Call for Chapter Proposals for Slow Librarianship: Reflections and Practices

Working Title: Slow Librarianship: Reflections and Practices

Editor: Ashley Rosener

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2024

Publisher: Litwin Books

Chapter submissions are welcome to be published in the forthcoming Slow Librarianship: Reflections and Practices, an edited volume to be published by Litwin Books.

Book Description

Julia Glassman first brought up the term slow librarianship in the 2017 article, “The Innovation Fetish and Slow Librarianship: What Librarians Can Learn from the Juicero.” Since then, Meredith Farkas has defined slow librarianship as “an antiracist, responsive, and values-driven practice that stands in opposition to neoliberal values. Workers in slow libraries are focused on relationship-building, deeply understanding and meeting patron needs, and providing equitable services to their communities.” Slow Librarianship: Reflections and Practices will be an edited book that compiles chapters from different authors, including Meredith Farkas. The focus will be on slow librarianship with a mix of chapters sharing different reflections on what that means as well as chapters on concrete practices and ways librarians are enacting the tenets of slow librarianship in their work while resisting characteristics of white supremacy culture. This book will focus on academic librarianship. The intended audience will be librarians as well as individuals interested in the slow movement. The purpose will be to spread awareness on the newer topic of slow librarianship and compile writings in one book to share how different librarians are approaching, supporting, and enacting slow librarianship.

Topics of Interest for Chapter Contributions Include (but are not limited to)

3-5 chapters that share reflections from different types of academic librarians on how they view slow librarianship and have incorporated it into different types of work (perspectives from library administrator, mid-career librarian, early career librarian, etc.) 

3-5 chapters that share practices and activities different librarians have enacted at their libraries and in their work to support slow librarianship 

2-4 chapters on how slow librarianship can inform our approaches to enhancing diversity in our libraries while supporting inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility efforts in libraries 

1-2 chapters that will address more critical perspectives, such as challenges or tensions within slow librarianship theories and/or practices 

1-2 chapters on what the future of slow librarianship may look like with a call to action and concrete practices anyone can incorporate into their work 

Submission Guidelines

  • Chapters should be between 3,000 to 9,000 words.
  • All submissions must adhere to the Library Juice Press Author Guidelines.
  • Both individual and co-authored pieces are welcome.

Abstract Submission

Submit a 300-500 word abstract outlining your proposed chapter (including a tentative title) by August 1, 2024. 

Important Dates

  • Proposal Submission Deadline: August 1, 2024
  • Acceptance Notification: Sept. 30, 2024
  • Full Chapter Drafts Due: Feb. 1, 2025
  • Review and Revisions Period: Feb. – May 2025
  • Anticipated Publication: Summer 2025

Contact and Submission

Questions and completed proposals should be directed to the editor Ashley Rosener (she/her) at 

I encourage you to distribute this call for papers within your professional networks.