Category Archives: From the editors

Call for Papers on Creative Anti-racist Practices and Resources

Black Lives Matter image The editors of the Journal of Creative Library Practice have been heartbroken over the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many more Black people over the years. We stand in solidarity with all people who demand change to the systems that perpetuate injustice. As librarians, we want to see change in our own institutions and practices – changes that will promote justice as we help our communities acknowledge and reject white supremacy and the violence it continues to inflict on Black communities.

Painting of George Floyd

To that end, we are issuing a special call for papers. You, our authors and our readers, have been and are continuing to develop creative anti-racist practices and resources in your libraries. By sharing our experiences, we hope to inspire creative ways to go beyond merely providing resources to actively engaging in anti-racism in libraries. We want to help you share your established or emerging anti-racist library practices. We want to help you amplify the voices of those who have been historically marginalized. Are there things that your library has done to promote an anti-racist praxis? Whether it’s in cataloging, technical services, instruction, events, or programming, what things are taking place to ensure equity and justice? Let’s share our creative practices. 

Black and white image of protestersWe welcome submissions of many kinds, from brief essays to peer reviewed articles. Please see our Instructions for Authors for more information about submitting your manuscripts.




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Please support the journal

We have started up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for our help pay for our annual hosting fees. The journal editors have been paying annual fees for website hosting, which is $179/year. We are raising money to cover a 10 year span of the hosting.

While we have been operating on a shoestring budget, we would like to raise a modest amount of money from readers, authors, and other supporters of the Open Access movement to keep the journal sustainable for the next decade.

Please help us in our endeavors, and thank you very much for your support.

Joe Kraus

Please say hello to a new editor, Derrick Jefferson

We would like to say welcome to a new editor for the journal.  We are very excited to have Derrick Jefferson join the editorial team.  If you would like to learn more about him, this post at American University is a great write-up. It covers some of his background and his passion for serving others.

Derrick Jefferson

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“Je Suis Charlie” and Our Commitment to Intellectual Freedom

The JCPL editorial board strongly condemns the attacks on the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo and the murders of twelve individuals. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families touched by the tragedy. We also see in this public moment of outrage and public support for free speech an opportunity to confront the challenge inherent in supporting intellectual freedom and the underscore the responsibility of librarians to engage that challenge.

Continue reading “Je Suis Charlie” and Our Commitment to Intellectual Freedom

Welcome to two new editors

We would like to welcome two new editors.

Michael Morris has been with the journal since May of 2014.  Michael is based in Oakland, working for PLOS as a Publications Manager. Having completed his Master’s in Library Science from Indiana University, he’s keenly aware of the virtues of the open access model, and extols said virtues to whomever will listen. His research interests are descriptive bibliography and typography.

Andy Woodworth joined the journal this month. He is the Reference & Adult Services Supervisor at the Cherry Hill Public Library in Cherry Hill, NJ. He is the blogger behind acclaimed “Agnostic, Maybe“, a mostly professional and sometimes personal journal. Andy’s writing credits include Techsoup for Libraries, Library Journal, and American Libraries. His professional interests revolve between library eBook and eContent issues to intellectual freedom in regard to book challenges and removals. Andy is a 2010 Library Mover & Shaker and an all around decent fellow.