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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Community & Junior College Libraries

Website: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t792306889~db=all

Purpose, objective, or mission: Per their website, “Through research and insightful interviews with professionals in the field, Community & Junior College Libraries provides a coherent voice for community college librarians. It addresses the need to define and enhance the leading edge of LRC planning and practice in the United States and abroad. Readers receive information on pertinent topics such as information literacy, collection development, programming initiatives, proven policies, conference reports, and networks and consortia.”1

Target audience: Librarians and educators who deliver information resources to community college students and other lower-division undergraduates.2

Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group).3

Peer reviewed? Yes.4

Type: LIS professional news publication. Although submissions are peer-reviewed, the content is news oriented rather than research oriented, so the publication isn’t considered scholarly.5

Medium: Print and online.6

Content: Per their website, “news of special relevant legislation, systems development, and various concerns faced by professionals in the libraries and information centers of two-year colleges”7  and also “Book reviews, editorials, letters to the editor, and ongoing columns with specific focus are also included.”8

Frequency of publication: Quarterly (4 issues per volume).9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~db=all~content=t792306889~tab=submit~mode=paper_submission_instructions

Types of contributions accepted: Per their Instructions for Authors, “Theoretical research and practical studies dealing with the broad general topic of the delivery of information resources to lower division undergraduate students. This unique publication specifically targets issues concerning community college libraries and learning resource centers. Contributors to this fundamental resource present profiles of learning resource centers (LRCs) around the country and address news of special relevance: €”legislation, systems development, and various concerns faced by professionals in the libraries and information centers of two-year colleges.”10 Topics for submission include, “information literacy; collection development; reference service and resources; bibliographic instruction; LRC administration; joint programming/initiatives which involve the library and the academy at large.”11

Submission and review process: “Electronic manuscript submissions should be sent as MSWord attachments to the Editor, Wendell G. Johnson, at wjohnso1@niu.edu.”12 No further information provided on response time or peer-review process. Detailed information on manuscript construction provided in Instructions for Authors document. Simultaneous submissions not accepted.

Editorial tone: Academic.13

Style guide used: Latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. “References should be double spaced. The use of footnotes within text is discouraged.”14

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

There are many opportunities for LIS authors, especially those who work in two-year colleges. Students also have the opportunity to publish in this prestigious journal. The journal encourages MLIS students to engage in relevant research and submit their material for publication.15

Topics for possible articles include: information literacy, collection development, reference service and resources, bibliographic instruction, LRC administration, and joint programming and initiatives that involve the library and the academy at large.16

The focus on community and junior college libraries creates varied opportunities for LIS authors, as it encourages dialog regarding the new challenges in the library science field.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Circulation numbers not available.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: This publication focuses primarily on learning resource centers in two-year colleges throughout the United States. The current editor is affiliated with Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.17 Publication aimed at an educated, LIS focused readers involved in the community colleges of the United States indicating a familiarity with LIS jargon without any special consideration for language other than the courtesy of avoiding regionalism. Readers are most likely familiar with diverse cultures due to the varied population that often makes up urban community and junior colleges.18

Reader characteristics: No specific information was found on gender and ethnicity for this specialized group of librarians. The workplace similarity is the tie that binds together the professional librarians in libraries and learning resource centers within community junior colleges.19 Safely assume readers have a commitment to accessibility of information and to providing it to the public given the open admissions policies and low tuition of two-year colleges, that helps to create a rich diversity of people of all ages, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.20

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: The professionals would have working knowledge of most LIS subject matter related to academic and school library settings. Use of jargon and acronyms of associations would be familiar to the reader.21

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

Community & Junior College Libraries requests that contributors be working practitioners in the two-year college setting. Community & Junior College Libraries has a readership that works with a large variety of patrons. Each type of patron or student has different reasons for being at the community college. The librarians try to fulfill the information needs of many different kinds of patrons including those with low incomes, those who need adult school, a GED or remedial education. Some students are prepared for college and their transition to four-year institutions. Some students are enrolled in high school but are taking accelerated programs at the college. There are also many certificate programs that prepare students for a specific career. The librarian must meet the information needs of all of these groups. Author’s writing for this publication must take all this in to consideration.22

Last updated: May 14, 2016


References

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  2. Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group). (2016). Aims and Scope. Community & Junior College Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wjcl20#.VChU1xawS3M
  3. ProQuest. (2016). Community & Junior College Libraries. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411929169657/484756
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  7. Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group). (2016). Aims and Scope. Community & Junior College Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wjcl20#.VChU1xawS3M
  8. Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group). (2016). Aims and Scope. Community & Junior College Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wjcl20#.VChU1xawS3M
  9. ProQuest. (2016). Community & Junior College Libraries. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411929169657/484756
  10. Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group). (2016). Instructions for Authors. Community & Junior College Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjcl20&page=instructions#.VChZShawS3M
  11. Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group). (2016). Instructions for Authors. Community & Junior College Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjcl20&page=instructions#.VChZShawS3M
  12. Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group). (2016). Instructions for Authors. Community & Junior College Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjcl20&page=instructions#.VChZShawS3M
  13. ProQuest. (2016). Community & Junior College Libraries. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411929169657/484756
  14. Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group). (2016). Instructions for Authors. Community & Junior College Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjcl20&page=instructions#.VChZShawS3M
  15. Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group). (2016). Instructions for Authors. Community & Junior College Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjcl20&page=instructions#.VChZShawS3M
  16. Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group). (2016). Instructions for Authors. Community & Junior College Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjcl20&page=instructions#.VChZShawS3M
  17. Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group). (2016). Editorial Board. Community & Junior College Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard&journalCode=wjcl20#.VChdxRawS3M
  18. Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group). (2014). Aims and Scope. Community & Junior College Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wjcl20#.VChU1xawS3M
  19. Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group). (2016). Aims and Scope. Community & Junior College Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wjcl20#.VChU1xawS3M
  20. Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group). (2016). Aims and Scope. Community & Junior College Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wjcl20#.VChU1xawS3M
  21. Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group). (2016). Aims and Scope. Community & Junior College Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wjcl20#.VChU1xawS3M
  22. Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group). (2016). Aims and Scope. Community & Junior College Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wjcl20#.VChU1xawS3M
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