Computers in Libraries

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title</strong>: <em>Computers in Libraries</em> <strong>Website</strong>: <a title="Computers in Libraries" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/" target="_blank">http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission</strong>: According to their site, the publication's mission "is to provide librarians and other information professionals with useful and insightful information about all computer-related subjects that affect their jobs."[1. Information Today Inc. (2016). CIL's Mission Statement. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Missions Statement" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/cilinfo.shtml">http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/cilinfo.shtml</a>] <strong>Target audience</strong>: Librarians and information professionals in academic, public, school, corporate and special libraries.[2. Information Today Inc. (2016). CIL's Mission Statement. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Missions Statement" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/cilinfo.shtml">http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/cilinfo.shtml</a>] <strong>Publisher</strong>: Information Today Inc.[3. ProQuest. (2016). Computers in Libraries. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Serial Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411932182567/91054">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411932182567/91054</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed</strong>? No.[4. Information Today Inc. (2016). FAQ: Writing for Computers in Libraries. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="FAQ" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/faq.shtml">http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/faq.shtml</a>] <strong>Type</strong>: LIS trade publication. From <em>How to write for Computer in Libraries</em>: "We do not publish academic research papers or vendor-written articles."[5. Information Today Inc. (2016). How to Write for Computers in Libraries. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="How to Write for CIL" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml">http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml</a>] <strong>Medium</strong>: Print and online.[6. ProQuest. (2016). Computers in Libraries. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Serial Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411932182567/91054">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411932182567/91054</a>] <strong>Content</strong>: <em>Computers in Libraries</em>, per their site, "provides complete coverage of the news and issues in the rapidly evolving field of library information technology. Focusing on the practical application of technology in community, school, academic, and special libraries, <em>CIL</em> includes discussions of the impact of emerging computer technologies on library systems and services, and on the library community itself."[7. Information Today Inc. (2016). Home. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="CIL Home" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/default.shtml">http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/default.shtml</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication</strong>: 10 times a year: monthly with combined Jul/Aug and Jan/Feb issues.[8. ProQuest. (2016). Computers in Libraries. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Serial Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411932182567/91054">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411932182567/91054</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines</strong>: <a title="Information Today Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted</strong>: Per <em>How to Write for Computers in Libraries</em>, "Interesting articles, written as case studies or how-we-did-it pieces. These general technical articles should be practical and helpful for the average librarian in any sort of environment -- academic, public, K-12, or corporate libraries. <em>CIL</em> aims to publish articles that are interesting to read and appealing to people in many aspects of the field."[9. Information Today Inc. (2016). How to Write for Computers in Libraries. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="How to Write for CIL" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml">http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml</a>] <em>How to Write for Computers in Libraries</em> lists an editorial calendar with author deadlines and the detailed focus of each issue.[10. Information Today Inc. (2016). How to Write for Computers in Libraries. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="How to Write for CIL" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml">http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml</a>] <em>CIL</em> does not publish reviews of books or software, or general computing news.[11. Information Today Inc. (2016). How to Write for Computers in Libraries. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="How to Write for CIL" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml">http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml</a>] <strong>Submission and review process</strong>: Queries must be submitted via online <a title="Computers in Libraries Query Form" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/query.asp" target="_blank">Query Form</a>.[12. Information Today Inc. (2016). Computers in Libraries Online Query Form. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Query Form" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/query.asp">http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/query.asp</a>]  <em>Computers in Libraries</em> stresses that manuscripts are not accepted. Allow up to a month after the query deadline for a response. "After considering all ideas received, <em>CIL</em> will respond to each person who queried. If the article idea is accepted, then we will send you writers'€™ guidelines and discuss the article with you to ensure that your feature will fit <em>Computers in Libraries'</em>€™ needs and style. <em>CIL</em> does pay small honorariums for feature articles."[13. Information Today Inc. (2016). How to Write for Computers in Libraries. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="How to Write for CIL" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml">http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml</a>] <strong>Editorial tone</strong>: Informal, "friendly and personal."[14. Information Today Inc. (2016). How to Write for Computers in Libraries. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="How to Write for CIL" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml">http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml</a>] <strong>Style guide used</strong>: <em>Computers in Libraries</em> has specific writers' guidelines, which are sent out to authors after the proposal is accepted. Other than that, there is no style guide specified.[15. Information Today Inc. (2016). How to Write for Computers in Libraries. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="How to Write for CIL" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml">http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> It doesn't matter whether you are experienced or a new author: <em>Computers in Libraries</em> is looking for interesting articles and how-to pieces. A well written query on a relevant subject matter (written from experience) can open doors for LIS authors at this publication. The <a title="Computers in Libraries Media Kit" href="http://www.infotoday.com/advert/default.shtml#print" target="_blank">Media Kit</a> notes that "<em>Computers in Libraries</em> is the library professional'€™s only venue for sharing and learning practical information about today's library technologies," and "<em>CIL'</em>€™s columnists are well-known, well-respected opinion leaders in their fields."