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Huron Street Press

 

Publisher analysis


About the publisher

Name: Huron Street Press

Website: http://www.ipgbook.com/huron-street-press-publisher-HUS.php

Purpose, objective, or mission: A new (as of 2012) imprint of the ALA, Huron Street Press: “will publish a variety of titles designed to appeal to a broad consumer and library market. Its publications will harness the expertise of the Association, while encouraging library use among the public, joining other initiatives such as @ your library and ILoveLibraries.”1

Target audience: With Huron Street, ALA seeks to appeal to a more broad audience of information seekers and those in need of professional development. This is not just for LIS professionals.2

Owner: American Library Association; ALA Editions.3

Are published books peer reviewed? Not certain, but most likely, if Huron Street follows ALA Edition’s guidelines.4

Types of books published: LIS reference and professional development.5

Medium: Print and online.6 Huron Street press titles are available through Independent Publishers Group as well as traditional retail outlets.7

Topics covered:  The imprint is new, and aims to reach a wider audience.8 In 2012 the titles released include:

Number of titles published per year: 5 in 2012, the first year of the imprint.10

About the publisher’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: See ALA Editions.11

Types of submissions accepted: The imprint strives to encourage library use among the public, and seems to aim to educate the layperson rather than just provide information to LIS professionals.12  Titles are geared towards high school students and provide information on alternatives to college; books for pre-schoolers, which can be used by educators or parents; advice on building your own app; and searching for family genealogical roots.13

Submission and review process: See ALA Editions.14

Editorial tone: Educational and easygoing. Books are geared towards high school age students, entrepreneurs, professionals and educators, so the tone will vary based on the subject matter and audience.15

Style guide used: See ALA Editions.16

Conclusion: Evaluation of publisher’s potential for LIS authors

Huron Street Press is backed by the ALA17; which has a huge built-in LIS audience. However, this imprint is marketed towards all sorts of people seeking information on a wide variety of subjects18, which gives authors an even bigger reading base to reach. If your topic is not specific to LIS professionals – if you have a proposal that is appropriate to those not studying or working in the LIS fields, people who are just regular information-seekers, this is a great publisher to work with, most likely discriminating in what it publishes, based on the small number of titles so far.

 

Audience analysis


About the publisher’s audience

Size: Small, with 12 titles published since 2012.19 But again, part of ALA Editions, which is a large ALA publishing house.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Based out of Chicago, IL.20 American English, and seemingly geared primarily towards an US based audience.

Reader characteristics: ALA Editions holds itself to high standards21 and expects the same of authors.

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Varying; this is an imprint of the ALA and will be marketed to that group, however, this imprint seeks to reach an audience outside of just librarians and information professionals22, so do not assume they will understand LIS terms and history.

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

Readers seeking ALA, and by extension, Huron Street Press books might be associated with the LIS world, but not necessarily. Huron Street is still too new to know specifics about its readership (as compared to ALA Editions, for example).

Last updated: November 27, 2014


References

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  1. American Library Association. (2012). ALA News. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2012/01/huron-street-press-furthers-ala%E2%80%99s-mission-public
  2. American Library Association. (2012). ALA News. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2012/01/huron-street-press-furthers-ala%E2%80%99s-mission-public
  3. American Library Association. (2012). ALA News. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2012/01/huron-street-press-furthers-ala%E2%80%99s-mission-public
  4. American Library Association. (2012). Writing for ALA Editions. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.alaeditions.org/writers#AfterReceived
  5. American Library Association. (2012). ALA News. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2012/01/huron-street-press-furthers-ala%E2%80%99s-mission-public
  6. American Library Association. (2012). ALA News. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2012/01/huron-street-press-furthers-ala%E2%80%99s-mission-public
  7. American Library Association. (2012). ALA News. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2012/01/huron-street-press-furthers-ala%E2%80%99s-mission-public
  8. American Library Association. (2012). ALA News. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2012/01/huron-street-press-furthers-ala%E2%80%99s-mission-public
  9. American Library Association. (2012). ALA News. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2012/01/huron-street-press-furthers-ala%E2%80%99s-mission-public
  10. American Library Association. (2012). ALA News. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2012/01/huron-street-press-furthers-ala%E2%80%99s-mission-public
  11. American Library Association. (2012). Writing for ALA Editions. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.alaeditions.org/writers#AfterReceived
  12. American Library Association. (2012). ALA News. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2012/01/huron-street-press-furthers-ala%E2%80%99s-mission-public
  13. American Library Association. (2012). ALA News. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2012/01/huron-street-press-furthers-ala%E2%80%99s-mission-public
  14. American Library Association. (2012). Writing for ALA Editions. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.alaeditions.org/writers#AfterReceived
  15. American Library Association. (2012). ALA News. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2012/01/huron-street-press-furthers-ala%E2%80%99s-mission-public
  16. American Library Association. (2012). Writing for ALA Editions. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.alaeditions.org/writers#AfterReceived
  17. American Library Association. (2012). ALA News. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2012/01/huron-street-press-furthers-ala%E2%80%99s-mission-public
  18. American Library Association. (2012). ALA News. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2012/01/huron-street-press-furthers-ala%E2%80%99s-mission-public
  19. Chicago Review Press. (2014). Huron Street Press. IPG. Retrieved from http://www.ipgbook.com/huron-street-press-publisher-HUS.php
  20. Chicago Review Press. (2014). Huron Street Press. IPG. Retrieved from http://www.ipgbook.com/huron-street-press-publisher-HUS.php
  21. American Library Association. (2012). Writing for ALA Editions. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.alaeditions.org/writers#AfterReceived
  22. American Library Association. (2012). ALA News. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2012/01/huron-street-press-furthers-ala%E2%80%99s-mission-public
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Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, The

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (JRLYA)

Website: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/

Purpose, objective, or mission: The official research journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association, JRLYA‘€™s purpose is to “€œenhance the development of theory, research, and practices to support young adult library services.”1€ As part of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA,€“ a subspecialty of the ALA), their mandate is part of YALSA’€™s National Research Agenda. Specifically to reach the mission’€™s goals, YALSA “Evaluates and promotes materials of interest to adolescents through special services, programs and publications, except for those materials designed specifically for curriculum use.”€2€

