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Judaica Librarianship

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Judaica Librarianship

Website: http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/

Purpose, objective, or mission: “The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) promotes Jewish literacy through enhancement of libraries and library resources and through leadership for the profession and practitioners of Judaica librarianship.”1 Membership is open to librarians, libraries, and library supporters. The journal itself is a “forum for scholarship on the theory and practice of Jewish studies librarianship and information studies.”2

Target audience: Members of the ALA with an interest in Jewish library and info sciences, members of the Association of Jewish Libraries, members of the American Theological Library Association, and, from the publications’ about page anyone with an interest in “information and research, in all forms of media relating to all things Jewish.”3

Publisher: Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL),4 an affiliate of the ALA and American Theological Library Association.5

Peer reviewed? Yes,6 using a double-blind system.7

Type: LIS scholarly.8 The journal is the official journal of the AJL, “an international professional organization” devoted to information and all things Jewish.9

Medium: Online as of 2013, vol 18. Prior to that the journal was in print (ISSN: 0739-5086).10

Content: From their website, the journal publishes “research articles and essays on all theoretical or practical aspects of Jewish Studies librarianship and cultural stewardship in the digital age; bibliographical, bibliometric and comprehensive studies related to Jewish booklore; historical studies or current surveys of noteworthy collections; and extensive review of reference works and other resources, including electronic databases and informational websites.”11

The journal has included articles on the collection development and acquisitions techniques that are specific to Judaica, covered major changes in cataloging rules and classification schemes for Judaica, documented important local cataloging practices, described the earliest automation systems with Hebrew capability, and reviewed landmark Judaic reference works as well as children’s books.12

Frequency of publication: Annually.13

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/submission_guidelines.html

Types of contributions accepted: The journal seeks to provide a forum on the theory and practice of Jewish studies librarianship and information studies, and welcomes a wide range of articles related to these topics. In addition to the topics below, the journal also welcomes “thoroughly revised and updated versions of papers presented at AJL Annual Conference or chapter meetings.”14 Sample article titles include “Virtual Libraries vs. Physical Libraries in Jewish Studies,” “Establishing Uniform Headings for the Sacred Scriptures,” “The Jewish Press in France: A Review of the Contemporary Scene, 1993,” and “Strongly Traditional Judaism: A Selective Guide to World Wide Web Resources in English.”15

From the Focus and Scope page the journal covers the following topics:

  • Theoretical or empirical studies integrating library and information science with aspects of Jewish studies and related fields that could stimulate the scholarly discussion about Jewish libraries (history of the book, bibliometrics, literary studies, media studies, Jewish languages and linguistics, information technology, literacy studies, or social history).
  • Best practices and policies for Jewish libraries of all kinds: school libraries (all levels); community center libraries; public libraries; Judaica collections in religious institutions; archival collections; museum and historical society libraries; research libraries; and special libraries.
  • Innovative approaches to data curation, discovery tools, or preservation of library materials in the digital age.
  • Descriptive essays and surveys of noteworthy collections.
  • Digital humanities projects relevant to Jewish studies and other digitization projects.
  • Historical or bibliographical studies pertaining to Hebraica and/or Judaica materials, libraries and librarians, or generally to Jewish booklore.
  • Library services for users, including but not limited to reference tools and instruction guidelines for teaching Jewish literacy, cultural programming, or any other outreach programs.
  • Collaborative collection development initiatives across library networks.16

The journal also sponsors a student essay contest, open to students currently enrolled in an accredited LIS program. Essays should be related to the topic of Jewish studies librarianship, with the winning essay considered for Judaica Librarianship publication and a cash reward. For more information see the journal’s About Page and you can also contact the Editor directly.17 The 2013 editor is Rachel Leket-Mor:  rachel.leket-mor@asu.edu.18

Submission and review process: Anyone can submit an original article for consideration, provided they own all copyrights to the work.19 Follow the submission guidelines  to create an account; accept the Article submission agreement; provide author information and upload the article and other attachments. You’ll receive an email confirming submission. Make sure to double-check the guidelines, which give you style and formatting notes, as well as what to include in your article query.20

Editorial tone: Articles are extremely reader-friendly, with an often professional, conversational tone. LIS terms and phrases are used as necessary. Although these are well researched, peer-reviewed articles, they are intended for an audience that might consist of non-LIS practitioners, reading because they have an interest in Jewish library concerns.21

Please note that journal editors, authors and reviewers follow the ethical guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).22

Style guide used: For style guidelines: the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, and Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition. For academic writing guidelines, follow the same dictionary, as well as Christopher Hollister’s Handbook of Academic Writing for Librarians. For romanization of non-Latin languages (Hebrew, Cyrillic, Ladino and Judeo-Arabic), consult the Library of Congress Romanization Tables; and the YIVO system for romanization of Yiddish.23

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

The Journal seeks information of all types from students, professionals and scholars in the library world who have news, updates, and research pertaining to Jewish studies. It is an excellent place to query for new and established writers, to publish in a community-oriented, peer-reviewed journal that welcomes new ideas as well as fresh takes on established theories. The editorial team works closely with writers to make sure style and content are up to the journal’s standards, so even if this is the author’s first time, it should be a good experience that you can learn from. The journal is indexed in ATLA Religion, Ethnic NewsWatch, ERIC, Genealogical Periodical Annual Index, Index of Articles on Jewish Studies (RAMBI), Index to Jewish Periodicals, Index to Social Sciences and Humanities Proceedings, Information Science Abstracts, Internationale Bibliographie der Zeitschriftenliteratur, Jewish Studies Source, Library and Information Science Abstracts, Library Literature, and the MLA International Bibliography.24

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Current AJL members (exact numbers not available)25

 Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The AJL’s headquarters are in New Jersey:26 however, the journal’s editorial team is spread amongst schools like Arizona State University, Stanford University, Yeshiva University, University of Washington, University of Toronto, and the (U.S.) Library of Congress.27 The AJL holds a conference each year at a different location.  Per 2013 editor Rachel Leket-Mor: “The journal is mostly completed through online collaboration. The editorial board meets at the annual conferences of AJL, not in any other physical location.”28 Articles are written in English.29 But the AJL promotes Jewish literacy and LIS across the world, with members represented in North America, China, Holland, Israel, Italy, South Africa, Switzerland and the UK.30 The overall theme is the Jewish LIS experience, which factors heavily into cultural  considerations for writing for this journal.31

Articles do often include Yiddish or Hebrew terminology, but it is generally explained within the text.32

Reader characteristics: Readers belong to the AJL, and, whether or not they are actually librarians or information professionals, have an interest in Jewish cultural news from the library world. For the most part, readers will be interested in all things library, information science and/or Jewish, and work in libraries, museums, and other cultural or information centers. AJL’s membership includes two divisions: one containing Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections; the other includes Schools, Synagogues, and Centers. All receive Judacia Librarianship as part of membership. The journal adopts the attitude of promoting Jewish literacy and scholarship, and is committed to providing information to readers on what’s going on in the Jewish library and info science world. It has an open policy for writers and does not exclude anyone from submitting an article-the topic just needs to fall under the specified content.33

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Strong. This is the journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries, so expect good knowledge of, and interest in, LIS subject matter.34

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

Readers have a strong interest in reporting from a Jewish library perspective, and will most likely welcome hearing of new studies, research, programs, or notes from the field. Also a good publication for learning more and becoming part of the larger AJL community.

