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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>Progressive Librarian: A Journal for Critical Studies and Progressive Politics in Librarianship</em> <strong>Website:</strong> <a title="Progressive Librarian" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_contents.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_contents.shtml</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> <em>Progressive Librarian</em> provides "€œa forum for critical perspectives in Library and Information Science (LIS)."[1. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>About Progressive Librarian</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About Progressive Librarian" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_about.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_about.shtml</a>] It publishes critical perspectives in librarianship that explore progressive perspectives on librarianship and information issues.[2. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>About Progressive Librarian</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About Progressive Librarian" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_about.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_about.shtml</a>] <strong>Target audience:</strong> Librarians and LIS professionals interested in progressive issues within the profession.[3. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>About Progressive Librarian</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About Progressive Librarian" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_about.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_about.shtml</a>] <strong>Publisher:</strong> <a title="Progressive Librarian's Guild" href="http://progressivelibrariansguild.org/" target="_blank">Progressive Librarians Guild</a>[4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Progressive Librarian: a journal for critical studies and progressive politics in librarianship. <em>Ulrich's Global Serial Solutions.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403279663238/208054" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403279663238/208054</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Yes[5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Progressive Librarian: a journal for critical studies and progressive politics in librarianship. <em>Ulrich's Global Serial Solutions.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403279663238/208054" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403279663238/208054</a>] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS scholarly. This journal aims to provide critically relevant information in an academic setting.[6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Progressive Librarian: a journal for critical studies and progressive politics in librarianship. <em>Ulrich's Global Serial Solutions.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403279663238/208054" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403279663238/208054</a>] <strong>Medium:</strong> Print and online.[7. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Progressive Librarian: a journal for critical studies and progressive politics in librarianship. <em>Ulrich's Global Serial Solutions.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403279663238/208054" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403279663238/208054</a>] Full text of articles are available online, previous to and including the Winter/Spring 2009 issue.[8. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>About Progressive Librarian</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About Progressive Librarian" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_about.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_about.shtml</a>] <strong>Content:</strong> From the website: "€œArticles, book reviews, bibliographies, reports, and documents that explore progressive perspectives on librarianship and information issues."[9. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>About Progressive Librarian</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About Progressive Librarian" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_about.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_about.shtml</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Twice yearly.[10. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Progressive Librarian: a journal for critical studies and progressive politics in librarianship. <em>Ulrich's Global Serial Solutions.</em> Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403279663238/208054" target="_blank">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403279663238/208054</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a title="Progressive Librarian Submission Guidelines" href="http://progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml" target="_blank">Submission Guidelines</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> From the website: "œArticles, book reviews, bibliographies, reports, and documents that explore progressive perspectives on librarianship and information issues."[11. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>Progressive Librarian Guidelines</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Progressive Librarian Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml</a>] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> Submit electronic files only via e-mail in rich text format (.rtf) or Microsoft Word (.doc). Prints and digital images are welcome; if digital, provide 300 dpi grayscale TIFF (.tiff) files no larger than 5X7 inches. The editors reserve the right to edit all manuscript submissions before publication.[12. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>Progressive Librarian Guidelines</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Progressive Librarian Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml</a>] Submit manuscripts to Kathleen de la Peña McCook at klmccook@gmail.com or Susan Maret at iecologie@yahoo.com.[13. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>Progressive Librarian Guidelines</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Progressive Librarian Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml</a>] To submit a book review contact: Michael Matthews Watson Memorial Library, Room 311-D Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA 71497 318-357-4419[14. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>Progressive Librarian Guidelines</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Progressive Librarian Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml</a>] Papers are published under a <a title="Creative Commons Licenses" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/" target="_blank">Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial, No-Derivatives 2.0 license</a>, which places work in the public domain.[15. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>Progressive Librarian Guidelines</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Progressive Librarian Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml</a>] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> The articles are both innovative and present alternative views to typical librarian publications. Social justice, racism and other topics that may be considered controversial are published.The style of writing is creative and individualistic while still being academic.[16. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>Progressive Librarian Guidelines</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Progressive Librarian Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml</a>] <strong>Style guide used:</strong> Submissions in your favorite citation style such as Chicago, MLA, APA, Harvard, Turabian are accepted. The style of choice has to be used consistently throughout the paper.[17. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>Progressive Librarian Guidelines</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Progressive Librarian Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> According to the <a title="Progressive Librarian's Guild" href="http://progressivelibrariansguild.org/index.shtml" target="_blank">Progressive Librarians Guild</a>, every library issue embodies a political value choice--and its publication, <em>Progressive Librarian</em>, aims to unearth those propositions and discuss them openly.