Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

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&nbsp; <h2>Publisher analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publisher</h4> <b>Name</b>: Association of College &amp; Research Libraries (ACRL) <b>Website</b>: <a title="Association of College &amp; Research Libraries (ACRL)" href="http://acrl.org" target="_blank">http://acrl.org</a> <b>Purpose, objective, or mission</b>: From the <a title="About" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl" target="_blank">About page</a>: ACRL is a professional association…dedicated to enhancing the ability of academic library and information professionals to serve the information needs of the higher education community and to improve learning, teaching and research.”[1. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About ACRL" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl">http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl</a>] From the ACRL <a title="Standards" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards" target="_blank">Guidelines &amp; Standards</a>, “ACRL is the source that the higher education community looks to for standards and guidelines on academic libraries.”[2. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Guidelines &amp; Standards" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards">http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards</a>] <b>Target audience</b>: Academic Libraries and the LIS field practitioners.[3. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About ACRL" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl">http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl</a>] <b>Owner</b>: Association of College &amp; Research Libraries, a division of the ALA.[4. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About ACRL" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl">http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl</a>] <b>Are published books peer reviewed</b>? ACRL Publications in Librarianship is a peer reviewed series of monographic volumes.[5. American Library Association. (2014). Publications in Librarianship: Guide for Authors. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Guide for Authors" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil">http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil</a>] <b>Types of books published</b>: LIS Professional Development. Monographs of interest to the LIS field and academic libraries: books are research studies, theoretical monographs, or practical tools-based volumes for the practitioner. These are primarily to assist academic librarians in career development, managing their institutions, and keeping abreast of developments in librarianship.[6. American Library Association. (2014). ACRL Publications Catalog. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="ACRL Publications Catalog" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/catalog/publications">http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/catalog/publications</a>] <b>Medium</b>: Print. “ACRL Publications in Librarianship is currently, and for some time, likely to remain principally a series of print on paper books. Nevertheless, we are eager to use electronic publishing to promote and supplement our printed volumes.”[7. American Library Association. (2014). Publications in Librarianship: Guide for Authors. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Guide for Authors" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil">http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil</a>] There are currently a handful of <a title="digital publicatons" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/digital" target="_blank">digital publications</a> available in pdf format, but that is not ACRL’s primary publishing method.[8. American Library Association. (2014). Digital Publications. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Digital Publications" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/digital">http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/digital</a>] <b>Topics covered</b>: Information literacy, copyright and scholarly communication, research in academic librarianship, trends in academic libraries, leadership and organizational development, management, collection development, information access, and information literacy.[9. American Library Association. (2014). ACRL Publications Catalog. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="ACRL Publications Catalog" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/catalog/publications">http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/catalog/publications</a>] <b>Number of titles published per year</b>: 8–16[10. American Library Association. (2014). ACRL Publications Catalog. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="ACRL Publications Catalog" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/catalog/publications">http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/catalog/publications</a>] <h4>About the publisher's submission guidelines</h4> <b>Location of submission guidelines</b>: <a title="Association of College &amp; Research Libraries (ACRL) Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil" target="_blank">http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil</a> <b>Types of submissions accepted</b>: Proposals, completed manuscripts, or dissertations, accompanied by a Publication Proposal Form. See the <a title="Call for Book Proposals" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/PILproposals" target="_blank">Call for Book Proposals</a> for specifics on suggested topics.[11. American Library Association. (2014). Call for Book Proposals. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Call for Book Proposals" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/PILproposals">http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/PILproposals</a>] <b>Submission and review process</b>: From the guidelines: “Ideally authors/editors will send one or more chapters with a proposal. Each proposal is then read by three members of the editorial board and the editor.”[12. American Library Association. (2014). Publications in Librarianship: Guide for Authors. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Guide for Authors" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil">http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil</a>] The review process takes around two months, and reviewers will send comments back to the author if they would like to move forward with the project. Completed manuscripts are then reviewed by a final editorial group, in a process that takes an additional three to four months, and then the editor will work with the author to set a publication timetable.