“The Playful Library” Call for Papers

The Journal of Play in Adulthood is pleased to announce a call for papers that we think the Information Literacy community may be interested in.

The call, “The Playful Library: Playful attitudes, approaches and activities in library settings”, for a special issue of the Journal of Play in Adulthood, a peer-reviewed Diamond OA journal (free to read and publish in). The timings might particularly suit IL people trying something playful as we return from lockdown, or go into the new academic year, and want to reflect on it in a few months time, as papers will be due February 2022.

There has been increased interest in using games within library settings over recent years, but much of the literature has focussed on the games themselves as interesting interventions, rather than how they bring an element of play into library setting, and all that play entails.

This special issue seeks to explore both scholarly and practice related understandings of what it means to be playful in library and information settings. This could be related to teaching practices, the use of space to encourage playfulness, play as personal or professional development, or anything else that we feel is related to play, games, or playfulness within the library and information world.

Submissions of abstracts by 8th October 2021 to a.p.walsh@hud.ac.uk

Full details: https://www.journalofplayinadulthood.org.uk/news/125/

We are particularly interested in hearing from people who belong to under-represented groups, please get in touch (a.p.walsh@hud.ac.uk) if this applies to you and you would like extra support in writing an article.

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