Target audience: “€œThe primary audience for Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults includes academics, public librarians, school library media specialists, and secondary school educators who advocate for young adults and strive to support their developmental and educational needs.”€3€

Publisher: Young Adult Library Services Association4

Peer reviewed? Yes.5

Type: LIS Scholarly.6

Medium: Online.7

Content: From the YALSA website: JRLYA “€œpromotes and publishes high quality original research concerning the informational and developmental needs of young adults; the management, implementation, and evaluation of library services for young adults; and other critical issues relevant to librarians who work with young adults.”8

Articles in the journal also include literary and cultural analysis of writing for young adults.€9€

Frequency of publication: Irregularly.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/author-guidelines/

Types of contributions accepted: Original, research-based manuscripts. From the Author Guidelines: “€œManuscripts may be based on original qualitative or quantitative research, an innovative conceptual framework, or a substantial literature review that opens new areas of inquiry and investigation.”€11€€ You may also submit manuscripts from other disciplines focused on “enriching theory, research and practice in young adult library services.”12€€

As of 2013, new editor Denise Agosto notes that: “We are still actively searching for good research manuscripts and welcome them from students and librarians as well as more seasoned researchers.”13

Submission and review process: Send the submission as an email attachment (.doc, .txt. or .rft) to editor Denise E. Agosto: yalsaresearch@gmail.com. Submissions should average between 4000-7000 words double spaced.14€€

The editor will acknowledge all submissions, and the review process generally takes 10-12 weeks. The review process includes an initial assessment by the editor: if the submission reflects the journal’€™s mission statement and is considered for inclusion, it’€™s sent to at least two reviewers for a double-blind review process, where the next step is determined. Manuscripts will either be accepted for publication; accepted pending revisions; sent back for major revisions and resubmission; rejected, or deemed not appropriate for the journal, with other journals suggested.15€€

Editorial tone: While the articles are stringently peer reviewed and of professional quality, they are extremely readable in tone; friendly, engaging, concise, while delivering excellent information to the reader.16€€

Style guide used: Chicago Manual of Style (15th Edition), for overall formatting. Random House Webster’€™s College Dictionary for spelling & usage. See the Author Guidelines for specifics.17€€

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

LIS authors with even a modicum of interest in working with young adults should take a look at this journal and consider submitting an article for publication. It is extremely helpful that, even if your paper is rejected by JRLYA, the editors will attempt to give you alternate publications to submit to.

Writing topics cover every aspect of YA/librarianship you can think of. A 2013 article discussed bi-racial identity in young adult books, with the author delving into her own ethnic and racial identity as a basis for setting the tone.18 Another was about the popular X-Men characters, focusing specifically on  X-Women’€™s sexual objectivity.19 You’€™ll find this type of article alongside a more research oriented study on South Korean adolescent immigrants,20 or issues in juvenile detention center libraries.21

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Not available.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The journal is purely online,22 and intended to reach anyone interested in YA library services and studies.23€ Written in American English,24 with references to all sorts of young adult literature and pop culture subjects.25€

Reader characteristics: JRLYA is intended for LIS researchers, faculty, students, and professional librarians interested in young adult library services.26€

Per the Author Guidelines, the journal asks authors to consider the following style points when submitting for publication:

  • Choose terms that reflect YALSA’€™s philosophy.
  • Avoid sexist language.
  • Articles should be of a scholarly, research-based nature.27€€

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Most likely very strong, but the journal doesn’€™t just cater to professionals librarians, per their website: “The scope of the journal includes all aspects of library services to young adults at every level and for all types of libraries.”28€€ So if including LIS jargon in your submission, make sure it’s explained or easily inferred within the context.

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

Esteemed authors such as Anthony Bernier, Carol C. Kuhlthau and Virginia Walter have written for and commended the efforts of JRYLA.29€€ Readers can connect through YALSA on Facebook, Twitter, various blogs and via a special wiki YALSA maintains to facilitate research and discussion on all things young adult. This is a wonderful publication, to read or write for; it is helpful and respectful of authors and takes its content very seriously, while never being dull or stuffy. A highly valued source of YA information.

Last updated: November 3, 2014


References

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  1. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). About JRLYA. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/about/
  2. American Library Association. (2014). YALSA national research ageda. Young Adult Library Services Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/yalsa/guidelines/research/researchagenda
  3. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). About JRLYA. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/about/
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404854519497/751217
  5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404854519497/751217
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404854519497/751217
  7. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404854519497/751217
  8. American Library Association. (2014). Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Young Adult Library Services Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/yalsa/products&publications/yalsapubs/jrlya/journal
  9. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). About JRLYA. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/about/
  10. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404854519497/751217
  11. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/author-guidelines/
  12. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/author-guidelines/
  13. D. Agosto, personal communication, 8 May 2013
  14. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/author-guidelines/
  15. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/author-guidelines/
  16. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/author-guidelines/
  17. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/author-guidelines/
  18. Gomez, S.H. (2013). This, that, both, neither: The badging of biracial identity in young adult realism. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/2013/04/this-that-both-neither-the-badging-of-biracial-identity-in-young-adult-realism/
  19. Stauffer, S.M. (2013). Taking a dip in the crazy pool: The evolution of X-Women from heroic subject to sexual object. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/2013/04/taking-a-dip-in-the-crazy-pool-the-evolution-of-x-women-from-heroic-subject-to-sexual-object/
  20. Koo, J.H. (2012). Recent South Korean immigrant adolescents’ every day life information seeking when isolated from peers: A pilot study. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/2012/09/recent-south-korean-immigrant-adolescents-everyday-life-information-seeking-when-isolated-from-peers-a-pilot-study/
  21. Austin, J. (2012). Critical issues in juvenile detention center libraries. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/2012/07/critical-issues-in-juvenile-detention-center-libraries/
  22. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404854519497/751217
  23. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). About JRLYA. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/about/
  24. SerialsSolutions. (2014). The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1404854519497/751217
  25. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). About JRLYA. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/about/
  26. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). About JRLYA. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/about/
  27. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/author-guidelines/
  28. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). About JRLYA. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/about/
  29. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. (2014). All Volumes. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/all-volumes/
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BayViews

