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The Active Librarian

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

TitleThe Active Librarian

Website: http://www.activelibrarians.com

Purpose, objective, or mission: The Active Librarian (TAL) is devoted to publishing repeatable and data-driven initiatives in order to improve the services of public librarianship.1 TAL aims to become a centralized “repository of best practices among public librarians for developing new services and enhancing existing ones.”2 Its goal is to enhance the profession by publishing needed program analysis and assessment.”3

Target audience: LIS professionals working in public libraries.4

Publisher: Michael J. Carlozzi.5

Peer reviewed? Yes.6

Type: LIS professional news.7

Medium: Online.

Content: The publication reports on specific initiatives, services, programs, and protocols. Articles should provide concrete details about projects and programs so that other public libraries can use the information to develop, implement, or enhance their own services.8

Frequency of publication: TAL plans to publish one volume per year with nine issues; although the publishing schedule may be adjusted to meet supply and demand.

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines:
http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope9

Types of contributions accepted: The journal seeks reports on public library initiatives, programs, or services—for example, a recently adopted adult literacy program. Acceptable topics may include any library-related idea that can be generalized to and applied by other librarians—for example, “fostering an educational partnership, configuring credit card payments, developing a community ‘make space,’ writing a troubleshooting guide for Envisionware’s Time Management service, becoming a passport processor.”10 The journal’s submission requirements emphasize articles of “practical application rather than theory-building or historicizing.”11

Submission and review process: Submissions may not be previously published, or under consideration before other journals. All articles undergo a peer-review process (unless an article is solicited by an editor). The editors determine whether an article is appropriate for publication in TAL, after which the article is submitted to at least two referees in a blind process wherein the referees are anonymous to the authors. Submissions may be accepted, accepted with minor revisions, accepted with major revisions, or declined.12

Editorial tone: According to the journal’s submission requirements: “TAL is a practical rather than academic journal.” The tone should be professional but not overly academic, “easy to read but not juvenile.”13

The journal adheres to important practices of publishing original peer-reviewed work, but forgoes overly-rigid academic norms in order to emphasize application. A TAL article does not require a literature review, exhaustive references, or deep statistical analysis. However, an article must include a clear, direct explanation of a project or program so that may be replicated.14

Style guide used: APA.15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

The journal presents a new opportunity for LIS professionals to share projects that have been implemented in a public library setting. (As of this writing, no issues have been published.) Authors need not be a public librarians to publish in TAL, but their work must be applicable to or done in partnership with public libraries. For example, academic librarians are encouraged to submit if their work can be generalized or applied to public librarianship, or if working in concert with public libraries. TAL intends to be a forum for professional exchange for projects that are best publicized widely and freely.16

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: The journal is entirely open access. According to an ALA Library Fact Sheet, there are approximately 137,000 paid library staff in the United States.17

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The editors are based in the United States, so it may be inferred that the audience will be primarily U.S.-based. However, international (non-American) submissions are also welcome.18

Reader characteristics: Expect that readers are well-acquainted with public library issues and trends. Readers will want to know how their libraries might benefit from the work other public libraries have done, and the features and steps to implement such efforts.19

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: As a professional publication, most readers will be familiar with issues relevant to public libraries such as outreach and marketing, technology demands, computer networking, digital literacy instruction, collection development, among other areas.20

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

The TAL website notes that “public librarians typically do not readily enjoy professional development opportunities that other LIS professionals do. Unlike colleagues in academic positions, [public librarians] often cannot attend distant conferences or take sabbaticals, purchase expensive database subscriptions, limiting exposure to cutting-edge research; and many do not have time apportioned for pursuing large-scale research projects. But our work benefits from the same professional exchange as academic librarians; the patrons we serve are no less important, and our community outreach is arguably greater and more critical.”21 If your library does something well and you want to share it, TAL provides an excellent forum for doing so.

Last updated: May 13, 2016


References

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  1. The Active Librarian. (2016). Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/index
  2. The Active Librarian. (2016). Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/index
  3. The Active Librarian. (2016). Focus and scope. Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/index
  4. The Active Librarian. (2016). Focus and scope. Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  5. The Active Librarian. (2016). Journal contact. Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/contact
  6. The Active Librarian. (2016). Focus and scope. Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  7. The Active Librarian. (2016). Focus and scope. Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  8. The Active Librarian. (2016). Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/index
  9. The Active Librarian. (2016). Focus and scope. Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  10. The Active Librarian. (2016). Focus and scope. Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  11. The Active Librarian. (2016). Focus and scope. Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  12. The Active Librarian. (2016). Focus and scope. Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  13. The Active Librarian. (2016). Author guidelines. Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  14. The Active Librarian. (2016). Focus and scope. Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  15. The Active Librarian. (2016). Author guidelines. Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  16. The Active Librarian. (2016). Focus and scope. Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  17. American Library Association. (2016). Number Employed in Libraries: ALA Library Fact Sheet 2. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/tools/libfactsheets/alalibraryfactsheet02
  18. The Active Librarian. (2016). Focus and scope. Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  19. The Active Librarian. (2016). Focus and scope. Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  20. The Active Librarian. (2016). Focus and scope. Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
  21. The Active Librarian. (2016). Retrieved from http://activelibrarians.com/index.php/tal/index
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Rowman & Littlefield

 

Publisher analysis


About the publisher

Name: Rowman & Littlefield

Website: http://rowman.com/RLPublishers

Purpose, objective, or mission: Rowman & Littlefield “publishes high-quality college texts, entertaining and informative books for general readers, and professional and scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences.”1 Its range of subject areas include library and information services, linguistics, communication, education, psychology, sociology, among others.2

Target audience: Rowman & Littlefield offers “serious works of scholarship; core textbooks for introductory courses; supplemental, affordable paperbacks for alternative approaches to teaching; and general interest and trade books for the curious reader.”3 LIS books are targeted toward practitioners, undergraduate and graduate students, and scholars.