[16. Information Today Inc. (2016). Media Kit. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Media Kit" href="http://www.infotoday.com/advert/default.shtml#print">http://www.infotoday.com/advert/default.shtml#print</a>] As the publication accepts submissions from working librarians regarding their technology projects, this would be an ideal place for LIS students to submit queries. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation</strong>: 5,000 plus subscribers with another 3-4 readers acquired when each issue is passed along. Over 2,000 copies are distributed throughout the year at major library shows, including SLA and ALA, as well as Information Today, Inc.'€™s library shows: <em>”Computers in Libraries</em>, <em>Internet Librarian</em>, and <em>Internet Librarian International</em>. The parent website, <a title="Information Today, Inc." href="http://www.infotoday.com/" target="_blank">Information Today Inc.</a>, averages more than 50,000 visitors per month.[17. Information Today Inc. (2016). Media Kit. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Media Kit" href="http://www.infotoday.com/advert/default.shtml#print">http://www.infotoday.com/advert/default.shtml#print</a>] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations</strong>: According to WorldCat there are 2,153 libraries around the world that have <em>Computers in Libraries</em> on their shelves. These readers are spread all over the world: USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, South Africa, and United Kingdom. <em>Computers in Libraries</em> focus on worldwide community of librarians who are interested in emerging technologies and their implementation.[18. OCLC WorldCat. (2016). Retrieved from <a title="WorldCat" href="http://www.worldcat.org/title/computers-in-libraries/oclc/18848244&amp;referer=brief_results">http://www.worldcat.org/title/computers-in-libraries/oclc/18848244&amp;referer=brief_results</a>] <em>Computers in Libraries</em> is published in English. Since its content is devoted to discussion of impact of emerging computer technologies on library systems, there is no cultural labels attached and author'€™s language wouldn'€™t be affected.[19. ProQuest. (2016). Computers in Libraries. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Serial Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411932182567/91054">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411932182567/91054</a>] <strong>Reader characteristics</strong>: General readers are average librarians in any sort of setting—academic, public, school, or special. They are not only "€œtechies"€ but also library managers, system, reference, collection, and acquisitions librarians who are making purchasing decisions about recent library tools.[20. Information Today Inc. (2016). FAQ: Writing for Computers in Libraries. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="FAQ" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/faq.shtml">http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/faq.shtml</a>] 95% of <em>Computers in Libraries</em> readers are involved in some way in the purchasing process, including three in five who either authorize purchases or select the products. The readers "buy, lease and use products and services such as large scale integrated library systems, tools for RFID and ERM, online services, networking hardware and software, peripheral products, security tools, books, and reference tools."[21. Information Today Inc. (2016). Media Kit. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Media Kit" href="http://www.infotoday.com/advert/default.shtml#print">http://www.infotoday.com/advert/default.shtml#print</a>] <em>Computers in Libraries</em> does not publish academic pieces nor does it accept articles by vendors and publishers. From the mission statement of <em>CIL</em>: "<em>CIL</em>'s mission is to provide librarians and other information professionals with useful and insightful information about all computer-related subjects that affect their jobs. <em>CIL</em> does this through articles that are written by library professionals for library professionals, with a friendly, personal voice. These general technical articles are practical and helpful for the average librarian in any sort of environment: corporate, special, academic, public, and K-12. <em>CIL</em> aims to publish articles that are interesting to read and appealing to people in many aspects of the field."[22. Information Today Inc. (2016). How to Write for Computers in Libraries. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="How to Write for CIL" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml">http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml</a>] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter</strong>: Readers of <em>Computers in Libraries</em> are well informed about LIS topics and issues. They are library directors, knowledge managers, webmasters, and acquisitions librarians. <em>Computers in Libraries</em> does not publish articles about salaries or association trends and news; instead it devotes its pages to entirely to technology topics.[23. Information Today Inc. (2016). Media Kit. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Media Kit" href="http://www.infotoday.com/advert/default.shtml#print">http://www.infotoday.com/advert/default.shtml#print</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> Prospective authors may wish to keep in mind that <em>Computers in Libraries</em> aims to publish articles that are interesting to read and appealing to people in many aspects of the computer-related library field. <em>CIL</em> does not include reviews of books or software and does not cover general computing news. The publication stresses several times throughout the mission statement and FAQ, that they "€œdo not publish academic research papers or vendor-written articles."[24. Information Today Inc. (2016). FAQ: Writing for Computers in Libraries. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="FAQ" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/faq.shtml">http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/faq.shtml</a>] There is month by month table showing publication themes for the year, which include topics like managing electronic resources, open source software, technology for check-in and checkout, etc.[25. Information Today Inc. (2016). How to Write for Computers in Libraries. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="How to Write for CIL" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml">http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/contrib.shtml</a>] This is a publication where readers will understand use of LIS jargon, as it is "by librarians, for librarians." However, the technical writing should be geared toward general audience and be practical and helpful for the average librarian.[26. Information Today Inc. (2016). CIL's Mission Statement. <em>Computers in Libraries.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Missions Statement" href="http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/cilinfo.shtml">http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/cilinfo.shtml</a>] <strong>Last updated</strong>: May 14, 2016 <hr /> <h4>References<strong> </strong></h4>
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