New Publication Opportunity


2021 Call for Proposals, "Pocket Burgundy" Series

The proposal deadline has passed for the 2021 opportunity, and recipients have been announced.
This CFP is for reference only. 
Watch for new CFP in summer 2022!

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) invites proposals for its new “Pocket Burgundy” series. Prospective authors can propose ideas for reports based on their interests and the perceived needs of the information and cultural heritage communities. Selected authors will be offered a stipend of $2,500 for their publication. Proposals are due by Monday, September 27, 2021. Decisions will be announced in December 2021.


For decades, CLIR’s published reports, known informally today as “burgundy books” because of the cover color, have been important sources of research, ideas, and reference materials in the information and cultural heritage sectors. In recent years, titles have included 3D/VR in the Academic Library: Emerging Practices and Trends, The Future of Email Archives, and ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation. These publications have typically been in the form of in-depth reports, manuals, and assessments commissioned by CLIR or external funders and designed for online or print publication. With this new series, we will flip our publication agenda from a top-down to a bottom-up orientation. CLIR sees this as an opportunity to hear from our community about their most pressing information needs, while elevating new voices in the field and promoting new research and ideas.

What types of publications are we looking for?

Traditionally, CLIR’s reports have been in the areas of preservation, digital libraries, emerging technologies, economics of information, international developments, trends in information use, and the changing role of the library. CLIR will continue publishing in these areas, while also encouraging submissions around themes in the information field, including but not limited to: social and racial justice, labor, intersectionality, accessibility, sustainability, building and maintaining community, working with sensitive materials and marginalized groups, decolonizing the field(s), and the climate crisis. In future cycles, CLIR is likely to issue thematic CFPs for this publication opportunity; however, for this pilot year, the theme will remain open to any topic in the library, archive, and museum sectors to gain a better sense of where interests lie. Prospective authors are encouraged to propose topics relevant to their own work, which they believe would benefit the broader field(s). 

Publications proposed for this series should, in their final form, be 20 to 50 pages (5,000 to 12,500 words). By design, the publications created through this series will be shorter than traditional “burgundy books” and can be thought of as “pocket burgundies.” These reports should be tightly scoped to either go deeply into a narrow subject or survey a broader topic. Reports should include succinct executive summaries and visual elements, and be accessible and easily navigated. Publications will be released in electronic form.

How can I apply? 

To propose a report, fill out and upload your application components to this form. For this application, you will need: 

  1. A statement of work (1-3 pages), including: (1) a summary of the proposed project and preliminary outline or table of contents, (2) a description of why the publication is needed and who the audience is, (3) a description of the project’s methodology and possible data sources. (If working with sensitive materials or human subjects/participants, describe the ethical considerations and how they will be addressed in your approach), and (4) a description of why you are the right person to do this work.
  2. A project schedule (1 page max)
  3. Optional – Link to a CV or equivalent, such as resume and/or professional website for each author
  4. Optional – Link to an example of at least one author’s writing. supporting documents, including a writing sample (2 pages max) and/or CV. 

Additional application instructions can be found on the application form. Applicants are encouraged to read through the project website and FAQs prior to submitting their proposals.  Questions about this opportunity or the application process should be directed to Kathlin Smith ( 


September 27 2021
Applications due
December 2021
Awards announced
January 1 2022
Earliest date for projects to begin
December 10 2022
Deadline for draft submission
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