[18. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>Statement of Purpose</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Progressive Librarians Guild Statement of Purpose" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/content/purpose.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/content/purpose.shtml</a>] <em>Progressive Librarian</em> rejects the proposition that contemporary libraries are value-neutral information markets, embracing the older idea that librarianship is a profession firmly for the people,€ a democratic force that promotes intellectual inquiry and an informed citizenry.[19. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>Statement of Purpose</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Progressive Librarians Guild Statement of Purpose" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/content/purpose.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/content/purpose.shtml</a>] It aims to publish articles and promote discussion that defend and extend the library as a free public sphere that makes independent democratic civil society possible.€ Accordingly,the Progressive Librarians Guild is opposed to commercial and business interests that threaten the free flow of information.[20. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>Statement of Purpose</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Progressive Librarians Guild Statement of Purpose" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/content/purpose.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/content/purpose.shtml</a>] If you are interested in activism and the struggle for social justice and how politics informs professional practice, consider writing for this publication. A survey of past articles included cultivating freedom of expression within the workplace, Mexican libraries, the internet, and titles such as, "€œCataloging the Path to a New Dark Age: a taxonomy of the Bush administration's pervasive crusade against scientific communication." Papers that tie LIS issues, concepts, practices or history to women's, workers'€™ or civil rights; education; culture; environmental protection; social welfare or insurance; and supporting the public sector in general will be welcomed here. For LIS students, the Progressive Librarian'€™s Guild presents the <a title="Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize" href="http://progressivelibrariansguild.org/content/award.shtml" target="_blank">Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize</a>, which annually awards the best student paper about an aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries, or librarianship. The winning paper is published in an issue of <em>Progressive Librarian</em>.[21. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>2014 Braverman Award Winner Announced</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Miriam Braverman Award" href="http://progressivelibrariansguild.org/content/award.shtml" target="_blank">http://progressivelibrariansguild.org/content/award.shtml</a>] &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> There are approximately 400 subscribers, 25% being libraries. Accordingly, it is difficult to gauge total readership--but certainly over 400.[22. Harger, E. (2008). Personal communication.] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> The journal is international in readership. Most subscribers are based in the United States, though there are a large number in Canada and others on every continent except for Antarctica.[23. Harger, E. (2008). Personal communication.] As with any scholarly article, avoid colloquialisms and explain any regional or subject-specific terms.[24. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>Progressive Librarian Guidelines</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Progressive Librarian Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml</a>] <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> According to Elaine Harger, the managing editor, they encompass both genders and range widely in age.[25. Harger, E. (2008). Personal communication.] The readership is made up almost entirely of librarians, librarian graduate students, or library school faculty working in public or academic libraries. Readers are likely interested in activism and the struggle for social justice, and how politics informs LIS practices.[26. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>Progressive Librarian Guidelines</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Progressive Librarian Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml</a>] Readers are probably liberal. They are interested in activism, the struggle for social justice, and how politics can inform LIS practices.[27. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>About Progressive Librarian</em>. Retrieved from <a title="About Progressive Librarian" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_about.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_about.shtml</a>] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> While readers are probably LIS students, professionals or scholars, they may work in widely different areas within the profession. Assume readers have a basic understanding of broad LIS concepts. Readers probably know about commonplace news and events in the LIS world, but explain any subject-specific jargon, issues or events others may not be familiar with.[28. Progressive Librarians Guild. (2014). <em>Progressive Librarian Guidelines</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Progressive Librarian Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_submit.shtml</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> This publication and its readers stand within the <a title="American Progressive Tradition" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressivism_in_the_United_States" target="_blank">American Progressive tradition</a>, hearkening back to FDR'€™s New Deal and representing a spectrum of views that moves left from New Deal-type reformism to much more radical positions and approaches.[29. Progressivism in the United States. (n.d.). In <em>Wikipedia</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Wikipedia" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressivism_in_the_United_States" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressivism_in_the_United_States</a>] In late February of 2011 the Progressive Librarians Guild issued a statement in support of the <a title="Progressive Librarian's Guild statement on Wisconsin employees" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/us/17wisconsin.html" target="_blank">Wisconsin employees</a> who protested against proposed cuts to union benefits and health care.[30. Davey, M. &amp; Greenhouse, S. (2011, February 16). Angry demonstrations in Wisconsin as cuts loom. <em>The New York Times</em>. Retrieved from <a title="New York Times" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/us/17wisconsin.html?_r=0" target="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/us/17wisconsin.html?_r=0</a>] <em>Progressive Librarian</em> is one of the only journals in the LIS field to report on and document labor activism within the library profession. This readership values the working class and the public sector, and is concerned with how the LIS profession can support and advance these causes. The journal is characterized by an interest in and/or commitment to socialism, anti-capitalism, feminism, environmentalism, anti-racism, labor advocacy, cultural democracy, ideology-criticism, radical social movements, anti-imperialism and holds skeptical/critical views of technological issues. Papers that view library and information issues in this framework will be welcomed—whether they offer collection development practices for sex education materials, suggestions for communicating with right-wing colleagues or patrons, or advocate international library rights. <strong>Last updated:</strong> October 30, 2014 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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