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Call for Reviewers for ITAL, LRTS, & LL&M

Call for Reviewers for ITAL, LRTS, & LL&M

The Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), and Library Leadership & Management (LL&M) journals invite applications for peer reviewers. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals from all types of libraries and with a wide variety of experience to contribute to scholarship within the profession.

We are seeking the broadest pool of reviewers possible. Reviewer responsibilities for our journals are to have an interest/experience with the journal’s topics, as described below. Reviewers should expect to review 2-4 articles a year and should provide thoughtful and actionable comments to authors and the editor. Reviewers will work with the editor, associate editor, and/or editorial board of the corresponding journal.

We welcome applications from individuals at libraries of all types, levels of experience, locations, perspectives, and voices, especially those from underrepresented groups. Reviewers will be selected to maximize the diversity of representation across these areas, so if you’re not sure if you should apply, please do! 

How to Apply

To apply to become a reviewer for any of these journals, please go to https://forms.gle/p3nCETRQrKC1YKXs7 to indicate your interest by February 29th. We will offer training for the first cohort of reviewers shortly thereafter. The form will remain open, and we will periodically add reviewers over time.

If you have any questions, please email editors Ken Varnum (editor of Information Technology and Libraries) at varnum@umich.edu, Rachel Scott (editor of Library Resources and Technical Services) at rescot2@ilstu.edu, or Elizabeth Nelson (editor of Library Leadership & Management) at enelson@mchenry.edu

About the Journals

Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) is at the broad middle of the Venn diagram of libraries (and archives, and museums — really, any cultural memory institution) and technology. It is centered on the tools, techniques, and practices that help make the modern institution run, from user-focused web interfaces to tools that help library staff manage their collections and services. See the job description for ITAL reviewers for more details about that role. 

Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) was the official journal of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) from 1957 to 2020. In September 2020, it became a publication of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. LRTS is a peer-reviewed journal that takes a critical approach to the questions and challenges facing librarians and libraries with regard to:

  • Collections
  • Scholarly communication
  • Preservation (including digitization)
  • Acquisitions (including licensing and economic aspects of acquisitions)
  • Continuing resources
  • Cataloging (including descriptive metadata, authority control, subject analysis, and classification)

LRTS publishes both research papers and thoughtful explorations of operational issues that have value and implications for other libraries. In addition, LRTS publishes editorials, book reviews, letters to the editor, and the annual report of the president of Core.

Library Leadership & Management (LL&M) focuses on assisting library administrators and managers at all levels as they deal with day-to-day challenges. In-depth articles address a wide variety of management issues and highlight examples of successful management methods used in libraries. Features include interviews with prominent practitioners in libraries and related fields, and columns with practical advice on managing libraries. LL&M is a hybrid journal with a mix of peer-reviewed articles and editor-reviewed items that are less formal and more practical in nature. LL&M also offers regular features that touch on issues and trends in the profession.