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: BayViews

Website: http://www.bayviews.org/index.html

Purpose, objective, or mission: BayViews is a publication of the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California, an “association of people interested in library work with children and young adults”1, with reviews aimed at evaluating new books to identify titles appropriate for library purchase. BayView‘s goals are “to strengthen and maintain work with youth in the libraries of Northern and Central California according to the highest standards of professional librarianship by:

  • Reviewing and evaluating children’s books and other materials produced for young people
  • Working actively to further the cause of library work with children
  • Discussing various phases and problems of this work
  • Cooperating in the solution of problems of mutual concern
  • Encouraging and stimulating the personal friendships of its members”2

Target audience: Members of the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California, including both public librarians and school librarians.3

Publisher: The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California4

Peer reviewed? No.5

Type: LIS professional news. BayViews is published by a professional organization with the prime purpose of educating its own members.6

Medium: BayViews is both a print and electronic publication. Additionally, BayViews has a blog, which is updated frequently.7

Content: BayViews is a journal of book reviews and opinions with a “western perspective.”8 The members of the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California use its pages to review new books in the field of children’s literature (including books for babies, children, and teens), as well as meeting in person to discuss the reviews. Each copy of BayViews also contains a section called “BayNews,” which keeps a calendar of upcoming events and collects news about goings on related to children’s services at libraries within the region.9

Frequency of publication: 11 times per year.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: Online at http://www.bayviews.org/reviewtools.html

Reviews are submitted using an online form on the above page, which also includes sample reviews and a letter from the editors regarding content, voice, and other review considerations.11

Types of contributions accepted: Contributions are accepted by members only, including book reviews of children’s and young adult literature, as well as news about events and services in the Northern California library community.12

Reviewers are now able to choose their own review books at meetings.13

Submission and review process: Contributors must be members of the organization. Reviewers choose their own review books at meetings. Authors wishing to contribute to the BayNews section should contact the editor.14

Editorial tone: Reviews should be concise and critical. Sample reviews and guidelines can be found online in the document “A Guide for BayViews Reviewers, Revised September 2012.”15

Style guide used: Not specified, but extensive style guidelines are provided in the document referenced above, “A Guide for BayViews Reviewers, Revised September 2012.”16

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This publication is a great opportunity for writers in Northern California who are interested in reviewing children’s and young adult literature. Since authors must be members of the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California, and reviews are presented at the ACL chapter meetings, they would probably want to reside in the area to get the most out of their membership.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: The membership of ACL who receive as a membership benefit both the print and electronic copy of the journal.17

Audience location and language or cultural views: Based in Northern and Central California, the publication is published in English with no special considerations.18

Reader characteristics: Children’s librarians with a desire to learn more about books than reviews in the LIS press offer. Readers are interested specifically in children’s and young adult books, and issues related to working in public and school libraries. Written by, and for, the membership.19

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: General LIS knowledge and possibly expertise in their area of the field.

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

As a publication for the education of the membership of ACL, authors should be well versed in the subject of children’s and young adult literature and willing to follow the membership guidelines to participate in the ACL community.20

Last updated: May 14, 2016


References

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  1. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). ACL Mission Statement. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/mission.html
  2. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). ACL Mission Statement. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/mission.html
  3. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). ACL Mission Statement. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/mission.html
  4. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). BayViews. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/
  5. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). ACL Review Tools. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/reviewtools.html#reviewform
  6. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). BayViews. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/
  7. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). BayViews. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/
  8. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). BayViews. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/
  9. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). BayNews. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/baynews.html
  10. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). ACL Review Tools. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/reviewtools.html#reviewform
  11. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). ACL Review Tools. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/reviewtools.html#reviewform
  12. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). ACL Review Tools. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/reviewtools.html#reviewform
  13. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). ACL Review Tools. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/reviewtools.html#reviewform
  14. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). ACL Review Tools. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/reviewtools.html#reviewform
  15. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). ACL Review Tools. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/reviewtools.html#reviewform
  16. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). ACL Review Tools. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/reviewtools.html#reviewform
  17. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). Membership. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/membership.html
  18. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). BayViews. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/
  19. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). BayViews. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/
  20. Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. (2016). BayViews. BayViews. Retrieved from http://www.bayviews.org/
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Briefings

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Briefings

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

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

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

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

Peer reviewed? No.4

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

Medium: Online.6

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

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

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

About the publication’s submission guidelines

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

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

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

Editorial tone: Informational.13

Style guide used: None specified.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

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

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last updated: May 14, 2016


References

Show 21 footnotes

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

 

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About the publication

Title: The ALAN Review

Website: http://www.alan-ya.org/the-alan-review/

Purpose, objective, or mission: The ALAN Review, sponsored by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN), a special-interest group of the National Council of Teachers of English, specializes on articles and reviews of literature for adolescents and those teaching literature to adolescents.1

Target audience: Mostly K-12 teachers who use the Review to research titles appropriate for young adults, and librarians, authors, and publishers focusing in the YA area.2

Publisher: Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English.3

Peer reviewed? Yes4

Type: LIS scholarly/professional publication focusing on news and reviews of young adult (YA)/adolescent literature. Not affiliated with a specific LIS resource, other than NCTE – but provides information to librarians on how to instruct adolescents in reading literature, and provides book reviews that librarians will find helpful in the workplace.5

Medium: ALAN members get a print copy of each Review with membership.6 Back issues can be found on the DLA website, free of charge.7 (Virginia Tech’s Digital Library and Archives (DLA) project provides many scholarly journals in a digital format to get around the high cost of producing print journals.8)

Content: Reviews of young adult/adolescent literature, and articles on the same, as well as articles on the teaching of literature. This can consist of research papers and studies, literature surveys and critiques, author profiles, comp lit studies, and articles on ways to teach literature to YA/adolescents.9

Frequency of publication: Published three times per year: Fall, Winter, and Spring.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: Located in the journal itself. You can check the DLA for back issues.11 Calls for manuscripts can also be found on the ALAN Review home  page.12