[13. American Library Association. (2014). Publications in Librarianship: Guide for Authors. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Guide for Authors" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil">http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil</a>] <b>Editorial tone</b>: Professional and, where warranted, more immediate and casual.[14. American Library Association. (2014). Publications in Librarianship: Guide for Authors. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Guide for Authors" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil">http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil</a>] <b>Style guide used</b>: <i>Webster's Collegiate Dictionary</i>, 10th edition, for spelling, and <i>The Chicago Manual of Style</i>, 16th edition, for style.[15. American Library Association. (2014). Publications in Librarianship: Guide for Authors. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Guide for Authors" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil">http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publisher's potential for LIS authors</h4> Authors with a proposal for an academic library topic, or a proposal for furthering the professional development of any librarian or information professional would do well to consider ACRL for publication. The group is an outstanding ALA group with a large member base[16. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About ACRL" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl">http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl</a>], and reaches hundreds of libraries. In addition, the editorial staff is able to provide dedicated support and editing assistance to authors to ensure the most professional product possible.[17. American Library Association. (2014). Publications in Librarianship: Guide for Authors. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Guide for Authors" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil">http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil</a>] ACRL publications are promoted through its catalog[18. American Library Association. (2014). ACRL Publications Catalog. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="ACRL Publications Catalog" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/catalog/publications">http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/catalog/publications</a>], and at the ALA store[19. American Library Association. (2014). ALA Store. <em>American Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a title="ALA Store" href="http://www.alastore.ala.org/">http://www.alastore.ala.org/</a>], meetings and conferences, with articles and promotional notices appearing in C&amp;RL at the time of publication. ACRL is a trusted organization, excellent to consider for publication. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publisher's audience</h4> <b>Size</b>: Smallish, with 12 new books published in 2010-11, per the <a title="Annual Report" href="http://crln.acrl.org/content/72/11/659.full.pdf+html" target="_blank">Annual Report</a>.[20. American Library Association. (2014). ACRL Annual Report. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="ACRL Annual Report" href="http://crln.acrl.org/content/72/11/659.full.pdf+html">http://crln.acrl.org/content/72/11/659.full.pdf+html</a>] ACRL has a large automatic audience: “hundreds of libraries have blanket ACRL acquisition orders and many librarians order their own copies, or buy them at conferences.”[21. American Library Association. (2014). Call for Book Proposals. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Call for Book Proposals" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/PILproposals">http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/PILproposals</a>] In addition, ACRL is the largest division of the ALA, with more than 12,000 members.[22. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About ACRL" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl">http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl</a>] <b>Audience location and language or cultural considerations</b>: National and, on occasion, global. ACRL is based, like ALA, in Chicago, IL.[23. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About ACRL" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl">http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl</a>]<b> </b>American English, leaning towards issues in American academic libraries. <b>Reader characteristics</b>: The association, as an ALA organization and publisher, is interested in continuing the education and providing professional development for academic librarians and information professionals.[24. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About ACRL" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl">http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl</a>]<b></b> Academic libraries and scholarly research. Strongly dedicated to providing high quality LIS information.[25. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About ACRL" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl">http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl</a>] <b>Knowledge of LIS subject matter</b>: Strong. Not only is ACRL devoted to academic libraries, but it is part of the ALA.[26. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About ACRL" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl">http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl</a>] Expect editors and eventual readers to be very knowledgeable about LIS topics. <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> Any publishing group that calls the ALA home is a good place to query your LIS proposal, and ACRL is no exception. The largest division of the ALA,  ACRL currently has a membership of more than 12,000 members, accounting for nearly 20% of the total ALA membership.[27. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. <em>Association of College &amp; Research Libraries</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About ACRL" href="http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl">http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl</a>] Readers will be keen to hear of new titles from this small, discriminating imprint. <strong>Last updated</strong>:<b> </b>November 27, 2014 <hr /> <h4><strong>References</strong></h4>
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