Last updated: November 3, 2014


References

Show 34 footnotes

  1. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). About AJL. Retrieved from http://www.jewishlibraries.org/main/AboutAJL.aspx
  2. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Focus & scope. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/aimsandscope.html
  3. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). About Judaica Librarianship. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/about.html
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Judaica Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404773257662/340702
  5. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). About AJL. Retrieved from http://www.jewishlibraries.org/main/AboutAJL.aspx
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Judaica Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404773257662/340702
  7. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Submission guidelines. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/submission_guidelines.html
  8. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Judaica Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404773257662/340702
  9. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). About Judaica Librarianship. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/about.html
  10. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). About Judaica Librarianship. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/about.html
  11. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Home. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/
  12. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Home. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/
  13. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Judaica Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404773257662/340702
  14. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Focus & scope. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/aimsandscope.html
  15. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Home. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/
  16. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Focus & scope. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/aimsandscope.html
  17. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). About Judaica Librarianship. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/about.html
  18. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Editorial board. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/editorialboard.html
  19. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Policies. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/policies.html
  20. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Submission guidelines. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/submission_guidelines.html
  21. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). About Judaica Librarianship. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/about.html
  22. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Policies. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/policies.html
  23. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Submission guidelines. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/submission_guidelines.html
  24. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). About Judaica Librarianship. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/about.html
  25. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Member Resources. Retrieved from http://www.jewishlibraries.org/main/MemberResources.aspx
  26. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Judaica Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404773257662/340702
  27. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Editorial board. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/editorialboard.html
  28. R. Leket-Mor, personal communication, 16 April 2014
  29. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Judaica Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404773257662/340702
  30. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). About AJL. Retrieved from http://www.jewishlibraries.org/main/AboutAJL.aspx
  31. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Focus & scope. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/aimsandscope.html
  32. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Submission guidelines. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/submission_guidelines.html
  33. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Focus & scope. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/aimsandscope.html
  34. Association of Jewish Libraries. (2014). Focus & scope. Judaica Librarianship: Journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Retrieved from http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/aimsandscope.html
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Library and Information Research (LIR)

 

Publication Analysis


About the publication

Title: Library and Information Research

Website: http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir

Purpose, objective, or mission: Among others, this publication’s goals are to “encourage reporting of research by practitioners” and to “raise awareness of new tools, books, and funding opportunities for research.”1 The majority of information is centered in the UK and Ireland.2

Target audience: This publication is written by and for members of the Library and Information Research Group and all parties interested in current research topics in library and information science.3

Publisher: Library and Information Research Group4

Peer reviewed? Both. “Refereed research papers” are peer reviewed, while other research articles and other types of writing are not peer reviewed.5

Type: LIS scholarly.6 Both peer-reviewed and research articles are submitted for publication and all are connected to the LIS world.7

Medium or mode of distribution: Online only.8

Content: The journal consists of research articles ranging from 2000-7000 words, editorials, reports, and book reviews.9

Frequency of publication: This journal is published three times a year,10 in spring, summer and winter issues.11

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: All sections of LIR are open to submission except for editorials.12 Submission guidelines may be found at http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/submissions#authorGuidelines.

Types of contributions accepted: Journal articles (for both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed sections) are accepted for submission, as well as reports on events and conferences and book reviews.13

Submission and review process: Deadlines are set for authors who have preferred issues in which they might wish to publish. Free registration is required for authors who wish to submit and review.14 Authors are asked to follow the submission guidelines before submitting their article to ensure it meets the journal’s standards.15

Editorial tone: Formal and very technical. According to the guidelines “All authors are encouraged to conclude their paper with a section describing the practical applications of their research, i.e., answering the “so what?” question. What effect should your work have on the LIS practitioner or the research community? Is there anything the community should be doing differently as a result of your research? Have you identified areas for future research? If so, please state them here.”16

Style guide used: Harvard-style references. Examples are given in the guidelines.17

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Library and Information Research has a great deal of potential for LIS researchers and authors. As an open-source journal, it allows for a great number of readers. Its scope as a “research into practice”18 journal presents both new information and future possibilities through long and short articles, as well as links to other resources, including new books. Both student readers and authors can benefit from this type of publication while in the prime of their research.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: The publication is an open-access, online-only journal,19 and thus circulation increases daily. The editor could not be contacted in order to discern daily or overall hits to the LIR or Library and Information Research Group sites.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The journal is produced in the  UK,20 so it is probable that the majority of readers and writers can be found there, but as LIR is an open-access journal,21 readers can be found across the globe. Readers will be more likely to use British English than American English.22 Most readers, however, will be able to understand both. Due to the nature of the writings, colloquialisms and unexplained cultural references are not expected.

Reader characteristics: The majority of the readers will be interested in the LIS field and likely work in libraries or other research institutions in some capacity. The majority of the articles and papers written for this publication are from an objective viewpoint, and should not present strong biases. However, the idea of “research into practice” is very strong in all aspects of the journal, and thus a forward view of research and its possibilities should be present.23

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers will often be students and scholars in the LIS field. LIS jargon, unless decidedly specialized, should not have to be explained in depth.24

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

The most important aspect of this journal that one must consider when writing is its impartiality to opinion. The editors of this publication believe strongly in research and the presentation of that research. It may be assumed that, particularly when reading the refereed papers, the readers, your peers, will feel the same. Even when writing a book review, writing should be straightforward and technical in its appearance. Writings on action, historical, evaluation and any other type of research should be understandable for your peers.

While this journal, as web-born, does not likely have an extensive readership, it is still a useful place to present research and ideas to your peers and have them in turn present theirs to you. As an American LIS writer presenting an American understanding to a majority-UK audience, new ideas may be formed from intercontinental collaboration.

Last updated: November 3, 2014


References

Show 24 footnotes

  1. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  2. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library and Information Research. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167
  3. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library and Information Research. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167
  5. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library and Information Research. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167
  7. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  8. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library and Information Research. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167
  9. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  10. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library and Information Research. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167
  11. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  12. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  13. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  14. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  15. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Submissions. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  16. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  17. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Submissions. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  18. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  19. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  20. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library and Information Research. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167
  21. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  22. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Library and Information Research. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/658167
  23. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  24. CILIP. (2014). Library and Information Research Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
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Journal of Library Innovation

Per the Journal of Library Innovation (JOLI) website, “The editors of JOLI ceased publication of the journal following the publication of the fall 2015 issue. Articles will remain discoverable and available as PDFs through aggregated databases, and the site will be available for an undetermined time.”

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Journal of Library Innovation

Website: http://www.libraryinnovation.org/

Purpose, objective, or mission: “[The journal’s] mission is to disseminate research and information on innovative practice in libraries of all types.”1

Target audience: Librarians in all types of libraries.2

Publisher: Journal of Library Innovation.3

Peer reviewed? Yes.4 Articles that appear in the “Featured Article”€ and “€œInnovative Practice”€ sections are peer reviewed. In some cases, invited submission may undergo editorial revision but not peer review. Book reviews and editorials are not peer reviewed.5

Type: LIS scholarly.6JOLI is an open access journal. Authors retain the copyright to their work under the terms of the following Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 (United States).”7

Medium: Online.8

Content: Publishes “original research, literature reviews, commentaries, case studies, reports on innovative practices, and book, conference and product reviews…The journal also welcomes provocative essays that will stimulate thought on the current and future role of libraries in an Internet Age.”9

Frequency of publication: This journal premiered in 2010. It is published semi-annually.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

Types of contributions accepted: English language manuscripts for “Feature Articles” and “Innovations in Practice” sections covering topics of interest to library and information professionals committed to exploring innovative ideas and practices. Original research, literature reviews, commentaries, case studies, reports on innovative practices, and book, conference and product reviews. Articles may be theoretical, research-based, or of a practical nature. Editorials and reviews are written by invited authors.11

“Innovation in libraries can include, but is not limited to the following:

  • The discovery of unmet user needs.
  • The introduction of new services or the retooling of traditional services resulting in a better user experience.
  • Creative collaboration between libraries, or between libraries and other types of institutions, resulting in demonstrable improvements in service to users.
  • Implementing new technologies to improve and extend library service to meet user needs.
  • Explorations of the future of libraries.
  • Pilot testing unconventional ideas and services.
  • Redefining the roles of library staff to better serve users.
  • Developing processes that encourage organizational innovation.
  • Reaching out to and engaging library users and non-users in new and creative ways.
  • Creative library instruction and patron programming.
  • Finding new ways to make library collections or library facilities more useful to users.”12

