Call Number

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: The Call Number

ISSN: N/A

Website: http://www.ellerman.org/vlasta/SLIS/LISSTEN/call_number/call_number_content.html

Purpose, objective, or mission: To announce and report on events sponsored by LISSTEN (Library and Information Science Students to Encourage Networking). LISSTEN’s purpose is to serve all students in San José State University’€™s School of Information.1 The association-sponsored events help students begin networking within their possible professional careers. The Call Number reports on topics of interest to students and reports with photos on all LISSTEN events.2

Target audience: All students of the School of Information at San José State University.3

Publisher: LISSTEN board of directors.4

Peer reviewed? No.5

Type: LIS professional news.6

Medium: Web-based publication.7

Content: Articles which cover LISSTEN organized events, professor profiles, interviews of librarians, and articles about library school culture and librarianship.8

Following are sample article topics from recent issues: e-portfolios, professional associations, library tours, internship experiences, interview with a law librarian, Banned Books Week, government information sources, working at the Homeland Digital Library, developing a Latino thesaurus, “One Voice Makes a Difference,”9 SLIS student interviews, and “Conversations with Library Leaders: REFORMA’s Annual Career Fair,”10 LISSTEN’s resume and interview workshop, and commencement.

Frequency of publication: Biannual, published at the end of Fall and Spring semester.11

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://thecallnumber.blogspot.com/

Types of contributions accepted: “Tips and experiences” articles include a number of different authors for the Internship experience and e-portfolio advice articles. Brief articles with photos related to LISSTEN activities.12

Submission and review process: From their website, “At the beginning of each semester a call for articles is posted on slisadmin list and The Call Number. All interested SLIS students are encouraged to respond to the call for articles by the posted deadline. Submissions should be emailed to the editors by the deadline as Word documents (.doc or .docx files) for the articles and JPEGs (.jpg files) for the images. We recommend that articles stay within 500-1000 words so that articles are concise and busy students will have time to read them. Please include a tag line sentence to introduce yourself to our readers. Submissions must be original work and not previously published. Academic essays will not be accepted. Writing should be concise and clear to understand. First person accounts will be accepted if appropriate to the theme of the article. Pictures are welcome, but please include the following information along with the JPEG file: photographers name, the photo’s content, and a brief caption or explanation of what is happening in the photo. Articles must be approved by the editors prior to publication. Email the editors with ideas, suggestions, or any questions. Submissions will not be edited after published on the blog. If you must get approval of the article from a subject or someone you quoted, please do so before submitting to The Call Number.”13

Editorial tone: Informal.14

Style guide used: None specified, only mention is, “Writing should be concise and clear to understand. First person accounts will be accepted if appropriate to the theme of the article.”15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

The Call Number provides a publication opportunity for iSchool students at SJSU.

There are numerous types of contributions an LIS student can make to The Call Number. Here are a few: A description of an event hosted by LISSTEN or a page with photos. A description of the day’s events during Banned Books Week activities, including list of participants who met at the CSUF central quad. Past articles have included stories about library tours; Professional Associations Day; networking advice; interviews with faculty, librarians and students; REFORMA’s Annual Career Fair; the student commencement address; LISSTEN’s Resume and Interview program; and different types of librarianship.16

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: The Call Number’€™s circulation consists mainly of the students of School of Information (iSchool) at San José State University (SJSU). All iSchool students receive The Call Number, LISSTEN’s newsletter. The faculty and administrators also read the newsletter.17

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: San José State University is located in San José, California, yet all of its students complete the program online. Per the SJSU SLIS Annual Review 2011, students attend online from 45 states and 17 countries, suggesting a large, international community. SJSU has the “only ALA-accredited program in library and information science in the California State University system of 23 universities; the largest in the world.” Given the online, international nature of the program, references to San José, the campus or jargon should be limited. Cultural and bureaucratic references specific to California require brief explanation. However, SJSU SLIS jargon can be used.18

Reader characteristics: The student population reflects the field of LIS professionals, with the majority being white and female. Efforts by the leadership of the school and the emphasis on technology as part of the program has greatly reduced that majority and increased the diversity of the student population. Many SLIS students are currently employed in a variety of library settings and bring with them varied experiences. These include: academic libraries, museum archives, K-12 schools, public libraries, special libraries, corporate libraries, law libraries, medical libraries, government libraries and homeland security. SLIS’€™s multicultural, multiethnic, and multilingual student body comes from a variety of backgrounds.19 The common attitude derives from the perspective of being a student. Students want opportunities to network with professionals in professional settings. LISSTEN’s many activities accomplish this goal.

