Public Services Quarterly

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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Public Services Quarterly

(known as €™Public & Access Services Quarterly€™ from 1995-2001)1

Website: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/aboutThisJournal?journalCode=wpsq20#.UX8i9Sv5khM

Purpose, objective, or mission: The publication “€œcovers a broad spectrum of public service issues in academic libraries, presenting practical strategies for implementing new initiatives and research-based insights into effective practices.”€™2

Target audience: Academic librarians and students interested in the field.€™3

Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.4

Peer reviewed? Yes; articles undergo anonymous double-blind review.5

Type: LIS scholarly and professional news.6

Medium: Print, with full text articles available online with a paid subscription. Selected articles are free to view in full text.7

Content: Research based and theoretical articles, case studies, and continuing columns. Columns keep public librarians up-to-date on professional news, books, websites, and updates from the field, and can include the perspectives LIS students worldwide. According to column editor Nancy Dewald, the “Future Voices in Public Services” column provides a forum for students in graduate LIS programs “to discuss key issues they see in academic library public services, to envision what they feel librarians in public service have to offer to academia, to tell us of their visions for the profession, or to tell us of research that is going on in library schools”8

Other articles are on understanding public services, reference and research assistance, literacy instruction and other services to patrons, and creative ways to use technology to assist students and faculty. From the Taylor and Francis online summary: “€œPractice-based articles should be thoroughly grounded in the literature and should situate the work done in one library into the larger context of the situation.”9

Frequency of publication: 4 issues per year.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wpsq20&page=instructions

Types of contributions accepted: Research based, theoretical articles, case studies and columns on public services topics, or issues in public services from an LIS student perspective.11

Submission and review process: Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via ScholarOne Manuscripts. Username and password required.12

Editorial tone: Scholarly, but not too formal.13

Style guide used: American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual, 6th ed.14

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

PSQ has an established a reputation for quality, scholarly writing about public service issues in academic libraries. All articles are peer reviewed with the exception of special themed issues, where articles are peer-reviewed at the discretion of the editor. Aside from the scholarly research articles, LIS students could contribute to columns specifically seeking the viewpoint of LIS students, or provide updates to public service librarians on the latest professional books, websites, and new themes in the field.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Not available.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Editors are comprised of librarians from U.S. and Canadian colleges,15 but the scope of the publication aims to cover worldwide issues confronting academic librarians.16 Written in English, to be understood by a worldwide audience.17

Reader characteristics: Primarily serving academic librarians, professors and students.18

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Strong, as the magazine focuses on public service in academic library settings. However, keep in mind that the publication is also read by students who might not have as much LIS knowledge, yet. Recent articles focus on the LIS graduate experience, particularly in an online environment; embedded librarians; WorldCat literacy instruction; emerging social media technologies and their uses in the library; and popular collections in public universities.19

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

If you’re seeking a place to write about issues in LIS graduate programs, new updates to the academic library services field, technologies, websites, or book reviews relating to academic librarianship, this is the place to send your query.

Last updated: October 30, 2014


References

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  1. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Public Services Quarterly. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/aboutThisJournal?journalCode=wpsq20#.U6hrWbHcBOh
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  3. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Public Services Quarterly Aims & Scope. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wpsq20#.U6hxDbHcBOg
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Public Services Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403546417876/191990
  5. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Public Services Quarterly Aims & Scope. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wpsq20#.U6hxDbHcBOg
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Public Services Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403546417876/191990
  7. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Public Services Quarterly Purchasing. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/page/help/purchasing
  8. Dewald NH. 2015, September 22). Re: 2015-16 LIS Student Publishing Opportunity (Information literacy discussion group message) Retrieved from http://lists.ala.org/sympa/arc/ili-l.
  9. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Public Services Quarterly Aims & Scope. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wpsq20#.U6hxDbHcBOg
  10. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Public Services Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403546417876/191990
  11. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Public Services Quarterly Aims & Scope. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wpsq20#.U6hxDbHcBOg
  12. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Public Services Quarterly Aims & Scope. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wpsq20#.U6hxDbHcBOg
  13. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Public Services Quarterly Aims & Scope. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wpsq20#.U6hxDbHcBOg
  14. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Public Services Quarterly Aims & Scope. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wpsq20#.U6hxDbHcBOg
  15. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Public Services Quarterly Editorial Board. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard&journalCode=wpsq20#.U6h5WbHcBOg
  16. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Public Services Quarterly Aims & Scope. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wpsq20#.U6hxDbHcBOg
  17. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Public Services Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403546417876/191990
  18. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Public Services Quarterly Aims & Scope. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wpsq20#.U6hxDbHcBOg
  19. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Public Services Quarterly Aims & Scope. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wpsq20#.U6hxDbHcBOg
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