Owner: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group is an independent publishing group4 which also owns one of the largest book distributors in the United States, National Book Network (NBN).5 The publishing group encompasses several imprints, including Lexington Books (specialized and scholarly research), and trade imprints such as Rowman & Littlefield Trade, Globe Pequot, Falcon Guides, TwoDot, Taylor Trade, and Down East Books.

Are published books peer reviewed? Yes. Authors are asked to provide a list of four to seven potential peer reviewers when submitting a book proposal.6

Types of books published: LIS-specific books run the gamut from primers and practical guides to both introductory and advanced textbooks.7

Medium: Titles are published simultaneously in print and e-book editions.8 Many books are supplemented with multimedia content.9

Topics covered: A range of disciplines across humanities and social sciences, government data, and education.10 LIS-specific topics cover management, archival studies, cataloging and classification, collection development, information technology, literacy instruction, and school librarianship. LIS series include The Practical Guides for Librarians, Library Technology Essentials, and Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections.11

Number of titles published per year: Approximately 1,500 academic, reference, professional, and trade books annually (all subjects).12 The number of LIS titles published per year is unknown.

About the publisher’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: https://rowman.com/Page/RLAuthRes13

Types of submissions accepted: Proposals for publication should be submitted to the appropriate acquisitions editor,14 and include a prospectus, outline (annotated table of contents), author’s CV or resume, one to two brief writing samples, and a list of potential peer reviewers.15 Full book manuscripts are not accepted unless requested by the acquisitions editor. See the publisher’s website for detailed submission guidelines.

Submission and review process: The publisher will acknowledge receipt of a proposal within two weeks, and aims to render a decision on acceptance within three months.16

Editorial tone: Professional and scholarly.

Style guide used: Unknown.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publisher’s potential for LIS authors

Authors include leading academics and respected practitioners. Formal book proposals require a detailed description, author qualifications, previously published works, writing samples, competitive analysis, and potential markets for a book.17 The publisher is well established in its subject areas, and maintains a presence at academic conferences and conventions.18 Rowman & Littlefield is a highly reputable publisher for LIS authors with a proposal for an academic or professional development topic.

 

Audience analysis


About the publisher’s audience

Size (as measured by average number of copies per title published)A 2015 catalog listed approximately 150 LIS books geared toward students, professionals, and academics.19 Print runs for titles are not publicly available.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Rowman & Littlefield is based in the United States, and titles are published in English. Authors are experts and scholars based mostly in the U.S., UK, and Canada, and this may be reflected in the content of material.20 However, as Rowman & Littlefield is an international publisher, books are available to a worldwide audience.21

Reader characteristics: Readers have varying backgrounds within LIS, from management to technology, to instruction and research. Rowman & Littlefield texts are typically used in graduate and professional development courses, though many titles may be of interest to non-LIS readers.22

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers are students, academics, and professionals with a strong knowledge of or strong interest in LIS subject matter.

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

With diverse backgrounds, skills, professional duties, and interests, readers are likely seeking specialized LIS knowledge or best practices. Material is theoretical and practical, and provides professional learning for the LIS community.

Last updated: September 3, 2015


References

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  1. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). Retrieved from http://rowman.com/RLPublishers
  2. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). Subjects. Retrieved from https://rowman.com/SubjectsMain
  3. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). Retrieved from http://rowman.com/RLPublishers
  4. Publishers Global. (2015). Rowman & Littlefield. Retrieved from http://www.publishersglobal.com/directory/publisher-profile/6304/
  5. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). About. Retrieved from https://rowman.com/Page/About
  6. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). Submission guidelines. Retrieved from https://rowman.com/Page/RLAuthRes
  7. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). Library and information services. Retrieved from http://rowman.com/Page/Library-Services
  8. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). About. Retrieved from https://rowman.com/Page/About
  9. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). Library and information services. Retrieved from http://rowman.com/Page/Library-Services
  10. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). About. Retrieved from https://rowman.com/Page/About
  11. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). Library and information services. Retrieved from http://rowman.com/Page/Library-Services
  12. Net Galley. (2015). Rowman & Littlefield. Retrieved from https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/publisher/pub_id/29645
  13. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). Submission guidelines. Retrieved from https://rowman.com/Page/RLAuthRes
  14. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). Editors. Retrieved from http://rowman.com/Page/RLPGAE
  15. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). Submission guidelines. Retrieved from https://rowman.com/Page/RLAuthRes
  16. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). Submission guidelines. Retrieved from https://rowman.com/Page/RLAuthRes
  17. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). Submission guidelines. Retrieved from https://rowman.com/Page/RLAuthRes
  18. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). Conventions schedule. Retrieved from https://rowman.com/Page/ConventionsSchedule
  19. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). Digital catalogs. Retrieved from http://rowman.com/Page/eCatalogs
  20. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). Digital catalogs. Retrieved from http://rowman.com/Page/eCatalogs
  21. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). About. Retrieved from https://rowman.com/Page/About
  22. Rowman & Littlefield. (2015). Digital catalogs. Retrieved from http://rowman.com/Page/eCatalogs
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Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