Types of contributions accepted: Author reviews and interviews, book reviews, articles on adolescent literature and teaching adolescent literature. The Review has also begun accepting vignettes from librarians and teachers focusing on their experiences and interactions presenting YA material to other teachers, students, parents, etc.13

From Vol. 38 No. 1 (Fall 2010) online: “€œA manuscript submitted for consideration should deal specifically with literature for adolescents and/or the teaching of that literature.”14

Submission and review process: Manuscripts should be emailed to alan-review@uconn.edu, with “ALAN manuscript submission” in the subject line, in MS Word, APA format. Authors should submit a manuscript without reference to the author(s), a title pages with names and biographies, and a brief statement of the originality of the article.15

A blind review is done by the editor and at least three members of the editorial-review board. Authors can expect to hear the results in 8 weeks. Articles are judged on: the contribution to the field of adolescent lit; clarity and cohesiveness; and scholarly rigor.16

Editorial tone: The articles are scholarly, and present a thesis, outline the study or observation methods, and present findings, often with charts and graphs and a lots of references. However, the tone is conversational, open, and friendly. The submission guidelines specifically note that research papers and studies should be treated as articles, not formal reports.17

Style guide used: The ALAN Review prefers the use of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).18

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Anyone who has read and enjoyed a YA book will most likely think of something that would be appropriate to publish in The ALAN Review. This is a respected, peer-reviewed publication geared towards the very community that LIS students seek to work with. Authors write to their like-minded peers. They are passionate about sharing their experiences in hopes that others can learn from them. The Review is a wonderful outlet for interesting, involved, scholarly articles, reviews or interviews, or for just sharing a story about getting YA novels out to the public-a library event, book club, new way of teaching an old title, a study on readers of YA novels or focus on the reading patterns of a specific subculture (minority students, girls, boys, rural readers, LGBTQ youth)-this is the place for these types of submissions.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: The Review is distributed to all members of the ALAN group, part of the NCTE.19 Ulrich’s currently lists its circulation at around 2,500.20 In 2013, the online catalog received over 271,000 unique visitors.21

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The Review is part of the National Council of Teachers of English, out of Campbell, OH. English is the primary language; however, ALAN has members in all 50 states and internationally, and covers reviews of all sorts of books for adolescents.22 From the submission guidelines: “Stereotyping on the basis of sex, race, age, etc., should be avoided, as should gender-specific terms such as ‘€œchairman.'”23

Reader characteristics: Members of the ALAN are highly interested in youth and young adult literature. Most people receiving this journal through ALAN or NCTE are classroom English teachers in middle or high school, or librarians, researches, authors, publishers specializing in YA literature.24

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Readers are not expected to be familiar with LIS terminology, although most likely they will as some subscribers are librarians and most are educators. Subscribers to the journal are primarily part of NCTE, teachers in middle and high school as this is a journal for adolescent literature.25

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

This is the place to send your manuscript, article, review or story if you’€™re an LIS student with any interest in the YA world. The Alan Review readers are a highly specialized group of professionals teaching and providing reference services to young adults. Sharing your manuscript could potentially influence classrooms around the country—new books to read, new teaching methods, studies and conclusions – this is the place to publish to get your name and ideas out, and to connect with other teaching and library professionals.

Last updated: November 6, 2014


References

Show 25 footnotes

  1. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE. (2014). The ALAN Review. Retrieved from http://www.alan-ya.org/the-alan-review/
  2. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE. (2014). The ALAN Review. Retrieved from http://www.alan-ya.org/the-alan-review/
  3. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE. (2014). The ALAN Review. Retrieved from http://www.alan-ya.org/the-alan-review/
  4. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE. (2014). The ALAN Review. Retrieved from http://www.alan-ya.org/the-alan-review/
  5. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE. (2014). The ALAN Review. Retrieved from http://www.alan-ya.org/the-alan-review/
  6. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE. (2014). Join ALAN. Retrieved from http://www.alan-ya.org/page/join-alan
  7. Virginia Tech Digital Library and Archives. (2014). The ALAN Review. Retrieved from http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/ALAN/
  8. Virginia Tech Digital Library and Archives. (2014). History of DLA and SCP. Retrieved from http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/about/index.html
  9. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE. (2014). The ALAN Review. Retrieved from http://www.alan-ya.org/the-alan-review/
  10. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE. (2014). The ALAN Review. Retrieved from http://www.alan-ya.org/the-alan-review/
  11. Virginia Tech Digital Library and Archives. (2014). The ALAN Review. Retrieved from http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/ALAN/
  12. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE. (2014). The ALAN Review. Retrieved from http://www.alan-ya.org/the-alan-review/
  13. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE. (2014). The ALAN Review author guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.alan-ya.org/page/alan-review-author-guidelines
  14. Virginia Tech Digital Library and Archives. (2014). The ALAN Review. Retrieved from http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/ALAN/
  15. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE. (2014). The ALAN Review author guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.alan-ya.org/page/alan-review-author-guidelines
  16. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE. (2014). The ALAN Review author guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.alan-ya.org/page/alan-review-author-guidelines
  17. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE. (2014). The ALAN Review author guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.alan-ya.org/page/alan-review-author-guidelines
  18. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE. (2014). The ALAN Review author guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.alan-ya.org/page/alan-review-author-guidelines
  19. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE. (2014). Join ALAN. Retrieved from http://www.alan-ya.org/page/join-alan
  20. SerialsSolutions. (2014). ALAN Review. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1401814141318/86397
  21. Virginia Tech Digital Library and Archives. (2014). The ALAN Review Online Access Data. Retrieved from http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/stats/ejournals/ALAN-current.html
  22. SerialsSolutions. (2014). ALAN Review. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1401814141318/86397
  23. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE. (2014). The ALAN Review author guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.alan-ya.org/page/alan-review-author-guidelines
  24. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE. (2014). The ALAN Review. Retrieved from http://www.alan-ya.org/the-alan-review/
  25. Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE. (2014). The ALAN Review. Retrieved from http://www.alan-ya.org/the-alan-review/
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New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship

