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Publisher analysis

About the publisher

Name: Library Juice Press


Purpose, objective, or mission: Library Juice Press is an imprint of Litwin Books, “an independent academic publisher of books about media, communication, and the cultural record,” along with works that range from information studies, philosophy of technology, archival studies, communications history, history of archives and libraries, and related fields.1 The publisher’s independence from larger institutions gives it the freedom to offer critical perspectives that cut against the grain, as well as occasionally to give a scholar free rein with a work that is outside his or her usual publishing stream.2

Target audience: Library Juice Press publishes books that examine theoretical and practical issues in librarianship from a critical perspective “for an audience of professional librarians and students of library science.”3

Owner: Litwin Books, LLC. 4

Are published books peer reviewed? Yes. “Manuscripts submitted undergo a peer-review process to ensure their quality according to academic or professional standards, depending on the title.”5

Types of books published: LIS-specific books with a critical edge. Sample titles include:6

  • The Dialectic of Academic Librarianship: A Critical Edge
  • Critical Journeys: How 14 Librarians Came to Embrace Critical Practice
  • The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom: Concepts, Cases, and Theories
  • Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis Greening Libraries

Medium: Print. DRM-free PDFs of all backlisted titles are available as a benefit of Library Juice membership.7

Topics covered: Library philosophy, information policy, library activism, and any topics under the rubric of “critical studies in librarianship.” 8

Number of titles published per year: Approximately five.9

About the publisher’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines 10

Types of submissions accepted: The publisher accepts book proposals and full manuscripts on topics that are within its editorial scope.11 

Submission and review process: The Authors page provides specific submission and manuscript formatting requirements, but the publisher’s formal review process is not outlined.12

Editorial tone: Academic.13

Style guide usedChicago Manual of Style.14

Conclusion: Evaluation of publisher’s potential for LIS authors

Library Juice Press titles focus on theoretical investigations into library activism, social justice, feminist pedagogy, as well as practically oriented books like So You Want to Be a Librarian. The publisher produces serious, in-depth works with alternative perspectives.

A related and worthwhile opportunity to submit writing that is not book-length is Library Juice’s annual paper contest (2,000 to 10,000 words), which is designed “to encourage and reward good work in the field of library and information studies, humanistically understood, through a monetary award and public recognition.”15 The contest is open to librarians, library students, academics, and others. “Acceptable paper topics cover the full range of topics in the field of library and information studies, loosely defined. Any type of paper may be entered as long as it is not a report of an empirical study. Examples of accepted forms would be literature review essays, analytical essays, historical papers, and personal essays. The work may include some informal primary research, but may not essentially be the report of a study.”16


Audience analysis

About the publisher’s audience

Size (as measured by average number of copies per title published): Publishing since 2006, Library Juice Press has approximately 30 frontlist and backlist titles.17

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: While the publisher is based in California and books are published in English, recent Library Juice Press titles focus on international perspectives—i.e., academic librarian labor activism in Canada, and librarianship in the context of the Cuban revolution.18

Reader characteristics: Readers are interested in content that addresses: social responsibility; information as a public good; intellectual freedom and civil liberties; print culture, web culture, visual culture, and the meaning of literacy; information policy and ethics; and the state of the library profession (issues of identity, work life, and deprofessionalization).19

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers are “professional librarians and students of library science” who likely have a very strong knowledge of or strong interest in specific LIS subject areas.

Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors

Library Juice Press originated as a webzine and blog, covering “topics of interest to passionate librarians from a political left perspective that is linked to the fundamental values of the profession.”20 LIS authors seeking to publish works that are politically oriented or rooted outside the cultural mainstream may potentially find an audience through Library Juice Press.

Last updated: September 30, 2015


Show 20 footnotes

  1. “About Us,” Litwin Books, LLC, accessed September 21, 2015,
  2. “About Us.”
  3. Litwin Books, LLC, accessed September 21, 2015,
  4. “Litwin Books, LLC.”
  5. “About Us.”
  6. “Our Books,” Library Juice Press, accessed September 21, 2015,
  7. “About Us.”
  8. “About Us.”
  9. “Catalog,” Library Juice Press,  accessed September 21, 2015,
  10. “Authors,” Library Juice Press, accessed September 21, 2015,
  11. “Authors.”
  12. “Authors.”
  13. “About Us.”
  14. “Litwin Books Submission Guidelines,” Litwin Books, LLC, accessed September 21, 2015,
  15. “Library Juice Annual Paper Contest,” Library Juice Press, accessed September 15, 2015,
  16. “Library Juice Annual Paper Contest.”
  17. “Our Books.”
  18. “Our Books.”
  19. “Library Juice Blog,” last modified August 30, 2015,
  20. “Library Juice Blog.”
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