Submission and review process: The editors recommend that prospective authors query before submitting work. No previously published submissions.13

Submit files in Microsoft Word or RTF files. Submissions should be double-spaced, 12-point Arial font, and employ italics rather than underlining (other than URLs). Where available, provide URLs for references provided. All illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at appropriate points, rather than at the end.14

The review process takes a minimum of six to eight weeks. Authors are notified when a decision has been made.15

The section editors and managing editors evaluate submissions to determine that the content and topic are aligned with the scope and purpose of JOLI. Submissions that clear the initial review are subject to a single-blind review process, performed by at least two referees selected by the editorial board. Once referees complete their reviews, the section editor makes a recommendation to the managing editor before the author is notified of the decision.16

Editorial tone: No stated guidelines. Upon examination of several articles, “€œFeature” articles are written in clear, scholarly language. “Innovative Practice” articles are written in professional, clear language that is less formal.

Style guide used: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th Edition (2009).17

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This young scholarly journal would be a good choice for unpublished graduate students with fresh, well-researched articles about innovative ideas, services, products, or programs in libraries. It would also be a good choice for information professionals interested in publishing articles on unconventional ideas or services implemented at their libraries.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Because this journal is not subscription-based, circulation is difficult to determine. As of 2012 there were 1,296 registered readers.18

This journal is indexed in Directory of Open Access Journals, Google Scholar, The Informed Librarian Online, Library Literature and Information Full Text, and Library Literature, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA).19

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Readership is international, but most reside in the U.S.20 This journal accepts submissions in English. Because this journal is open access and available for an international readership, avoid regionalisms and be sure references to currency and location are clear.21

Reader characteristics: Most readers are librarians and are interested in innovative, thought-provoking theory and practices that stimulate thought about the library’€™s current and future role in an Internet Age. They value independent thinking and forward-looking practices that embrace technology.22

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Because readers may be specialists in different areas within different types of libraries, technical jargon should be used moderately and terms should be explained when they are included in articles.23

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

No demographic information on readership is available at this time, but a review of selected articles indicates that readers are LIS professionals with an interest in library services, programs, and products that are exciting, different, and effective.

Last updated: November 3, 2014


References

Show 23 footnotes

  1. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  2. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  3. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Journal of Library Innovation. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404955462623/686258
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Journal of Library Innovation. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404955462623/686258
  5. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Journal of Library Innovation. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404955462623/686258
  7. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  8. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Journal of Library Innovation. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404955462623/686258
  9. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  10. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Journal of Library Innovation. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404955462623/686258
  11. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Submissions. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  12. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  13. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Submissions. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  14. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Submissions. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  15. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  16. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  17. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Submissions. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  18. P. Jones, personal communication, 9 May 2013
  19. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  20. P. Jones, personal communication, 9 May 2013
  21. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Submissions. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  22. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  23. Journal of Library Innovation. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://www.libraryinnovation.org/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
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The Crab

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: The Crab

Website: http://www.mdlib.org/about/ecrab/ecrab.asp

Purpose, objective, or mission: This is the official publication of the Maryland Library Association (MLA). The Crab is published quarterly and is the official Maryland Library Association publication. On the MLA Website, the association’s purpose is given as, “[to provide] leadership for those who are committed to libraries by providing opportunities for professional development and communication and by advocating principles and issues related to librarianship and library service.”1

Target audience: The primary target audience is the association’s membership, which includes “library staff and trustees, library school students, libraries, and friends of libraries representing the full spectrum of librarianship in Maryland.”2 The library staff component includes members from public, school, academic, and special libraries. Public librarians are the largest constituency.

Publisher: Maryland Library Association.3

Peer reviewed? No.4

Type: LIS professional news.5

Medium: Print and online.6

Content: Coverage of the MLA annual conference; program and workshop reports; news about Maryland libraries and library people; articles on issues concerning libraries and librarianship in Maryland; reviews of books and other materials with local or state interest; letters to the editor.7

Frequency of publication: Four times per year.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.mdlib.org/about/ecrab/submit.asp

Types of contributions accepted: From the submission guidelines, The Crab seeks coverage of the following topics: MLA conference; MLA division, committee or interest group news; reports on programs and workshops of interest to librarians in Maryland; news about Maryland libraries and people; articles on issues concerning libraries and librarianship in Maryland; reviews of books and other materials, based on their local and state interest will be considered for publication; letters to the editor – these must be signed, although names may be withheld from publications upon request.9

Advertising will be accepted for The Crab – priority will be given to library-related services or products.10

Articles accompanied by photos are strongly encouraged.11

Submission and review process: Submissions should be via e-mail to editor Annette Haldeman, Legislative Librarian, Maryland General Assembly Department of Legislative Services, Office of Policy Analysis, at: Annette.Haldeman@mlis.state.md.us.12
Articles may be keyed into the body of the e-mail or may be sent as attachments. Photos should be in .GIF or .JPG formats and should not exceed 200K. Submission deadlines for each issue available on website.13

Editorial tone: Varies somewhat by author, but tone is generally newsy, chatty, and friendly. Even the short fact-based items often attempt to convey some sense of excitement.

Style guide used: None specified.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This publication, as indicated by the their mission, focuses on local Maryland library organizations, people and events.14 An author with local knowledge or connections will find it easier to place a variety of material than an out of the area author. On the other hand, there are examples of articles that address larger LIS sector trends and activities. There are publishing opportunities for an author who can can write in an accessible manner with a local connection to the Maryland audience. As with any publication, reviewing the past issues will provide a solid sense of what type of article the editor and readers would find interesting. Another source of information on the associations focus is the MLA’s Strategic Plan that is posted on their website.15

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: The print publication is available for a subscription fee from the MLA (membership numbers not available) and is also available online for any visitor to read.16

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Primarily the State of Maryland, with additional reach to members in the vendor community that are not located in Maryland.17 Articles are written in English. The vocabulary is light on jargon, perhaps partly due to the wide variety of background of potential readers (see below).18

Reader characteristics: Association members include professionals, paraprofessionals, LIS students, and a large number of non-librarian staff members. Members/readers come from the full variety of library types and the full variety of jobs in those institutions. Some LIS vendors are included. It may be assumed that most readers will be sympathetic to libraries, understand their various missions, and will view themselves as important to their organizations and the achievement of their organizations’ goals.19

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: A significant portion of the MLA membership is within the paraprofessional category, so while most readers will be well-informed about their local issues and practices, some will not have the perspective gained from professional study and work.20

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

Considering the diversity of background, skills, professional duties, missions, and interests of the readers, authors should consider presenting material that is practical, general in scope, accessible in tone and language, and appealing to the interests of readers in the Maryland area.21

