Library Trends

Library Trends, issued quarterly and edited by Alistair Black, explores critical trends in professional librarianship, including practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the School by The Johns Hopkins University Press. Back issues (1952 through two years prior to the current issue) are available online through IDEALS, the digital repository for scholarly works produced at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Both practicing librarians and educators use Library Trends as an essential tool in their professional development and continuing education. Each issue is devoted to a single aspect of professional activity or interest. Every year, Library Trends covers a wide variety of themes from special libraries to emerging technologies.

Library Trends' themes touch the concerns of the entire library community, from administrators of major libraries to educators in information science. Our contributors are practicing librarians and scholars. Subscribers include college and research libraries, public libraries, library systems and networks, special libraries, and international college and research libraries.

Call for Papers: Hyper-Connected Societies and Empowerment

In 2013, IFLA released a succinct and evocative document entitled, "Riding the Waves or Caught in the Tide? Insights from the IFLA Trend Report." It was part of a strategy that was intended to encompass "more than a single document — it is a selection of resources to help you understand where libraries fit into a changing society."

The IFLA Trend Report identifies five top level trends which will play a key role in shaping our future information ecosystem:

  • TREND 1: New Technologies will both expand and limit who has access to information.
  • TREND 2: Online Education will democratise and disrupt global learning.
  • TREND 3: The boundaries of privacy and data protection will be redefined.
  • TREND 4: Hyper-connected societies will listen to and empower new voices and groups.
  • TREND 5: The global information environment will be transformed by new technologies.

IFLA gives some key indications of the ways in which the report and supporting materials are intended to promote discussion and further insights; see for instance:

This Call for Papers invites submission of papers that focus on Trend 4, which is concerned with empowerment of "new voices and groups" in hyper-connected societies.

The editors of this special issue of Library Trends invite contributions that take up this theme, developing it in the light of specific examples that address the ways in which "our future information system" does or does not listen to and empower new voices and groups.

Papers not centrally located in a library context but which impinge on, or have implications for, libraries are very welcome.  We are particularly keen to publish papers that focus on Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Other possible topics are suggested below, but there are many other appropriate ones, and we encourage a wide variety of subjects.

  • The sense in which certain groups or forms of internet presence are "listened to," and whether this goes any further towards actual empowerment; also the extent to which certain groups are ignored, discounted, or worse
  • Empowerment and disempowerment — the upsides and the downsides of empowerment
  • The struggles for control and openness across the internet
  • The internet as a site for struggles around class, raced, gender, and sexuality
  • Issues for libraries and archives


This issue is scheduled to appear in mid-2017. Papers should be submitted by November 30, 2016, following the guidelines detailed on the publisher's website. If you are intending to submit an article, or require further guidance regarding topicality or suitability, please contact a.bryant [at] (Tony Bryant), issue editor.

Procedures for Proposing and Guest Editing an Issue of Library Trends

Library Trends publishes guest-edited issues on special topics. It does not accept single-article submissions; i.e., unsolicited articles are not accepted.

Recommendations about topics for issues of Library Trends are made by professional librarians, archivists, and other information personnel, by members of the faculties of schools of library and information science, and by others whose concern is with issues of the management of cultural heritage.

Issue editors volunteer to develop issues within their particular areas of interest. An issue editor proposes the theme and scope of a new issue, draws up a list of prospective authors and article topics, calls for submissions to each issue, arranges for peer review of each article, provides short annotations of each included article's scope, and prepares a statement of philosophy guiding the issue's development.

The style and tone of the journal is formal rather than journalistic or popular. Library Trends reviews current theory and practice and identifies and evaluates new directions of both practice and research. Papers must represent original work. Extensive updates of previously published papers are acceptable, but revisions or adaptations of published work are not acceptable. Both issue proposals and the papers they contain are subject to rigorous external review.

Please send your ideas, inquiries, or issue proposal to:

U.S. Mail:
Library Trends
School of Information Sciences
Communications Office
501 E. Daniel Street
Champaign, IL 61820-6211

cashwill [at] (Cindy Ashwill), Managing Editor/Assistant Dean for Communications

Recent Topics

Reconfiguring Race, Gender, and Sexuality, edited by Emily Drabinski and Patrick Keilty (Spring 2016 / Volume 64, Number 4)

Valuing Librarianship: Core Values in Theory and Practice, edited by Selinda A. Berg and Heidi LM Jacobs (Winter 2016 / Volume 64, Number 3)

Social Justice in Library and Information Science and Services, edited by Bharat Mehra (Fall 2015 / Volume 64, Number 2)

Library and Information Services in Africa in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Ellen R. Tise (Summer 2015 / Volume 64, Number 1)