 

Publisher analysis


About the publisher

Name: Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

Websitehttp://acrl.org

Purpose, objective, or mission: From the About page: ACRL is a professional association…dedicated to enhancing the ability of academic library and information professionals to serve the information needs of the higher education community and to improve learning, teaching and research.”1 From the ACRL Guidelines & Standards, “ACRL is the source that the higher education community looks to for standards and guidelines on academic libraries.”2

Target audience: Academic Libraries and the LIS field practitioners.3

Owner: Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the ALA.4

Are published books peer reviewed? ACRL Publications in Librarianship is a peer reviewed series of monographic volumes.5

Types of books published: LIS Professional Development. Monographs of interest to the LIS field and academic libraries: books are research studies, theoretical monographs, or practical tools-based volumes for the practitioner. These are primarily to assist academic librarians in career development, managing their institutions, and keeping abreast of developments in librarianship.6

Medium: Print. “ACRL Publications in Librarianship is currently, and for some time, likely to remain principally a series of print on paper books. Nevertheless, we are eager to use electronic publishing to promote and supplement our printed volumes.”7

There are currently a handful of digital publications available in pdf format, but that is not ACRL’s primary publishing method.8

Topics covered: Information literacy, copyright and scholarly communication, research in academic librarianship, trends in academic libraries, leadership and organizational development, management, collection development, information access, and information literacy.9

Number of titles published per year: 8–1610

About the publisher’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelineshttp://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil

Types of submissions accepted: Proposals, completed manuscripts, or dissertations, accompanied by a Publication Proposal Form. See the Call for Book Proposals for specifics on suggested topics.11

Submission and review process: From the guidelines: “Ideally authors/editors will send one or more chapters with a proposal. Each proposal is then read by three members of the editorial board and the editor.”12 The review process takes around two months, and reviewers will send comments back to the author if they would like to move forward with the project. Completed manuscripts are then reviewed by a final editorial group, in a process that takes an additional three to four months, and then the editor will work with the author to set a publication timetable.13

Editorial tone: Professional and, where warranted, more immediate and casual.14

Style guide usedWebster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th edition, for spelling, and The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, for style.15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publisher’s potential for LIS authors

Authors with a proposal for an academic library topic, or a proposal for furthering the professional development of any librarian or information professional would do well to consider ACRL for publication. The group is an outstanding ALA group with a large member base16, and reaches hundreds of libraries. In addition, the editorial staff is able to provide dedicated support and editing assistance to authors to ensure the most professional product possible.17 ACRL publications are promoted through its catalog18, and at the ALA store19, meetings and conferences, with articles and promotional notices appearing in C&RL at the time of publication. ACRL is a trusted organization, excellent to consider for publication.

 

Audience analysis


About the publisher’s audience

Size: Smallish, with 12 new books published in 2010-11, per the Annual Report.20

ACRL has a large automatic audience: “hundreds of libraries have blanket ACRL acquisition orders and many librarians order their own copies, or buy them at conferences.”21

In addition, ACRL is the largest division of the ALA, with more than 12,000 members.22

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: National and, on occasion, global. ACRL is based, like ALA, in Chicago, IL.23 American English, leaning towards issues in American academic libraries.

Reader characteristics: The association, as an ALA organization and publisher, is interested in continuing the education and providing professional development for academic librarians and information professionals.24 Academic libraries and scholarly research. Strongly dedicated to providing high quality LIS information.25

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Strong. Not only is ACRL devoted to academic libraries, but it is part of the ALA.26 Expect editors and eventual readers to be very knowledgeable about LIS topics.

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

Any publishing group that calls the ALA home is a good place to query your LIS proposal, and ACRL is no exception. The largest division of the ALA,  ACRL currently has a membership of more than 12,000 members, accounting for nearly 20% of the total ALA membership.27 Readers will be keen to hear of new titles from this small, discriminating imprint.

Last updated: November 27, 2014


References

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  1. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl
  2. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards
  3. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl
  4. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl
  5. American Library Association. (2014). Publications in Librarianship: Guide for Authors. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil
  6. American Library Association. (2014). ACRL Publications Catalog. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/catalog/publications
  7. American Library Association. (2014). Publications in Librarianship: Guide for Authors. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil
  8. American Library Association. (2014). Digital Publications. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/digital
  9. American Library Association. (2014). ACRL Publications Catalog. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/catalog/publications
  10. American Library Association. (2014). ACRL Publications Catalog. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/catalog/publications
  11. American Library Association. (2014). Call for Book Proposals. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/PILproposals
  12. American Library Association. (2014). Publications in Librarianship: Guide for Authors. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil
  13. American Library Association. (2014). Publications in Librarianship: Guide for Authors. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil
  14. American Library Association. (2014). Publications in Librarianship: Guide for Authors. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil
  15. American Library Association. (2014). Publications in Librarianship: Guide for Authors. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil
  16. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl
  17. American Library Association. (2014). Publications in Librarianship: Guide for Authors. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/guidelinespil
  18. American Library Association. (2014). ACRL Publications Catalog. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/catalog/publications
  19. American Library Association. (2014). ALA Store. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.alastore.ala.org/
  20. American Library Association. (2014). ACRL Annual Report. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://crln.acrl.org/content/72/11/659.full.pdf+html
  21. American Library Association. (2014). Call for Book Proposals. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/booksanddigitalresources/booksmonographs/pil/PILproposals
  22. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl
  23. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl
  24. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl
  25. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl
  26. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl
  27. American Library Association. (2014). About ACRL. Association of College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl
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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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Reference Services Review

