News Library News

*As of August 2014, the most recent post on the News Library News blog was dated January 2012.*

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: News Library News (NLN)

Website: http://news.sla.org/ (prior to September 2010 publication at http://www.ibiblio.org/slanews/nln/index.htm).

Purpose, objective, or mission: The mission of NLN is to inform library and information professionals of current practices in news libraries, and opportunities in nonlibrary settings (newspapers, etc).1

Target audience: Library or information science professionals who are interested in news or journalism research. The audience is made up of the members of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) News Division.2

Publisher: SLA News Division.3

Peer reviewed? No.4

Type: LIS professional bulletin.5

Medium: Online.6

Content: Posts cover topics related to library research for news organizations, profiles of leaders in the news library field, profiles of special information job settings, history of research in news organizations. Highlights of annual SLA conference and workshops; future work and skills for news librarians.7

Frequency of publication: As posts are received.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://newslib.blogspot.com/

Types of contributions accepted: Blog-style posts relevant to news and information pertinent to members of the Special Libraries Association.9

Submission and review process: Per their blog, “Know of more we should be listing? Or want to contribute to NewsLibLog? Email a contribution to Julie or Amy, or ask us to send you an invite to set up a password to edit the blog.”10

Editorial tone: Tone emphasizes the specialized nature of news libraries. Many of the contributors are working librarians with newsroom or journalism experience. The NLN tone allows anyone interested in special libraries to become aware of the many opportunities. Posts are informal but informational.11

Style guide used: No particular style guide mentioned.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Librarians who are interested in special libraries or news research have a chance at being published. This is the main newsletter of the SLA’s news division, so a majority of new trends and job opportunities are detailed here.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Not provided.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The SLA and the publication editors are based in the United States, but the online blog could be available to an international audience. NLN primarily speaks to an English speaking North American audience of librarians working in journalism settings.12

Reader characteristics: News librarians would might read NLN work in diverse organizations. They may be in special libraries, but some are in newspapers or corporate news settings. News librarians may be employed for general research, fact-gathering for reporters, or archiving. Librarians who read NLN most likely have MLS degrees and possibly degrees in journalism too.13 Members are focused on news dissemination and will have a bias towards an open press in the news media.14

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: The level of experience with LIS issues would be high. They have a specific interest in using library research skills to gather facts for news articles. They have a high interest in current events and news. They are curious about the impact of technology and Internet on their future jobs in printed news sources.15

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

Readers of News Library News are a specialized group of librarians, like law librarians or medical librarians. An author for this newsletter would need to be knowledgeable about journalism jargon, as well as library science skills. Although the author would be writing for this specific audience, journalism covers a wide variety of topics so the audience could be diverse. News librarians may be working at the NPR Radio library or the Wall Street Journal. An author for NLN should be talented at writing profiles of working librarians, describing their jobs for future librarians who may be interested in this field. The tone and language of articles should be more general, not scholarly. News librarians might be interested in more practical articles: how to get a job, how to effectively use news databases, etc. Authors should keep in mind the differences between the resources of a small organization and a national magazine.

Last updated: May 14, 2016


References

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  1. Special Libraries Association News Division. (2016). About the News Division. Retrieved from http://www.ibiblio.org/slanews/aboutthissite/about-the-news-division/
  2. Special Libraries Association. (2016). NewsliBlog. Retrieved from http://newslib.blogspot.com/
  3. Special Libraries Association. (2016). NewsliBlog. Retrieved from http://newslib.blogspot.com/
  4. Special Libraries Association. (2016). NewsliBlog. Retrieved from http://newslib.blogspot.com/
  5. Special Libraries Association. (2016). NewsliBlog. Retrieved from http://newslib.blogspot.com/
  6. Special Libraries Association. (2016). NewsliBlog. Retrieved from http://newslib.blogspot.com/
  7. Special Libraries Association. (2016). NewsliBlog. Retrieved from http://newslib.blogspot.com/
  8. Special Libraries Association. (2016). NewsliBlog. Retrieved from http://newslib.blogspot.com/
  9. Special Libraries Association. (2016). NewsliBlog. Retrieved from http://newslib.blogspot.com/
  10. Special Libraries Association. (2016). NewsliBlog. Retrieved from http://newslib.blogspot.com/
  11. Special Libraries Association. (2016). NewsliBlog. Retrieved from http://newslib.blogspot.com/
  12. Special Libraries Association. (2016). NewsliBlog. Retrieved from http://newslib.blogspot.com/
  13. Special Libraries Association. (2016). NewsliBlog. Retrieved from http://newslib.blogspot.com/
  14. Special Libraries Association News Division. (2016). About the News Division. Retrieved from http://www.ibiblio.org/slanews/aboutthissite/about-the-news-division/
  15. Special Libraries Association. (2016). NewsliBlog. Retrieved from http://newslib.blogspot.com/
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