Website: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13614541.asp

Purpose, objective, or mission: According to their website, “[The journal] is multidisciplinary in nature, providing opportunities for the ‘€˜pure’ discussion of children’s literature, and of issues relating to one of the key places in which to find such literature — €”libraries for young people.”1

Target audience: Those working in the field of children’s literature around the world–including public and school librarians as well as scholars, teachers and critics of children’s literature.2

Publisher: Routledge, part of Taylor & Francis Group online.3

Peer reviewed? Yes.4

Type: LIS scholarly. Submissions to the journal are blind-peer reviewed, and are academic and formal in tone.5

Medium: Available in print and online, with a subscription.6

Content: Academic articles covering topics in children’s literature which, according to the website, include the “management of library services to children and adolescents; education issues affecting library services; information technology; user education and the promotion of services; staff education and training; collection development and management; critical assessments of children’s and adolescent literature; book and media selection; and research in literature and library services for children and adolescents.”7

Frequency of publication: Two issues per year.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/journal.asp?issn=1361-4541&linktype=44

Types of contributions accepted: The journal accepts original manuscripts dealing with topics relating to children’s and young adult literature and/or library services, including case studies, in-depth analysis of issues, and results of recent research.9 Manuscripts should not have been published previously, or submitted elsewhere simultaneously.10

Submission and review process: A consecutively numbered manuscript should be sent to the editor via mail or email. Editor, Dr. Sally Maynard, Department of Information Science, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU (Email: S.E.Maynard@lboro.ac.uk )11

Papers will be refereed by academics or practitioners with experience in the area. Abstracts should be no more than 100 words, and should not include abbreviations, diagrams, or reference to the text. Also include a shortened version (50 characters spaces) of the title.12

Editorial tone: Papers should be written for an international audience to an academic standard.13

Style guide used: MLA Style of Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.) style with additional specific publisher guidelines.14

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This is an outlet for librarians and students writing academic papers on the subject of children’s literature and librarianship. Though it is stated that articles should be written in a straightforward style, the tone is certainly more formal than one would see in a nonacademic publication.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Circulation numbers not available.

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The journal’s editor is based in the United Kingdom, as are 10 of the 16 members of the editorial board. In addition, there are members of the board from Ireland, France, the US, Canada, Hong Kong, and Thailand.15 The New Review is an international journal, published in English.16

Reader characteristics: If the composition of the editorial board is any indication of the readership, both genders are represented equally.17 A safe assumption would be that readers have a great interest and knowledge of children’s literature. Readers likely work in public and school libraries.18

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: As an academic journal, it can be assumed that most readers have some professional knowledge of LIS subject matters.19

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

Readers of this publication have a high level of knowledge of the topic and expect to read articles that further their knowledge with well reasoned analysis and research presented in a straightforward writing style.

Last updated: October 31, 2014


References

Show 19 footnotes

  1. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Aims & scope. New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=rcll20#.U5hczijcBOg
  2. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Aims & scope. New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=rcll20#.U5hczijcBOg
  3. SerialsSolutions. (2014). New Review of Children’s Literature Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402494049144/160491
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). New Review of Children’s Literature Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402494049144/160491
  5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). New Review of Children’s Literature Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402494049144/160491
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). New Review of Children’s Literature Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402494049144/160491
  7. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Aims & scope. New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=rcll20#.U5hczijcBOg
  8. SerialsSolutions. (2014). New Review of Children’s Literature Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402494049144/160491
  9. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Aims & scope. New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=rcll20#.U5hczijcBOg
  10. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Instructions for authors. New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=rcll20&page=instructions#.U5hcrCjcBOg
  11. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Instructions for authors. New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=rcll20&page=instructions#.U5hcrCjcBOg
  12. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Instructions for authors. New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=rcll20&page=instructions#.U5hcrCjcBOg
  13. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Aims & scope. New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=rcll20#.U5hczijcBOg
  14. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Instructions for authors. New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=rcll20&page=instructions#.U5hcrCjcBOg
  15. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Editorial board. New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard&journalCode=rcll20#.U5jQJCjcBOg
  16. SerialsSolutions. (2014). New Review of Children’s Literature Librarianship. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402494049144/160491
  17. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Editorial board. New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=editorialBoard&journalCode=rcll20#.U5jQJCjcBOg
  18. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Aims & scope. New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=rcll20#.U5hczijcBOg
  19. Taylor & Francis Online. (2013). Aims & scope. New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=rcll20#.U5hczijcBOg
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Urban Library Journal

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

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

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

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

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

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

Peer reviewed? Yes.5

Type: LIS scholarly.6

Medium: Online. Print version has ceased.7

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

Frequency of publication: Twice annually.10

About the publication’s submission guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

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

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last updated: October 28, 2014


References

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  1. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Urban Library Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403810353252/667320
  2. Urban Library Journal. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/urbanlibrary/about/editorialPolicies#sectionPolicies
  3. Urban Library Journal. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/urbanlibrary/about/editorialPolicies#sectionPolicies
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Urban Library Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403810353252/667320
  5. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Urban Library Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403810353252/667320
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Urban Library Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403810353252/667320
  7. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Urban Library Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403810353252/667320
  8. Urban Library Journal. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/urbanlibrary/about/editorialPolicies#sectionPolicies
  9. Urban Library Journal. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/urbanlibrary/about/editorialPolicies#sectionPolicies
  10. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Urban Library Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403810353252/667320
  11. Urban Library Journal. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/urbanlibrary/about/editorialPolicies#sectionPolicies
  12. Urban Library Journal. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/urbanlibrary/about/editorialPolicies#sectionPolicies
  13. Urban Library Journal. (2014). Submissions. Retrieved from http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/urbanlibrary/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  14. Urban Library Journal. (2014). Submissions. Retrieved from http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/urbanlibrary/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  15. Urban Library Journal. (2014). Submissions. Retrieved from http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/urbanlibrary/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  16. LACUNY. (2014). Paid Members. Retrieved from http://lacuny.org/join-us/paidmembers/
  17. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Urban Library Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403810353252/667320
  18. LACUNY. (2014). Paid Members. Retrieved from http://lacuny.org/join-us/paidmembers/
  19. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Urban Library Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403810353252/667320
  20. Urban Library Journal. (2014). Archives. Retrieved from http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/urbanlibrary/issue/archive
  21. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Urban Library Journal. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403810353252/667320
  22. Urban Library Journal. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/urbanlibrary/about/editorialPolicies#sectionPolicies
  23. LACUNY. (2014). Paid Members. Retrieved from http://lacuny.org/join-us/paidmembers/
  24. Urban Library Journal. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/urbanlibrary/about/editorialPolicies#sectionPolicies
  25. Urban Library Journal. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/urbanlibrary/about/editorialPolicies#sectionPolicies
  26. Urban Library Journal. (2014). Editorial Policies. Retrieved from http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/urbanlibrary/about/editorialPolicies#sectionPolicies
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Young Adult Library Services

