New call for papers - "The Playful Library"

New call for papers - "The Playful Library"

Posted by Andrew Walsh on 2021-09-06

The Playful Library

Playful attitudes, approaches and activities in library settings



Call For Papers for special issue of Journal of Play in Adulthood


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.

Themes could include:

·       The use of games and play within information literacy instruction

·       The use of games and play within staff development sessions

·       Escape rooms / boxes in library settings

·       Playful library leadership or management

·       Playful approaches towards personal professional development

·       Playful approaches to research

·       Creative and playful approaches to UX

·       Supporting mental health through play

·       Supporting the physical well-being of library users through play

·       Using play to increase civic engagement

·       Increasing engagement with resources through playful approaches

·       Dark play in libraries

·       Disrupting conventions and breaking down barriers in libraries through play


Instructions for authors Abstract 

We invite you to submit an abstract with a suggested title and a max 250 word outline of the central argument. Based on the incoming abstracts, the editors will extend invitations to develop and submit full papers for the special issue. Abstracts should be mailed to Andrew Walsh (


Article length 

5000-8000 words for academic articles (including references) The full articles should adhere to the submission guidelines and processes outlined here: 


Copyright information

The Journal of Play in Adulthood makes content available on an open access basis, with the default of a CC-BY 4.0 licence. Authors retain their own copyright of submitted material, simply licencing the journal to publish. No fees are charged to read, or to publish in, the journal.


Important dates 

8th October 2021: Deadline for submitting abstract

1st November 2021: Notification of acceptance/rejection

7th February 2022: Deadline for submitting full paper

7th March 2022: Review of papers

11th April 2022: Submission of final versions

Early Summer 2022: Target publication date


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