Library Resources & Technical Services

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>Library Resources &amp; Technical Services</em> (<em>LRTS</em>) <strong>ISSN</strong>: 2159-9610[1. <em>Library Resources &amp; Technical Services, </em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 7, 2018, <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520461833714/340494" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520461833714/340494</a>] <strong>Website:</strong> <a title="Library Resources &amp; Technical Services" href="http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alcts/resources/lrts/index.cfm" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alcts/resources/lrts/index.cfm</a> <strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Purpose, objective, or mission: </span></strong><em>LRTS</em> "is the official journal of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. Its purpose is to communicate thoughtful reflection on practice as well as research."[2. "What Is the Focus of <em>LRTS</em>?" American Library Association, accessed March 7, 2018, <a href="http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authfaq#1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authfaq#1</a>] Also, <em>LRTS</em>'s website states it is a "peer-reviewed journal that takes a critical approach to the questions and challenges facing librarians and libraries."[3. <em>Library Resources &amp; Technical Services, </em>American Library Association, accessed March 7, 2018, <a href="http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts</a>] <strong>Target audience:</strong> All LIS professionals and those involved with cataloging, continuing resources, collection management, and preservation in particular.[4. "What Is the Focus of <em>LRTS</em>?" American Library Association, accessed March 7, 2018, <a href="http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authfaq#1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authfaq#1</a>] <strong>Publisher:</strong> American Library Association.[5. <em>Library Resources &amp; Technical Services, </em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 7, 2018, <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520461833714/340494" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520461833714/340494</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Yes.[6. <em>Library Resources &amp; Technical Services, </em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 7, 2018, <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520461833714/340494" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520461833714/340494</a>] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS scholarly journal.[7. <em>Library Resources &amp; Technical Services, </em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 7, 2018, <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520461833714/340494" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520461833714/340494</a>] <strong>Medium:</strong> <em>LRTS </em>was available in print until 2014. As of 2012, it became available online.[8. <em>Library Resources &amp; Technical Services, </em>American Library Association, accessed March 7, 2018, <a href="http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts</a>] <strong>Content:</strong> <em>LRTS</em> 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)."[9. <em>Library Resources &amp; Technical Services, </em>American Library Association, accessed March 7, 2018, <a href="http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Quarterly.[10. <em>Library Resources &amp; Technical Services, </em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 7, 2018, <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520461833714/340494" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520461833714/340494</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a title="Library Resources &amp; Technical Services Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authinst" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authinst</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> "Editorials, book reviews, letters to the editor, and the annual report of the president of the Association for Library Collections &amp; Technical Services" are regularly published.[11. <em>Library Resources &amp; Technical Services, </em>American Library Association, accessed March 7, 2018, <a href="http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts</a>] <strong>Submission and review process: </strong>Authors are asked to submit original, unpublished manuscripts (between 5,000 and 10,000 words) which aren't currently under consideration elsewhere.[12. "For <em>LRTS </em>Authors," American Library Association, accessed March 7, 2018, <a href="http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authinst" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authinst</a>] <em>LRTS </em>asks authors to submit their manuscripts through the site's <a href="http://www.editorialmanager.com/lrts/default.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Editorial Manager</a>.[13. "How Do I Submit a Paper?" American Library Association, accessed March 7, 2018, <a href="http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authfaq#4" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authfaq#4</a>] All manuscripts are subject to a double-blind peer review. "The editor and members of the editorial board will work with authors whose work is promising in order to improve methodology, analysis, or presentation."[14. "What Is the Focus of <em>LRTS</em>?" American Library Association, accessed March 7, 2018, <a href="http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authfaq#1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authfaq#1</a>] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> 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."[15. "For <em>LRTS </em>Authors," American Library Association, accessed March 7, 2018, <a href="http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authinst" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authinst</a>] Additional manuscript requirements can be found on the <a title="For LRTS Authors" href="http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authinst" target="_blank" rel="noopener">For LRTS Authors</a> page. <strong>Style guide used:</strong> <em>The Chicago Manual of Style</em>.[16. "For <em>LRTS </em>Authors," American Library Association, accessed March 7, 2018, <a href="http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authinst" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authinst</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> <em>Library Resources &amp; Technical Services </em>is an excellent publication for LIS authors interested in analyzing how behind-the-scenes library work (e.g., collection management, acquisitions, etc.) impacts the profession as a whole. Of particular note, <em>LRTS </em>welcomes contributions from new and seasoned authors alike, noting that "For the profession to thrive, beginning professionals, as well as experienced librarians, should address the most pressing issues we face."[17. "For <em>LRTS </em>Authors," American Library Association, accessed March 7, 2018, <a href="http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authinst" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts/authinst</a>] Additionally, as mentioned above, <em>LRTS </em>is published by the prestigious American Library Association, "the oldest and largest library association in the world."[18. "About ALA," American Library Association, accessed March 8, 2018, <a href="http://www.ala.org/aboutala/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ala.org/aboutala/</a>] &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> 5,800. This number includes 4,600 ALA members, 860 other paying subscribers, and 340 complimentary subscriptions.[19. Mary Beth Weber, email message to author, September 15, 2008.] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> Most subscribers and ALA members live in the United States, though approximately 150 live outside the U.S.[20. Mary Beth Weber, email message to author, September 15, 2008.] The journal is published in English (with technical services jargon added where necessary).[21. <em>Library Resources &amp; Technical Services, </em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 7, 2018, <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520461833714/340494" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1520461833714/340494</a>] <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> Sixty percent of <em>LRTS </em>readers work in academic libraries; the other 40% work in public, school, and special libraries. In addition, approximately 75% of <em>LRTS</em> readers are also members of ALCTS. ALA members who subscribe to<em> LRTS</em> share similar interests in cataloging information, collection development, archival materials, etc. They read <em>LRTS </em>for information on their area of expertise, as well as strategies for managing their respective libraries. (Each journal includes a section entitled "notes on operations" that serves the latter purpose.)[22. Mary Beth Weber, email message to author, September 15, 2008.] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> Because most subscribers are members of ALCTS, they will have general knowledge of LIS topics and 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.[23. Mary Beth Weber, email message to author, September 15, 2008.] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> Readers of this publication are familiar with technical terms used in behind-the-scenes LIS operations. Additionally, studies indicate that <em>LRTS</em> is ranked twelfth among the seventy LIS "refereed journals in supporting promotion and tenure decisions."[24. Mary Beth Weber, email message to author, September 15, 2008.] To effectively reach this audience, articles must be well-written and thoroughly researched. The editor of<em> LRTS</em> suggests browsing through recent issues "to get a sense of style, length, and tone."[25. Mary Beth Weber, email message to author, September 15, 2008.] <strong>Last updated: </strong>March 8, 2018 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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