Journal of Library Administration (JLA)

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>Journal of Library Administration (JLA) </em> <strong>ISSN</strong>: 0193-0826 (Print) and 1540-3564 (Online)[1. "Journal information," Taylor and Francis Group, accessed January 27, 2018, <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?journalCode=wjla20" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?journalCode=wjla20</a>]. <strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wjla20/current" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wjla20/current</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> Per their site, <em>JLA</em> "informs readers on research, current developments, and trends related to the leadership and management of libraries."[2. "Aims and Scope," Taylor and Francis Group, accessed January 27, 2018, <a title="Journal of Library Administration Aims &amp; Scope" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wjla20#.U77vGLGdROg" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wjla20#.U77vGLGdROg</a>]. It keeps managers in the information profession informed of the latest trends in management, technology, and budgeting solutions.[3. "Aims and Scope," Taylor and Francis Group, accessed January 27, 2018, <a title="Journal of Library Administration Aims &amp; Scope" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wjla20#.U77vGLGdROg" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wjla20#.U77vGLGdROg</a>]. <strong>Target audience:</strong> Individuals holding management positions within the library profession.[4. "Aims and Scope," Taylor and Francis Group, accessed January 27, 2018, <a title="Journal of Library Administration Aims &amp; Scope" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wjla20#.U77vGLGdROg" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wjla20#.U77vGLGdROg</a>]. <strong>Publisher:</strong> Routledge.[5. <em>Journal of Library Administration, </em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed January 27, 2018, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405022099503/83292" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405022099503/83292</a>]. <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Yes.[6. <em>Journal of Library Administration, </em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed January 27, 2018, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405022099503/83292" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405022099503/83292</a>]. <strong>Type:</strong> <em>JLA</em> can be classified as a hybrid publication because articles deal with both the latest trends in technology and management as well as research on historical perspectives and future projections. However, it is primarily a scholarly journal[7. <em>Journal of Library Administration, </em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed January 27, 2018, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405022099503/83292" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405022099503/83292</a>], since it is peer-reviewed and all articles have abstracts and detailed notes.[8. "List of Issues," Taylor and Francis Group, accessed January 27, 2018, <a title="Journal of Library Administration List of Issues" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/wjla20#.U77vALGdROg" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/wjla20#.U77vALGdROg</a>]. <strong>Medium:</strong> Print and online.[9. <em>Journal of Library Administration, </em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed January 27, 2018, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405022099503/83292" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405022099503/83292</a>]. <strong>Content:</strong> Includes articles discussing the trends in management and the developments in digital technology, as well as research papers on diverse subjects relating to leadership in various areas of the library profession, such as project management and strategic planning.[10. "Aims and Scope," Taylor and Francis Group, accessed January 27, 2018, <a title="Journal of Library Administration Aims &amp; Scope" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wjla20#.U77vGLGdROg" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wjla20#.U77vGLGdROg</a>]. <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> 8 issues per year.[11. <em>Journal of Library Administration, </em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed January 27, 2018, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405022099503/83292" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405022099503/83292</a>]. <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a title="Journal of Library Administration Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjla20&amp;page=instructions" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjla20&amp;page=instructions</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> Articles on "leadership, management, evaluation, assessment, marketing, and more to promote organizational success."[12. “Instructions for Authors,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed January 27, 2018, <a title="Journal of Library Administration Instruction for Authors" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjla20&amp;page=instructions#.U77vELGdROg" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjla20&amp;page=instructions#.U77vELGdROg</a>]. <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> Manuscripts are submitted electronically to the editor for the peer-review process. No simultaneous submissions or previously published work is accepted.[13. “Instructions for Authors,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed January 27, 2018, <a title="Journal of Library Administration Instruction for Authors" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjla20&amp;page=instructions#.U77vELGdROg" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjla20&amp;page=instructions#.U77vELGdROg</a>]. <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> Scholarly but readable.