Southeastern Librarian, The (SELn)

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title:</strong> <em>The Southeastern Librarian (SELn)</em> <strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://www.selaonline.org/sela/publications/SEln/issues.html" target="_blank">http://www.selaonline.org/sela/publications/SEln/issues.html</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission:</strong> <em>The Southeastern Librarian (SELn)</em> 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. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Publications. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://www.selaonline.org/publications/index.htm">http://www.selaonline.org/publications/index.htm</a>] of the U.S.A. <strong>Target audience:</strong> LIS professionals located in the Southeastern United States.[2. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Guidelines for Submission. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm">http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm</a>] <strong>Publisher:</strong> Southeastern Library Association.[3. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Publications. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://www.selaonline.org/publications/index.htm">http://www.selaonline.org/publications/index.htm</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed?</strong> Submitted articles undergo a double-blind peer review process.[4. ProQuest. (2015). Southeastern Librarian. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436038188153/53502">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436038188153/53502</a>] Book reviews are chosen by a team of editors.[5. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Guidelines for SELn Book Reviewers. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://www.selaonline.org/publications/guidelinesbookreviewers.htm">http://www.selaonline.org/publications/guidelinesbookreviewers.htm</a>] <strong>Type:</strong> LIS scholarly.[6. ProQuest. (2015). Southeastern Librarian. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436038188153/53502">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436038188153/53502</a>] <strong>Medium:</strong> Print and online.[7. ProQuest. (2015). Southeastern Librarian. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436038188153/53502">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436038188153/53502</a>] <strong>Content:</strong> According to the website: "Articles need not be of a scholarly nature but should address professional concerns of the library community. <em>SELn</em> 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. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Guidelines for Submission. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm">http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication:</strong> Quarterly.[9. ProQuest. (2015). Southeastern Librarian. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436038188153/53502">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436038188153/53502</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines:</strong> <a href="http://www.selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm">http://www.selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm</a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted:</strong> <em>Southeastern Librarian</em> "seeks to publish articles, announcements, and news of professional interest to the library community in the southeast."[10. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Publications. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://www.selaonline.org/publications/index.htm">http://www.selaonline.org/publications/index.htm</a>] Manuscripts should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words, although shorter and longer pieces may be considered.[11. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Guidelines for Submission. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm">http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm</a>] This publication also accepts book reviews for consideration: <ul> <li>Title needs to have been published within the past two years.</li> <li>The work should have some connection to the Southern USA, either by content or the author’s association with the south.</li> <li>Reviewer may obtain his/her own copy of the book.  SELA is not able to provide a courtesy copy unless obtained by publishers.</li> <li>Suggested length is 500-750 words.  Shorter or longer submissions will also be considered.</li> <li>Solicited book reviews from the <em>SELn</em> editor will receive preferential consideration.[12. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Guidelines for <em>SELn</em> Book Reviewers. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://www.selaonline.org/publications/guidelinesbookreviewers.htm">http://www.selaonline.org/publications/guidelinesbookreviewers.htm</a>]</li> </ul> Submissions should be directed to: Perry Bratcher, <em>SELn</em> Editor, 503A Steely Library, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY 41099. Phone: (859) 572-6309. Fax: (859) 572-6181. E-mail: <a href="mailto:bratcher@nku.edu">bratcher@nku.edu</a>[13. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Guidelines for Submission. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm">http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm</a>] <strong>Submission and review process:</strong> 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. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Guidelines for Submission. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm">http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm</a>] For book reviews: "Submissions will be judged on writing style, content and perceived interest to the readership of the journal."[15. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Guidelines for <em>SELn</em> Book Reviewers. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://www.selaonline.org/publications/guidelinesbookreviewers.htm">http://www.selaonline.org/publications/guidelinesbookreviewers.htm</a>] <strong>Editorial tone:</strong> While articles are peer-reviewed in a double-blind process[16. ProQuest. (2015). Southeastern Librarian. <em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436038188153/53502">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1436038188153/53502</a>], and the editors state that the journal addresses the research objectives of the Southeastern Library Association[17. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Publications. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://www.selaonline.org/publications/index.htm">http://www.selaonline.org/publications/index.htm</a>], 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. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Guidelines for Submission. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm">http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm</a>] That being said, a review of the most recent articles (2015), reveals well-researched, referenced and academic writing.[19. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Publications. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://www.selaonline.org/publications/index.htm">http://www.selaonline.org/publications/index.htm</a>] <strong>Style guide used:</strong> Latest edition of the APA Publication Manual.[20. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Guidelines for Submission. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm">http://selaonline.org/publications/guidelinessubmissions.htm</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> 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. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Publications. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://www.selaonline.org/publications/index.htm">http://www.selaonline.org/publications/index.htm</a>] &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation:</strong> 1750.[22. American Library Association. (2015). State and Regional Chapters. <em>American Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://www.ala.org/groups/affiliates/chapters/state/stateregional#sela">http://www.ala.org/groups/affiliates/chapters/state/stateregional#sela</a>] All members of SELA receive this journal as part of their membership benefits.[23. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). SELA Membership. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://www.selaonline.org/membership/index.htm">http://www.selaonline.org/membership/index.htm</a>] <strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations:</strong> 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. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Scholarships. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://www.selaonline.org/about/scholarships.htm">http://www.selaonline.org/about/scholarships.htm</a>] As this publication focuses on a particular group of states, there will generally be a shared cultural understanding of relevant topics. However, as the <em>Southeastern Librarian</em> covers a fair number of states, specific regional colloquialisms should be avoided. <strong>Reader characteristics:</strong> As SELA membership can include anyone "connected with a library or an organization serving libraries, retired library employees, and library science students"[25. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Help/FAQ. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://www.selaonline.org/help.htm">http://www.selaonline.org/help.htm</a>] 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. <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter:</strong> As members of SELA, the <em>Southeastern Librarian</em> reader will be a library school student or an LIS professional.[26. Southeastern Library Association. (2015). Help/FAQ. <em>Southeastern Library Association</em>. Retrieved from <a href="http://www.selaonline.org/help.htm">http://www.selaonline.org/help.htm</a>] 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. <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> 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. <strong>Last updated:</strong> July 4, 2015 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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