Last updated: May 13, 2016


References

Show 21 footnotes

  1. Maryland Library Association. (2014). About MLA. Maryland Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.mdlib.org/about/default.asp
  2. Maryland Library Association. (2016). About MLA. Maryland Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.mdlib.org/about/default.asp
  3. ProQuest. (2016). The Crab. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411937604570/56713
  4. ProQuest. (2016). The Crab. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411937604570/56713
  5. ProQuest. (2016). The Crab. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411937604570/56713
  6. Maryland Library Association. (2016). The Crab Home. Maryland Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.mdlib.org/about/ecrab/ecrab.asp
  7. Maryland Library Association. (2016). Submissions. Maryland Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.mdlib.org/about/ecrab/submit.asp
  8. Maryland Library Association. (2016). Submissions. Maryland Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.mdlib.org/about/ecrab/submit.asp
  9. Maryland Library Association. (2016). Submissions. Maryland Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.mdlib.org/about/ecrab/submit.asp
  10. Maryland Library Association. (2016). Submissions. Maryland Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.mdlib.org/about/ecrab/submit.asp
  11. Maryland Library Association. (2016). Submissions. Maryland Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.mdlib.org/about/ecrab/submit.asp
  12. Maryland Library Association. (2016). Submissions. Maryland Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.mdlib.org/about/ecrab/submit.asp
  13. Maryland Library Association. (2016). Submissions. Maryland Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.mdlib.org/about/ecrab/submit.asp
  14. Maryland Library Association. (2016). Submissions. Maryland Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.mdlib.org/about/ecrab/submit.asp
  15. Maryland Library Association. (2016). MLA Strategic Plan. Maryland Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.mdlib.org/about/splan.asp
  16. Maryland Library Association. (2016). Join MLA. Maryland Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.mdlib.org/about/join.asp
  17. Maryland Library Association. (2016). About The Crab. Maryland Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.mdlib.org/about/ecrab/about.asp
  18. Maryland Library Association. (2016). The Crab Home. Maryland Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.mdlib.org/about/ecrab/ecrab.asp
  19. Maryland Library Association. (2016). About MLA. Maryland Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.mdlib.org/about/default.asp
  20. Maryland Library Association. (2016). About MLA. Maryland Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.mdlib.org/about/default.asp
  21. Maryland Library Association. (2014). About MLA. Maryland Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.mdlib.org/about/default.asp
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Library Hi Tech News

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Library Hi Tech News

Website: http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=lhtn

Purpose, objective, or mission: Helps readers stay abreast of events, developments and news in the LIS industries. From their Editorial Objectives: “Readers consider LHTN as the source from which to hear what’€™s coming next in terms of technology development for academic and public libraries.”1

Target audience: Library and info science professionals, and anyone with a reason to use LIS services/technologies in their own professional workplace. The primary goal of the publication is to keep readers ahead of LIS technology developments so they’€™re in the know about what they can use to help improve library services (“€œexploit their potential”), with a nod towards improving services for library users with disabilities through the new tech updates and activities. This is all on an international scale.2

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.3

Peer reviewed? No.4

Type: LIS Professional and Trade Publications.5

Medium: Online.6

Content: Articles of varying lengths, reporting on LIS conferences, and case studies on how tech is used in the library.7

Regular content includes technology profiles from libraries around the world; feature articles; in depth conference reviews & reports; new & noteworthy updates for librarians; and a calendar of relevant upcoming events.8

Frequency of publication: 9-10 issues per year.9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=lhtn

The Author Guidelines page has a very detailed list of requirements for submissions, including an Article Submission Checklist.10

Types of contributions accepted: From the website, particularly welcome topics include: New web browsers/search engines; virtual reference experiments; library uses of Skype/VOIP; integrated library systems and management; blogging; library mobile applications; social networks; virtual worlds; Twitter applications for libraries; gaming and simulations; digital textbooks; new library learning spaces; tech for library users with disabilities; crowdsourcing and open source software. The list is extensive.11

Submission and review process: Submissions are made through ScholarOne Manuscripts, an online submission and peer review system. You need to register, create your account, and then will be able to go through the submission process to upload your article. Upload files as a Word document o f 1000-3000 words. All submissions are reviewed by the Library Hi Tech News editors, who make the final decision on publication.12

Editorial tone: Informal, but informative. Speaks to readers in a knowledgeable, conversational tone that provides great information on new technologies without making the articles dull or so technical that readers are overwhelmed or tune out.13

Style guide used: Harvard style formatting.14

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Library Hi Tech News‘s editorial objectives note that “publishing your article in LHTN can be a ‘€˜place to start,’€™ analogous to a ‘poster session in print’€™, and does not preclude publishing a more fulsome piece in a peer-reviewed journal at a later date.”15€ (A peer-reviewed journal to spring to might be Library Hi Tech.)

The list of content submissions (see Types of Contributions Accepted, above) is vast and touches on subjects that every LIS student will be familiar with, dealing with, and will most likely have an opinion about. This is an excellent place to start your LIS publishing.16

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Not available.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: International in scope, with the primary editors of the publication based out of U.S. colleges and universities.17 Submissions need to adhere to the Worldwide English language rights, and Emerald provides resources for making sure papers are written in grammatically correct standard English, for authors for whom English is not their first language.18

Reader characteristics: Readers and writers for this publication are LIS professionals and students interested in new and emerging technologies, and new uses for established technologies. The journal is part of the Committee on Publication Ethics  (COPE), “€œa forum for editors and publishers of peer reviewed journals to discuss publication ethics.”€19

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Strong, as the publication is aimed at LIS professionals and students with an interest in LIS technologies.20

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

This is a wonderful publication for LIS new professionals and students, as readers and authors. The authors are seeking submissions covering such a variety of interesting topics, and seem to be open to submissions on anything that is even remotely related to technologies that can be used in libraries and the LIS field. For example, a 2013 issue provided an overview of Pinterest and how it can be used in libraries, as well as iPads, Kindles and tablets, and social media ethical issues for librarians. All issues that most students, not just LIS, can speak to, and particularly relevant for those in LIS programs currently using and evaluating these technologies, personally, professionally, and through LIS studies. There are also more technical issues covered, like open source library management systems, global development for libraries, profiles of LIS professionals, and relevant conference updates. A great place to jump in and write for.21

Last updated: May 16, 2016


References

Show 21 footnotes

  1. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (2016). Library High Tech News Information. Emerald Group Publishing. Retrieved from http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=lhtn
  2. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (2016). Library High Tech News Information. Emerald Group Publishing. Retrieved from http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=lhtn
  3. ProQuest. (2016). Library Hi Tech News. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412892197249/339661
  4. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (2016). Library High Tech News Information. Emerald Group Publishing. Retrieved from http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=lhtn
  5. ProQuest. (2016). Library Hi Tech News. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412892197249/339661
  6. ProQuest. (2016). Library Hi Tech News. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412892197249/339661
  7. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (2016). Library High Tech News Information. Emerald Group Publishing. Retrieved from http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=lhtn
  8. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (2016). Library High Tech News Information. Emerald Group Publishing. Retrieved from http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=lhtn
  9. ProQuest. (2016). Library Hi Tech News. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412892197249/339661
  10. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (2016). Author Guidelines. Emerald Group Publishing. Retrieved from http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=lhtn
  11. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (2016). Author Guidelines. Emerald Group Publishing. Retrieved from http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=lhtn
  12. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (2016). Author Guidelines. Emerald Group Publishing. Retrieved from http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=lhtn
  13. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (2016). Author Guidelines. Emerald Group Publishing. Retrieved from http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=lhtn
  14. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (2016). Author Guidelines. Emerald Group Publishing. Retrieved from http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=lhtn
  15. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (2016). Library High Tech News Information. Emerald Group Publishing. Retrieved from http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=lhtn
  16. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (2016). Library High Tech News Information. Emerald Group Publishing. Retrieved from http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=lhtn
  17. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (2016). Editorial Team. Emerald Group Publishing. Retrieved from http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/editorial_team.htm?id=lhtn
  18. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (2016). Author Guidelines. Emerald Group Publishing. Retrieved from http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=lhtn
  19. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (2016). Library High Tech News Information. Emerald Group Publishing. Retrieved from http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=lhtn
  20. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (2016). Library High Tech News Information. Emerald Group Publishing. Retrieved from http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=lhtn
  21. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (2016). Library High Tech News Information. Emerald Group Publishing. Retrieved from http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=lhtn
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D-Lib Magazine

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: D-Lib Magazine

Website: http://www.dlib.org/

Purpose, objective, or mission: Per their website, “The primary goal of the magazine is timely and efficient information exchange for the digital library community to help digital libraries be a broad interdisciplinary field, and not a set of specialties that know little of each other.”1 The publisher’s goal is to make the magazine available for “the advancement of knowledge and practice on digital library research and related matter.”2

