Law Library Journal

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Law Library Journal

Website: http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/llj

Purpose, objective, or mission: The LLJ has been published since 1908 to discuss the particular needs and innovations of law librarianship.1

Target audience: Law librarians and others who work with legal materials.2

Publisher: American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)3

Peer reviewed? Yes.4

Type: LIS scholarly.5

Medium: Print and online.6

Content: According to the LLJ, the journal includes articles of interest and concern to law librarians and others who work with legal materials. Examples include: law library collections, their acquisitions and organizations; services to patrons and instruction in legal research; administration; effects of developing technology on law libraries.7

Frequency of publication: Quarterly.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/llj/llj-authors-guide.html

Types of contributions accepted: Information appropriate to law librarianship, case studies, descriptive or historical narratives, commentaries, or reports on research projects. The association also encourages the publication of memorials to deceased members of the association.9

Submission and review process: Follow detailed instructions at their guidelines.10

Editorial tone: Scholarly.11

Style guide used: The Bluebook. For matters not covered in The Bluebook, use the Chicago Manual of Style.12

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Law Library Journal gives opportunities to potential authors who want to approach case studies, descriptive or historical narratives, report on research projects or bibliographies of substantive law or law librarianship. The broad scopes of submissions are welcome and are peer reviewed by scholarly members of the association.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: 5,000 members13 (membership benefit) and subscribers.14

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Law Library Journal circulates to its members throughout the United States.15 The publication is written in English.16 Although, the readers will be employed in various types of law libraries they will be able to identify with articles on issues concerning types of libraries other than their own.17

Reader characteristics: The readers of this journal are primarily law librarians or others who work with legal materials and resources, working in a private practice such as a law firm law library, a law school law library, or a public law library setting. The reader’s professional background may consist of both law and librarianship. Their interest are broad and may consist of administrative issues to circulation. The readers are well rounded and versed in librarianship.18 LLJ is a very well known publication in the law library field. Many librarians use listservs and discuss issues or reports published in Law Library Journal. Often bibliographies published in LLJ are consulted to gain knowledge about new resources available. The publication also serves as a supplemental tool for those in the field or for those student or library technicians interested in advancing in the library field.19

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: LLJ includes articles in all fields of interest and concern to law librarians and others who work with legal materials. Such articles may include legal research, management issues, cataloging, and bibliographies.20 The reader will be familiar with both LIS and legal jargon. AALL maintains committees of all types for their members to be involved with, such as Citation Formats Committee, Fair Business Practices Implementation Task Force, Law Library Journal Editor Search Task Force, and Recruitment to Law Librarianship Committee. Many of the readers will be familiar with law librarianship as well as special areas of interest.21

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

Law Library Journal‘s readers are professionals that provide services to the public or work in a private library setting. They work with legal materials daily and are very familiar with legal procedure, courts and librarianship. Many of the readers are administrators or directors of their library and find management articles very helpful. The journal “includes articles in all fields of interest and concern to law librarians and others who work with legal materials.”22 Articles written about public law libraries and their librarians or collections are of much interest to the private law firm librarian, which informs them of trends in technology and new publications. Both legal and LIS terminology is welcome in this publication.

Last updated: November 3, 2014


References

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  1. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). Law Library Journal. Retrieved from http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/llj
  2. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). About Us. Retrieved from http://www.aallnet.org/top-menu/about
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  7. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). Law Library Journal. Retrieved from http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/llj
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  10. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). Law Library Journal Author’s Guide. Retrieved from http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/llj/llj-authors-guide.html
  11. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). Law Library Journal Author’s Guide. Retrieved from http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/llj/llj-authors-guide.html
  12. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). Law Library Journal Author’s Guide. Retrieved from http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/llj/llj-authors-guide.html
  13. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). About Us. Retrieved from http://www.aallnet.org/top-menu/about
  14. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). Law Library Journal. Retrieved from http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/llj
  15. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). Law Library Journal. Retrieved from http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/llj
  16. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Law Library Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404438801472/48759
  17. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). About Us. Retrieved from http://www.aallnet.org/top-menu/about
  18. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). About Us. Retrieved from http://www.aallnet.org/top-menu/about
  19. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). Law Library Journal. Retrieved from http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/llj
  20. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). Law Library Journal. Retrieved from http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/llj
  21. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). About Us. Retrieved from http://www.aallnet.org/top-menu/about
  22. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). Law Library Journal Author’s Guide. Retrieved from http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/llj/llj-authors-guide.html
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