Library Resources & Technical Services

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About the publication

Title: Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS)

Website: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alcts/resources/lrts/index.cfm

Purpose, objective, or mission: LRTS is “the official publication of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association. Its purpose is to communicate thoughtful reflection on practice as well as research.”1 On its website, LRTS states it is a “peer-reviewed journal that takes a critical approach to the questions and challenges facing librarians and libraries.”2

Target audience: All LIS professionals and those involved with cataloging, continuing resources, and collection management, and preservation in particular.3

Publisher: American Library Association4

Peer reviewed? Yes.5

Type: LIS scholarly journal.6

Medium: Print and online.7

Content: LRTS offers scholarly articles on “collections, scholarly communication, preservation (including digitization), acquisitions (including licensing and economic aspects of acquisitions), continuing resources, cataloging (including descriptive metadata, authority control, subject analysis, and classification).”8 Each issue also includes an editorial, several book reviews, and one article in the category of “notes on operations.” LRTS regularly publishes evaluative reviews of recent literature covering each of the main areas on which it focuses. Letters to the editor are published, when submitted. LRTS also publishes the annual report of the president of ALCTS.9

Frequency of publication: Quarterly.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authinst

Types of contributions accepted: Contributions are accepted that take a critical and thoughtful approach to library issues in the areas of collections, scholarly communication, preservation, acquisitions, continuing resources, and cataloging (including descriptive metadata, authority control, subject analysis, and classification).11

Submission and review process: Submission of manuscripts is encouraged particularly in regards to reflective practice. Papers on operation in libraries are considered for publication; however, they must “communicate an evaluative approach to practice and a serious examination of the work’s impact on libraries in general.”12 Submissions are “rigorously” reviewed to maintain the quality of the journal. The editor and members of the editorial board will work with authors if necessary “to improve methodology, analysis, or presentation.”13

Editorial tone: Per the journal guidelines, “Write the paper in a grammatically correct, simple, readable style. Use active voice to the extent possible. Avoid jargon, anthropomorphism, and informal vocabulary. The first use of acronyms must be accompanied by their full spelled-out form.”14 Additional manuscript requirements can be found on the For LRTS Authors page.

Style guide used: The Chicago Manual of Style.15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Library Resources & Technical Services provides excellent but challenging opportunities for LIS authors. Only LIS authors with a serious interest in the issues, practices, and trends in technical services should consider submitting to this title. The editorial board has set up careful guidelines to maintain superior quality presentations and will assist authors when necessary to improve manuscripts. If an author is interested in writing about FRBR, RDA, metadata maintenance or similar topics, this is an excellent place to start.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: 5,800. This number includes 4,600 ALA members, 860 other paying subscribers, and 340 complimentary subscriptions.16

Audience location: Most subscribers and ALA members are in the United States, with about 150 international subscribers.17 Since most subscribers are in the United States, English (with technical services jargon added) is the language used.18 Papers from non-U.S. authors are published if they meet LRTS criteria.

Reader characteristics: LRTS readers work in different types of libraries. Sixty percent of them work in academic libraries; the other 40% are in public, school, and special libraries. In addition, approximately 75% of LRTS readers are also members of ALCTS. ALA members subscribing to LRTS share similar interests in cataloging information, collection development, archival materials, etc. They are looking for specific and detailed information with regards to their specialization and better management of their respective libraries. Each journal includes a section entitled “notes on operations” that serves the latter purpose. Most articles are technical in nature and serve to expand theories and scholarly thought. The journal also publishes thoughtful explorations of current topics in which the author or authors may express opinions that diverge from the norm.19

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Most subscribers to this title are members of ALCTS. They will have general knowledge of LIS topics and will understand technical terms and practices related to cataloging and classification (FRBR, RDA), archival studies (digitization, OCR), etc. It is vital that prospective authors be familiar with specialized practices and responsibilities relevant to this publication.20

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

Readers of this publication are familiar with technical terms used in collection development preservation and technical services operations. They are seeking out innovative and scholarly information precise to their specialization. According to the LRTS website, independent research indicates that this title is the “most frequently cited journal in the field.”21 Because of this, authors must be certain that they have something new or substantial to offer their readers that has not been previously reported or explored.

Authors must also ensure that this is the appropriate venue for their work. This is a peer-reviewed journal that provides the scholarly opportunities needed by many academic librarians for professional advancement. Studies indicate that LRTS is ranked twelfth among the seventy LIS “refereed journals in supporting promotion and tenure decisions.”22 To effectively reach this audience, articles must be well written and thoroughly researched. The editor of LRTS suggests browsing through recent issues “to get a sense of style, length, and tone.”23

Last updated: October 31, 2014


References

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  1. American Library Association. (2014). For LRTS authors. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authinst
  2. American Library Association. (2014). Library Resources & Technical Services. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts
  3. American Library Association. (2014). Library Resources & Technical Services. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014) Library Resources & Technical Services. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404252876512/48844
  5. SerialsSolutions. (2014) Library Resources & Technical Services. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404252876512/48844
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014) Library Resources & Technical Services. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404252876512/48844
  7. SerialsSolutions. (2014) Library Resources & Technical Services. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404252876512/48844
  8. American Library Association. (2014). Library Resources & Technical Services. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts
  9. American Library Association. (2014). LRTS Archive 1997-2010. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/archive_II
  10. SerialsSolutions. (2014) Library Resources & Technical Services. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404252876512/48844
  11. American Library Association. (2014). For LRTS authors. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authinst
  12. American Library Association. (2014). For LRTS authors. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authinst
  13. American Library Association. (2014). For LRTS authors. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authinst
  14. American Library Association. (2014). For LRTS authors. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authinst
  15. American Library Association. (2014). For LRTS authors. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authinst
  16. M. Weber, personal communication, 15 September 2008
  17. M. Weber, personal communication, 15 September 2008
  18. SerialsSolutions. (2014) Library Resources & Technical Services. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404252876512/48844
  19. M. Weber, personal communication, 15 September 2008
  20. M. Weber, personal communication, 15 September 2008
  21. American Library Association. (2014). Guide for LRTS advertisers. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/advertisers
  22. M. Weber, personal communication, 15 September 2008
  23. M. Weber, personal communication, 15 September 2008
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