • Paper Vs Pixels
  • Reconnect the People
  • Category II: Unified Vision
  • Changing Stakeholders Expectation and Need in Changing Time
  • Refocusing the Vision for the 21st century
  • Reinventing and Reframing the Mission
  • Category III: Envisioning the Future
  • Embedded with Academic and Special Library
  • Recreate the Future
  • Transformation and Leadership to Herald a Better Tomorrow
  • Future Long Overdue
  • Innovation and Searching for Socially Relevant Future
  • Brand New Ideation to Reweave the Future
  • Investigate to Explore a sustainable future
Important Dates
  • Paper Submission Deadline: October 30, 2016
  • Decision after Review on Selection or clarification: November 30, 2016-December 15, 2016
  • Full Papers Due after Revision: January 15, 2017
This publication is anticipated to be released in February–March 2017. Send your Inquiries and Submission of soft copy of your paper to

Thanks & Regards,

Dr.Sabuj Kumar Chaudhuri
Assistant Professor (Senior), University of Calcutta, Department of Library & Information Science, Kolkata-700073, West Bengal, India
Cell: +91-9434457215
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Web site:  Skype: sabooj_c

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