Call for Chapter Proposals: The Complete Guide to Personal Digital Archiving for Librarians, Archivists, and Information Professionals

Call for Chapter Proposals: The Complete Guide to Personal Digital Archiving for Librarians, Archivists, and Information Professionals

Edited by Brianna Marshall  |  Published by ALA Press

Proposal Submission Deadline: July 15, 2016


Objective of the Book

This book will act as a primer for information professionals seeking an introduction to the possibilities for libraries and archives to support personal digital archiving (PDA). In an increasingly digital world, the burden of managing and preserving digital items is falling to individuals, not just libraries, archives, and cultural heritage institutions. However, these institutions are poised to be able to share a wealth of information back with the communities who need assistance wrangling their archives, which could include digitizing, organizing, storing, and creating new outputs from their personal digital collections. Despite libraries’ position to provide assistance, many libraries and archives are still unsure what exactly PDA refers to and what resources and approaches are needed to effectively support their communities. This book will serve as a much-needed guide to aid in exploring PDA best practices, tools, and institutional and organizational case studies. Anyone who has been tasked with building a personal digital archiving setup or community programming – including archivists and public, academic, and special librarians – will glean practical strategies from this book.


Submission Procedure

Interested individuals are invited to submit a one page chapter proposal on or before July 15, 2016. The proposal should summarize the proposed contents of the chapter and provide a draft outline of major points to be included. Please indicate which, if any, of the topical areas listed below you believe your chapter would best fit into – though note that depending on variety of incoming submissions, these areas may change by final publication.

Part I: What is Personal Digital Archiving? Connections with Libraries and Archives

Part II: Tools and Approaches to Personal Digital Archiving

Part III: Case Studies for Public Libraries

Part IV: Case Studies for Academic Libraries

If you have questions or ideas about a chapter that you’d like to discuss before submitting a full proposal, please feel free to email me. I would love to hear your thoughts.


Important Dates

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by August 1, 2016 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 1, 2016. I may also request that contributors serve as reviewers for this project.

  • July 15, 2016: Contributor proposals due
  • August 1, 2016: Notification of acceptance
  • November 1, 2016: Full chapter submission due to editor
  • January 1, 2017: Editorial review results sent to contributor
  • February 1, 2017: Final deadline to editor

Please send inquiries and submissions to Brianna Marshall at


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