Call for Chapters: “Thin Skinned”: Unappreciated, and Overworked: Experiences and impacts of Microaggressions in the fields of Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Call for Chapter Proposals
Working Title: “Thin Skinned”: Unappreciated, and Overworked: Experiences and impacts of Microaggressions in the fields of Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Editors: Monique G. Breaux, Cheylon K. Woods, and Beth J.H Patin
Submission Deadline: March 15, 2023
Submission Form: https://forms.gle/gq9mdFWJU1dmLa5C7
Publisher: Library Juice Press
More than fifty years after Chester Pierce described microaggressions as an offensive mechanism of “subtle and stunning” daily offenses1, “Thin Skinned,” Unappreciated, and Overworked: Experiences and impacts of Microaggressions in the fields of Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums will be the first book focusing on microaggressions in the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) community. To this end, we propose inviting authors from the GLAM field to share their experiences with microaggressions.
“Thin Skinned,” details the various forms of microaggressions GLAM professionals experience in the workplace, and during their careers. Personal narrative in combination with interdisciplinary research validates these experiences and showcases an ongoing issue within the GLAM community. This book will look at the wide variety of microaggressions including, but not limited to: race, gender, age, orientation, and ability. Chapters should advance library and information science in important ways that are relevant to a wide range of readers. All chapters should be original works, well-written, accessible to GLAM professionals across subdisciplines, and scientifically rigorous.
Potential contributors are welcome from all aspects of the GLAM professions, not just those with accredited degrees, certifications, or previous publications. We are interested in compelling storytelling and authenticity with socio-scientific research. Our intended outcome is to create a text that allows for our contributors to feel seen; and encourage conversations around building healthier and holistic work environments for all information professionals and culture keepers. This book also seeks to help GLAM employees reflect on their past, and current, actions to determine if they have been a victim of workplace microaggressions, bystanders, interrupters, or instigators.
The intended audiences for this book are employees working in GLAM institutions, human resource directors, and those in management and/or administrative positions within their institutions. It is important for those in positions of power to understand the trials and tribulations that their employees may be experiencing; to help mitigate these issues in the future. Ideally, this text will be a model for collaborative, corrective, and restorative policy changes within the GLAM community.
The editors are aware that authors are writing during the global pandemic. The editors are here to support potential authors and we will be as flexible and supportive as possible. We encourage all authors to be communicative and open with us throughout the writing process. Thin Skinned is part of the Series of Critical Race Studies and Multiculturalism in LIS with Litwin Books and Library Juice Press under the series editors, Rose L. Chou and Annie Pho.
1 Pierce, Chester. “Offensive Mechanisms.” In the Black Seventies, edited by Floyd B Barbour. Boston: P. Sargent, 1970.
Chapters can include a variety of topics related to microaggressions experienced in the GLAM community. Contributors are encouraged to include any of the following, or suggest other subjects.
Submissions we are interested in, but not limited to, are:
- Hair discrimination and professionalism in LIS
- Ageism in LIS
- Educational supremacy in LIS (Degreed vs. non-degreed)
- Knowledge destruction
- Inequitable processes in promotion and retention
- Performative actions in terms of DEIAJ (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and (Restorative) Justice)
- …and much more!
- Please submit a chapter proposal, overview, or abstract (including a tentative title) in 300-500 words in our submission form.
- The chapter proposal should also include author name(s), pronoun(s), and preferred contact information.
- Submission Form: https://forms.gle/gq9mdFWJU1dmLa5C7
Deadlines and Important Dates
- Deadline Submission for chapter proposals: March 15, 2023
- Notification of Acceptance: April 1, 2023
- First Draft Submission Deadline: July 15, 2023
- Chapter Revisions & Edits Due: September 15, 2023
- Final Manuscript Submission to the publisher: December 1, 2023
If you have any questions, or concerns of any type, you may contact the editors:
Monique Breaux (she/her/hers)- breauxm @upenn.edu
Cheylon Woods (she/her/hers)- cheylon.woods @louisiana.edu
Beth Patin (she/her/hers) – bjpatin @syr.edu