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Reference Services Review

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

Purpose, objective, or mission: From the website: “Reference Services Review (RSR) is a leading journal dedicated to the enrichment and advancement of reference knowledge and the improvement of professional practice. The journal raises questions, explores new frameworks for user services, advances fresh analyses and research and proposes solutions to diverse operational issues facing librarians and information professionals.”1

Target audience: Librarians, information professionals, and library school students, especially those interested in reference, instruction, and public services.2

Publisher: Emerald Publishing.3

Peer reviewed? Yes. Manuscripts are evaluated using a double-blind peer review process.4 Current reviewers for RSR are listed here.5 The editorial team is listed here.6

Type: LIS Scholarly.7

Medium: Print. Full text available online, 1973-present (electronic issues from 1997 on currently require a subscription to access full text).8

Content: RSR content includes research papers, case studies, general reviews, viewpoint pieces, technical papers, conceptual papers, and literature reviews relating to “all aspects of reference and library user services in a digital age.”9

Frequency of publication: Quarterly.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

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

Types of contributions accepted: RSR is interested in article submissions that focus on “new frameworks for user services,…fresh analyses and research and proposes solutions to diverse operational issues facing librarians and information professionals.”11 Articles should be 4000-8000 words in length, including references and appendices.12

Submission and review process: RSR accepts rolling/ongoing submissions. Articles are submitted using ScholarOne Manuscripts; instructions on registering for and using this system are available on the RSR website. The editors assign all accepted manuscripts to a forthcoming issue at their discretion. Additional manuscript requirements and a production cycle with approximate dates and deadlines for the current volume are available on the Author Guidelines page.13

Editorial tone: Professional and academic tone.14

Style guide used: Harvard style. Avoid including notes or endnotes unless absolutely necessary. Instead, publications should be cited in-text and an alphabetical reference list should be included at the end of the paper.15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

RSR is a strong choice for librarians and information professionals looking to publish scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles on topics relating to reference and readers’ advisory, instruction, information literacy, and public services. The journal’s H Index is 15. It has an SJR of 1.546 and a SNIP of 1.256 on Scopus. RSR articles were used in 343 review articles or literature reviews in 2012.16

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: RSR is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald Library Studies eJournals Collection. According to the RSR website, RSR receives over 2000 downloads a week.17

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: United States. RSR is also widely abstracted and indexed, and available online to audiences outside of North America. It is written in American English.18 The Emerald Literati Networks’ Editing Service can recommend freelance copy editors to authors who wish “to improve the standard of English in their paper before submission.”19

Reader characteristics: Readers include practitioners, managers, administrators, educators, and scholars. Professional interests of readers include reference and readers’ advisory, instruction, information literacy, and public services. Readers will put particular value in articles that focus on ethical reference services in all technological forms and in any type of library.20 Many of the articles this reviewer checked focused on the academic library experience, but RSR is also useful for those working in public and special libraries.

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers will have a high familiarity with terminology, trends, and best practices relating to reference services.21

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

A typical reader of this journal will be an LIS professional or graduate student looking for innovative approaches and thoughtful analysis that’s written in an accessible style.

Last updated: October 30, 2014


References

Show 21 footnotes

  1. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=RSR
  2. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=RSR
  3. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=RSR
  4. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Author guidelines. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=rsr
  5. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). RSR’s reviewers. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/news_story.htm?id=5255&PHPSESSID=gt8kdaccr6o4ofvn37dqnkefk5
  6. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Editorial team. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/editorial_team.htm?id=rsr
  7. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Author guidelines. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=rsr
  8. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=RSR
  9. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Call for papers. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=5548
  10. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Author guidelines. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=rsr
  11. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=RSR
  12. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Author guidelines. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=rsr
  13. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Author guidelines. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=rsr
  14. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Author guidelines. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=rsr
  15. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Author guidelines. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=rsr
  16. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Emerald journal news. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/news_story.htm?id=5003
  17. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=RSR
  18. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=RSR
  19. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Emerald Literati Network Editing Service. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/authors/editing_service/index.htm
  20. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=RSR
  21. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. (2014). Aims & scope. Reference Services Review. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=RSR
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Learning Exchange

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Learning Exchange

Website: http://www.ala.org/learnrt/newsletter

Purpose, objective, or mission: Learning Exchange is the official publication of the Learning Round Table (LearnRT). As per their website, LearnRT “promotes quality continuing education and staff development for all library personnel…help(ing) you network with other staff development and continuing education providers for the exchange of ideas, concerns and solutions.”1

LearnRT also “serves as (a) source for staff development continuing education assistance, publications, materials, training and activities, (and) advocate(s) for quality library staff development and continuing education at both the local and national levels.”2

Target audience: Members of the American Library Association Learning Round Table.3

Publisher: American Library Association.4

Peer reviewed? No.5

Type: LIS professional or trade publication.6

Medium: Print and online.7

Content: Articles about continuing education initiatives for library staff, reports on education opportunities, guides on best practices.8

Frequency of publication: Quarterly.9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.ala.org/learnrt/newsletter

Types of contributions accepted: Writing that “promotes quality continuing education and staff development for all library personnel.”10

Submission and review process: “Send questions, comments, thoughts, and future articles to editor@alalearning.org”11

Editorial tone: There are no stated guidelines, though content from the most recent newsletter seems fairly informal.12

Style guide used: None specified.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

LIS authors have the opportunity to share resources about continuing education of library personnel.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: As of 2014, Learning Round Table had 301 members.13 All members of LearnRT receive a subscription to Learning Exchange.14

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Learning Exchange is written in English for a North American audience.15

Reader characteristics: “Librarians who conduct training and professional development activities.”16

Reader knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers will be knowledgeable about LIS issues.

