CJAL special issue on Libraries and/as Extraction – invitation to submit proposals


The Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship (CJAL) invites submissions to our special issue on Libraries and/as Extraction. CJAL is an open access, peer-reviewed journal published by the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL).

The concept of extraction (or extractivism) has been used in myriad disciplines — geography, international relations, environment, economics — often to describe social formations around natural resource management. However, we can also think about how extraction functions in academic libraries—with libraries being extracted from, or libraries doing the extracting—in how we see, for example, the growth of library consulting firms or how libraries collect materials produced by marginalized groups. Engaging with these ideas is not new; librarians have been researching extraction through other lenses, such as racial capitalism, neoliberalism, surveillance, and issues surrounding academic librarian labour. This special issue of the Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship seeks to hone in on the concept of extraction or extractivism as a logic and operating principle of current forms of capitalism within academic librarianship.

Authors interested in submitting a proposal are asked to submit their work (maximum 800 words plus bibliography) as an email attachment (Word document or PDF) to can.j.acad.lib@gmail.com by December 18, 2023 at the latest.

For more information, please see the full CFP on the CJAL website: https://cjal.ca/index.php/capal/announcement/view/921.

Additionally, developmental peer-review will be an option for interested authors that are selected in addition to traditional double-anonymous review. We seek peer-reviewers with a variety of expertise, backgrounds, and identities, particularly at intersections. We intend to credit peer-reviewers in the issue’s introduction with reviewer consent. Please fill out this form if you have interest in being a peer-reviewer for this special issue. Librarians working in Canada are especially encouraged to complete the form.

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