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: iSchool students have a command of LIS subject matter and jargon.

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

Although some of the readers of The Call Number are faculty, their purpose in reading this newsletter is to understand the point of view of students. Therefore, it is advisable to focus solely on the audience: School of Information students at SJSU. iSchool students author and edit the entire publication. There are faculty and professional interviews but the intention is to allow faculty to relate to student interests.

Last updated: May 14, 2016


References

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  1. LISSTEN. (2016). LISSTEN. Retrieved from http://www.ellerman.org/vlasta/SLIS/LISSTEN/lissten/lissten_content.html
  2. LISSTEN. (2016). The Call Number. Retrieved from http://www.ellerman.org/vlasta/SLIS/LISSTEN/call_number/call_number_content.html
  3. LISSTEN. (2016). The Call Number. Retrieved from http://www.ellerman.org/vlasta/SLIS/LISSTEN/call_number/call_number_content.html
  4. LISSTEN. (2016). The Call Number. Retrieved from http://www.ellerman.org/vlasta/SLIS/LISSTEN/call_number/call_number_content.html
  5. LISSTEN. (2016). The Call Number. Retrieved from http://www.ellerman.org/vlasta/SLIS/LISSTEN/call_number/call_number_content.html
  6. LISSTEN. (2016). The Call Number. Retrieved from http://www.ellerman.org/vlasta/SLIS/LISSTEN/call_number/call_number_content.html
  7. LISSTEN. (2016). The Call Number. Retrieved from http://www.ellerman.org/vlasta/SLIS/LISSTEN/call_number/call_number_content.html
  8. LISSTEN. (2016). The Call Number. Retrieved from http://www.ellerman.org/vlasta/SLIS/LISSTEN/call_number/call_number_content.html
  9. LISSTEN. (2016). November 2006 Issue. Retrieved from http://www.ellerman.org/vlasta/SLIS/LISSTEN/call_number/2006/Fall06CallNumber.pdf
  10. LISSTEN. (2016). The Call Number. Retrieved from http://www.ellerman.org/vlasta/SLIS/LISSTEN/call_number/call_number_content.html
  11. LISSTEN. (2016). The Call Number. Retrieved from http://www.ellerman.org/vlasta/SLIS/LISSTEN/call_number/call_number_content.html
  12. LISSTEN. (2016). The Call Number. Retrieved from http://www.ellerman.org/vlasta/SLIS/LISSTEN/call_number/call_number_content.html
  13. LISSTEN. (2016). The Call Number Blogspot. Retrieved from http://thecallnumber.blogspot.ca/
  14. LISSTEN. (2016). The Call Number Blogspot. Retrieved from http://thecallnumber.blogspot.ca/
  15. LISSTEN. (2016). The Call Number Blogspot. Retrieved from http://thecallnumber.blogspot.ca/
  16. LISSTEN. (2016). The Call Number. Retrieved from http://www.ellerman.org/vlasta/SLIS/LISSTEN/call_number/call_number_content.html
  17. LISSTEN. (2016). The Call Number. Retrieved from http://www.ellerman.org/vlasta/SLIS/LISSTEN/call_number/call_number_content.html
  18. San José State University. (2016). Innovate Magazine 2012. SJSU School of Information. Retrieved from http://ischool.sjsu.edu/about-slis/publications/innovate-magazine-2012
  19. San José State University. (2016). Innovate Magazine 2012. SJSU School of Information. Retrieved from http://ischool.sjsu.edu/about-slis/publications/innovate-magazine-2012
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