Target audience: Technical and professional individuals interested in digital library research and development.3

Publisher: Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). From its launch in 1995 until April 2006 it was sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is currently funded by the D-Lib Alliance and other contributors.4

Peer reviewed? No. Articles are reviewed and selected by an editorial committee.5

Type: LIS professional and trade publication. While many articles are research driven, there is no peer-review process.6

Medium: Online.7

Content: Coverage of digital library research and development, includes “new technologies, applications, and contextual social and economic issues.”8 Besides full articles, D-Lib publishes “brief notices, book-reviews, opinions, letters, clippings, and pointers of broad interest about innovation and research in digital libraries.”9 The articles should be of interest to a broad (non-specialist) community and should “reflect work that has been completed, rather than just beginning.”10

Frequency of publication: Six times a year, with bi-monthly release dates.11

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.dlib.org/dlib/author-guidelines.html

Types of contributions accepted: Per the author guidelines, “Full articles, brief notices, book-reviews, conference reports, project briefings, opinions, letters, clippings, and pointers of broad interest about innovation and research in digital libraries. Full articles should: be of interest to a broad community (specialist literature should be published where specialists will see it), and reflect work that has been completed, rather than just beginning.”12 “Articles 1,500 to 3,000 words in length are preferred and those over 5,000 words are usually not accepted. They should be written in English, or accompanied by an English translation. Articles must include a 100-200 word abstract, without hyperlinks. Items submitted for the “In Brief” section have a 500-word limit. Letters to the editor are also welcomed.”13

Submission and review process: Completed manuscripts are accepted, but the editors prefer to be contacted before a work is finished so they “can determine whether the topic, style, and approach is appropriate for D-Lib Magazine.”14 Only electronic submissions are accepted.15

Submissions and queries should be emailed to editor@dlib.org.16

Editorial tone: The author guidelines make a point to emphasize that they are indeed guidelines and note that, “The above guidelines are suggestions only, and they are open for further dialogue. The most important thing is to write the article you want to write in the way that you want it to appear!”17

Style guide used: “References may be in any consistent format (e.g., MLA, Chicago, etc.), and authors are encouraged to include DOI® names (Digital Object Identifier) for sources where appropriate.”18

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

The history and support of recognized organizations supports credibility for this widely referenced and widely read publication. The publication is a fine source for keeping up-to-date with trends and activities. As part of this role, each issue includes several announcements of conferences and meetings and frequently posts calls for submissions to publish or present in a variety of venues. Along with submissions for these sorts of events, the editors welcome articles highlighting topics such as teaching, training, best practices, research and development reports.19

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: UlrichsWeb does not provide circulation information, likely because this is solely an online electronic publication without advertising revenue.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: UlrichsWeb gives the country of publication as the United States. All of the current sponsoring bodies are located in the United States, but the affiliations of the contributors indicates that readership is worldwide.20 D-Lib Magazine is distributed in English. Being an online ASCII text-based product, it is conceivable that someone could “€œrun it through”€ an online automated translator, but it is more likely that most readers are comfortable with reading English. The content tends to run toward research, practical applications, and news items, so it should be possible to provide this with a minimum of culture-specific references. If they are needed to make or clarify a point, they should be explained and contextualized for all readers.21

Reader characteristics: No demographic data was found. It may be assumed that most readers have Internet access and comfort with the electronic information environment. D-Lib’€™s website says it “€œappeals to a broad technical and professional audience”22 with the understanding that most of this audience is within the LIS community. Since it is largely oriented to research and development, it is reasonable to assume that readers have interests and positions that engage them in activities such as analysis, design, assessment, project management, programming, systems administration, digitization, and metadata. Most of the abstracting and indexing services that cover this publication relate to LIS, computer science, or applied information systems. The publication’€™s Author Guidelines, which advise that articles “€œshould reflect work that has been completed, rather than just beginning,”23 reflect the orientation towards research and development and a high value placed on reporting of practical methods and applications.

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Similar to above, we can expect much of this readership to have very high knowledge of LIS subject matter, but more oriented to practical matters and applications than to the theoretical and abstract. On the other hand, a significant portion of library employees who work in these areas do not have LIS degrees and are not necessarily concerned with nor exposed to the societal issues and academic endeavors that motivate some of their colleagues. Nonetheless, most will be conversant with the jargon of their library domain, with digitization, and with applicable standards.24

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

Due to the nature of their work, these readers tend to be busy, creative, and solutions oriented. This, along with the 1,500 to 3,000 word limit, suggests that articles should be snappy, relevant, and to-the-point.

The D-Lib Alliance supports the magazine, and is always open to new contributors: “We know from our own experience and from talking with others that the digital library community relies on D-Lib Magazine, and now the magazine relies on the digital library community for its continuing existence.”25

Last updated: May 14, 2016


References

Show 25 footnotes

  1. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). About D-Lib Magazine. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/about.html
  2. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). About D-Lib Magazine. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/about.html
  3. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). About D-Lib Magazine. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/about.html
  4. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). About D-Lib Magazine. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/about.html
  5. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). Author Guidelines. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/dlib/author-guidelines.html
  6. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). About D-Lib Magazine. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/about.html
  7. ProQuest. (2016). D-Lib Magazine. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411943307442/261541
  8. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). About D-Lib Magazine. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/about.html
  9. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). Author Guidelines. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/dlib/author-guidelines.html
  10. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). Author Guidelines. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/dlib/author-guidelines.html
  11. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). About D-Lib Magazine. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/about.html
  12. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). Author Guidelines. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/dlib/author-guidelines.html
  13. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). Author Guidelines. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/dlib/author-guidelines.html
  14. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). Author Guidelines. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/dlib/author-guidelines.html
  15. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). Author Guidelines. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/dlib/author-guidelines.html
  16. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). Author Guidelines. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/dlib/author-guidelines.html
  17. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). Author Guidelines. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/dlib/author-guidelines.html
  18. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). Author Guidelines. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/dlib/author-guidelines.html
  19. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). Author Guidelines. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/dlib/author-guidelines.html
  20. ProQuest. (2016). D-Lib Magazine. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411943307442/261541
  21. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). Author Guidelines. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/dlib/author-guidelines.html
  22. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). About D-Lib Magazine. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/about.html
  23. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). Author Guidelines. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/dlib/author-guidelines.html
  24. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). About D-Lib Magazine. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/about.html
  25. Corporation for National Research Initiatives. (2016). D-Lib Alliance Participants. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/dlib/alliance-participants.html
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Feliciter

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Feliciter

Website: http://www.community.cla.ca

Purpose, objective, or mission: Feliciter is the publication of the Canadian Library Association (CLA) whose mission is to serve as “champion library values and the value of libraries, influence public policy impacting libraries, inspire and support member learning, [and] collaborate to strengthen the library community.”1 Feliciter is “the only national magazine dedicated to serving the Canadian library and information services community.”2

Target audience: Members of the Canadian Library Association. Members of the association include “€œthe staff and boards of public, college and university, special and school libraries.”3

Publisher: Canadian Library Association/Association Canadienne des Bibliothéques.4

Peer reviewed? No.5

Type: LIS professional news.6

Medium: Online only.7

Content: “€œEach issue of Feliciter contains opinion pieces, columns, and feature articles on professional concerns and developments, along with news of the Canadian Library Association.”8 Each issue has a theme, which have included the following: library services for children and young adults, security, information literacy, second careers, and e-resources and the digital divide. Many issues focus on association business, such as conferences and initiatives.9

2014 themes and guest editors are listed on the home page.

