Library Philosophy and Practice

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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Library Philosophy and Practice (LPP)

Website: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/

Purpose, objective, or mission: Per their website, this publication mission concerns, “exploring the connection between library practice and the philosophy and theory behind it. These include explorations of current, past, and emerging theories of librarianship and library practice, as well as reports of successful, innovative, or experimental library procedures, methods, or projects in all areas of librarianship, set in the context of applied research.”1

Target audience: Library professionals interested in exploring the philosophy of librarianship.2

Publisher: University of Nebraska, Lincoln Libraries; University of Idaho Library3

Peer reviewed? Yes.4

Type: LIS scholarly.5

Medium: Online.6

Content: LPP includes research-based articles covering all aspects of philosophy and theory of librarianship.7 Content in the 2008 issue included peer-reviewed research articles of various library theories and practices from around the world, discussing topics such as gaming theory, the role of academic libraries in developing countries as access points to print and electronic resources, and the use of information sources and services and its effect on social scientists research in Nigerian universities.8

Frequency of publication: Since 2007, LPP has published a single annual volume.9 However, the publication is updated throughout the year.

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/faq.html

Types of contributions accepted: Research papers on all aspects of philosophy and theory of librarianship.10

Submission and review process: The process details are available to authors once they create an account with the publication. All submissions are done electronically through the website.11

Editorial tone: Scholarly.12

Style guide used: Not indicated.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Judging by the various articles published on the LPP electronic journal, this may be a potential place of publication for many authors who are new to scholarly writing and who wish to obtain publication in a scholarly journal. The journal covers such a wide range of topics that it seems that it would be a good fit for an author of any particular field of study, as long as the article covers the relationship between philosophy and the theory of librarianship.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Information not provided.

Audience location: Since the journal is available electronically, and available for review anywhere in the world where there is Internet access, it could be surmised then that the readership consists of a worldwide audience.13 The articles published cover information on topics from creating a library logo to information schematics. The language is also quite varied. Some articles are written in a less formal style while others are very scholarly, containing advanced language and foreign concepts that even a professional librarian might have trouble deciphering.14

Reader characteristics: Readers are educated, have an MLIS, a PhD, or are currently studying in an information and library science program. Readers could be at any level in the profession, from a student yet to work in an information organization all the way to the director of an information organization. Readers may also be researchers in any of the fields covered by the published articles. Authors come from a variety of library and information science workplaces. Many articles are submitted from research-oriented institutions. Readers consist of students working on research papers and other information science professionals interested in a variety of topics.15 It can be assumed that readers would uphold the values the Library Bill of Rights and of intellectual freedom.16

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: As stated earlier, the articles published in LPP cover a wide range of topics in the field of information science. It can be assumed that most readers have an extensive knowledge of library and information science subject matter.17

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

The readers of Library Philosophy and Practice are students, librarians, or other information professionals who are interested in the organization of information, information use, and information access. Authors of articles for this publication are essentially writing for their peers. Readers will want in-depth and accurate information that is relevant to the library profession. An author can use technical terms and library jargon and expect it to be understood by the readers.

Last updated: October 31, 2014


References

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  1. Digital Commons. (2014). Library Philosophy and Practice. Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/
  2. Digital Commons. (2014). Library Philosophy and Practice. Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/
  3. University of Idaho Library. (2012). Library Philosophy and Practice. Retrieved from http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~mbolin/lpp.htm
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library Philosophy and Practice. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404356137174/266299
  5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library Philosophy and Practice. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404356137174/266299
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library Philosophy and Practice. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404356137174/266299
  7. Digital Commons. (2014). Library Philosophy and Practice. Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/
  8. Digital Commons. (2014). Library Philosophy and Practice: 2008. Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/index.9.html#year_2008
  9. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library Philosophy and Practice. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404356137174/266299
  10. Digital Commons. (2014). Library Philosophy and Practice. Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/
  11. M. Bolin, personal communication, 16 September 2008
  12. Digital Commons. (2014). Library Philosophy and Practice. Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/
  13. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library Philosophy and Practice. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404356137174/266299
  14. M. Bolin, personal communication, 16 September 2008
  15. M. Bolin, personal communication, 16 September 2008
  16. Digital Commons. (2014). Library Philosophy and Practice. Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/
  17. Digital Commons. (2014). Library Philosophy and Practice. Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/
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