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Young Adult Library Services (YALS)

Website: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/

Purpose, objective, or mission: It is the official journal of Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and from their site, “…act[s] as a showcase for best practices, provide[s] news from related fields such as youth development, and will spotlight significant events of the organization…”1

Target audience: Librarians and library staff who serve youths, ages 12 through 18.2

Publisher: American Library Association.3

Peer reviewed? No.4

Type: LIS professional news.5

Medium: Print and limited online content.6

Content: Showcases best practices, news from related professions, reviews of professional literature, and spotlights YALSA events.7 Each issue may contain articles on important topics such as: intellectual freedom, collaboration, adolescent literacy, youth development, and leadership. There may also be interviews, speeches, or bibliographic essays.8

Frequency of publication: Four times a year.9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/submissions/

Types of contributions accepted: News of current interest to the profession, articles on best practices, news from related professions, and reviews of professional literature. Interviews are also accepted. Manuscripts submitted should not be under consideration or accepted elsewhere.10

Submission and review process: Contact editor for specifics concerning submission and style guidelines. In general simultaneous submission or previously published work not accepted.11

Editorial tone: There is no stated tone for article submissions, and articles can range from academic to reports on field practice. A wide variety of styles is acceptable as long as the submission conforms to the themes and types of articles YALSA is interested in for their readers.12

Style guide used: Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition and specific YALS defined style.13

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This publication is eminently suitable to anyone who has an interest in writing articles geared towards librarians serving young adults (aka “teenagers,” adolescents,” “youth”). It would be an excellent resume builder to have been published in the YALSA journal. The guidelines are direct and exact. Getting published in this journal might be difficult for a novice, but the attempt would be worth it.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: YALS reaches YALSA membership, approximately  5,000 librarians and educators.14

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: YALSA is centered in Chicago, IL, and the main geographic location served is the United States. However, they do outreach programs in other countries and some members are international, so the journal has a limited international scope as well. Cultural considerations do not generally enter into the journal’€™s authorship. Most authors appear to be writing solely for American librarians who serve young adults. These articles can be applicable to most any other developed country’€™s librarians serving youth (ages 12-18), however, even more than with young adult services in the U.S., there is a dearth of research and scholarship on developing nation’s youth services.15

Reader characteristics: Readers range in location, age, and gender. They are spread all over the U.S. in both public and school libraries. The vast majority of readers have MLIS degrees and work as Young Adult Specialists or youth generalists in public library librarians or School Library Media Technicians. Some readers are para-professionals or library assistants at these locations and do not have the MLIS degree. All the librarians who read YALS, however, are highly interested in services to young adults (ages 12-18) as that is the target issue for this particular journal. Some interests they all share are collection development for YA literature, programming, methods of incorporating library use into school curricula, intellectual freedom, subscription databases, and hot topic issues having to do with youth services. Since the librarians targeted by this journal work with young adults (ages 12-18), their needs tend to be a trifle more progressive than some fields. The world of youth services is constantly expanding and evolving due to YA reliance on the internet and technology. In order to keep up with the clientele they serve, the readers are going to be looking for innovative articles which will offer the ideas, experiences, and opinions of their colleagues.16

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Considering that most of the readers have MLIS degrees, contributors can assume that readers will be familiar with the profession’s vocabulary, particularly that pertaining to young adult services.17

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

The most important thing to keep in mind when writing for YALS is that the readership is going to be interested primarily in topics having to do with youth librarianship. They are not going to be interested in esoteric topics on archives, law libraries, etc. Some articles on cataloging or subscription databases would be acceptable, but primarily articles should be geared toward advancing, managing and delivering excellent library and information services to young people.

Last updated: May 13, 2016


References

Show 17 footnotes

  1. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). About YALS. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/about_yals/
  2. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). About YALS. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/about_yals/
  3. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Young Adult Library Services. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406648872693/442511
  4. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/author-guidelines/
  5. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Young Adult Library Services. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406648872693/442511
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Young Adult Library Services. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406648872693/442511
  7. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). Submissions. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/submissions/
  8. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). Young Adult Library Services. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/
  9. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Young Adult Library Services. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406648872693/442511
  10. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/author-guidelines/
  11. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/author-guidelines/
  12. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/author-guidelines/
  13. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/author-guidelines/
  14. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). Advertising. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/advertising/
  15. American Library Association. (2016). About YALSA. Young Adult Library Services Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/yalsa/aboutyalsa
  16. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). About YALS. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/about_yals/
  17. Young Adult Library Services. (2016). About YALS. Retrieved from http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/about_yals/
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Voice of Youth Advocates

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Website: http://www.voyamagazine.com/

Purpose, objective, or mission: Focuses on library services to/with young adults (aka “teenagers” “adolescents,” typically youth of middle and high school ages). VOYA‘s policy is based on the following principles: specialize in young adult library service; intellectual freedom and equal access; and youth advocacy and youth participation.1

Target audience: Public librarians, school librarians and educators serving youth ages 12 to 18, paraprofessionals serving youth, publishers, authors of young adult books, and other young adult advocates.2

Publisher: E L Kurdyla Publishing LLC.3

Peer reviewed? No.4

Type: LIS professional journal.5

Medium: Print and online.6

Content: The journal includes book reviews on fiction, nonfiction, and genre titles, as well as articles about YA services, programming, space design, and lists of award winners.7

Frequency of publication: Bimonthly publication.8

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.voyamagazine.com/submissions/

