International Leads

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: International Leads (IL)

ISSN: 0892-45461

Website: http://www.ala.org/irrt/intlleads/internationalleads

Purpose, objective, or mission: International Leads (IL) is the official publication of the International Relations Round Table (IRRT). The purpose of IL is to disseminate information about international librarianship and the activities of the Round Table. It “seeks to support Round Table and Association objectives by bringing members news, brief articles and reviews that help them understand and react appropriately to recent developments in international librarianship.”2

“A secondary concern is reporting on newsworthy items generated by other divisions, units and round tables of ALA that are relevant to the interests of IRRT and its members. A third level of concern reports other international activities outside the various ALA units that are relevant to IRRT and its members. IL accepts relevant general news releases intended for mass publication vehicles.”3

Target audience: Members of International Relations Round Table (IRRT).4

Publisher: American Library Association.5

Peer reviewed? No.6

Type: LIS professional and trade publication.7

Medium: Print and online.8

Content: “Articles that reflect the editorial focus of the publication: news about international library activities, the international work of ALA and other organizations, and people and publications in the library field.”9

Frequency of publication: Quarterly.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.ala.org/irrt/intlleads/authorinstructions/instructions

Types of contributions accepted: Timely news, brief articles and reviews that highlight recent developments in international librarianship.11 Reports “on newsworthy items generated by other divisions, units and round tables of ALA that are relevant to the interests of IRRT and its members”12 are also accepted. This publication also “accepts relevant general news releases intended for mass publication vehicles” and “reports (on) other international activities outside the various ALA units that are relevant to IRRT and its members.”13

Submission and review process: Authors should first submit a brief letter to the editor to determine article’s suitability. “After receiving an invitation from the editor, please send one copy of your manuscript, double spaced and no more than 1,500 words in length, as an attachment to an e-mail message. Please save your manuscript in Rich Text Format (.rtf) to enable its opening and editing.”14 Photographs or other graphics used to illustrate articles are also accepted. See the Instructions for Authors page for specifications.

All manuscripts are edited “by a member volunteer and printed through the production facilities of the American Library Association’s Publishing Services Department.”15

All inquiries, manuscripts and news items should be sent to:

c/o Beth Cramer
Coordinator, Bibliographic Services
Belk Library and Information Commons
218 College Street
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC  28608
crameree[@]appstate.edu

or

c/o Kevin Murphy
kevin.murphy[@]kctcs.edu16

Editorial tone: Professional.17

Style guide used: None specified.

Conclusion: Evaluation of the publication’s potential for LIS authors

Every issue includes a call for submissions that encourages writers to share news about libraries, librarianship, conferences and partnerships in or about the international sphere. This is an excellent opportunity not only for librarians outside of North America, but also for librarians in the U.S. who have an interest in global issues in their own libraries. Recent issues have featured articles on “Internationalizing University of Kentucky Libraries”18, a librarian’s travels in Greece19, and a Special Collection at New York University in Abu Dhabi.20 With this array of interests represented, there is something for everyone with an interest in this field of librarianship.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: As of 2014, International Relations Round Table (IRRT) had a membership of 1793.21 All members of IRRT receive a copy of International Leads. However, the newsletter is open to anyone with access to the internet.22

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: As of 2006, membership in IRRT was almost evenly split with 52% of members from the U.S. and 48% international.23 Although IL is written in English, authors should be cognizant of an international audience, so should refrain from jargon or local colloquialisms.

Reader characteristics: Since the majority of readers are not only members of the International Relations Round Table but also the ALA, most will work in public or academic libraries. As this publication “promotes global dialogue about librarianship”24, readers are a diverse group with a wide variety of interests, yet have a common belief in the importance of collaboration in the global sphere. Readers will not only have a keen interest in a wide variety of issues faced by international libraries, but also in ideas for creating connections with the international community in their own libraries.

Reader knowledge of LIS subject matter: This is a informed and educated audience. Most readers will be knowledgeable about library issues. Since this is a global community of readers, the degrees of LIS expertise will be variable. 25

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

This is a culturally savvy and highly engaged audience. Authors who write about their global librarianship experiences will find a readership who is involved in their professional community and is motivated to learn about different global initiatives.

Last updated: April 14, 2015


References

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