LIBREAS: Library Ideas

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>LIBREAS: Library Ideas</em> <strong>Website:</strong> <a title="LIBREAS" href="http://libreas.eu/" target="_blank">http://libreas.eu/</a> <em>Note: the site is written mostly in German; if not fluent, use a translator to view content. Google Chrome is the easiest browser to use to translate content. </em> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> <em>LIBREAS: Library Ideas</em>, is an open access online journal œthat deals with contemporary issues in LIS.[1. LIBREAS. Library Ideas. (2016). <em>AutorInnenhinweise</em>. Retrieved from <a title="LIBREAS Author Guides" href="http://libreas.eu/authorguides/" target="_blank">http://libreas.eu/authorguides/</a>] The site began as a student project intended in part to bolster the presence of the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, which was endangered in 2003. The staff, which eventually graduated and entered a professional career, desired "€œan interface between the young savages and the old hands," a public place to exchange ideas and information between old and young, academic and professional. It is a journal that the writers want to read themselves.[2. B. Kaden, M. Kindling, and M. Schulz, personal communication, 12 April 2013] <strong>Target audience:</strong> LIS new professionals, and the public audience, with particular attention to Germany and Europe.[3. LIBREAS. Library Ideas. (2016). <em>AutorInnenhinweise</em>. Retrieved from <a title="LIBREAS Author Guides" href="http://libreas.eu/authorguides/" target="_blank">http://libreas.eu/authorguides/</a>] <strong>Publisher:</strong> Published at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, by LIBREAS-Verein.[4. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Libreas: Library ideas. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403884346140/611030" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403884346140/611030]</a> <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> No formal peer-review process; content is reviewed by the publication's editors.[5. LIBREAS. Library Ideas. (2016). <em>AutorInnenhinweise</em>. Retrieved from <a title="LIBREAS Author Guides" href="http://libreas.eu/authorguides/" target="_blank">http://libreas.eu/authorguides/</a>] <strong>Type:</strong> An LIS professional publication, although some articles are more scholarly.[6. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Libreas. Library ideas. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403884346140/611030" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403884346140/611030]</a> <strong>Medium:</strong> Online. You may also follow <em>LIBREAS</em> on <a title="LIBREAS Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/libreas" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a title="LIBREAS Facebook" href="http://www.facebook.com/libreas" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, and <a title="LIBREAS Tumblr" href="http://libreas.tumblr.com" target="_blank">Tumblr</a>.[7. LIBREAS. Library Ideas. (2016). <em>AutorInnenhinweise</em>. Retrieved from <a title="LIBREAS Author Guides" href="http://libreas.eu/authorguides/" target="_blank">http://libreas.eu/authorguides/</a>] <strong>Content:</strong> Editorials; articles and essays under topics like Theory, Practice, and Projects, about LIS-related news &amp; events, and LIS-content book reviews. Some issues also include podcasts and photo galleries.[8. LIBREAS. Library Ideas. (2016). <em>AutorInnenhinweise</em>. Retrieved from <a title="LIBREAS Author Guides" href="http://libreas.eu/authorguides/" target="_blank">http://libreas.eu/authorguides/</a>] The site also includes a blog. For more information on the blog, see the <a title="LIBREAS About Page" href="http://libreas.wordpress.com/about/" target="_blank">About</a> page.[9. LIBREAS. Library Ideas. (2016). <em>About/Impressum</em>. Retrieved from <a title="LIBREAS Blog" href="http://libreas.wordpress.com/about/" target="_blank">http://libreas.wordpress.com/about/</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Irregularly.[10. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Libreas. Library ideas. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403884346140/611030" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403884346140/611030]</a> <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a title="LIBREAS Submission Guidelines" href="http://libreas.wordpress.com/category/libreas-call-for-papers/" target="_blank">http://libreas.wordpress.com/category/libreas-call-for-papers/</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> Articles and essays related to any aspect of LIS.[11. LIBREAS. Library Ideas. (2016). <em>AutorInnenhinweise</em>. Retrieved from <a title="LIBREAS Author Guides" href="http://libreas.eu/authorguides/" target="_blank">http://libreas.eu/authorguides/</a>] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> Send a short sketch of your idea or an abstract via email to the editors.[12. LIBREAS. Library Ideas. (2016). <em>AutorInnenhinweise</em>. Retrieved from <a title="LIBREAS Author Guides" href="http://libreas.eu/authorguides/" target="_blank">http://libreas.eu/authorguides/</a>] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> Information presented with a fresh, often wry perspective. <em>LIBREAS</em> is open, fresh and also controversial, in order to leave room for development, to recognize niches in order to unfold trends out of them.