Types of contributions accepted: Literary analysis, author interviews, or practical project ideas, new YA space redesigns or makeover profiles (a regular column) are accepted. Submissions are also accepted for the “VOYA Get With the Program” column.9

Submission and review process: Short articles should be between 800 to 1,700 words and up to 3,500 words for longer pieces. All manuscripts are reviewed by the editor. Information for specific column requirements is available on the website. Authors should query the editor before submitting manuscripts, to ensure the piece is suitable for the journal.10

Editorial tone: VOYA solicits articles written in an approachable style for practitioners serving YA users. The goal is to publish articles by authors who express enthusiasm in working with YA and who can speak from experience about YA services.11

Style guide used: No style guide specified.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

VOYA is a well-respected journal in the field of library and information services for young adults. The journal is written in an approachable style which may not meet tenure requirements for academic faculty. Also, this journal is intended for public and school librarians who work with YA and not academic librarians. Those interested in tenure may not want to submit manuscripts for publication to this journal.

The journal welcomes articles about new, progressive, informative, and controversial issues as they relate to youth culture. Authors who have experience in working with YAs and who can demonstrate enthusiasm for working with them through their writing are encouraged to submit manuscripts. VOYA‘s wide range of readers provides authors with a large audience which will provide them wide recognition in the field.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: VOYA has 7,000 subscribers. According to the last reader’€™s survey, each subscriber circulates the journal to two colleagues which means that the journal experiences a readership of 21,000 people.12

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The journal is published within the United States,13 but there is a possibility that there are subscribers outside of the country. The journal is printed in English.14 Due to wide readership, it is important that language remain clear of local jargon. This also means that all acronyms should be spelled out. Cultural consideration should also be taken into account. Pop culture references should be explained so that all readers will understand. This is very important for this journal since it focuses on young adults, who are very interested in pop culture.15

Reader characteristics: There is no statistical breakdown on the readers of this journal. However, the journal does say that the readers of this journal are public and school librarians, educators, authors of young adult books, publishers, and other youth advocates. The common interest among this group is young adults. However, they may not all be interested in this age group in the same way. School librarians may be more interested in the book review section and have marginal interest in programming, which public librarians are keen on. Publishers and authors might also be interested in the book review sections and the interviews with authors. The journal does not profess itself to be liberal or conservative, however, it does value intellectual freedom, young adults, literature for this group, and advocacy for YA resources. All of which lean more towards a progressive attitude. The journal often features articles about controversial topics, books, or authors.16

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Given the breadth of professions represented in this readership community, it is suggested that authors avoid using LIS specific jargon which may not be understood or interesting to lay readers.17

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

The readers of this journal are a very diverse group in terms of language, geographic location, profession, and educational attainment. Authors should consider writing articles about new and interesting topics in the field of library services. However, the topics should not be scholarly in tone or esoteric. Authors should remember that the readers have different backgrounds and interests in young people.

Last updated: May 13, 2016


References

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  1. VOYA. (2016). AboutRetrieved from http://www.voyamagazine.com/about/
  2. VOYA. (2016). AboutRetrieved from http://www.voyamagazine.com/about/
  3. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Voice of Youth Advocates: the library magazine serving those who serve young adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406654017922/84283
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Voice of Youth Advocates: the library magazine serving those who serve young adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406654017922/84283
  5. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Voice of Youth Advocates: the library magazine serving those who serve young adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406654017922/84283
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Voice of Youth Advocates: the library magazine serving those who serve young adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406654017922/84283
  7. VOYA. (2016). SubmissionsRetrieved from http://www.voyamagazine.com/submissions/
  8. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Voice of Youth Advocates: the library magazine serving those who serve young adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406654017922/84283
  9. VOYA. (2016). SubmissionsRetrieved from http://www.voyamagazine.com/submissions/
  10. VOYA. (2016). SubmissionsRetrieved from http://www.voyamagazine.com/submissions/
  11. VOYA. (2016). SubmissionsRetrieved from http://www.voyamagazine.com/submissions/
  12. VOYA. (2016). AdvertisersRetrieved from http://www.voyamagazine.com/advertisers/
  13. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Voice of Youth Advocates: the library magazine serving those who serve young adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406654017922/84283
  14. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Voice of Youth Advocates: the library magazine serving those who serve young adults. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1406654017922/84283
  15. VOYA. (2016). AboutRetrieved from http://www.voyamagazine.com/about/
  16. VOYA. (2016). AboutRetrieved from http://www.voyamagazine.com/about/
  17. VOYA. (2016). AboutRetrieved from http://www.voyamagazine.com/about/
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Teacher Librarian

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals

Website: http://www.teacherlibrarian.com/

Purpose, objective, or mission: Per their website, “Teacher Librarian is designed specifically for you, the library professional working with children and young adults. Within our pages you’€™ll find lively and relevant articles exploring current issues such as collaboration, leadership, technology, advocacy, information literacy, and management.”1

Target audience: Teachers and other information professionals working in K-12 schools.2

Publisher: Scarecrow Press, Inc.3

Peer reviewed? Yes;4 Teacher Librarian is considered a “refereed” or “juried” publication. Submitted articles are reviewed by at least two members of an advisory board, “all of whom are either scholars or recognized professionals. This is a blind review; reviewers do not know the name of the author of the article. The editor is responsible for final decisions regarding manuscripts and reserves the right to edit for brevity, clarity and consistency of style.”5

Type: LIS scholarly.6

Medium: Print and online.7

Content: Teacher Librarian focuses on articles on the latest in information technology as well as Internet resources. It provides reviews of education and other library related professional materials. It lists new books, videos, and software that are geared toward children and young adults. The articles in the journal give strategies for managing library resources, collaboration, leadership, advocacy and information literacy.8

Frequency of publication: Bimonthly, except for the month of August.9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www.teacherlibrarian.com/submissions/author-guidelines/

Types of contributions accepted: Per their website, “Teacher Librarian is committed to collaborative partnerships for improved student learning through thought-provoking and challenging feature articles, strategies for effective advocacy, regular review columns and critical analysis of management and programming issues.”10

