Journal of Library Administration (JLA)

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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Journal of Library Administration (JLA)

Website: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/wjla20

Purpose, objective, or mission: Per their site, JLA “informs readers on research, current developments, and trends related to the leadership and management of libraries.”1 It keeps the information professional in a position of management in the library field informed about the latest trends in management, technology, and budgeting solutions.2

Target audience: Individuals in a position of management within the library profession.3

Publisher: Routledge.4

Peer reviewed? Yes.5

Type: JLA may be classified as a hybrid publication because articles deal with both the latest trends in technology and management as well as research dealing with historical perspectives and future projections. However, it is primarily considered to be a scholarly journal6 since it is peer-reviewed and all the articles have abstracts and detailed notes.7

Medium: Print and online.8

Content: Includes articles discussing the trends in management and the developments in digital technology, research papers on diverse subjects relating to leadership in various areas of the library profession, such as project management and strategic planning.9

Frequency of publication: 8 issues per year.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjla20&page=instructions

Types of contributions accepted: Articles on “leadership, management, evaluation, assessment, marketing, and more to promote organizational success.”11

Submission and review process: Manuscripts are submitted electronically to the editor for the peer-review process. No simultaneous submissions or previously published work accepted.12

Editorial tone: Scholarly but readable.13

Style guide used: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).14

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

The Journal of Library Administration contains a lot of information that useful to current leaders in the Library and Information Science profession. Not only does it disseminate practical information that promote efficient management practices, it also publishes articles that range from discussions of theoretical perspectives about technological trends and its effect on the profession to historically fundamental issues of library management. Malcolm Getz’s article, Open-Access Scholarly Publishing in Economic Perspective, for example, discusses digital versus paper publication and the consequences for financial management.15 LIS professionals who can contribute insightful new outlooks on management issues should be encouraged as well. JLA sometimes publishes special issues that cover a specific theme so queries should be sent first, although it is not required by the journal.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Not available.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: A review of the publication shows that while the issues presented within its pages may be considered globally appropriate, most of the research done for these articles are U.S. based. In volume 46, issue 2, for example, Joseph J. Branin’s Shaping Our Space: Envisioning the New Research Library, uses Ohio State University’s central research library as the model for its findings,16 while in volume 45, issue 3/4, Lesley Mutinta Moyo and Ellysa Stern Cahoy’s Library Use in the E-learning Environment: A Profile of Penn State’s World Campus Faculty and Students uses findings from research conducted at Penn State University in Pennsylvania.17

The journal is an English publication geared towards LIS professionals in the United States18 but the issues discussed are relevant to librarians in other parts of the world. Besides being printed in English, authors use language that is scholarly and is free of cultural predilections to make it accessible to LIS professionals worldwide.19 Although most of the research is U.S. based, the challenges explored are applicable to most libraries across the globe, such as the use of web-based library resources.

Reader characteristics: Although no specific characteristics are available, we may safely assume that readers of the publication are more than likely educated, LIS professionals or MLIS students and graduates. It is likely that a majority of the subscribers of the Journal of Library Administration are LIS professionals since almost all articles cover library or archival type issues. Judging from the title, it is safe to surmise that a percentage of its library and information science audience is also in managerial positions. Readers of the Journal of Library Administration are presumably enthusiastic supporters of the advancement of the library and champions of library issues as a majority are professionals in the field. The publication is patently progressive, with articles that promote the aggressive use of technologies in libraries and that advocate change. Readers of the journal, as well as the authors of these articles, also encourage the use of management practices in other fields to the library profession.20

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Knowledge of LIS topics and issues are critical if one is to understand the matters discussed in this publication. Readers are most likely familiar with LIS jargon because, if they are not already working in the field, they are probably MLIS students or, at the very least, have great interest in the subject matter.21

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

Because the Journal of Library Administration is a specialized publication, a majority of its readers are most likely LIS professionals in leading positions within their institutions. Authors must keep in mind the scholarly nature of the journal and that its subscribers are familiar with LIS jargon, topics, and issues. This audience is not interested in technical services but are partial to articles about management problems and solutions. Authors must submit pieces that are formal or scholarly and might benefit from using headings and subheadings to focus the attention of readers to the work’s topics and resolutions.

Last updated: November 3, 2014


References

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  1. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Journal of Library Administration. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wjla20#.U77vGLGdROg
  2. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Journal of Library Administration. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wjla20#.U77vGLGdROg
  3. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Journal of Library Administration. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wjla20#.U77vGLGdROg
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Journal of Library Administration. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405022099503/83292
  5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Journal of Library Administration. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405022099503/83292
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Journal of Library Administration. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405022099503/83292
  7. Informa UK Limited. (2014). List of issues. Journal of Library Administration. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/wjla20#.U77vALGdROg
  8. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Journal of Library Administration. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405022099503/83292
  9. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Journal of Library Administration. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wjla20#.U77vGLGdROg
  10. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Journal of Library Administration. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405022099503/83292
  11. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for authors. Journal of Library Administration. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjla20&page=instructions#.U77vELGdROg
  12. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for authors. Journal of Library Administration. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjla20&page=instructions#.U77vELGdROg
  13. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for authors. Journal of Library Administration. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjla20&page=instructions#.U77vELGdROg
  14. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for authors. Journal of Library Administration. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjla20&page=instructions#.U77vELGdROg
  15. Getz, M. (2005). Open-access scholarly publishing in economic perspective. Journal of Library Administration42(1), 1-39. doi: 10.1300/J111v42n01-01
  16. Branin, J.J. (2007). Shaping our space: Envisioning the new research library. Journal of Library Administration, 46(2), 27-53. doi: 10.1300/J111v46n02_04
  17. Moyo, L.M. & Cahoy, E.S. (2006). Library use in the e-learning environment: A profile of Penn State’s world campus faculty and students. Journal of Library Administration, 46(3/4), 339-359. doi: 10.1300/J111v45n03_01
  18. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Journal of Library Administration. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405022099503/83292
  19. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for authors. Journal of Library Administration. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjla20&page=instructions#.U77vELGdROg
  20. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Journal of Library Administration. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wjla20#.U77vGLGdROg
  21. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Journal of Library Administration. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wjla20#.U77vGLGdROg
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