Feliciter

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Feliciter

Website: http://www.community.cla.ca

Purpose, objective, or mission: Feliciter is the publication of the Canadian Library Association (CLA) whose mission is to serve as “champion library values and the value of libraries, influence public policy impacting libraries, inspire and support member learning, [and] collaborate to strengthen the library community.”1 Feliciter is “the only national magazine dedicated to serving the Canadian library and information services community.”2

Target audience: Members of the Canadian Library Association. Members of the association include “€œthe staff and boards of public, college and university, special and school libraries.”3

Publisher: Canadian Library Association/Association Canadienne des Bibliothéques.4

Peer reviewed? No.5

Type: LIS professional news.6

Medium: Online only.7

Content: “€œEach issue of Feliciter contains opinion pieces, columns, and feature articles on professional concerns and developments, along with news of the Canadian Library Association.”8 Each issue has a theme, which have included the following: library services for children and young adults, security, information literacy, second careers, and e-resources and the digital divide. Many issues focus on association business, such as conferences and initiatives.9

2014 themes and guest editors are listed on the home page.

Frequency of publication: Six issues per year.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Author_Guest_Editor_Guidelines&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=10804

Types of contributions accepted: Articles and contributions should primarily be related to the corresponding theme, but contributions on other information-related topics are also welcome. Articles should be 1,000 to 1,500 words while smaller works, such as reviews, should be about 400 words. Works should be relatively quick to read and provide clear how-to information when applicable.11

You may also suggest a theme for an issue, or volunteer to be a guest editor of Feliciter. The Author Guidelines page lists Guest Editor Guidelines as well as Author Guidelines.12

Submission and review process: Submit full manuscripts by email (publishing@cla.ca), fax or postal service. Theme related submissions must be received 6 weeks prior to publication deadline. Editorial calendar with themes and deadlines included in Author Guidelines. There is no peer-review process and authors work with editors of each issue.13

To submit a theme or apply to be a guest editor, email Feliciter editor Judy Green at CLA (jgreen@cla.ca).14

Editorial tone: Contributions should be “€œinformal but informative. Conclusions should follow logically and statements should be supported.”15 The submission guidelines also note that “€œarticles should not be overly dense or scholarly, but rather written to pique the interest of the readers/audience.”16

Style guide used: Chicago Manual of Style.17

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Feliciter is geared toward information professionals who work and reside in Canada and especially members of the Canadian Library Association. There are no restrictions as to the location of contributors, but there may be regional and/or cultural differences regarding LIS topics that should be addressed. Feliciter has been in print for over 50 years and is a credible publication that represents the Canadian Library Association to its members and the world. Students, educators, and practitioners might all have appropriate ideas to contribute. Possible topics include the themes discussed above, and previous themes include “Library Technicians” and “Publishing in Canada.”18

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Feliciter serves the Canadian Library Association, which is made up of 2,236 members, including individual, institutional, and library board members. Others may also subscribe to Feliciter and the total circulation of the CLA, as of 2012, is 394.19

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Out of a circulation of 3942, excepting 47 subscriptions from the United States and 7 foreign subscriptions, all subscriptions are to readers residing in Canada. Readers are spread out among the country’€™s various territories and provinces.20 Feliciter is published in English with many references and information needs specific to Canadians. Issues such as publishing in Canada and the state of Canadian public libraries are common topics. The Canadian Library Association is also known as the Association Canadienne des Bibliothéques, showing that French culture and language contributes to the culture of the association and its publication. Authors should ensure that their content and contributions can resonate with the publication’€™s Canadian readers, possibly doing research on libraries in Canada and using a minimum of regional and cultural references found outside the country.21

Reader characteristics: The website does not provide any gender, ethnic, or other demographic information regarding its readership and membership beyond the types of libraries in which they work and the provinces in which they live. Members of the Canadian Library Association “œwork in college, university, public, special (corporate, non-profit and government) and school libraries. Others sit on boards of public libraries, work for companies that provide goods and services to libraries, or are students in graduate level or community college programs.”22 Most readers will have an MLS or MLIS. Readers will have a strong interest in library and information science issues. Because the readership is predominantly Canadian, authors should ensure that values and ideas expressed are in line with those of Canadian librarians. The publication also produces lots of association news, so content should include information relevant to the association and its members when possible. A look at published articles reveals that news and factual information are published more often than opinions and editorials, showing that the publication has a more objective slant regarding library issues.23

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: The publication is aimed at readers with extensive and growing knowledge of LIS-related issues. These issues will take a variety of foci based on the type of library discussed, the departments and needs within that library, and the clientele served there. In general, readers will understand and relate to LIS jargon, but authors should avoid jargon specific to a certain type of library.24

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

Readers would benefit most from information and news specific to issues found in Canadian libraries. There are many topics and ideas general to libraries throughout both the United States and Canada, including providing reference service to children and the increased usage of the internet and other electronic avenues. Content should steer clear of cultural references except where those references relate to Canadian libraries. Authors should remember that circulation for this publication is relatively small and insular with a focus on the association and its members.25

Last updated: May 14, 2016


References

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