Submission and review process: Per their guidelines, “A manuscript, including references, bibliographies, charts, figures and tables, should not exceed 15 double-spaced pages, in 12-point type with one-inch margins. Please include a 100 to 200-word abstract for the manuscript and a word count.”11 Articles are submitted as an email attachment and they request you include a short biographical note along with contact information. “Proposed articles are reviewed by at least two members of our advisory board, all of whom are either scholars or recognized professionals. This is a blind review; reviewers do not know the name of the author of the article. The editor is responsible for final decisions regarding manuscripts and reserves the right to edit for brevity, clarity and consistency of style…We acknowledge receipt by e-mail and endeavor to respond to authors within eight weeks. If your article is accepted for publication, we will require a small color photo. Authors are paid an honorarium for their work upon publication.”12

Editorial tone: At this point the journal does not lean in any particular direction. The journal was originally published in Canada but has recently moved to the US, so there may be a subtle change in tone.13 Notably, one of the new editors is SJSU’s own Dr. David Loertscher.14

Style guide used: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.15

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

It would be especially beneficial for an LIS student to submit an article to this journal if he or she were interested in going into the K-12 field of librarianship. The articles in the journal cover a wide range of topics that are of interest to those working in the schools, so there is no lack of subject matter. The length, style, and additional information required is clearly spelled out, and the authors are informed within eight weeks regarding acceptance. If your article is chosen for publication, you will have to submit a small photo for them to include next to your article. And the best news of all…authors are paid an honorarium!

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: Teacher Librarian has more than 26,000 subscribers.16

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The readers of Teacher Librarian are mostly located in the United States and Canada.17 The journal does not make a large effort to reach out to those in other countries, so the focus remains on those in North America. Since the journal is focused on American and Canadian readers,18 authors should not have any problems using cultural references or jargon that is common within school libraries, school districts, or within the public libraries.

Reader characteristics: According to a 2012 ALA survey, the vast majority of librarians are women. Only 9.7% of all credentialed school librarians were minorities.19 The ALA projected that these numbers would remain relatively stable, so one could project that the current readership of Teacher Librarian mainly consists of Caucasian women. Since this shows a lack of diversity in the readership of the journal, this fact has relevance to the author submitting articles to this publication. This journal is designed specifically for library professionals working with children and young adults in either the K-12 schools or within the public library. In order to be considered a teacher librarian, one must have a teaching credential as well as an MLIS or MLS. This creates specific type of readers who have equal levels of education and similar types of workplaces. Teacher Librarian is biased only in the fact that it caters to a very specific group of librarians, so it will only print articles that are of interest to this group. It is also mindful of the connection between schools and government, so it will not overtly criticize in this area, but it does provide many articles on ways to increase funding or tips on grant writing. Overall, the publication has a very positive attitude towards librarianship and teaching, and the view that information literacy must become and remain an integral component of the curriculum.20

Readers’ knowledge of LIS subject matter: The readers of this journal will most likely be graduates of an MLS or MLIS program, so there should not be any problem with using LIS jargon, acronyms or terminology specific to schools.21

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

Readers of Teacher Librarian are library professionals who are working with K-12 students in the school setting or in the public library. These professionals are looking for articles that present strategies that would help them to better manage library resources for students, or articles that review educational and library related professional materials. The readers need to be kept up to date on the latest happenings in information technology, so articles regarding advances in this field would be welcomed, as well as resources that can be found on the Internet, organized in an easy to use format. Collection development is a large part of the duties of the teacher librarian, so presenting reviews of new books and other media is of great interest to them. Many of the teachers are required to take continuing education courses, so articles on collaboration, leadership, advocacy, management, or any other aspect of information technology would also appeal to this group.

Last updated: October 28, 2014


References

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  1. Teacher Librarian. (2014). About. Retrieved from http://www.teacherlibrarian.com/about-2/
  2. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Teacher Librarian: The School Journal for Library Professionals. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403636959698/60920
  3. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Teacher Librarian: The School Journal for Library Professionals. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403636959698/60920
  4. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Teacher Librarian: The School Journal for Library Professionals. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403636959698/60920
  5. Teacher Librarian. (2014). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.teacherlibrarian.com/submissions/author-guidelines/
  6. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Teacher Librarian: The School Journal for Library Professionals. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403636959698/60920
  7. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Teacher Librarian: The School Journal for Library Professionals. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403636959698/60920
  8. The YGS Group. (2014). Teacher Librarian 2013 Media Kit: Overview. Retrieved from http://mediakits.theygsgroup.com/tl/teacher-librarian/overview
  9. SerialsSolutions. (2014). Teacher Librarian: The School Journal for Library Professionals. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1403636959698/60920
  10. Teacher Librarian. (2014). Submissions. Retrieved from http://www.teacherlibrarian.com/submissions/
  11. Teacher Librarian. (2014). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.teacherlibrarian.com/submissions/author-guidelines/
  12. Teacher Librarian. (2014). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.teacherlibrarian.com/submissions/author-guidelines/
  13. The YGS Group. (2014). Teacher Librarian 2013 Media Kit: Overview. Retrieved from http://mediakits.theygsgroup.com/tl/teacher-librarian/overview
  14. Teacher Librarian. (2014). Submissions. Retrieved from http://www.teacherlibrarian.com/submissions/
  15. Teacher Librarian. (2014). Author Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.teacherlibrarian.com/submissions/author-guidelines/
  16. Teacher Librarian. (2014). About. Retrieved from http://www.teacherlibrarian.com/about-2/
  17. Teacher Librarian. (2014). About. Retrieved from http://www.teacherlibrarian.com/about-2/
  18. Teacher Librarian. (2014). About. Retrieved from http://www.teacherlibrarian.com/about-2/
  19. American Library Association. (2012). Diversity Counts Tables 2012. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/offices/sites/ala.org.offices/files/content/diversity/diversitycounts/diversitycountstables2012.pdf
  20. Teacher Librarian. (2014). About. Retrieved from http://www.teacherlibrarian.com/about-2/
  21. Teacher Librarian. (2014). About. Retrieved from http://www.teacherlibrarian.com/about-2/
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