Frequency of publication: Six issues per year.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Author_Guest_Editor_Guidelines&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=10804

Types of contributions accepted: Articles and contributions should primarily be related to the corresponding theme, but contributions on other information-related topics are also welcome. Articles should be 1,000 to 1,500 words while smaller works, such as reviews, should be about 400 words. Works should be relatively quick to read and provide clear how-to information when applicable.11

You may also suggest a theme for an issue, or volunteer to be a guest editor of Feliciter. The Author Guidelines page lists Guest Editor Guidelines as well as Author Guidelines.12

Submission and review process: Submit full manuscripts by email (publishing@cla.ca), fax or postal service. Theme related submissions must be received 6 weeks prior to publication deadline. Editorial calendar with themes and deadlines included in Author Guidelines. There is no peer-review process and authors work with editors of each issue.13

To submit a theme or apply to be a guest editor, email Feliciter editor Judy Green at CLA (jgreen@cla.ca).14

Editorial tone: Contributions should be “€œinformal but informative. Conclusions should follow logically and statements should be supported.”15 The submission guidelines also note that “€œarticles should not be overly dense or scholarly, but rather written to pique the interest of the readers/audience.”16

Style guide used: Chicago Manual of Style.17

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Feliciter is geared toward information professionals who work and reside in Canada and especially members of the Canadian Library Association. There are no restrictions as to the location of contributors, but there may be regional and/or cultural differences regarding LIS topics that should be addressed. Feliciter has been in print for over 50 years and is a credible publication that represents the Canadian Library Association to its members and the world. Students, educators, and practitioners might all have appropriate ideas to contribute. Possible topics include the themes discussed above, and previous themes include “Library Technicians” and “Publishing in Canada.”18

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Feliciter serves the Canadian Library Association, which is made up of 2,236 members, including individual, institutional, and library board members. Others may also subscribe to Feliciter and the total circulation of the CLA, as of 2012, is 394.19

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Out of a circulation of 3942, excepting 47 subscriptions from the United States and 7 foreign subscriptions, all subscriptions are to readers residing in Canada. Readers are spread out among the country’€™s various territories and provinces.20 Feliciter is published in English with many references and information needs specific to Canadians. Issues such as publishing in Canada and the state of Canadian public libraries are common topics. The Canadian Library Association is also known as the Association Canadienne des Bibliothéques, showing that French culture and language contributes to the culture of the association and its publication. Authors should ensure that their content and contributions can resonate with the publication’€™s Canadian readers, possibly doing research on libraries in Canada and using a minimum of regional and cultural references found outside the country.21

Reader characteristics: The website does not provide any gender, ethnic, or other demographic information regarding its readership and membership beyond the types of libraries in which they work and the provinces in which they live. Members of the Canadian Library Association “œwork in college, university, public, special (corporate, non-profit and government) and school libraries. Others sit on boards of public libraries, work for companies that provide goods and services to libraries, or are students in graduate level or community college programs.”22 Most readers will have an MLS or MLIS. Readers will have a strong interest in library and information science issues. Because the readership is predominantly Canadian, authors should ensure that values and ideas expressed are in line with those of Canadian librarians. The publication also produces lots of association news, so content should include information relevant to the association and its members when possible. A look at published articles reveals that news and factual information are published more often than opinions and editorials, showing that the publication has a more objective slant regarding library issues.23

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: The publication is aimed at readers with extensive and growing knowledge of LIS-related issues. These issues will take a variety of foci based on the type of library discussed, the departments and needs within that library, and the clientele served there. In general, readers will understand and relate to LIS jargon, but authors should avoid jargon specific to a certain type of library.24

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

Readers would benefit most from information and news specific to issues found in Canadian libraries. There are many topics and ideas general to libraries throughout both the United States and Canada, including providing reference service to children and the increased usage of the internet and other electronic avenues. Content should steer clear of cultural references except where those references relate to Canadian libraries. Authors should remember that circulation for this publication is relatively small and insular with a focus on the association and its members.25

Last updated: May 14, 2016


References

Show 25 footnotes

  1. Canadian Library Association. (2016). Mission, Values, & Operating Principles. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Mission_Values_andamp_Operating_Principles&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=13985
  2. Canadian Library Association. (2016). Feliciter. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Feliciter1&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=15480
  3. Canadian Library Association. (2016). Membership. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Membership&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=14&ContentID=3221
  4. ProQuest. (2016). Feliciter. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412016425477/340451
  5. ProQuest. (2016). Feliciter. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412016425477/340451
  6. ProQuest. (2016). Feliciter. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412016425477/340451
  7. ProQuest. (2016). Feliciter. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412016425477/340451
  8. Canadian Library Association. (2016). Feliciter. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Feliciter1&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=15480
  9. Canadian Library Association. (2016). Past Issues. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=20141&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=15478
  10. ProQuest. (2016). Feliciter. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412016425477/340451
  11. Canadian Library Association. (2016). Author/Guest Editor Guidelines. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Author_Guest_Editor_Guidelines&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=14966
  12. Canadian Library Association. (2016). Author/Guest Editor Guidelines. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Author_Guest_Editor_Guidelines&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=14966
  13. Canadian Library Association. (2016). Author/Guest Editor Guidelines. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Author_Guest_Editor_Guidelines&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=14966
  14. Canadian Library Association. (2016). Author/Guest Editor Guidelines. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Author_Guest_Editor_Guidelines&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=14966
  15. Canadian Library Association. (2016). Author/Guest Editor Guidelines. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Author_Guest_Editor_Guidelines&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=14966
  16. Canadian Library Association. (2016). Author/Guest Editor Guidelines. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Author_Guest_Editor_Guidelines&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=14966
  17. Canadian Library Association. (2016). Author/Guest Editor Guidelines. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Author_Guest_Editor_Guidelines&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=14966
  18. Canadian Library Association. (2016). Feliciter. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Feliciter1&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=15480
  19. Canadian Library Association. (2016). Feliciter Advertising Opportunities. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Feliciter2&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=28&ContentID=3756
  20. Canadian Library Association. (2016). Feliciter Advertising Opportunities. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Feliciter2&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=28&ContentID=3756
  21. Canadian Library Association. (2016). Feliciter. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Feliciter1&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=15480
  22. Canadian Library Association. (2016). About CLA. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=About_CLA
  23. Canadian Library Association. (2016). Archives. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=20141&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=15478
  24. Canadian Library Association. (2016). Mission, Values, & Operating Principles. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Mission_Values_andamp_Operating_Principles&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=13985
  25. Canadian Library Association. (2016). Archives. Canadian Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=20141&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=15478
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Code4Lib Journal

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ)

Website: http://journal.code4lib.org/

Purpose, objective, or mission: According to the website, “the Code4Lib Journal exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.”1 It “aims to help engender collective understanding and the necessary support for improving library technology and digital services.”2

Target audience: The target audience includes anyone who is involved in the “wider library community” who has an interest in libraries and technology.3

PublisherCode4Lib. Publication began in 2007.4

Peer reviewed? Submissions to the journal are reviewed by a non-anonymous editorial committee of professional peers. The journal does not use a refereed process.5

Type: Although the editorial committee consists mainly of those involved in the academic library community, contents do not necessarily have the format of a traditional scholarly research article, and the journal does not use a traditional blind refereed review. Articles can vary in formality, and can include case studies and personal opinion pieces. Articles do not generally include extensive literature reviews. For these reasons, the journal is currently classed here as ‘professional news’. Articles tend to be focused on the practical application of the ideas presented.6

Medium: Code4Lib Journal is available online.7

Content: From the Call for Submissions, “the editorial committee is looking for content that is practical, demonstrates how to exploit technology to create digital library collections and services, or offers insight and forethought regarding the use of computers in any type of library setting.”8

The journal publishes articles on a multitude of subjects, as long as they support the mission statement, and is flexible with length (1,500 to 5,000 words is an approximate word count). The types of articles published in the journal include:

  • Case studies of projects (failed or successful), how they were done, and challenges faced.
  • Descriptions of projects in progress, project updates, and new project proposals.
  • Effective processes for project management.
  • Reviews/comparisons of software, frameworks, libraries, etc.
  • Analyses and case studies of using library metadata in technological application: novel applications or solutions, or unsolved challenges,
  • Thought pieces on the big problems associated with library and technology, ideas for new solutions, visions for the future.
  • Findings on user behavior and interaction with systems.
  • Best practices.9

Frequency of publication: It is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://journal.code4lib.org/call-for-submissions

Types of contributions accepted: The types of articles the journal is looking for include:

  • Book & software reviews
  • Code snippets & algorithms
  • Conference reports
  • Opinion pieces11

Submission and review process: Submissions can be sent in the form of either an abstract or a complete draft. Submit articles using the online form, or via email to journal@code4lib.org. Once submitted the article goes through an editorial process, and not a peer review.12

Editorial tone: “Writers should aim for the middle ground between, on the one hand, blog or mailing-list posts, and, on the other hand, articles in traditional journals.”13

Style guide used: From the article guidelines: “While articles in C4LJ should be of a high quality, they need not follow any formal structure or guidelines.”14 However, end notes and references should be cited using the Council of Science Editors (CSE) Style Guide.15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This journal provides a semiformal setting in which to discuss issues of technology in the library and information science world. It is a newer journal, which may make it less competitive than more established journals. The information in the journal is concentrated around technology, and its place within the library setting, so it would be a good place for anyone with an interest in this subject to find a home for one of their articles.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Since the journal is 100% online, there was no information on the exact circulation available.16

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The editorial committee is based throughout the United States, but the writers come from both within and outside the United States.17 The journal is written in English, and although the editorial committee is American, not all of the contributors are. (Article guidelines note that articles should be written in good English, and that “American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these.”)18  Also, due to the online nature of the journal, people from anywhere in the world would have the ability to access the articles. Because of this, it would most likely be prudent to avoid the use of any language or content that was too culturally specific.

Reader characteristics: Code4Lib is a “volunteer-driven collective of hackers, designers, architects, curators, catalogers, artists and instigators from around the world, who largely work for and with libraries, archives and museums on technology ‘stuff’.” From looking through the author information supplies with the articles, it appears that almost all of the contributors work in academic libraries, although their actual job titles vary quite a bit. These job titles range from web designer to information technology coordinator to systems librarian. While this information is about the writers, it goes to show that the journal is of interest to all different types of professionals involved technologies in libraries. Of course, they also all have a professional interest in the intersection of libraries and technology. Code4Lib is of interest to “technology folks in libraries, archives and museums to informally share approaches, techniques, and code across institutional and project divides.”19 The readers of this journal are likely to have established opinions about the place of technology in libraries. A look at the mission statement shows that the readers are likely to feel that technology holds a key position in the future of libraries.20

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: The readers of Code4Lib Journal would have a good knowledge and understanding of LIS topics and issues. They would also be familiar with library jargon. On top of that, due to the technical nature of the journal, they would also be familiar with most technical jargon.21

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

The common thread running among these readers is an interest in, and a passion for, technology and its use within a library setting. Their level of technical knowledge would be rather high, and this would be an important thing for writers to keep in mind. In fact, it would also be a necessity for the writers of a proposed article for Code4Lib Journal to be technological experts. An important element of the journal is the inclusion of the actual coding used in the project being discussed, hence the name of the journal. That being said, the readers would most likely not only have an understanding of technology, but also experience with its application and creation.

Last updated: May 14, 2016


References

Show 21 footnotes

  1. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Mission. Code4Lib Journal. Retrieved from http://journal.code4lib.org/mission
  2. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Mission. Code4Lib Journal. Retrieved from http://journal.code4lib.org/mission
  3. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Mission. Code4Lib Journal. Retrieved from http://journal.code4lib.org/mission
  4. ProQuest. (2016). The Code4Lib Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411489602963/658750
  5. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Process and Structure. Code4Lib Journal. Retrieved from http://journal.code4lib.org/process-and-structure
  6. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Issue 25, 2014-07-21. Code4Lib Journal. Retrieved from http://journal.code4lib.org/issues/issues/issue25
  7. ProQuest. (2016). The Code4Lib Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411489602963/658750
  8. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Call for Submissions. Code4Lib Journal. Retrieved from http://journal.code4lib.org/call-for-submissions
  9. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Article Guidelines. Code4Lib Journal. Retrieved from http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines
  10. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Call for Submissions. Code4Lib Journal. Retrieved from http://journal.code4lib.org/call-for-submissions
  11. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Article Guidelines. Code4Lib Journal. Retrieved from http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines
  12. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Article Guidelines. Code4Lib Journal. Retrieved from http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines
  13. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Article Guidelines. Code4Lib Journal. Retrieved from http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines
  14. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Article Guidelines. Code4Lib Journal. Retrieved from http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines
  15. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Article Guidelines. Code4Lib Journal. Retrieved from http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines
  16. ProQuest. (2016). The Code4Lib Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1411489602963/658750
  17. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Editorial Committee. Code4Lib Journal. Retrieved from http://journal.code4lib.org/editorial-committee
  18. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Article Guidelines. Code4Lib Journal. Retrieved from http://journal.code4lib.org/article-guidelines
  19. Code4Lib. (2016). About. Code4Lib. Retrieved from http://code4lib.org/about/
  20. Code4Lib Journal. (2016). Mission. Code4Lib Journal. Retrieved from http://journal.code4lib.org/mission
  21. Code4Lib. (2016). About. Code4Lib. Retrieved from http://code4lib.org/about/
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Briefings

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Briefings

Website: http://www.cla-net.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=261

Purpose, objective, or mission: Briefings is an online newsletter of the California Library Association’s Youth Services Interest Group, providing information relevant to those who serve children and young adults in the library community.1

Target audience: Members of the California Library Association’s Youth Services Interest Group, as well as other interested professionals.2

Publisher: The California Library Association’s Youth Services Interest Group.3

Peer reviewed? No.4

Type: LIS professional news with the prime purpose of educating its members.5

Medium: Online.6

Content: Issues of Briefings typically consist of articles about current events in the organization including professional conferences or programs, information about services and programs at California libraries, reminders about scholarships, events, awards and interviews with children’s authors.7

From the Youth Services Interest Group’s Mission Statement, Briefings “features information on interesting and insightful programs and activities for children, tweens, and teens. It also provides readers with information on CLA and other activities affecting libraries throughout the state.”8

Frequency of publication: Briefings now publishes four times per year (as of 2012), in January, May, and August and October.9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: Each newsletter offers a call for submissions. 10

Types of contributions accepted: Upcoming topics are announced in each issue of the newsletter and in the members’ discussion list. The newsletter generally accepts any articles concerning children’s or young adult services, individual experiences at conferences, or sharing information about programs attended.11

Submission and review process: In most cases, articles are about 500 words. Contributors are usually CLA members but it is not required. Authors are asked to meet specific deadlines, usually two weeks before publication. Authors can send submissions to the editors via email.12

Editorial tone: Informational.13

Style guide used: None specified.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

A good place to increase visibility in the California LIS community and network with other LIS professionals, especially for CLA members and first time writers.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: As an online-only publication, no circulation figures are available, according to the editor. The California Library Association has “nearly 3000 Individual, Business, and Institutional members. Individual members include librarians, library employees, library students, friends group members, trustees, retirees as well as members of the general public who wish to support California libraries. CLA Business members represent a wide range of library-supporting businesses, whereas Institutional members include library institutions and systems who support the association’s advocacy programs.”14

