School Library Research

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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: School Library Research (formerly School Library Media Research)

Website: http://www.ala.org/aasl/slr

Purpose, objective, or mission: School Library Research is an official journal of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Per their site, the purpose of the publication is, “is to promote and publish high quality original research concerning the management, implementation, and evaluation of school library media programs. The journal will also emphasize research on instructional theory, teaching methods, and critical issues relevant to school libraries and school librarians.”1

Target audience: Academic scholars, school library media and instructional specialists, and other educators.2

Publisher: American Library Association.3

Peer reviewed? Yes.4

Type:  Predominantly scholarly, but truly a hybrid scholarly-professional publication.5

Medium: Print.6

Content: Original research, literature review and proposal, or innovative, conceptual essays.7

Frequency of publication: Annually.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.ala.org/aasl/slr/submit

Types of contributions accepted: High quality original research concerning the management, implementation, and evaluation of school library media programs. The journal also emphasizes research on instructional theory, teaching methods, and critical issues relevant to school library media.9

Submission and review process: Manuscripts can be submitted via an online submission form.10 Submissions follow the peer review process (described in detail on site, including instructions to reviewers) which takes 8 – 12 weeks.11

Editorial tone: Editorial tone is quite rigid and exacting in its particulars. The work submitted must follow all guidelines and present original scholarly material that presents something new to the field.12

Style guide used: €™Chicago Manual of Style€™ and additional journal specific guide.13

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Though a challenge opportunity, due to limited publication schedule (annually) and stiff competition, publication in this journal would definitely increase an author’€™s standing in the profession.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Information not available, magazine is benefit of membership in AASL.14

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: North American publication with readers likely residents of North America. English language publication for a predominately English speaking audience.15

Reader characteristics: No specifics provided but likely similar to the general membership of ALA, over 35 years of age and the majority female.16 By definition, the workplace of this audience is school libraries (K-12). Readers will share a belief in the importance of high quality services for students in K-12 schools and an interest in the concerns of school librarians such as funding, information literacy and professional development.17

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: It is likely readers, the majority being school librarians with LIS degrees, have a strong understanding of LIS subject matter.18

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

The readers will expect articles to inform them and to recognize the importance of the work of school librarians. As a scholarly journal, authors must have some expertise in the field and be capable of producing a strong research paper.

Last updated: December 1, 2014


References

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  1. American Library Association. (2014). School Library Research (SLR). American Association of School Librarians. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/slr
  2. American Library Association. (2014). School Library Research (SLR). American Association of School Librarians. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/slr
  3. SerialsSolutions. (2014). School Library Research. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403621862325/271682
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). School Library Research. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403621862325/271682
  5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). School Library Research. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403621862325/271682
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). School Library Research. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403621862325/271682
  7. American Library Association. (2014). School Library Research (SLR): Submit a manuscript. American Association of School Librarians. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/slr/submit
  8. SerialsSolutions. (2014). School Library Research. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403621862325/271682
  9. American Library Association. (2014). School Library Research (SLR) submission guide. American Association of School Librarians. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslpubsandjournals/slr/SLR%20Submission%20Guide_2013_FINAL.pdf
  10. American Library Association. (2014). School Library Research (SLR): Submit a manuscript. American Association of School Librarians. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/slr/submit
  11. American Library Association. (2014). School Library Research (SLR) submission guide. American Association of School Librarians. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslpubsandjournals/slr/SLR%20Submission%20Guide_2013_FINAL.pdf
  12. American Library Association. (2014). School Library Research (SLR) submission guide. American Association of School Librarians. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslpubsandjournals/slr/SLR%20Submission%20Guide_2013_FINAL.pdf
  13. American Library Association. (2014). School Library Research (SLR) submission guide. American Association of School Librarians. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslpubsandjournals/slr/SLR%20Submission%20Guide_2013_FINAL.pdf
  14. American Library Association. (2014). Membership in AASL. American Association of School Librarians. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/join
  15. SerialsSolutions. (2014). School Library Research. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403621862325/271682
  16. American Library Association. (2013). ALA Demographics Studies. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/research/sites/ala.org.research/files/content/July13report.pdf
  17. American Library Association. (2014). School Library Research (SLR). American Association of School Librarians. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/slr
  18. American Library Association. (2013). ALA Demographics Studies. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/research/sites/ala.org.research/files/content/July13report.pdf
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