DttP or Documents to the People

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title</strong>: <em>Dttp</em> or <em>Documents to the People</em> <strong>Website</strong>: <a title="DttP or Documents to the People" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP" target="_blank">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission</strong>: The official publication of the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) of the American Library Association (ALA). This publication disseminates information to ALA and GODORT members about government information and activities on a local, state, national, and international level, and provides information on the professional activities of GODORT.[1. American Library Association. (2016). Documents to the People. <em>Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)</em>. Retrieved from <a title="DttP" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP</a>] <strong>Target audience</strong>: ALA and GODORT members as well as individuals interested in the global and national environments, and government information and activities.[2. American Library Association. (2016). Documents to the People. <em>Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)</em>. Retrieved from <a title="DttP" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP</a>] <strong>Publisher</strong>: American Library Association.[3. ProQuest. (2016). DTTP. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Serials Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412011463189/608091">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412011463189/608091</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed</strong>? No.[4. ProQuest. (2016). DTTP. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Serials Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412011463189/608091">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412011463189/608091</a>] <strong>Type</strong>: LIS professional news magazine.[5. ProQuest. (2016). DTTP. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Serials Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412011463189/608091">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412011463189/608091</a>] <strong>Medium</strong>: Print and online (as a pdf)[6. ProQuest. (2016). DTTP. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Serials Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412011463189/608091">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412011463189/608091</a>] <strong>Content</strong>: From their site, they publish articles on government information and government activities at local, state, national, and international, and intergovernmental levels, and documents the professional activities of GODORT.[7. American Library Association. (2016). Documents to the People. <em>Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)</em>. Retrieved from <a title="DttP" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP</a>] Of particular interest to students, <em>DttP</em> publishes a <a title="DttP or Documents to the People Student Papers Issue" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Student_Papers_Issue" target="_blank">Student Papers Issue</a>, "designed to showcase the talents and interests of current library school students."[8. American Library Association. (2016). DttP Student Papers Issue. <em>Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)</em>. Retrieved from <a title="DttP Student Papers Issue" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Student_Papers_Issue">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Student_Papers_Issue</a>] Faculty members nominate and forward student papers focusing on government information in all levels of librarianship to the current editor.[9. American Library Association. (2016). DttP Student Papers Issue. <em>Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)</em>. Retrieved from <a title="DttP Student Papers Issue" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Student_Papers_Issue">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Student_Papers_Issue</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication</strong>: Quarterly.[10. ProQuest. (2016). DTTP. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Serials Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412011463189/608091">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412011463189/608091</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines</strong>: <a title="DttP or Documents to the People Submission Guidelines" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Information_for_Authors" target="_blank">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Information_for_Authors</a>[11. American Library Association. (2016). DttP Information for Authors. <em>Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)</em>. Retrieved from <a title="DttP Information for Authors" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Information_for_Authors">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Information_for_Authors</a>] <strong>Types of contributions accepted</strong>: Accepts full-length articles (prefer 1,500-3,000 words in length), news items, letters and other information intended for publication encompassing subjects within <em>DttP</em>'s scope.[12. American Library Association. (2016). DttP Information for Authors. <em>Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)</em>. Retrieved from <a title="DttP Information for Authors" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Information_for_Authors">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Information_for_Authors</a>] <strong>Submission and review process</strong>: Manuscripts are submitted via email to the Co-Lead Editors at dttp.editor@gmail.com, and reviewed for acceptance by editorial staff. Email attachments preferred, in MS Word.[13. American Library Association. (2016). DttP Information for Authors. <em>Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)</em>. Retrieved from <a title="DttP Information for Authors" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Information_for_Authors">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Information_for_Authors</a>] <strong>Editorial tone</strong>: The Instructions for Authors ask for articles written "in a grammatically correct, simple, readable style."[14. American Library Association. (2016). DttP Information for Authors. <em>Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)</em>. Retrieved from <a title="DttP Information for Authors" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Information_for_Authors">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Information_for_Authors</a>] <strong>Style guide used</strong>: <em>Chicago Manual of Style</em>, 15th Ed. The website lists more detailed instructions for formatting in the Instructions for Authors document, linked on the Information for Authors page (above).[15. American Library Association. (2016). DttP Information for Authors. <em>Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)</em>. Retrieved from <a title="DttP Information for Authors" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Information_for_Authors">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Information_for_Authors</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> Within the scope of this publication's focus there is considerable potential for LIS authors interested in writing to increase their visibility. While this publication is not peer-reviewed they offer informative works covering a variety of topics. While it may seem that government documents is a narrow field with limited audience, a previous issue contained these articles: <em>Remembering the Forgotten Internment-Attempts at Redress for the Japanese Latin American Internees of World War II</em>, <em>Inventing Nature-The History and Impact of Plants as Intellectual Property</em>, and <em>By the Authority Vested in Me-The Healthy Marriage Initiative and the Federal Government'™s Historical Love Affair with Marriage</em>.