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

This is a knowledgeable, motivated audience. Many readers will be in supervisory or management positions since LearnRT members either conduct, or will conduct, training sessions with staff. Authors have a good opportunity to share their knowledge with like-minded professionals in the LIS field.

Last updated: May 16, 2016


References

Show 16 footnotes

  1. American Library Association. (2016). ALA LearnRT. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/learnrt/
  2.  American Library Association. (2016). ALA LearnRT. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/learnrt/
  3.  American Library Association. (2016). Get Involved. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/learnrt/about
  4.  American Library Association. (2016). ALA LearnRT. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/learnrt/
  5.  American Library Association. (2016). June 2014 Volume 30, Number 4. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/learnrt/sites/ala.org.learnrt/files/content/LearningExchangev30i4print.pdf
  6.  American Library Association. (2016). June 2014 Volume 30, Number 4. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/learnrt/sites/ala.org.learnrt/files/content/LearningExchangev30i4print.pdf
  7.  American Library Association. (2016). June 2014 Volume 30, Number 4. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/learnrt/sites/ala.org.learnrt/files/content/LearningExchangev30i4print.pdf
  8.  American Library Association. (2016). June 2014 Volume 30, Number 4. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/learnrt/sites/ala.org.learnrt/files/content/LearningExchangev30i4print.pdf
  9.  American Library Association. (2016). June 2014 Volume 30, Number 4. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/learnrt/sites/ala.org.learnrt/files/content/LearningExchangev30i4print.pdf
  10.  American Library Association. (2016). June 2014 Volume 30, Number 4. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/learnrt/
  11.  American Library Association. (2016). June 2014 Volume 30, Number 4. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/learnrt/sites/ala.org.learnrt/files/content/LearningExchangev30i4print.pdf
  12.  American Library Association. (2016). June 2014 Volume 30, Number 4. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/learnrt/sites/ala.org.learnrt/files/content/LearningExchangev30i4print.pdf
  13.  American Library Association. (2016). ALA Round Table Membership Statistics 2004-Present. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/membership/membershipstats_files/rndtblstats#clenert
  14.  American Library Association. (2016). Get Involved. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/learnrt/about
  15.  American Library Association. (2016). June 2014 Volume 30, Number 4. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/learnrt/sites/ala.org.learnrt/files/content/LearningExchangev30i4print.pdf
  16.  American Library Association. (2016). Get Involved. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/learnrt/about
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Technical Services Quarterly

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Technical Services Quarterly

Website: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/wtsq20

Purpose, objective, or mission: According to the website, Technical Services Quarterly is “dedicated to providing a forum for the presentation of current developments and future trends concerning the technical operations of libraries and information centers.”1 Its purpose is to keep on top of developments and research and “practical implementation of systems and applications of traditional and non-traditional technical services and the public operations they influence and sustain.”2

Target audience: LIS professionals, particularly those who are in technical operations of libraries and information centers. Given the technical and industry-specific nature and language of the articles, it is doubtful that readers outside of LIS would be interested. The journal features articles about “technical services, automation, networking, document delivery, information technology, library instruction and information literacy, reference and bibliography, case studies,cost analysis, staffing, space, organizational behavior and leadership, and collection development and management”3 are written by highly regarded professionals who are on the cutting edge of these subjects.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc. 325 Chestnut Street, Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106.4

Peer reviewed? Yes.5 This publication requires submitted manuscripts to undergo editorial screening and anonymous peer review.6

Type: LIS Scholarly7

Medium: Print and online.8

Content: From the Aims & Scope page: “The journal accepts original research, theoretical, and implementation articles pertaining to technical services, automation, networking, document delivery, information technology, library instruction and information literacy, reference and bibliography, case studies, cost analysis, staffing, space, organizational behavior and leadership, and collection development and management.”9 Every issue has four regular columns: Technical Services Report, Tech Services on the Web, Reviews and Trending Tech Services.10

Frequency of publication: Quarterly11

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wtsq20&page=instructions#.UY6vSD3nYms

Types of contributions accepted: Original, unpublished manuscripts are accepted for consideration. According to the website, Technical Services Quarterly features articles on “technical services, automation, networking, document delivery, information technology, library instruction and information literacy, reference and bibliography, case studies, cost analysis, staffing, space, organizational behavior and leadership, and collection development and management.”12

Submission and review process: Refer to submission guidelines listed under Aims and Scope for specific requirements. The preferred method of submission is electronically via email to the Editor-in-Chief, with a message specifying that it is being submitted for consideration for Technical Services Quarterly. Manuscripts must be in Microsoft Word format and include an abstract of less than 100 words and a list of keywords.13

Editorial tone: This is a scholarly journal dealing with technical aspects of LIS geared towards the professional technical operations of a library. As such, articles are technical and scholarly in tone written in American English. LIS specific terms are used with the underlying assumption that the reader is familiar with such.14 Past articles featured titles such as “Developing Tools to Calculate Space Availability, Establish Collection Distribution, and Determine Growth Rates: A Case Study” and “Using Microsoft Access 2007’s ‘Lending Library’ Template to Create a Circulation Module for Microform Materials”.15 While the language and tone are technical and scholarly, it must also be interesting and readable.16

