Call for Articles: LIS and Mental Health

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2017

Publication: January 2018 invites articles for an upcoming theme issue of Voices: Topics in Canadian Librarianship on LIS and Mental Health.

MentalHealth is a theme that continues to grow and evolve in LIS practice. As the attempt to abolish mental health stigma increases and access to community resources and partnerships grows stronger, the sharing of experiences of information professionals, either personally or with respect to patrons, lends to best practices for training and the implementation of polices and programming. We are soliciting articles that reflect the theme of LIS and Mental Health both in the context of library and information management professionals and our patrons.

There is a strong interest in articles that:

  • Focus on experiences with mental health in the context of Canadian librarianship
  • Discuss how public, academic, or special libraries and archives in Canada aid employees or users with mental health and wellness concerns
  • Discuss approaches to mental health training and support for Canadian library workers
  • Discuss the roles and boundaries that LIS professionals face when engaging with patrons that are experiencing mental health concerns
  • Articulate standards and best practices in approaching both worker and user mental health and wellness concerns

For more information, contact the theme editor:

Sarah Edgar, MLIS

Submission Guidelines:

  • Articles should be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length – graphics can be additional
  • Articles should be written in a style accessible to practitioners. Overly complex, purely research-oriented, or theoretical treatments aren’t appropriate.

Please submit your article to Sarah Edgar by December 31, 2017.