Call for Chapter Proposals for New Volume on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Theological and Religious Librarianship


The Books@Atla Open Press Editorial Board invites proposals for chapters that explore the implications of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) work for religious studies and theological librarianship. This volume, edited by Tammy Johnson, Director of Technical Services at Columbia Theological Seminary, and Matthew Ostercamp, Director of Brandel Library at North Park University, is focused on the diversity conversations, practices, and policies happening in North America. The intention is to capture a snapshot of evolving theory and practice. Proposals situated in a DEI journey that have yet to arrive at their ultimate conclusions are also welcome. Writing from BIPOC professionals that document their experiences and thinking about professional practice are desired as are contributions of majority culture librarians whose work interacts with DEI principles.

A few suggested topics are listed below:

  • Writing and implementing DEI policies and practices in your library or on your campuses as it relates to DEI and the library
  • DEI practices or policies to amplify voices of underrepresented voices in collection or staff
  • Looking at core principles of theological and religious librarianship through a DEI lens
  • DEI and collection development policies and practices in theological and religious libraries
  • Supporting DEI in the curriculum or coursework offered on the campus
  • Hiring, retention and/or challenges when trying to create a diverse faculty and staff
  • Successfully leading a diverse team
  • Implications of DEI principles for library instruction and reference services
  • DEI and bibliographic descriptions or subject headings in library catalog records and other actions to improve access with regards to DEI
  • Materials and bibliographical instructions for serving diverse students well
  • Theoretical foundations for engaging in DEI work in the library
  • History of diversity in religious studies and theological librarianship
  • Vision casting for what a more just future may look like at the institutional level or in our profession
  • Articulating key questions to consider to advance DEI work

Chapter proposals should include the following:

  1. The name, job title, institutional affiliation, and email address of the contributing author(s)
  2. A working title for your proposed chapter
  3. An abstract of 250-500 words

Proposals are due March 10, 2023 and should be submitted to All proposals will be reviewed and decisions communicated to interested contributors by April 21, 2023. Full manuscripts for selected chapters will be due December 29, 2023, with publication of the full volume expected by the end of 2024.