Style guide used: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association – 6th edition.17

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Technical Services Quarterly is geared towards LIS professionals, especially those whose interests lie within the technical operations of libraries. For authors and researchers whose manuscripts are geared towards current and future trends in collection methods, technical services, OCLC, metadata, document delivery among other subjects, this journal is ideal for submission. The submission guidelines are detailed but not overwhelmingly so. Previous articles have addressed concerns specific to law librarians and map librarians as well as cataloging for children’s books so there is a wide variety of librarian roles represented.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: No specific information given.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: This is a print and online journal published in the United States. Although it does have appeal for international librarians due to its technical nature, Technical Services Quarterly is geared towards American libraries and uses American English.18 All the listed editors and board members are American.19

Reader characteristics: This journal is geared toward LIS professionals in the technical field who are interested in the latest trends.20

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers are most likely to be LIS professionals and given the technical nature of this journal, will be highly knowledgeable of LIS terminology and practice.21

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

Readers of Technical Services Quarterly are LIS professionals who are highly interested in the latest technical information available. Writers for this publication should gear their articles towards this type of reader. According to the website, cutting edge technology is what their readers look for from the journal. Writers who follow trends and understand technical concepts would be the best bet for this journal.

Last updated: October 28, 2014


References

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  1. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wtsq20&page=instructions#.U6te5rGdROg
  2. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wtsq20&page=instructions#.U6te5rGdROg
  3. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wtsq20&page=instructions#.U6te5rGdROg
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Technical Services Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403794434674/135278
  5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Technical Services Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403794434674/135278
  6. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Aims & Scope. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wtsq20#.U6w13rGdROg
  7. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Technical Services Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403794434674/135278
  8. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Technical Services Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403794434674/135278
  9. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Aims & Scope. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wtsq20#.U6w13rGdROg
  10. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Aims & Scope. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wtsq20#.U6w13rGdROg
  11. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Technical Services Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403794434674/135278
  12. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wtsq20&page=instructions#.U6te5rGdROg
  13. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wtsq20&page=instructions#.U6te5rGdROg
  14. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wtsq20&page=instructions#.U6te5rGdROg
  15. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Technical Services Quarterly. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/wtsq20#.U6xED7GdROg
  16. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wtsq20&page=instructions#.U6te5rGdROg
  17. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Instructions for Authors. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=wtsq20&page=instructions#.U6te5rGdROg
  18. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Technical Services Quarterly. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403794434674/135278
  19. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Editorial Board. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard&journalCode=wtsq20#.U6xGZrGdROg
  20. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Aims & Scope. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wtsq20#.U6w13rGdROg
  21. Informa UK Limited. (2014). Aims & Scope. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=wtsq20#.U6w13rGdROg
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Internet@Schools

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Internet@Schools

The original publication, Multimedia & Internet @ Schools, is no longer in print; it’€™s now Internet@Schools: An Educator’€™s Guide to Technology and the Web€™. Archives of the original, from 2000–2003, can be found here. Archives prior to 2000 can be found here.

Website: http://www.internetatschools.com/

Purpose, objective, or mission: A practical guide for educators on how to get high-performance learning from internet-based school products, services, and resources.1

Per the 2015 Media Kit: Internet@Schools is aimed at “tech-savvy and tech-curious K–12 educators of all stripes.”2 “Our mission is to keep these educators informed on internet-related ed tech news, products, services, trends, and tacticsthey need to accomplish their mission of preparing today’s students to become productive citizens in our increasingly technology-impacted world”3

€œTarget audience: €œEducators, including school librarians, technology specialists, teachers, and K-12 administrators. From their website: “€œfor our internet-savvy, information-hungry, technology-minded educator readers.”4

Publisher: Information Today, Inc.5

Peer reviewed? No.6

Type: LIS Professional/Trade publication that provides information and news for LIS school librarians.7

Medium: Print & online.8

Content: Features, columns, and product reviews. Columns include Victor Rivero’s Tools for Learning Roundup, Stephen Abram’s Pipelines, Johanna Riddle’s Tech Effect, Mary Alice Anderson’s New Media Center, and Mary Ann Bell’s Belltones.9

Recent articles look at specific digital-textbooks; tools that help educators navigate the Common Core State Standards; a column on teacher-librarian instruction in LIS programs (pros and cons); online learning experiences; and Makerspaces -€“ open community labs where members gather to share resources, knowledge, networking, etc.10

Frequency of publication: Five times per year.11

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.internetatschools.com/About/AboutUs

Types of contributions accepted: Letters to the editor, case studies, white papers and product reviews.12

Submission and review process: Contact the editor, David Hoffman: 10000 NE 7th Ave, Suite 330G, Vancouver, WA 98685
Phone: (360) 882-0988
Fax: (360) 882-9174
Email: hoffmand@infotoday.com13

Editorial tone: “€œThe magazine is written in plain talk by and for K-12 educators.”14

Style guide used: None referenced.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Internet@Schools is particularly relevant for LIS authors studying or working in a school library setting, or for teacher-librarians. The publication covers a broad range of internet-based teaching tools, technologies and topics, and is a very informational and engaging publication that reaches educators, administrators, and decision makers in schools and school districts across the country.15

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Approximately 15,000 people per issue. From the Media Kit: “€œThe typical Internet@Schools subscriber shares his/her copy with at least two other educators.”16

