Tuesday, November 10, 2015

CfP: Special issue "Gender & Diversity" in libraries

update: submission deadline extended to May, 31st!

Preliminary remarks

"In order to promote inclusion and eradicate discrimination, librarians and other information workers ensure that the right of accessing information is not denied and that equitable services are provided for everyone whatever their age, citizenship, political belief, physical or mental ability, gender identity, heritage, education, income, immigration and asylum-seeking status, marital status, origin, race, religion or sexual orientation. (...) Librarians and other information workers oppose discrimination in any aspect of employment because of age, citizenship, political belief, physical or mental ability, gender, marital status, origin, race, religion or sexual orientation" (IFLA Code of Ethics for Librarians and other Information Workers, 2012).

Focus of the special issue

The Mitteilungen der Vereinigung Österreichischer Bibliothekarinnen & Bibliothekare (short: VÖB-Mitteilungen) are an Austrian open access journal for academic libraries. Issue 2/2016 focuses on "gender & diversity in libraries" from three perspectives: library workers, library users, and library collections.
Topics include e.g.:
  • Diversity Management and Diversity Recruiting in libraries
  • Diversity Management in library education
  • library workers with disabilities or chronic diseases
  • libraries (and other information providers) holding collections about historically underrepresented social groups
  • demographic data about library workers which show diversity (or the lack thereof)
  • representation of certain social groups with library workers and library users (currently and historically)
  • gender-neutral subject indexing
  • gender issues in libraries and library science
  • diversity in librarians' ethics codices
  • ...
Focus is on academic libraries, texts about public libraries are welcome. For texts about archives and museums please get in touch with the editorial board beforehand.


Please send abstracts or short outlines of your publication project to the editor of the special issue, Monika Bargmann, via monika.bargmann@wienbibliothek.at as soon as possible. You will be informed about the editorial board's decision within a few days. Completed articles need to be uploaded via Open Journal System until February, 29th, 2016. Some article types are subjected to an external peer review.


Monika Bargmann, monika.bargmann@wienbibliothek.at, +43 1 4000 85093 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

Authors' guidelines

article types

  • professional contributions – a substantial contribution to library and information science (external peer review)
  • Interviews
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Personal firsthand reports – e.g. experiences of library users with disabilities or of librarians with chronic diseases
  • Personalia
  • Book reviews
  • Event announcements (please consider lag time)
  • Announcements

Prerequisites for publications

Submitted manuscripts or essential parts must not have been published or submitted elsewhere. Conference presentations do not count as publications.


Texts are published in German and English (for other languages, e.g. Austrian minority languages, please contact the editorial board beforehand). Professional contributions, interviews, essays, reports, and personal firsthand reports need a german and an english abstract. Authors are advised to use fair language.

Authorship and copyright

Having submitted a manuscript, authors
  • assert that they have contributed a substantial part
  • agree on form and content of the manuscript
  • assert that they own copyright on the manuscript and/or use material under a license which grants the right to use
In case of publication, the authors
  • concede the right to store the publication in databases, distribute, display, and communicate the publication in electronic as well as printed form.
  • accept that all publications in VÖB-Mitteilungen are subjected to the license Creative Commons BY 4.0 International.
VÖB-Mitteilungen adher to "Pure Gold Open Access" and do not charge any article processing charges, submission charges, or other fees.
VÖB-Mitteilungen are indexed by the databases DABI Datenbank Deutsches Bibliothekswesen, EBSCO® Library & Information Science Source, EBSCO® Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA), ProQuest® Library Science, Elsevier® Scopus. Texts are published in E-LIS.


Professional contributions comprise between 1,000 and 5,000 words. For longer articles please contact the editorial board. Professional contributions, interviews, essays, reports, and personal firsthand reports need a german and an english abstract (about one hundred words each) and a german and english title. Please indicate also appropriate german and english keywords.

Complete, official version in German language.

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