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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: School Libraries Worldwide

Website: http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/

Purpose, objective, or mission: The official research journal of the International Association of School Librarianship, School Libraries Worldwide publishes professional, current research and scholarship on all aspects of school librarianship.1

Target audience: Academic and public school librarians worldwide.2

Publisher: International Association of School Librarianship (IASL).3

Peer reviewed? Yes.4

Type: LIS scholarly.5

Medium: Online via paid subscription to IASL. Abstract and contents pages available online for free.6

Content: Anything relating to school librarianship, with a worldwide angle. 7

Frequency of publication: Two times per year, January and July.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/slw_guidecontrib.html

Types of contributions accepted: New scholarly works, including research and reviews, on any aspect of school librarianship. Issues normally include a theme section, which occasionally call for personal narrative, commentary and option papers.9

Submission and review process: Submissions should be typed, double-spaced, and not exceed 6000 words, including references. Submit your manuscript online at http://slw.cci.fsu.edu.10

Submissions are blind reviewed by at least two members of the School Libraries Worldwide editorial board.11

Editors, as of 2013, are Dr. Nancy Everhart and Dr. Marcia Mardis, School of Library and Information Science, College of Communication & Information, Florida State University, email: slw@cci.fsu.edu. 12

A current call for papers should be consulted to note the theme and content of the upcoming issue, but content on school librarianship in general is always accepted.13

Editorial tone: Professional, with an accessible focus. Articles in this journal are interesting, and will appeal to school librarians and those studying school librarianship, across the globe.14

Style guide used: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition.15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This is an ideal journal to submit any and all papers discussing school librarianship: practice, research study findings, reviews of studies, personal experience (of the author, or students) as the current theme allows. It’€™s particularly fascinating to read accounts of triumphs and difficulties faced by others in school library positions in other countries, and present information on programs/technologies/practices that will be helpful in a variety of settings (rural, urban, university, grade school, etc.) Students are encouraged to submit work, and the open-access article per issue, one that covers a popular, engaging topic, is an exciting goal to reach for.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Not available.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The journal editors hail from Florida16 and IASL is headquartered in Australia,17 but the journal is written by, aimed towards, and reaches a worldwide audience. The submission guidelines firmly note that “€œAuthors need to be mindful of the international audience of the journal. In most cases, authors can use the library terminology that is used in their locale. However, when writing about schools and students, it is important to state the age of the students being educated in those schools.” It’€™s also urged to explain terminology used to identify schools: lycee, high school, compulsory school, etc.18

Reader characteristics: Readers of the journal are interested in school librarianship and emerging thought/trends in the field. This is a positive journal exploring best practices and techniques that can benefit anyone working or studying school librarianship. Members of IASL include people who are concerned about school library media programs and services – librarians, school library media specialists, educators, publishers, and lay people. IASL is a worldwide organization that, in addition to providing an international forum for discussing school librarianship issues, works with other professional association to provide guidance and development for school library programs. The overall goal is creating effective programs: this is a very professional, respected, positive publication that strongly believes in its mission and uses the journal to spread the education.19

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Strong, but, as with the caution on explaining the age of students you’€™re writing about, authors should consider explaining any technical LIS jargon, as it might be used differently in other countries.20

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

Readers of this journal are interested in what you have to share concerning school librarianship. Articles range from international standards for school librarianship, to profiles of teacher librarians, to connecting teacher librarians and classrooms around the world. There is certain to be a topic that LIS students, particularly with a focus on school librarianship, will be able to research or write about from personal experience for this publication of open, interested peers.

Last updated: October 30, 2014


References

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  1. International Association of School Librarianship. (2013). School Libraries Worldwide. Retrieved from http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/
  2. International Association of School Librarianship. (2013). School Libraries Worldwide: Guidelines for Contributors. Retrieved from http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/slw_guidecontrib.html
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  6. International Association of School Librarianship. (2013). School Libraries Worldwide. Retrieved from http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/
  7. International Association of School Librarianship. (2013). School Libraries Worldwide. Retrieved from http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/
  8. International Association of School Librarianship. (2013). School Libraries Worldwide: Call for Papers. Retrieved from http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/slw_call.html
  9. International Association of School Librarianship. (2013). School Libraries Worldwide: Guidelines for Contributors. Retrieved from http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/slw_guidecontrib.html
  10. International Association of School Librarianship. (2013). School Libraries Worldwide: Guidelines for Contributors. Retrieved from http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/slw_guidecontrib.html
  11. International Association of School Librarianship. (2013). School Libraries Worldwide: Guidelines for Contributors. Retrieved from http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/slw_guidecontrib.html
  12. International Association of School Librarianship. (2013). School Libraries Worldwide: Guidelines for Contributors. Retrieved from http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/slw_guidecontrib.html
  13. International Association of School Librarianship. (2013). School Libraries Worldwide: Call for Papers. Retrieved from http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/slw_call.html
  14. International Association of School Librarianship. (2013). School Libraries Worldwide: Guidelines for Contributors. Retrieved from http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/slw_guidecontrib.html
  15. International Association of School Librarianship. (2013). School Libraries Worldwide: Guidelines for Contributors. Retrieved from http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/slw_guidecontrib.html
  16. International Association of School Librarianship. (2013). School Libraries Worldwide: Guidelines for Contributors. Retrieved from http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/slw_guidecontrib.html
  17. SerialsSolutions. (2014). School Libraries Worldwide. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403570216578/238845
  18. International Association of School Librarianship. (2013). School Libraries Worldwide: Guidelines for Contributors. Retrieved from http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/slw_guidecontrib.html
  19. International Association of School Librarianship. (2013). School Libraries Worldwide. Retrieved from http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/
  20. International Association of School Librarianship. (2013). School Libraries Worldwide: Guidelines for Contributors. Retrieved from http://www.iasl-online.org/pubs/slw/slw_guidecontrib.html
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