Children and Libraries

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title</strong>: <em>Children and Libraries</em> <strong>Website</strong>: <a title="Children &amp; Libraries" href="http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/index.cfm" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/index.cfm</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission</strong>: Per the publication website, <em>“Children and Libraries (CAL)</em> 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.”[1. “About <em>Children and Libraries,”</em> Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, <a title="Children &amp; Libraries" href="http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib</a>] <strong>Target audience</strong>: Children's librarians, school librarians, reading teachers, library directors, book reviewers, and university professors.[2. <em>“CAL</em> Author Guidelines,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, <a href="http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/guidelinesforauthors/guidelinesauthors">http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/guidelinesforauthors/guidelinesauthors</a>] <strong>Publisher</strong>: Association for Library Services to Children/American Library Association.[3. <em>Children and Libraries,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed January 27, 2017, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406601484375/483395" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406601484375/483395</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed</strong>? Yes[4. <em>Children and Libraries,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed January 27, 2017, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406601484375/483395" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406601484375/483395</a>] <strong>Type</strong>: Children and youth; LIS scholarly[5. <em>Children and Libraries,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed January 27, 2017, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406601484375/483395" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406601484375/483395</a>] <strong>Medium</strong>: Print and online[6. <em>Children and Libraries,</em> Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed January 27, 2017,  <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406601484375/483395" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406601484375/483395</a>] <strong>Content</strong>: Current scholarly research and practice in library service to children with highlights of significant activities and programs of the association[7. “About <em>Children and Libraries,”</em> Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, <a title="Children &amp; Libraries" href="http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication</strong>: Quarterly[8. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed January 27, 2017, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406601484375/483395" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406601484375/483395</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines</strong>: <a title="Children &amp; Libraries Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/guidelinesforauthors/guidelinesauthors" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/guidelinesforauthors/guidelinesauthors</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted</strong>: <em>CAL</em> 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). [9. <em>“CAL</em> Author Guidelines,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, <a title="CAL Author Guidelines" href="http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/guidelinesforauthors/guidelinesauthors" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/guidelinesforauthors/guidelinesauthors</a>] <strong>Submission and review process</strong>: Submissions via email as Microsoft Word attachments are preferred. Manuscripts will be acknowledged upon receipt and evaluated by at least two referees.[10. <em>“CAL</em> Author Guidelines,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, <a title="CAL Author Guidelines" href="http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/guidelinesforauthors/guidelinesauthors" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/guidelinesforauthors/guidelinesauthors</a>] 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.[11. <em>"Children and Libraries</em> Manuscript Referee Process," Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017,  <a title="CAL Manuscript Referee Process" href="http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/calrefereeprocess" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/calrefereeprocess</a>] <strong>Editorial tone</strong>: Academic or informal, depending on the submission type.[12. <em>“CAL</em> Author Guidelines,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, <a title="CAL Author Guidelines" href="http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/guidelinesforauthors/guidelinesauthors" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/guidelinesforauthors/guidelinesauthors</a>] <strong>Style guide used</strong>: <em>The Chicago Manual of Style</em>.[13. <em>“CAL</em> Author Guidelines,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, <a title="CAL Author Guidelines" href="http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/guidelinesforauthors/guidelinesauthors" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/guidelinesforauthors/guidelinesauthors</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> 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 <em>Children and Libraries</em> increases prestige for the author as the publication is distributed nationwide and in some foreign countries. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation</strong>: Although exact circulation numbers are not available, <em>Children and Libraries</em> 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.[14. <em>“Children and Libraries</em> Subscription Information,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, <a title="CAL Subscription Information" href="http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/calsubinfo" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/calsubinfo</a>] ALSC has a membership network of approximately 4,000.[15. “About ALSC,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, <a title="About ALSC" href="http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc</a>] <em>Children and Libraries </em>is also available online, with the four most recent issues available only to members but older issues open to all.[16. <em>“Children and Libraries:</em> The Journal of the Association for Library Services to Children," Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, <a title="Children &amp; Libraries" href="http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib</a>] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations</strong>: As the official journal of the ALSC the audience of members extends to every state in the nation and to some foreign countries.[17. <em>“Children and Libraries</em> Subscription Information,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017,  <a title="CAL Subscription Information" href="http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/calsubinfo" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/calsubinfo</a>] ALSC is conscious of different cultures and is the national home of <em>El día de los niños - El día de los libros</em> (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.[18. “ALSC Initiatives,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, <a title="ALSC Initiatives" href="http://www.ala.org/alsc/initiatives" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.ala.org/alsc/initiatives</a>] These programs reflect the organization's support for diversity and dedication to service to all children. <strong>Reader characteristics</strong>: Readers of <em>Children and Libraries</em> 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.[19. “About ALSC,” Association for Library Services to Children, Accessed January 27, 2017, <a title="About ALSC" href="http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc</a>] 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.”[20. “About ALSC,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, <a title="About ALSC" href="http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc</a>]€ 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.[21. “The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, <a href="http://www.ala.org/alsc/sites/ala.org.alsc/files/content/ALSCwhitepaper_importance%20of%20diversity_with%20graphics_FINAL.pdf">http://www.ala.org/alsc/sites/ala.org.alsc/files/content/ALSCwhitepaper_importance%20of%20diversity_with%20graphics_FINAL.pdf</a>] Cultural diversity is a value of the organization, evident in the various articles in <em>CAL</em> that cover service and programs to patrons of different ethnic backgrounds.[22. “Back Issues of <em>Children and Libraries,” </em>Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, <a href="http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/indices">http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/indices</a>] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter</strong>: Readers can be expected to be familiar with LIS jargon and issues facing children and libraries. The readers of <em>CAL</em> have experience with current technologies and the latest trends in library services for children.[23. “About ALSC,” Association for Library Services to Children, accessed January 27, 2017, <a title="About ALSC" href="http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> 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. <strong>Last updated</strong>: January 27, 2017 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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