New editor, renewed focus for GSLIS "World Libraries" journal

River Forest, ILWorld Libraries, a free, peer-reviewed library and information science journal, begins a new era with the publication of Volume 19, Numbers 1 and 2 this spring. Volume 19 is the first to be published by the journal’s new editor Christopher Stewart, assistant professor at Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS).

This special double issue focuses on the Follett Lectures from 2005–2011. The Follett Lectures are presented annually by the holder of Dominican’s Follett Chair, one of a very few endowed chairs in library and information science. The current issue, along with the complete World Libraries archive, is available at www.worlib.org.

“The opportunity to publish a collection of the prestigious Follett Lectures, which haven’t appeared previously in print or online, is especially exciting,” says Stewart. “From the role of storytelling in binding us to our culture and family, to new approaches to library advocacy, the issues explored in the Follett Lectures span our national and professional geographies. We are very proud to now offer these lectures to the world.”

World Libraries is a unique, free, peer-reviewed library and information science journal founded in 1990 (originally titled Third World Libraries). It appeared only in print until 2004, when it began to migrate to a completely online journal. The transformation took place over several years, during which time it was published in both formats. It is now an openly accessible online journal—without registration, passwords or fees.

World Libraries
provides a forum dedicated to all aspects of librarianship throughout the world, especially for librarians and libraries in regions without associations or agencies to encourage scholarly communication and professional development.

Dominican University’s GSLIS is distinguished by innovative practice and research and has been educating future library leaders and information professionals since the 1930s. The school offers an American Library Association-accredited master’s degree in library and information science, a new master of professional studies degree, and a doctoral degree in library and information science.