[16. American Library Association. (2016). DttP Full Text. <em>Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)</em>. Retrieved from <a title="DttP Full Text" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Full_Text">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Full_Text</a>] The Student Papers Issue in particular would be an ideal place for students to have work submitted. 2012 editor Greg Curtis notes, of this year's student papers issue, "The breadth of topics reaffirms that government information sources cover most, if not all, current research areas. The articles presented here are about government information, but they also are about relevant topics that the reader might find in other journals and periodicals across the intellectual spectrum."[17. Curtis, G. (2012). Editor's Corner. <em>DttP, 40</em>(4) 6. Retrieved from <a title="DttP Volume 40 Number 4" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/images/7/72/DttP_40n4.pdf">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/images/7/72/DttP_40n4.pdf</a>] <em>DttP</em>'s <a title="DttP or Documents to the People December 2012 Student Papers Issue" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/images/7/72/DttP_40n4.pdf" target="_blank">December 2012 Student Papers Issue</a> included articles titled <em>Delicate Balance: National Security, Government Transparency, and Free Speech</em> and <em>Historical Data Recovery through Crowdsourcing</em>.[18. American Library Association. (2016). DttP Full Text. <em>Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)</em>. Retrieved from <a title="DttP Full Text" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Full_Text">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Full_Text</a>] &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation</strong>: 1,350 (per <em>DttP</em> <a title="DttP or Documents to the People Advertising Information" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Advertising_Rates" target="_blank">advertising info</a> page).[19. American Library Association. (2016). DttP Advertising Rates. <em>Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)</em>. Retrieved from <a title="DttP Advertising Rates" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Advertising_Rates">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Advertising_Rates</a>] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations</strong>: Because <em>DttP</em> covers local, state, national, and international government information, it is safe to assume that a majority of its subscribers are U.S. LIS professionals and its circulation is limited to the United States. Additionally, <em>DttP</em> is sent to subscribing ALA/GODORT members on an annual basis.[20. American Library Association. (2016). DttP Subscription Information. <em>Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)</em>. Retrieved from <a title="DttP Subscription Information" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Subscription_Information">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Subscription_Information</a>] Because it deals primarily with information that affect the United States, <em>DttP</em> is published in English. And like most trade and scholarly journals published in English in the United States, the articles are free of all colloquialisms and accessible to the country's diverse population. Although most articles deal with issues within the LIS field, they are written in language that is comprehensible to the layperson, informal, and straightforward.[21. ProQuest. (2016). DTTP. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Serials Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412011463189/608091">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412011463189/608091</a>] <strong>Reader characteristics</strong>: GODORT does not have any demographic information specified on their circulation information but, because they stress the subject scope of <em>DttP</em>, we might assume that most subscribers are LIS professionals within a law library or government setting and also include LIS students and laypersons interested in government records. The majority of <em>DttP</em> readers are ALA/GODORT members and are likely to be LIS professionals.[22. American Library Association. (2016). DttP Subscription Information. <em>Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)</em>. Retrieved from <a title="DttP Subscription Information" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Subscription_Information">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP_Subscription_Information</a>] The scope of the magazine being what it is, most subscribers are probably documents librarians or librarians with an interest in government information. According to the ALA website, GODORT works to "provide a nexus for initiating and supportng programs to increase the availability, use and bibliographic control of documents."[23. American Library Association. (2016). GODORT. <em>American Library Association.</em> Retrieved from <a title="GODORT" href="http://www.ala.org/godort/">http://www.ala.org/godort/</a>] Readers of <em>DttP</em>, GODORT's official publication, most likely support equal access and oppose restrictions of any kind to government documents and, as most of them are probably librarians, are advocates of the free exchange of ideas. <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter</strong>: Because most readers are most likely ALA/GODORT members, the <em>DttP</em> audience is probably knowledgeable about general LIS issues and topics. They would be especially familiar with subject matters that involve government information use and dissemination, as well as national efforts to restrict as well as to promote access to these types of information.[24. American Library Association. (2016). Documents to the People. <em>Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)</em>. Retrieved from <a title="DttP" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> A majority of the readers of <em>DttP</em> are GODORT members that are documents librarians or interested in local, state, national, and international government information, however, this publication is also available to non-GODORT or ALA members and, because it is a trade and not a scholarly publication, it is also made accessible to non-LIS professionals. Authors who want to contribute to the journal should opt for an informal yet informative tone and avoid discussing specialized LIS issues that the layperson would not immediately understand, such as bibliographic organization. Although it does pay attention to LIS issues, the primary focus of the journal is on documenting government information and the professional activities of GODORT.[25. American Library Association. (2016). Documents to the People. <em>Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)</em>. Retrieved from <a title="DttP" href="http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP">http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/DttP</a>] <strong>Last updated</strong>: May 14, 2016 <hr /> <h4>References<strong> </strong></h4>
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