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Not specific to any one location: articles cover all sorts of internet-based education topics, and reference U.S. and Canadian universities and LIS programs, as well as technology from other countries. Written in Standard English, easily readable.17

Reader characteristics: Subscribers of this publication are highly influential in the purchasing process, for schools and districts that plan to include technology-related products in their budgets. Internet@Schools readers are drawn from the whole spectrum of K-12 education and include state, district, and school level administrators; tech coordinators; media specialists; and classroom teachers. Directed towards educators and decision makers in their schools; content is written by practicing educators who have hands-on experience with the technologies they write about. Additional sponsored content is provided via case studies, white papers and product reviews that are also advertisements for specific companies or products.18

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: A good number of readers will have LIS-specific knowledge as librarians and teacher librarians, but the educator/administrative/tech component might not be up on all the specifics. In any case, this is not a publication to flaunt LIS terminology -“ just make articles easily understood by any educator or administrator, and use “plain talk.”19

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

Internet@Schools is a valuable resource of the latest “internet-based” technologies for a variety of educators including, “directors/teachers, department chairs, district/school administrators, directors of A/V media service, directors of technology/technology coordinators, [and] library media specialists.”20 Authors will need to steer clear of LIS terminology by using “plain talk” that can be easily understood by the wide range of professions represented in the readership.21

Last updated: May 16, 2016


References

Show 21 footnotes

  1. Information Today Inc. (2016). Internet@Schools 2015 Media Kit. Internet@Schools. Retrieved from http://www.internetatschools.com/downloads/2015/2015-Internet-at-Schools-Media-Kit.pdf
  2. Information Today Inc. (2016). Internet@Schools 2015 Media Kit. Internet@Schools. Retrieved from http://www.internetatschools.com/downloads/2015/2015-Internet-at-Schools-Media-Kit.pdf
  3. Information Today Inc. (2016). Internet@Schools 2015 Media Kit. Internet@Schools. Retrieved from http://www.internetatschools.com/downloads/2015/2015-Internet-at-Schools-Media-Kit.pdf
  4. Information Today Inc. (2016). Internet@Schools 2015 Media Kit. Internet@Schools. Retrieved from http://www.internetatschools.com/downloads/2015/2015-Internet-at-Schools-Media-Kit.pdf
  5. ProQuest. (2016). Internet at Schools. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412521425021/230216
  6. ProQuest. (2016). Internet at Schools. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412521425021/230216
  7. ProQuest. (2016). Internet at Schools. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412521425021/230216
  8. ProQuest. (2016). Internet at Schools. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412521425021/230216
  9. Information Today Inc. (2016). Archives. Internet@Schools. Retrieved from http://www.internetatschools.com/Archives/4739-Sep-Oct-2014.htm
  10. Information Today Inc. (2016). Archives. Internet@Schools. Retrieved from http://www.internetatschools.com/Archives/4739-Sep-Oct-2014.htm
  11. ProQuest. (2016). Internet at Schools. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1412521425021/230216
  12. Information Today Inc. (2016). About Us. Internet@Schools. Retrieved from http://www.internetatschools.com/About/AboutUs
  13. Information Today Inc. (2016). About Us. Internet@Schools. Retrieved from http://www.internetatschools.com/About/AboutUs
  14. Information Today Inc. (2016). About Us. Internet@Schools. Retrieved from http://www.internetatschools.com/About/AboutUs
  15. Information Today Inc. (2016). Archives. Internet@Schools. Retrieved from http://www.internetatschools.com/Archives/4739-Sep-Oct-2014.htm
  16. Information Today Inc. (2016). Internet@Schools 2015 Media Kit. Internet@Schools. Retrieved from http://www.internetatschools.com/downloads/2015/2015-Internet-at-Schools-Media-Kit.pdf
  17. Information Today Inc. (2016). Archives. Internet@Schools. Retrieved from http://www.internetatschools.com/Archives/4739-Sep-Oct-2014.htm
  18. Information Today Inc. (2016). Internet@Schools 2015 Media Kit. Internet@Schools. Retrieved from http://www.internetatschools.com/downloads/2015/2015-Internet-at-Schools-Media-Kit.pdf
  19. Information Today Inc. (2016). About Us. Internet@Schools. Retrieved from http://www.internetatschools.com/About/AboutUs
  20. Information Today Inc. (2016). Internet@Schools 2015 Media Kit. Internet@Schools. Retrieved from http://www.internetatschools.com/downloads/2015/2015-Internet-at-Schools-Media-Kit.pdf
  21. Information Today Inc. (2016). About Us. Internet@Schools. Retrieved from http://www.internetatschools.com/About/AboutUs
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Australian Library Journal (ALJ)

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Australian Library Journal (ALJ)

Website: http://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj

Purpose, objective, or mission: The Australian Library Journal (ALJ) is the “flagship publication of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), supporting the Association’s Objects by documenting progress in research and professional practice and stimulating discussion on issues relevant to libraries and librarianship.”1 This internationally recognized journal “showcases the best of Australian library and information research and practice.”2

Target audience: Australian LIS community3

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group4

Peer reviewed? Yes5

Type: LIS scholarly6

Medium: Print and online; open access after four years7

Content: The Australian Library Journal “contains a wide coverage of Australian library issues ranging from ongoing research to day-to-day articles from practitioners in the workplace.”8 The content includes theory- and practice-based writing, as well as book reviews.9 As a supplement to each issue of the journal, the ALIA publishes a series of themed, online-only book reviews.10