[14. “Instructions for Authors,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed January 27, 2018, <a title="Journal of Library Administration Instruction for Authors" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjla20&amp;page=instructions#.U77vELGdROg" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjla20&amp;page=instructions#.U77vELGdROg</a>]. <strong>Style guide used:</strong> <em>Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)</em>.[15. “Instructions for Authors,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed January 27, 2018, <a title="Journal of Library Administration Instruction for Authors" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjla20&amp;page=instructions#.U77vELGdROg" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjla20&amp;page=instructions#.U77vELGdROg</a>]. <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> The <em>Journal of Library Administration</em> contains a lot of useful information for current leaders in the Library and Information Science profession. Not only does it disseminate practical information that promotes efficient management practices, it also publishes articles that range from discussions of theoretical perspectives about technological trends and their 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.[16. Malcolm Getz, "Open-Access Scholarly Publishing in Economic Perspective," <em>Journal of Library Administration</em> 42, no. 1 (2005): 1-39, accessed January 27, 2018, <a href="https://doi.org/10.1300/J111v42n01_01" target="_blank" rel="noopener">doi: 10.1300/J111v42n01-01</a>]. LIS professionals who can contribute insightful new outlooks on management issues should be encouraged as well. <em>JLA</em> sometimes publishes special issues that cover a specific theme, so queries—while not required—should be sent first. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> Not available. <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> 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 is 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,[17. Joseph J. Branin, "Shaping our Space: Envisioning the New Research Library," <em>Journal of Library Administration </em>46, no. 2 (2007): 27-53, accessed January 27, 2018, <a href="https://doi.org/10.1300/J111v46n02_04" target="_blank" rel="noopener">doi: 10.1300/J111v46n02_04</a>] 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.[18. Lesley Mutinta Moyo and Ellysa Stern Cahoy, "Library Use in the E-Learning Environment: A Profile of Penn State's World Campus Faculty and Students," <em>Journal of Library Administration </em>46, no. 3/4 (2006): 339-359, accessed January 27, 2018, <a href="https://doi.org/10.1300/J111v45n03_02" target="_blank" rel="noopener">doi: 10.1300/J111v45n03_01</a>]. The journal is an English publication geared towards LIS professionals in the United States[19. <em>Journal of Library Administration, </em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed January 27, 2018, <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405022099503/83292" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1405022099503/83292</a>], but the issues discussed are relevant to librarians in other parts of the world. The authors use scholarly language that is free of cultural predilections to make it accessible to LIS professionals worldwide.[20. “Instructions for Authors,” Taylor and Francis Group, accessed January 27, 2018, <a title="Journal of Library Administration Instruction for Authors" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjla20&amp;page=instructions#.U77vELGdROg" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wjla20&amp;page=instructions#.U77vELGdROg</a>].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. <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> 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 <em>Journal of Library Administration</em> 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 holds managerial positions. Readers of the <em>Journal of Library Administration</em> are presumably enthusiastic supporters library advancement 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 which advocate change. Readers of the journal, as well as the authors of these articles, also encourage using management practices in other fields.[21. "Aims and Scope," Taylor and Francis Group, accessed January 27, 2018, <a title="Journal of Library Administration Aims &amp; Scope" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wjla20#.U77vGLGdROg" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wjla20#.U77vGLGdROg</a>]. <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> Knowledge of LIS topics and issues is critical to understanding 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.[22. "Aims and Scope," Taylor and Francis Group, accessed January 27, 2018, <a title="Journal of Library Administration Aims &amp; Scope" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wjla20#.U77vGLGdROg" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&amp;journalCode=wjla20#.U77vGLGdROg</a>]. <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> Because the <em>Journal of Library Administration</em> is a specialized publication, the majority of its readers are likely LIS professionals in leading positions within their institutions. Authors should remember that the journal's subscribers are familiar with LIS jargon, topics, and issues. This audience is not interested in technical services but is partial to articles about management problems and solutions. Authors must submit formal or scholarly pieces and should consider using headings and subheadings to focus readers' attention on topics and resolutions. <strong>Last updated:</strong> January 27, 2018 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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