Call for Papers --- NJLIS thematic issue: Library and information studies in the climate crisis

2022-09-13

The climate crisis makes the headlines everyday: Melting glaciers, droughts and food scarcity, the decline of biodiversity, environment-related conflicts and adverse weather conditions have become a regular topic in the media and of public and political debate. Yet, within library and information studies (LIS) environmental and climate issues have not attracted as much attention as in other disciplines. LIS as a research field, however, has much to gain and can help expand these areas of knowledge.

As people and institutions struggle to make sense of new ecological realities, LIS scholars can make an important contribution to addressing these ongoing crises by contributing to a conceptually informed understanding of how people in different roles and various social actors create, engage with, make sense of, implement or reject environmental information.

What kind of environmental information practices are prevalent among different social groups and why? How do people interact with information with regards to climate-related issues? How do libraries as institutions transform their practices in the wake of the climate crisis? To what extent can we speak of emerging environmental literacies? What is the role of search engines in highlighting environment-related search queries? These issues, and more, are accentuated in the current environmental turmoil. We need studies to better understand how actors – human and non-human – live through, engage with, and understand the ecological crisis as it unfolds.

The Nordic Journal of Library and Information Studies, NJLIS, now welcomes submissions offering empirical, theoretical and/or historical perspectives related to environmental and climate themed library and information-oriented research. Themes of interest include, but are not restricted to:

  • Green libraries/sustainable libraries
  • Climate-neutral library activities
  • Search engines and environmental information
  • Environmental information practices
  • Environmental literacy
  • Environmental policy and libraries
  • Volunteer initiatives and environmental information
  • Collections of literature on climate and environmental issues
  • Patrons and environmental information
  • Visualising/modelling environmental issues
  • The role of algorithmic platforms in shaping environmental information
  • Climate change denialism
  • Mis/dis/malinformation and the environment
  • Information avoidance and climate change

Nordic Journal of Library and Information Studies, NJLIS, is a scholarly peer reviewed open access journal, covering scientific issues and current trends in Library and Information Studies. Nordic Journal of Library and Information Studies publishes Nordic and international peer reviewed LIS articles and reviews of significant LIS literature. The editorial committee consists of representatives from LIS departments in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The role of editor rotates annually between the members of the editorial committee. The journal is published by University of Copenhagen’s online platform tidsskrift.dk.

This is a call for papers to the journal’s seventh issue, which is a theme issue due to be published in June 2023. Deadline for full papers: February 28, 2023.

Contacts:

  • Professor Jutta Haider (guest editor), The Swedish School of Library and Information Science, jutta.haider@hb.se
  • Björn Ekström, PhD candidate (guest editor), The Swedish School of Library and Information Science, bjorn.ekstrom@hb.se
  • Carin Graminius, PhD candidate (guest editor), Lund University, carin.graminius@kultur.lu.se

The journal is published with support from Lund University, Linnaeus University, University of Borås, Södertörn University, Oslo Metropolitan University, UiT The Arctic University of Tromsø, University of Copenhagen, Umeå University, Uppsala University, University of Iceland, Tampere University, and Åbo Akademi University.

General guidelines

Articles submitted to NJLIS should not be submitted to or published in other journals.

Submissions

Manuscripts should be submitted via the website https://tidsskrift.dk/njlis/about/submissions

Length

The maximum length for articles is 8000 words.

Language

Texts in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, or English are accepted.

References

Nordic Journal of Library and Information Studies adheres to the latest version of the APA (American Psychological Association) reference style.

Peer Review Process

Submitted articles are subject to double-blind peer-review. The editor decides on publishing after the review process. Papers may be rejected directly by the editor if judged to be out of scope, deemed as sub-standard or not adhering to the author guidelines.

Open Access Policy

The journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.