Library Hi Tech

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Library Hi Tech

Website: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=lht

Purpose, objective, or mission: This international-scope journal focuses on computing and technology issues specifically for the library community, defining technology “€œto include the full range of tools employed by librarians and their customers”€.1

Target audience: Librarians and information professionals, as well as LIS researchers and lecturers; library senior management; LIS students and academics.2

Readers of the journal will be able to learn more about the potential of LIS technologies while finding out how to use the new technologies; explore the implications of tech changes; and stay informed of the latest LIS technology trends and developments.3

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing, LTD.4

Peer reviewed? Yes.5

Type: LIS scholarly.6

Medium: Print and online,7 with access available as part of a paid subscription to Emerald Library Studies eJournals.8

Content: From their website, topics covered in the journal include articles about integrated library systems, networking, strategic planning, policy implementation, security, automation systems, the role of consortia, resource access initiatives, architecture and technology, electronic publishing, library tech in specific countries, user perspectives on technology, how technology can help disabled library users, and library-related websites.9

Frequency of publication: Four issues per year.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=lht

The Author Guidelines page has a very detailed list of requirements for submissions, including an Article Submission Checklist.11

Types of contributions accepted: Original manuscripts/articles, 4000-8000 words, submitted in MS Word. See the Content details (above) for more info on Library Hi Tech topics.12

Submission and review process: Submissions are made through ScholarOne Manuscripts, an online submission and peer review system. You need to register, create your account, and then will be able to go through the submission process to upload your article.13

The editor reviews each submission and decides whether it’s a good fit for Library Hi Tech. The submission is then sent to two independent referees for double-blind peer review. Based on the three recommendations and consultation with the Editorial Board members, the decision is made whether to accept, revise or reject the submission.14

A 2013 editorial reveals how long it takes a Library Hi Tech manuscript to go through peer review, and how authors can speed up the review time for their article by following the strict author guidelines.15

Editorial tone: Very professional and often technical, written in grammatically correct English with an emphasis on writing towards an intelligent, knowledgeable LIS audience.16

Style guide used: Harvard style guide.17

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Library Hi Tech is a wonderful resource for staying abreast of the latest tech developments in the LIS world, and for learning about how the technology is used in a variety of LIS settings, worldwide. It is professional and very interesting to read, working with LIS professionals and students to provide an in-depth perspective on the applications of these new and emerging technologies. Recent articles detail the “€œAccessibility of academic library websites in North America”, covering 56 library websites, design methods and accessibility; virtual reference and the link to librarian job satisfaction; and increasing content findability with SEO.18 The journal has a reputation for discovering hot topic items before they become mainstream: for LIS students, that means potential to write from personal knowledge and experience, while providing updates into current tech trends and issues. The journal is part of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE),  “€œa forum for editors and publishers of peer reviewed journals to discuss all aspects of publication ethics.”19 The journal takes a positive attitude towards LIS technologies, but thoroughly researches the pros and cons of systems and their applications in libraries and helpfulness in fulfilling library goals.20

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: More than 100,000 downloads per year on the Emerald site. Per the Library Hi Tech co-editor, the publication has “a worldwide audience with a strong focus in North America”.21

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Although written in English,22 the journal is international in scope, with the editor hailing from Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin, Germany, and the co-editor from the Royal School of LIS, Denmark. The editorial advisory board is comprised of LIS professionals from universities across the globe, including the U.S., Spain, South Africa, Australia and Canada.23 Submissions need to adhere to the Worldwide English language rights, and Emerald provides resources for making sure papers are written in grammatically correct standard English, for authors for whom English is not their first language.24

Reader characteristics: Subscribers, writers and editorial staff are primarily LIS professional academics at universities across the world, and interested in how technology can work in LIS settings, trends and case study examples.25

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Strong, as the publication is aimed at LIS professionals and students with an interest in LIS technologies. Articles are thoroughly researched and highly technical, written by professionals in the LIS field.26

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

Readers of this journal are passionate about technology in the LIS workplace, and would be interested to hear of emerging technologies from an LIS student point of view, case studies/examples on how technologies are being used in classrooms (virtual or not), and in library communities. If you have an example or a technology you’d like to research, this would be the perfect place to share your knowledge and experience.

Last updated: November 3, 2014


References

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  2. Emerald Group Publishing. (2014). Library Hi Tech. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=lht
  3. Emerald Group Publishing. (2014). Library Hi Tech. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=lht
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  8. Emerald Group Publishing. (2014). Library Hi Tech. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=lht
  9. Emerald Group Publishing. (2014). Library Hi Tech. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=lht
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  12. Emerald Group Publishing. (2014). Library Hi Tech Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=lht&PHPSESSID=gclvq051q437bie0sjkmpu9g06
  13. Emerald Group Publishing. (2014). Library Hi Tech Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=lht&PHPSESSID=gclvq051q437bie0sjkmpu9g06
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  15. Greifeneder, E. (2013). 30 days to first decision: Time span in Library Hi Tech from submission to first decision. Library Hi Tech. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17082842
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  18. Emerald Group Publishing. (2014). Library Hi Tech Table of Contents: Volume 31 Issue 1. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=0737-8831&volume=31&issue=1
  19. Committee on Publication Ethics. (2014). Home. Retrieved from http://publicationethics.org/
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  21. E. Greifeneder, personal communication, 2013
  22. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library Hi Tech. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404358837394/137737
  23. Emerald Group Publishing. (2014). Library Hi Tech Editorial Team. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/editorial_team.htm?id=lht&
  24. Emerald Group Publishing. (2014). Library Hi Tech Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=lht&PHPSESSID=gclvq051q437bie0sjkmpu9g06
  25. Emerald Group Publishing. (2014). Library Hi Tech Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=lht&PHPSESSID=gclvq051q437bie0sjkmpu9g06
  26. Emerald Group Publishing. (2014). Library Hi Tech Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=lht&PHPSESSID=gclvq051q437bie0sjkmpu9g06
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