Stewart Named Editor for The Political Librarian Journal

After a national search, Christopher Stewart will become Series Editor for The Political Librarian to deepen its focus on developing scholarship about public policy and tax policy for libraries.

After a national search, Christopher Stewart will become Series Editor for The Political Librarian to deepen its focus on developing scholarship about public policy and tax policy for libraries.

John Chrastka, Executive Director of the EveryLibrary Institute, is proud to announce the appointment of Christopher Stewart – educator, author, and librarian – as the next Series Editor of The Political Librarian. The Political Librarian publishes peer-reviewed scholarship and opinion pieces concerning public policy and tax policy for libraries. It has published the works of library thought-leaders like Lindsay Sarin, Paul Jaeger, Kyle Courtney, Emily Drabinski, Ann Ewbank, and Jamie LaRue.

Christopher Stewart is Associate Professor of Clinical Management and Organization in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC). He currently serves as the interim director of USC’s Master of Management in Library and Information Science program. His research and professional interests include strategic management, organizational culture, staffing trends, and organizational development. His book, The Academic Library Building in the Digital Age: A Study of Construction, Planning, and Design of New Library Space was published by the Association of College and Research Libraries. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the Journal of Academic Librarianship and Library Leadership & Management. He is the former editor-in-chief of the journal World Libraries, and served as a column editor for the Journal of Academic Librarianship. As a management consultant, he has worked with library leaders on projects ranging from benchmarking and assessment to facilities planning and design. Prior to USC, he was an associate professor in the School of Information Studies at Dominican University. His leadership experience has included serving as dean of libraries at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), president of the Evanston (IL) Public Library Board of Trustees, treasurer of the Library Leadership & Management Association, and appointments on numerous other boards and commissions. He earned his MLIS at Dominican University, an MBA from IIT, and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

With the next issue of The Political Librarian, the publisher of record will move from EveryLibrary, the national political action committee for libraries where it was founded in 2014 to the EveryLibrary Institute, a non-profit library think tank. Stewart succeeds Dustin Fife as its third Series Editor. The journal will continue to be hosted on the open-access scholarship platform of Washington University in St. Louis.

The Political Librarian is dedicated to expanding the discussion of, promoting research on, and helping to re-envision locally-focused advocacy, policy, and funding issues for libraries. We want to bring in a variety of perspectives to the journal and do not limit our contributors to just those working in the field of library and information science. Volume 4, Issue 2 is to be published in February, 2020. We invite submissions from researchers, practitioners, community members, or others dedicated to furthering discussion, promoting research, and helping to re-envision policies affecting all types of libraries at every level of government. Please review the editorial guidelines or contact stewart@everylibraryinstitute.org for more information. 

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