Frequency of publication: Quarterly11

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ualj20&page=instructions#.VN0EDS4YFZJ

Types of contributions accepted: ALJ welcomes submissions on a variety of library and information topics, ranging from ongoing research to practical articles directly relevant to the workplace.12 The use of Australian English and spelling is preferred. Manuscripts should include a title page with acknowledgements of any funding an abstract of up to 300 words, up to six keywords, implications for best practice, the main text of up to 5,000 words, references, appendices, any tables with captions on separate pages, and a list of any figure captions.13

Of special note is the journal’s “Librarianship-in-Practice” section, for shorter case studies of projects and programs that have already been implemented.14 Articles for this section should observe a 2,000 to 2,500 word limit, and adhere to an organizational structure outlined on the publication website.15

ALJ also features an extensive book review section, in both its print and online versions, and an in an online-only version.16 Those wishing to review books should first consult the online instructions.17

Submission and review process: Detailed submission guidelines can be found on the publisher’s website.18

Editorial tone: Scholarly19

Style guide usedPublication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition20

Conclusion: Evaluation of the publication’s potential for LIS authors

The Australian Library Journal offers a variety of publishing opportunities for LIS authors. Whether it’s original research, advancements in professional practice, or book reviews, there are many different writing avenues to explore. As this journal focuses on Australian library and information research, potential authors should tailor their writing to this geographical area. For North American authors, the potential for publication seems to be greatest as a book reviewer, as the book review section features publications by the wider global community.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Circulation statistics are not readily available for this journal. However, as the flagship publication for the ALIA, the journal is received by 800 institutional members of the professional organization.21

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The majority of readers are Australian and the content reflects this. Authors should be aware of the language and cultural differences between the United States and Australia. As per the submission guidelines, “Australian English spelling and punctuation are preferred.”22 Colloquialisms and cultural references unique to the United States should be avoided.

Reader characteristics: ALJ does not provide demographic information of its readers. As it is the flagship publication of the ALIA, however, it is likely that the majority of readers hold memberships in ALIA, which serves 4,200 individual members and 800 institutional members.23 Readers of the ALJ hold a wide variety of professional and research interests within the LIS field.

Reader knowledge of LIS subject matter: Although some readers may not be information science professionals, the majority work in LIS fields and would therefore be very knowledgeable about LIS subjects.

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

Australian Library Journal is an internationally recognized publication that holds high standards for its published works. This journal reaches a wide audience of library and information professionals who are interested in current research in the field as well as relevant issues in their workplaces. For current Australian residents, or even North Americans who have lived or travelled in Australia, this journal provides the potential author a large and knowledgeable audience. Although the majority of readers are Australian,24 authors outside of Australia will find a publishing opportunity in the book review section.

Last updated: November 14, 2016


References

Show 24 footnotes

  1. “Australian Library Journal (ALJ),” Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10, 2016,  https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj
  2. “Australian Library Journal (ALJ),” Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10, 2016, https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj
  3. “Australian Library Journal (ALJ),” Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10, 2016, https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj
  4.  “Australian Library Journal (ALJ),” Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10, 2016, https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj
  5. Australian Library Journal, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed November 10, 2016, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1423603424472/355517
  6. Australian Library Journal, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed November 10, 2016, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1423603424472/355517
  7. “Australian Library Journal (ALJ),” Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10 2016, https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj
  8. “Australian Library Journal (ALJ),” Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10 2016, https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj
  9. “Instructions for Authors,”Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, accessed November 10, 2016, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ualj20&page=instructions#.VNqHsy4YFZJ
  10. “Archive of ALJ Online Reviews,” Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10, 2016, https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj/alj-online-reviews
  11. Australian Library Journal, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed November 10, 2016, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1423603424472/355517
  12. “Australian Library Journal (ALJ),” Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10 2016,  https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj
  13. “Instructions for Authors,” Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, accessed November 10, 2016, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ualj20&page=instructions#.VNqHsy4YFZJ
  14.  “Australian Library Journal (ALJ),” Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10 2016, https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj
  15. “Instructions for Authors,” Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, accessed November 10, 2016, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ualj20&page=instructions#.VNqHsy4YFZJ
  16. ALJ Online Reviews,” Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10, 2016, https://www.alia.org.au/publications-and-news/australian-library-journal-alj/alj-online-reviews
  17. “Instructions for Reviewers,” Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, accessed November 10, 2016, http://www.editorialmanager.com/JALIA/default.aspx
  18. “Instructions for Authors,” Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, accessed November 10, 2016, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ualj20&page=instructions#.VNqHsy4YFZJ
  19. Australian Library Journal, Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed November 10, 2016, http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1423603424472/355517
  20. “Taylor & Francis Standard Reference Style: APA,” Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, accessed November 10, 2016, http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/authors/style/reference/tf_APA.pdf
  21. “ALIA Fact Sheet,” Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10, 2016, https://www.alia.org.au/sites/default/files/ALIA-Fact-Sheet.pdf
  22. “Instructions for Authors,” Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, accessed November 10, 2016, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ualj20&page=instructions#.VNqHsy4YFZJ
  23. “ALIA Fact Sheet,” Australian Library and Information Association, accessed November 10, 2016, https://www.alia.org.au/sites/default/files/ALIA-Fact-Sheet.pdf
  24. Taylor & Francis Group. (2014). Aims and Scope. Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=ualj20#.VPdI7uFFYm8
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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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