Southeastern Librarian, The (SELn)

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Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: The Southeastern Librarian (SELn)

Website: http://www.selaonline.org/sela/publications/SEln/issues.html

Purpose, objective, or mission: The Southeastern Librarian (SELn) is the official publication of the Southeastern Library Association (SELA). The journal “seeks to publish articles, announcements, and news of professional interest to the library community in the southeast”1 of the U.S.A.

Target audience: LIS professionals located in the Southeastern United States.2

Publisher: Southeastern Library Association.3

Peer reviewed? Submitted articles undergo a double-blind peer review process.4

Book reviews are chosen by a team of editors.5

Type: LIS scholarly.6

Medium: Print and online.7

Content: According to the website: “Articles need not be of a scholarly nature but should address professional concerns of the library community. SELn particularly seeks articles that have a broad southeastern scope and/or address topics identified as timely or important by SELA sections, round tables, or committees.”8

Frequency of publication: Quarterly.9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm

Types of contributions accepted: Southeastern Librarian “seeks to publish articles, announcements, and news of professional interest to the library community in the southeast.”10 Manuscripts should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words, although shorter and longer pieces may be considered.11

This publication also accepts book reviews for consideration:

  • Title needs to have been published within the past two years.
  • The work should have some connection to the Southern USA, either by content or the author’s association with the south.
  • Reviewer may obtain his/her own copy of the book.  SELA is not able to provide a courtesy copy unless obtained by publishers.
  • Suggested length is 500-750 words.  Shorter or longer submissions will also be considered.
  • Solicited book reviews from the SELn editor will receive preferential consideration.12

Submissions should be directed to: Perry Bratcher, SELn Editor, 503A Steely Library, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY 41099. Phone: (859) 572-6309. Fax: (859) 572-6181. E-mail: bratcher@nku.edu13

Submission and review process:

For articles:

The “manuscript will be acknowledged by the editor. Incoming manuscripts are added to a manuscript bank from which articles are selected for each issue. The editor assigns manuscripts to at least two reviewers who receive the manuscript with no direct information on the author or the author’s affiliation. Following the review, a decision will be communicated to the writer. A definite publication date is given prior to publication. Publication can be expected within twelve months.”14

For book reviews:

“Submissions will be judged on writing style, content and perceived interest to the readership of the journal.”15

Editorial tone: While articles are peer-reviewed in a double-blind process16, and the editors state that the journal addresses the research objectives of the Southeastern Library Association17, a fairly informal tone is established with the guideline statement: “Articles need not be of a scholarly nature but should address professional concerns of the library community.”18 That being said, a review of the most recent articles (2015), reveals well-researched, referenced and academic writing.19

Style guide used: Latest edition of the APA Publication Manual.20

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This journal provides a good opportunity for LIS practitioners, educators and students based in the Southeastern U.S. to publish original research articles. The potential author, who is a member of SELA, will find it useful to join SELA sections, round tables, or committees in order to identify topics of interest to these groups.21

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: 1750.22 All members of SELA receive this journal as part of their membership benefits.23

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Readers are based in the Southeastern United States, which includes, “Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.”24 As this publication focuses on a particular group of states, there will generally be a shared cultural understanding of relevant topics. However, as the Southeastern Librarian covers a fair number of states, specific regional colloquialisms should be avoided.

Reader characteristics: As SELA membership can include anyone “connected with a library or an organization serving libraries, retired library employees, and library science students”25 readers hail from a wide LIS spectrum. Although there will be a plethora of interests, the general audience will share a concern for the betterment of libraries within the Southeastern United States.

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: As members of SELA, the Southeastern Librarian reader will be a library school student or an LIS professional.26 The reader will have knowledge of LIS jargon and issues. Because the reader could be just starting out, or already established in a LIS career, current and politically relevant issues would be of interest.

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

Readers of this journal will have a variety of interests in LIS issues. Potential authors who can find a topic that is of special interest to LIS professionals in the Southeastern United States will find a good opportunity to publish their writing.

Last updated: July 4, 2015


References

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  2. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Guidelines for Submission. Southeastern Library Association. Retrieved from http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm
  3. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Publications. Southeastern Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.selaonline.org/publications/index.htm
  4. ProQuest. (2015). Southeastern Librarian. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436038188153/53502
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  8. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Guidelines for Submission. Southeastern Library Association. Retrieved from http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm
  9. ProQuest. (2015). Southeastern Librarian. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436038188153/53502
  10. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Publications. Southeastern Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.selaonline.org/publications/index.htm
  11. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Guidelines for Submission. Southeastern Library Association. Retrieved from http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm
  12. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Guidelines for SELn Book Reviewers. Southeastern Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.selaonline.org/publications/guidelinesbookreviewers.htm
  13. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Guidelines for Submission. Southeastern Library Association. Retrieved from http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm
  14. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Guidelines for Submission. Southeastern Library Association. Retrieved from http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm
  15. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Guidelines for SELn Book Reviewers. Southeastern Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.selaonline.org/publications/guidelinesbookreviewers.htm
  16. ProQuest. (2015). Southeastern Librarian. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436038188153/53502
  17. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Publications. Southeastern Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.selaonline.org/publications/index.htm
  18. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Guidelines for Submission. Southeastern Library Association. Retrieved from http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm
  19. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Publications. Southeastern Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.selaonline.org/publications/index.htm
  20. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Guidelines for Submission. Southeastern Library Association. Retrieved from http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm
  21. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Publications. Southeastern Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.selaonline.org/publications/index.htm
  22. American Library Association. (2015). State and Regional Chapters. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/groups/affiliates/chapters/state/stateregional#sela
  23. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). SELA Membership. Southeastern Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.selaonline.org/membership/index.htm
  24. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Scholarships. Southeastern Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.selaonline.org/about/scholarships.htm
  25. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Help/FAQ. Southeastern Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.selaonline.org/help.htm
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