[13. B. Kaden, M. Kindling, and M. Schulz, personal communication, 12 April 2013] <strong>Style guide used:</strong> None specified: but citations should be uniform and formatting should be minimal, as anything beyond structural formatting is lost in the conversion to an online format. Essays should be written in MS Word, LibreOffice or OpenOffice Writer, with a German and English abstract.[14. LIBREAS. Library Ideas. (2016). <em>AutorInnenhinweise</em>. Retrieved from <a title="LIBREAS Author Guides" href="http://libreas.eu/authorguides/" target="_blank">http://libreas.eu/authorguides/</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> This is a wonderfully envisioned and executed site that aims to bridge generations and LIS academics and professionals, all with a touch of humor and humility. The articles are interesting and well written and apply to LIS practitioners across the globe, not just from Germany. From a 2012 issue'€™s editorial, LIBREAS editors €œsee themselves as part of a culture of communication in the library and information science and library practice.[15. editorial LIBREAS. (2016). Failure in the writing workshop: From the editors of <em>LIBREAS. Library Ideas</em>. <em>LIBREAS: Library Ideas</em>, 20. Retrieved from <a title="LIBREAS Editorial" href="http://libreas.eu/ausgabe20/texte/04redaktion01.htm" target="_blank">http://libreas.eu/ausgabe20/texte/04redaktion01.htm</a>] &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> Not available. The journal is an open access, online publication.[16. LIBREAS. Library Ideas. (2016). <em>AutorInnenhinweise</em>. Retrieved from <a title="LIBREAS Author Guides" href="http://libreas.eu/authorguides/" target="_blank">http://libreas.eu/authorguides/</a>] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> <em>LIBREAS</em> is published at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany,[17. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Libreas: Library ideas. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403884346140/611030" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403884346140/611030]</a> and most of its contributors and editors are from Germany.[18. LIBREAS. Library Ideas. (2016). <em>Autorinnen und Autoren der LIBREAS 2005-</em>. Retrieved from <a title="LIBREAS Authors" href="http://libreas.eu/autorinnen/" target="_blank">http://libreas.eu/autorinnen/</a>] Written in German (easily translatable using a Google Chrome browser or add-on on other browsers) and partly in English, the journal references U.S. and world culture frequently, so writers from other countries should not feel intimidated.[19. LIBREAS. Library Ideas. (2016). <em>AutorInnenhinweise</em>. Retrieved from <a title="LIBREAS Author Guides" href="http://libreas.eu/authorguides/" target="_blank">http://libreas.eu/authorguides/</a>] <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> Editors and writers consist of scientists and library scholars, LIS professionals and students, academic and otherwise. Anyone with an interest in information.[20. LIBREAS. Library Ideas. (2016). <em>AutorInnenhinweise</em>. Retrieved from <a title="LIBREAS Author Guides" href="http://libreas.eu/authorguides/" target="_blank">http://libreas.eu/authorguides/</a>] <em>LIBREAS</em> aims to continue a discourse and keep LIS relevant in academic and professional circles, but also in the community at large. (Community being initially specific to Berlin, but encompassing the entire online world reading this journal.)[21. LIBREAS. Library Ideas. (2016). <em>AutorInnenhinweise</em>. Retrieved from <a title="LIBREAS Author Guides" href="http://libreas.eu/authorguides/" target="_blank">http://libreas.eu/authorguides/</a>] They also encourage open access journals in the LIS field as a way of promoting more discourse. From <em>LIBREAS 21</em>: It "€œis important to us that a large number of colleagues bring to the library and information science debate that they also demand accountability and transparency in decisions on libraries and library infrastructure that, if necessary, call for more level of debate. And not just in the <em>LIBREAS</em>, but also in all other publications and forms."[22. Vierkant, P. (2012). Visualizing open access. <em>LIBREAS. Library Ideas, 21</em>. Retrieved from <a title="LIBREAS Article" href="http://libreas.eu/ausgabe21/texte/05vierkant.htm" target="_blank">http://libreas.eu/ausgabe21/texte/05vierkant.htm</a>] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> Strong, but authors should not assume that readers will have a working knowledge of complicated LIS terminology. As it is an open access journal, the information is easily available to anyone.[23. LIBREAS. Library Ideas. (2016). <em>AutorInnenhinweise</em>. Retrieved from <a title="LIBREAS Author Guides" href="http://libreas.eu/authorguides/" target="_blank">http://libreas.eu/authorguides/</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> <em>LIBREAS</em> was created from an idea of forging old and new to create a dialogue amongst LIS professionals and academics. It is passionate, but not overwhelmingly so; and articles are interesting, usually with a philosophical or larger world-view slant that will appeal to LIS and non-LIS readers alike. <strong>Last updated:</strong> May 16, 2016 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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