NextSpace: the OCLC Newsletter

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: NextSpace: the OCLC Newsletter

ISSN: 1559-00111

Website: http://www.oclc.org/nextspace/default.htm

Purpose, objective, or mission: NextSpace analyzes industry trends and technology developments as well as feature news about OCLC (Online Computer Library Center). Their goal is to help members stay informed and make key decisions. NextSpace is about the next idea or the next trend affecting libraries. It is also about the next step that will help libraries create value and shape their future.2

Target audience: OCLC members and information managers. Topics range all over the library spectrum from cataloging to circulation and from systems to reference.3

Publisher: OCLC.4

Peer reviewed? No.5

Type: This is a LIS professional news publication.6

Medium: Print and electronic.7

Content: The newsletter discusses trends in the library world and profession, especially concerning technology. The focus is on OCLC products.8 It replace the older OCLC Newsletter.9

Frequency of publication: Every 3 months.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: No information as this is published in house.

Types of contributions accepted: All information is provided in house.

Submission and review process: No information as this is published in house.

Editorial tone: Somewhat conversational and informal. The newsletter is strongly focused on OCLC products and services as well as how these products and services relate to the future of the profession.11

Style guide used: No information available.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

There is little potential for LIS authors as this newsletter is published in house. However it is a good example of what an in house publication can be. It can serve as a model for an organization’s in house newsletter that is distributed to a wider audience, especially in the way that OCLC markets itself, but also in how they are relating their products and services to the industry at large. In general this publication could serve more as an example, than a possible publication venue (unless one worked directly for OCLC).

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: No circulation statistics provided, but the publication is available online.12

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The publication is produced in the US,13 although it could be viewed online in any part of the world.14 The publication is in English15 and is geared toward an American audience, but could be viewed by readers outside of the country.16

Reader characteristics: Although no information is provided by the publication, it can be assumed that readers are highly involved in all areas of library services, most especially cataloging and interlibrary loan and will have a great deal of interest in technology and advancement in these areas. Looking at the subject matter discussed, it can be assumed that readers will be forward-thinking and expect to find articles in the journal which are are the cutting edge of librarianship.17

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers are likely to have an extensive knowledge of LIS subject matter as a result of experience working in library environments.18

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

Although NextSpace is not open to LIS authors for manuscript submission, it does provide an example of a high-quality LIS-centered publication. It is also a wealth of a wide variety of LIS information for readers.

Last updated: May 14, 2016


References

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  1.  NextSpace, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 22, 2018, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1521739949073/69664
  2. OCLC. (2016). Issues. NextSpace. Retrieved from http://www.oclc.org/publications/nextspace/issues.en.html
  3. OCLC. (2016). Issues. NextSpace. Retrieved from http://www.oclc.org/publications/nextspace/issues.en.html
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2016). NextSpace. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1407304198121/69664
  5. SerialsSolutions. (2016). NextSpace. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1407304198121/69664
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2016). NextSpace. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1407304198121/69664
  7. SerialsSolutions. (2016). NextSpace. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1407304198121/69664
  8. OCLC. (2016). Issues. NextSpace. Retrieved from http://www.oclc.org/publications/nextspace/issues.en.html
  9. SerialsSolutions. (2016). NextSpace. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1407304198121/69664
  10. SerialsSolutions. (2016). NextSpace. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1407304198121/69664
  11. OCLC. (2016). Issues. NextSpace. Retrieved from http://www.oclc.org/publications/nextspace/issues.en.html
  12. OCLC. (2016). Issues. NextSpace. Retrieved from http://www.oclc.org/publications/nextspace/issues.en.html
  13. SerialsSolutions. (2016). NextSpace. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1407304198121/69664
  14. OCLC. (2016). Issues. NextSpace. Retrieved from http://www.oclc.org/publications/nextspace/issues.en.html
  15. SerialsSolutions. (2016). NextSpace. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1407304198121/69664
  16. OCLC. (2016). Issues. NextSpace. Retrieved from http://www.oclc.org/publications/nextspace/issues.en.html
  17. OCLC. (2016). Issues. NextSpace. Retrieved from http://www.oclc.org/publications/nextspace/issues.en.html
  18. OCLC. (2016). Issues. NextSpace. Retrieved from http://www.oclc.org/publications/nextspace/issues.en.html
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