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: As a state professional organization, most members either reside or work in the state of California, or have a vested interest in issues affecting libraries in California.15 Briefings is published in the English language. California is a culturally diverse state, however, and the CLA and the Youth Services Interest Group reflect this diversity with attention paid to issues affecting Latino, African-American, Asian, and gay and lesbian communities, among others.16

Reader characteristics: In the absence of any officially gathered demographic data, information was gleaned from individual issues of Briefings, as well as anecdotal evidence from its past editors. It appears that contributors to the publication are overwhelmingly female,17 and past coeditor Julie Zeoli notes, “It has been my observation that there is a growing trend of young people taking young adult librarian positions.”18 From the large numbers of “20-somethings” she’s met at professional gatherings and conferences, we can surmise that the readership of Briefings is trending younger. Zeoli also notes that their readership seems to be overwhelmingly public librarians, as opposed to school librarians.19 The publication favors state and regional issues faced its membership.20

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: As members of the CLA, we can assume that most readers have MLIS degrees or are working on MLIS degrees, and have a general knowledge base of LIS issues, and youth services specifically. Also, both the CLA and the Youth Services Interest Group have continuing education as one of its goals, and providing a place for the exchange of new ideas and technology.21

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

The characteristic with the largest impact on potential contributors to Briefings, of course, is that they usually will be CLA and Youth Services Interest Group members to contribute. With an audience of mainly public librarians, issues of concern to public libraries would probably take precedent over those concerned specifically with school libraries. And with an audience of many young librarians, the audience may be particularly interested in articles sharing information about how other libraries do things, as well as ones with a hip and trendy voice.

Last updated: May 14, 2016


References

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  1. California Library Association (CLA) Youth Services Interest Group. (2016). Youth Services Interest Group. California Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla-net.org/?25
  2. California Library Association (CLA) Youth Services Interest Group. (2016). Youth Services Interest Group. California Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla-net.org/?25
  3. California Library Association (CLA) Youth Services Interest Group. (2016). Youth Services Interest Group. California Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla-net.org/?25
  4. California Library Association (CLA) Youth Services Interest Group. (2016). Youth Services Interest Group. California Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla-net.org/?25
  5. California Library Association (CLA) Youth Services Interest Group. (2016). Youth Services Interest Group. California Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla-net.org/?25
  6. California Library Association (CLA) Youth Services Interest Group. (2016). Youth Services Interest Group: Briefings Newsletter. California Library Association. Retrieved from http://clanet.site-ym.com/?261
  7. California Library Association (CLA) Youth Services Interest Group. (2016). Youth Services Interest Group: Briefings Newsletter. California Library Association. Retrieved from http://clanet.site-ym.com/?261
  8. California Library Association (CLA) Youth Services Interest Group. (2016). Youth Services Interest Group. California Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla-net.org/?25
  9. California Library Association (CLA) Youth Services Interest Group. (2016). Youth Services Interest Group: Briefings Newsletter. California Library Association. Retrieved from http://clanet.site-ym.com/?261
  10. California Library Association (CLA) Youth Services Interest Group. (2016). Youth Services Interest Group: Briefings Newsletter. California Library Association. Retrieved from http://clanet.site-ym.com/?261
  11. California Library Association (CLA) Youth Services Interest Group. (2016). Youth Services Interest Group: Briefings Newsletter. California Library Association. Retrieved from http://clanet.site-ym.com/?261
  12. California Library Association (CLA) Youth Services Interest Group. (2016). Youth Services Interest Group: Briefings Newsletter. California Library Association. Retrieved from http://clanet.site-ym.com/?261
  13. California Library Association (CLA) Youth Services Interest Group. (2016). Youth Services Interest Group: Briefings Newsletter. California Library Association. Retrieved from http://clanet.site-ym.com/?261
  14. California Library Association (CLA). (2016). History. California Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla-net.org/?page=29
  15. California Library Association (CLA). (2016). History. California Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla-net.org/?page=29
  16. California Library Association (CLA) Youth Services Interest Group. (2016). Youth Services Interest Group: Briefings Newsletter. California Library Association. Retrieved from http://clanet.site-ym.com/?261
  17. California Library Association (CLA) Youth Services Interest Group. (2016). Youth Services Interest Group: Briefings Newsletter. California Library Association. Retrieved from http://clanet.site-ym.com/?261
  18. J. Zeoli (personal communication, February 21, 2014)
  19. J. Zeoli (personal communication, February 21, 2014)
  20. California Library Association (CLA) Youth Services Interest Group. (2016). Youth Services Interest Group. California Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla-net.org/?25
  21. California Library Association (CLA) Youth Services Interest Group. (2016). Youth Services Interest Group. California Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.cla-net.org/?25
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Associates: The Electronic Library Support Staff Journal

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Associates: The Electronic Library Support Staff Journal

Website: http://associates.ucr.edu/index.html

Purpose, objective, or mission: Provides a voice for and promotes the exchange of information within the library support staff community.1

Target audience: The primary audience is support staff at all libraries including public, special, academic, and school. The journal is online and subscriptions are free.2

Publisher: University of California Riverside Library.3

Server and listservs are housed at the University of California, Riverside, and the website is powered through WordPress.4

Peer reviewed? No.5

Type: Professional newsletter.6

Medium: Online.7

Content: Topics range from how-to articles, opinion pieces, conference information, resource updates, fiction, conference updates, and research articles.8

Frequency of publication: Published three times per year, in March, July, and November.9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://associates.ucr.edu/journal/?page_id=88

Types of contributions accepted: The newsletter discusses issues and developments related to the work of library support staff. Topics might include cataloging, collection management, public relations, technology, and personnel issues. Priority consideration will be given to submissions written by library support staff. The submission guidelines provide a list of topics for feature article consideration.10

Submission and review process: Articles of any length are accepted, however the guidelines are: no longer than 10 double-spaced typed pages for features; four double-spaced typed pages for fiction; and one double-spaced typed page for poetry. Submissions are reviewed by a member of the editorial board. “Significantly edited versions will be returned to the authors for discussion or approval. However, most editing is done for punctuation, grammar and for establishing clarity.”11

Items can be submitted any time prior to the publication months and should be submitted to the editor, Kevin Dudeney, at: associates@hotkey.net.au.12

Editorial tone: Items that are written from or focused on a support staff point of view are preferred.13 A review of previous issues indicated that a folksy and approachable style is prevalent.14

Style guide used: There are no specific style guidelines given, but the editors state that “all submissions must be written in a professional manner, with citations for researched material provided.”15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Since most LIS students have worked or are working in support staff positions, this publication may be a good place to get started writing for the field. While it is not a scholarly journal, it would allow an author to demonstrate their understanding of a staff position other than a librarian.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Per their website updated 2014, they currently have “1,700 world-wide subscribers.”16 Subscription to Associates is free, and all issues are available free online which suggests they may have an audience beyond their subscribers.17

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: This publication originates in the United States however they claim to have “1,700 world-wide subscribers”, indicating an international audience.18 It is an English language publication.19 Due to international audience, avoid regionalisms and any references, for example currency or location, are clear to the reader.

Reader characteristics: Audience, as support staff in all types of libraries, most likely reflects the general public, all ages and backgrounds, with an interest in connecting with other support staff and improving their job skills. Publication values the work of support staff and aims to promote the value of library support staff.20

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: As library support staff, the readers can be expected to have the background and education to understand topics and terminology used in work accepted by this publication.21

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

Authors submitting work to this publication would benefit from reading the current and past issues to gain a clear understanding of their audience. It seems a cooperative approach, emphasizing the value of all team members in a library, would be useful.

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  17. University of California Riverside Library. (2016). About Associates. Retrieved from http://associates.ucr.edu/journal/?page_id=2
  18. University of California Riverside Library. (2016). About Associates. Retrieved from http://associates.ucr.edu/journal/?page_id=2
  19. University of California Riverside Library. (2016). About Associates. Retrieved from http://associates.ucr.edu/journal/?page_id=2
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