Urban Library Journal

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Urban Library Journal; previously entitled Urban Academic Librarian.1

Website: http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/urbanlibrary/index

Purpose, objective, or mission: The purpose of Urban Library Journal is to provide a platform to discuss research and practical issues related to “€œacademic, research, public, school, and special libraries in an urban setting,”€ as noted on the publication’€™s homepage.2

Target audience: Intended readers are those currently working in urban libraries, those serving diverse and urban populations, and those interested in such issues.3

Publisher: Library Association of the City University of New York.4

Peer reviewed? Yes.5

Type: LIS scholarly.6

Medium: Online. Print version has ceased.7

Content: From their website, the journal focuses on “€œresearch and discussion dealing with all aspects of urban libraries and librarianship.”8  Topics covered by the journal include “€œpublic higher education, urban studies, multiculturalism, library and educational services to immigrants, preservation of public higher education, and universal access to World Wide Web resources€.”9

Frequency of publication: Twice annually.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/urbanlibrary/information/authors

Types of contributions accepted: “Articles dealing with academic, research, public, school, and special libraries in an urban setting”11 are welcomed as well as submissions in broader areas such as “public higher education,urban studies, multiculturalism, library, and educational services to immigrants, preservation of public higher education, and universal access to World Wide Web resources.”12

Submission and review process: Previously unpublished manuscripts are submitted as an email attachment (MSWord) to the editors. Manuscript must include a 50-200 word abstract, 4-6 keywords, and a brief (50 word) biography. Specific requirements and a Submission Preparation Checklist are found on the submission page. All articles are refereed.13

Editorial tone: There is no specified editorial tone, but articles exhibit a formal, academic style. Articles are heavily researched and outside scholarly sources are heavily used.14

Style guide used: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA style).15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This publication has been published for over twenty years, and its peer-review process, emphasis on research, and scholarly tone make it a viable option for LIS professionals seeking tenure at an academic institution. The journal would be especially useful for authors particularly interested in library issues affecting urban and diverse populations. It may not be suitable for beginning or student authors, but those interested with workable ideas should not be discouraged from submitting a proposal.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: There is no exact number available. There are approximately 199 individual members of the Library Association of the City University of New York,16 all members of libraries that are institutional members of the association. Circulation takes place among these institutional and individual members, students and faculty at the member libraries, and many more readers due to the journal’€™s open access status.17

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: While the association and membership are based in New York,18 the journal reaches readers throughout the country on its website.19 Articles exhibit writing and subjects found from many states and cities, serving many different populations.20 Further information regarding the readership’s geographic location is not available. The journal is printed in English21 and espouses a formal, academic tone that does not emphasizes regional and cultural references. Because the journal specializes in issues found in urban and diverse communities, topics related to serving members of different cultures are heavily discussed, providing a platform for discussing cultural references while remaining culturally objective.22

Reader characteristics: There is no breakdown of the gender, age, or cultural aspects of readers provided, but the current list of 199 members of the Library Association of the City University of New York shows about 32% male and 68% female.23 All members of the association and consequently many of the readers work for college and university libraries. The content€™s’ academic tone shows that the publication is geared toward the academic environment. Practitioners in other types of libraries, including school, public, and special, contribute to the journal and most likely also read the journal, showing that the interest in urban library issues is emphasized more than the type of library in which one works. Most readers will have an MLS or MLIS in addition to specialized training in the academic department in which they work.24 Readers will primarily be concerned about library issues as well as how those issues affect service to diverse and urban populations. Articles show an attitude devoted to providing culturally appropriate service to patrons, regardless of type of library, and diversity rather than homogeneity are abiding principles of readers and writers of this journal. The publication also seeks to remain objective in its discussion of such issues, relying on reports and data rather than opinion pieces.25

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers will possess considerable knowledge about LIS topics and subjects with many readers highly knowledgeable about the inner workings of academic libraries. Specialized jargon used among different types of libraries is generally avoided in order to appeal to a wide range of librarians.26

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

Urban Library Journal is a scholarly publication which stresses theoretical, scholarly, heavily researched articles that take a generally objective stance. Issues of diversity and culture resonate with the readers and contributors, and authors should have an interest in these issues. Topics including service to underserved populations, service to students, service to homeless persons, linguistic differences among patrons, and the urban library setting are all suitable. Although many members and readers work in academic libraries, readers are diverse in terms of the type of libraries they serve. There is no cultural or ethnic breakdown of readers available, but it is safe to assume that due to the cultural subject matter, readers come from many different cultures represented throughout the United States.

Last updated: October 28, 2014


References

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  25. Urban Library Journal. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/urbanlibrary/about/editorialPolicies#sectionPolicies
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