Children and Libraries

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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Children and Libraries

ISSN: 1542-9806 (Print) and 2374-7641 (Online)1

Website: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/index.cfm

Purpose, objective, or mission: Per the publication website, “Children and Libraries (CAL) is the official, refereed journal of the Association for Library Service to Children. It primarily serves as a vehicle for continuing education of librarians working with children, and showcases current scholarly research and practice in library service to children and significant activities and initiatives of the Association.”2

Target audience: Children’s librarians, school librarians, reading teachers, library directors, book reviewers, and university professors.3

Publisher: Association for Library Services to Children/American Library Association.4

Peer reviewed? Yes5

Type: Children and youth; LIS scholarly6

Medium: Print and online7

Content: Current scholarly research and practice in library service to children with highlights of significant activities and programs of the association8

Frequency of publication: Quarterly9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/guidelinesforauthors/guidelinesauthors

Types of contributions accepted: CAL publishes full-length scholarly research articles; “best practice” pieces on children’s programming (usually 1,500 words or less); and ends each issue with a brief feature by a children’s librarian, a light essay, humorous story, interview, or interview with a children’s author (up to 300 words). 10

Submission and review process: Submissions via email as Microsoft Word attachments are preferred. Manuscripts will be acknowledged upon receipt and evaluated by at least two referees.11 Authors may expect to be notified of the editor’s decision approximately eight weeks after submission. All articles are subject to the double-blind peer review process, with the following exceptions: transcripts of speeches or articles derived from ALSC-sponsored events, news items, and interviews and articles written by or solicited by the editor.12

Editorial tone: Academic or informal, depending on the submission type.13

Style guide used: The Chicago Manual of Style.14

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

LIS professionals who are involved and interested in providing library services to children would benefit from submitting an article to this journal. Having an article published in Children and Libraries increases prestige for the author as the publication is distributed nationwide and in some foreign countries.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Although exact circulation numbers are not available, Children and Libraries is delivered to members of the ALSC at a discounted rate and is a benefit of membership. In addition there are individual subscribers and copies distributed for marketing purposes.15 ALSC has a membership network of approximately 4,000.16 Children and Libraries is also available online, with the four most recent issues available only to members but older issues open to all.17

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: As the official journal of the ALSC the audience of members extends to every state in the nation and to some foreign countries.18 ALSC is conscious of different cultures and is the national home of El día de los niños – El día de los libros (Children’s Day – Book Day) program. They have also developed the ALSC Every Child Ready to Read project, which aims to promote early literacy skills in children from birth to age five.19 These programs reflect the organization’s support for diversity and dedication to service to all children.

Reader characteristics: Readers of Children and Libraries are made up of children’s librarians, including school librarians, reading teachers, library directors, book reviewers, university professors, library support staff, and retired library professionals. Readers will be familiar with the fundamentals and values of school libraries, public libraries, and community programs that serve children. Readers can be expected to be LIS professionals and to have advanced degrees. Many may work in schools or in public libraries and deal directly with children. Readers have interests in children’€™s education, literacy programs, continuing education for library professionals, and collection development of children’€™s materials in schools and libraries.20

ALSC boasts a network of “more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, children’s literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults committed to creating a better future for children through libraries.”21€ These readers are dedicated to children around the country and promote practices that improve children’€™s library services. The ALSC supports equity of access and the continued development of multicultural, multilingual library staff.22 Cultural diversity is a value of the organization, evident in the various articles in CAL that cover service and programs to patrons of different ethnic backgrounds.23

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers can be expected to be familiar with LIS jargon and issues facing children and libraries. The readers of CAL have experience with current technologies and the latest trends in library services for children.24

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

Readers are professionals who are concerned with issues pertaining to children and libraries. Readers work in school libraries, public libraries, or have contact with children. These professionals seek out literature that is specific to library service for children and this journal meets those needs. Readers wish to be informed of the latest trends, research involving children, literacy, and collection development in order to meet the needs of their young patrons. Writers interested in writing for this publication would be most successful addressing these needs.

Last updated: January 27, 2017


References

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  3. “CAL Author Guidelines,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/guidelinesforauthors/guidelinesauthors
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  9. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed January 27, 2017, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406601484375/483395
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  12. “Children and Libraries Manuscript Referee Process,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017,  http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/calrefereeprocess
  13. “CAL Author Guidelines,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/guidelinesforauthors/guidelinesauthors
  14. “CAL Author Guidelines,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/guidelinesforauthors/guidelinesauthors
  15.  “Children and Libraries Subscription Information,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/calsubinfo
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  19. “ALSC Initiatives,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, http://www.ala.org/alsc/initiatives
  20. “About ALSC,” Association for Library Services to Children, Accessed January 27, 2017, http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc
  21. “About ALSC,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc
  22.  “The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, http://www.ala.org/alsc/sites/ala.org.alsc/files/content/ALSCwhitepaper_importance%20of%20diversity_with%20graphics_FINAL.pdf
  23. “Back Issues of Children and Libraries,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/indices
  24. “About ALSC,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc
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