Call for Proposals/Contributions for Emergent Strategy in Library Instruction: Stories, Reflections, and Imaginings

Call for Proposals/Contributions for Emergent Strategy in Library Instruction: Stories, Reflections, and Imaginings

Working Title: Emergent Strategy in Library Instruction: Stories, Reflections, and Imaginings

Editors: Leah Morin and Hazel McClure

Submission Deadline: June 21, 2024

Publisher: Library Juice Press

Book Description

Have you ever experienced a teaching moment where a subtle shift in attention or a choice to value presence over the plan resulted in an unexpectedly meaningful learning experience? You were likely engaging in emergent strategy, and we invite you to share your story and voice in a new collection, Emergent Strategy in Library Instruction, anticipated in 2026 from Library Juice Press.


adrienne marie brown’s emergent strategy is a feminist, afrofuturist exploration of human relationships, responses to change, and our capacity to dream for more just and beautiful futures. These concepts naturally align with library instruction, allowing students to learn through information and integrate it into new knowledge, understanding, and action.

Principles of Emergent Strategy

The principles of emergent strategy, as outlined in brown’s works, are summarized as follows:

  • Change is constant. Be like water.
  • Small is good, small is all. The large is a reflection of the small.
  • Less prep, more presence.
  • What you pay attention to grows.
  • There is a conversation in the room that only these people in this moment can have. Find it.
  • Move at the speed of trust: focus on critical connection more than critical mass.
  • Trust the people. If you trust them, they become trustworthy.
  • Never a failure, always a lesson.
  • There is always enough time for the right work.

Call for Contributions

We invite submissions of varying lengths, genres, and formats, including but not limited to:

  • Stories
  • Lesson plans
  • Curricula
  • Doodles/Sketches
  • Creative writing (poetry, song, flash fiction)
  • Scholarly writing
  • Interviews/conversations

In all pieces, we encourage authors to demonstrate the connection to emergent strategy and how this approach led to learning.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit your story or idea using the provided form by June 21, 2024. Submissions should be accompanied by a brief abstract outlining the proposed content.

About the Editors

Leah Morin (she/her) is an Information Literacy Librarian at Michigan State University, focusing on first-year writing students. Her research interests include incorporating the feminist ethic of care and emergent strategy concepts into teaching.

Hazel McClure (she/her) serves as the Head of Liberal Arts Programs at Grand Valley State University. Her scholarship explores high-impact practices, information literacy, collaboration with faculty, and teaching information literacy in professional writing contexts.

Contact and Submission

For questions and submissions, please contact the editors via email at Submissions can be made using the provided form: Submission Form Link

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