The Active Librarian

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The Active Librarian
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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title</strong>: <em>The Active Librarian</em> <strong>Website</strong>: <a href="http://www.activelibrarians.com" target="_blank">http://www.activelibrarians.com</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission: </strong><i>The Active Librarian (TAL)</i> is devoted to publishing repeatable and data-driven initiatives in order to improve the services of public librarianship<i>.</i>[1. The Active Librarian. (2016). Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/index" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/index</a>] <i>TAL</i> aims to become a centralized “repository of best practices among public librarians for developing new services and enhancing existing ones.”[2. The Active Librarian. (2016). Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/index" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/index</a>] Its goal is to enhance the profession by publishing needed program analysis and assessment.”[3. The Active Librarian. (2016). <i>Focus and scope. </i>Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/index" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/index</a>] <strong>Target audience: </strong>LIS professionals working in public libraries.[4. The Active Librarian. (2016). <i>Focus and scope. </i>Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] <strong>Publisher: </strong>Michael J. Carlozzi.[5. The Active Librarian. (2016). <i>Journal contact. </i>Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/contact" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/contact</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed? </strong>Yes.[6. The Active Librarian. (2016). <i>Focus and scope. </i>Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] <strong>Type: </strong>LIS professional news.[7. The Active Librarian. (2016). <i>Focus and scope. </i>Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] <strong>Medium:</strong> Online. <strong>Content: </strong>The publication reports on specific initiatives, services, programs, and protocols. Articles should provide concrete details about projects and programs so that other public libraries can use the information to develop, implement, or enhance their own services.[8. The Active Librarian. (2016). Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/index" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/index</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication: </strong><i>TAL</i> plans to publish one volume per year with nine issues; although the publishing schedule may be adjusted to meet supply and demand. <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines: </strong><a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>[9. The Active Librarian. (2016). <i>Focus and scope. </i>Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] <strong>Types of contributions accepted: </strong>The journal seeks reports on public library initiatives, programs, or services—for example, a recently adopted adult literacy program. Acceptable topics may include any library-related idea that can be generalized to and applied by other librarians—for example, “fostering an educational partnership, configuring credit card payments, developing a community ‘make space,’ writing a troubleshooting guide for Envisionware’s Time Management service, becoming a passport processor.”[10. The Active Librarian. (2016). <i>Focus and scope. </i>Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] The journal’s submission requirements emphasize articles of “practical application rather than theory-building or historicizing.”[11. The Active Librarian. (2016). <i>Focus and scope. </i>Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorial" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] <strong>Submission and review process: </strong>Submissions may not be previously published, or under consideration before other journals. All articles undergo a peer-review process (unless an article is solicited by an editor). The editors determine whether an article is appropriate for publication in <i>TAL</i>, after which the article is submitted to at least two referees in a blind process wherein the referees are anonymous to the authors. Submissions may be accepted, accepted with minor revisions, accepted with major revisions, or declined.[12. The Active Librarian. (2016). <i>Focus and scope. </i>Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] <strong>Editorial tone: </strong>According to the journal’s submission requirements: “<i>TAL</i> is a practical rather than academic journal.” The tone should be professional but not overly academic, “easy to read but not juvenile.”[13. The Active Librarian. (2016). <i>Author guidelines.</i> Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines</a>] The journal adheres to important practices of publishing original peer-reviewed work, but forgoes overly-rigid academic norms in order to emphasize application. A <i>TAL</i> article does not require a literature review, exhaustive references, or deep statistical analysis. However, an article must include a clear, direct explanation of a project or program so that may be replicated.[14. The Active Librarian. (2016). <i>Focus and scope. </i>Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] <strong>Style guide used: </strong>APA.[15. The Active Librarian. (2016). <i>Author guidelines.</i> Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/submissions%22%20%5Cl%20%22authorGuidelines" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> The journal<i> </i>presents a new opportunity for LIS professionals to share projects that have been implemented in a public library setting. (As of this writing, no issues have been published.) Authors need not be a public librarians to publish in <i>TAL</i>, but their work must be applicable to or done in partnership with public libraries. For example, academic librarians are encouraged to submit if their work can be generalized or applied to public librarianship, or if working in concert with public libraries. <i>TAL</i> intends to be a forum for professional exchange for projects that are best publicized widely and freely.[16. The Active Librarian. (2016). <i>Focus and scope. </i>Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> The journal is entirely open access. According to an ALA Library Fact Sheet, there are approximately 137,000 paid library staff in the United States.[17. American Library Association. (2016). <em>Number Employed in Libraries: </em><em>ALA Library Fact Sheet 2. </em>Retrieved from <a href="http://www.ala.org/tools/libfactsheets/alalibraryfactsheet02" target="_blank">http://www.ala.org/tools/libfactsheets/alalibraryfactsheet02</a>] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations: </strong>The editors are based in the United States, so it may be inferred that the audience will be primarily U.S.-based. However, international (non-American) submissions are also welcome.[18. The Active Librarian. (2016). <i>Focus and scope. </i>Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies%22%20%5Cl%20%22focusAndScope" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] <strong>Reader characteristics: </strong>Expect that readers are well-acquainted with public library issues and trends. Readers will want to know how their libraries might benefit from the work other public libraries have done, and the features and steps to implement such efforts.[19. The Active Librarian. (2016). <i>Focus and scope. </i>Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies%22%20%5Cl%20%22focusAndScope" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> As a professional publication, most readers will be familiar with issues relevant to public libraries such as outreach and marketing, technology demands, computer networking, digital literacy instruction, collection development, among other areas.[20. The Active Librarian. (2016). <i>Focus and scope. </i>Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies%22%20%5Cl%20%22focusAndScope">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> The <i>TAL </i>website notes that “public librarians typically do not readily enjoy professional development opportunities that other LIS professionals do. Unlike colleagues in academic positions, [public librarians] often cannot attend distant conferences or take sabbaticals, purchase expensive database subscriptions, limiting exposure to cutting-edge research; and many do not have time apportioned for pursuing large-scale research projects. But our work benefits from the same professional exchange as academic librarians; the patrons we serve are no less important, and our community outreach is arguably greater and more critical.”[21. The Active Librarian. (2016). Retrieved from <a href="http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/index" target="_blank">http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/index</a>] If your library does something well and you want to share it, <i>TAL</i> provides an excellent forum for doing so. <strong>Last updated:</strong> May 13, 2016 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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