This looks like a good opportunity to talk about the Wikimedia community in
light of research and libraries.
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From: Ashwill, Cynthia Jayne <cashwill(a)illinois.edu>
Date: Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 10:48 AM
Subject: [IFLA-L] Library Trends CFP: Hyper-Connected Societies and
To: "ifla-l(a)infoserv.inist.fr" <ifla-l(a)infoserv.inist.fr>
*Library Trends 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 <http://trends.ifla.org/> identifies five top level
trends which will play a key role in shaping our future information
- TREND 1 <http://trends.ifla.org/access-to-information>: New
Technologies will both expand and limit who has access to information.
- TREND 2 <http://trends.ifla.org/online-education>: Online Education
will democratise and disrupt global learning.
- TREND 3 <http://trends.ifla.org/privacy-and-data-protection>:
The boundaries of privacy and data protection will be redefined.
- TREND 4 <http://trends.ifla.org/hyper-connected-societies>:
societies will listen to and empower new voices and groups. *
- TREND 5 <http://trends.ifla.org/new-technologies>: 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:
- Building the Trend Report <http://trends.ifla.org/about>
- How to Use the Trend Report <http://trends.ifla.org/how-to-use>
This Call for Papers
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
- The struggles for control and openness across the internet
- The internet as a site for struggles around class, raced, gender, and
- 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
If you are intending to submit an article, or require further guidance
regarding topicality or suitability, please contact Tony Bryant
<a.bryant(a)leedsbeckett.ac.uk>uk>, issue editor.
Assistant Dean for Communications
Managing Editor, *Library Trends
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Mailing Address: 501 E. Daniel Street, MC-493
Champaign, IL 61820-6211
Telephone: (217) 244-4643
Fax: (217) 244-3302