Libraries Unlimited

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Publisher analysis

About the publisher

Name: Libraries Unlimited


Purpose, objective, or mission: Libraries Unlimited was created by library science professor Dr. Bohdan S. Wynar in the 1970s as a response to the growing need for quality LIS textbooks and materials. Today, Libraries Unlimited is a part of ABC-CLIO and is “committed to serving academic, public, school, and special libraries by producing library science textbooks, reference works, practical handbooks and professional guides of unparalleled quality.”1

Target audience: LIS students and professionals.

Owner: ABC-CLIO, LLC.2

Are published books peer reviewed?  Yes. Libraries Unlimited features an editorial team of ten award winning industry professionals.3

Types of books published: Textbooks, reference works, practical handbooks and professional guides.4

Medium:  Print and electronic.

Topics covered: Topics are wide ranging—from librarianship philosophy and values to informatics to folklore.

Number of titles published per year: Fifty titles were published in 2017, and there are more than 2,000 currently available in both print and electronic formats.5

About the publisher’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines:  Please email an acquisitions editor with your potential book idea before you submit a proposal.6

Provide the following information in your email:

  • ”Working title
  • Purpose statement: explain the intent of the work, who it is for, and why it is needed”
  • Objectives: identify the benefits readers will derive from the work
  • Methodology: explain how you will research or compose the work
  • Tentative outline: show how the work will be organized
  • Competition or related works: identify similar titles and how your work will differ
  • Approximate length (in pages or words)
  • Resume or bio statement: describe why you are qualified to write this book”7

Types of submissions accepted: Proposals for library science textbooks, reference works, practical handbooks and professional guides.8

Submission and review process: Libraries Unlimited has a dedicated team of experienced editors with years in the publishing field. An exact review process is unknown, but if your proposal is approved, editors will be with you every step of the way as your proposal becomes a manuscript and, in turn, a book.9

Editorial tone: Professional.

Style guide used: Unknown.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publisher’s potential for LIS authors

Libraries Unlimited may be a good fit for potential authors who have written extensively and have been published before. LU publishes longer works, such as reference books and textbooks, so they may be a good outlet for authors with heftier projects in the works.


Audience analysis

About the publisher’s audience

Size (as measured by average number of copies per title published)Libraries Unlimited is a larger publishing house, with over 2,000 titles currently available.10

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Readers of Libraries Unlimited texts are english speakers, primarily in the United States.

Reader characteristics: Considering that some of Libraries Unlimited’s best selling texts are titles such as Concise Guide to Information Literacy and The Many Faces of School Library Leadership, it can be assumed that readers are LIS students and professionals with a working knowledge in the field.11

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Strong.

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

Readers of Libraries Unlimited texts are looking to learn about cutting edge trends and acquire new skills, so potential authors with relevant new research and book ideas may find a good fit with this publisher.12

Last updated: March 12, 2018


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