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How to Write for Computers in Libraries

If you have an idea for an article for Computers in Libraries magazine, please let us know!

  • To learn more about CIL magazine and the types of articles we want, read the FAQ.

  • If you have an idea for an article that would fit our needs and style, take a look at our themes for the 2019 issues and try to match your article idea to one of the issues. Every feature article does not have to fit a theme, but we use theme-related articles first and then accept general articles when space allows.
  • Don’t send already written manuscripts, please.
  • We are looking for interesting articles, written as case studies or how-we-did-it pieces. We do not publish academic research papers or vendor-written articles, and CIL is not a peer-reviewed journal.
  • When writing queries, please remember this:
    • CIL’s mission is to provide librarians and other information professionals with useful and insightful information about all computer-related subjects that affect their jobs. CIL does this through articles that are written by library professionals for library professionals, with a friendly, personal voice. These general technical articles should be practical and helpful for the average librarian in any sort of environment—academic, public, special, K–12, or corporate libraries. CIL aims to publish articles that are interesting to read and appealing to people in many aspects of the field.
       
  • Allow up to a month after the query deadline for a response.

You may submit queries using our online form. For more details see our FAQ!

FEATURE ARTICLES (Issue Themes)

Computers in Libraries
2019 Editorial Calendar

OVERALL THEME FOR 2019:
Leading-Edge LibTech
Issue Theme  Case Studies and Stories About ... Query By*
All

EDTECH Section

How to use information technology in K-12 education; media and technology applications in school libraries; digital literacy instruction; teaching with technology; using technology to improve assessment; reviews of digital resources for schools, learning platforms, devices, apps, and software; issues affecting technology use in schools; surveys, case studies, and best practices for school libraries and media centers. Also. Public and School library partnerships.

Any Time
December 2018

Cloud Computing

Share your experience with remote hosted library platforms, cloud computing, web-hosted services, and SaaS solutions. How do they work in practice? What technical issues have you encountered and overcome? Studies that address price, performance, and ROI for moving the library’s IT infrastructure from the back office to the cloud. Mid-September
January/February 2019

Emerging Tech

Case studies on drones, blockchain, 3D printing, Big (and little) Data, virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR), Internet of Things (IoT), AI and machine learning, robots in the library, etc.

Mid-October
March

Inside IT

Approaches to managing library IT; reviews and best practices for implementing any library system, including local OPAC/ILS installations and cloud-based platforms; Wi-Fi installations; self-checkout systems; kiosks, etc. Mid-December
April

Access & Accessibility

ILS management, evaluation, and migration; supporting remote and mobile users; new approaches to user authentication; UX research and results; and building sites for accessibility.

Mid-January
May

OA/Open Data

Case studies and best practices for institutional repositories and data archives, initiatives to preserve public data, and new approaches to digital scholarship and research data. Mid-February
June

Digitization & Discovery

Curation and digitization of special collections, metadata development and fine-tuning, using linked data, comparing search engine performance, and evaluating discovery systems.

Mid-March
July/August

Do It Yourself vs. Off-the-Shelf

Solutions that repurpose technology you already have; developing with APIs; and implementing turnkey solutions for library management, outreach, digital asset management, customer service, and community support. Mid-April
September

All Things Social

Revisiting the topic of social media, including crowdsourced projects, tagging and ratings, blogs, tweets, and your library’s Facebook presence; and digital literacy in an age of social media gone wild.

Mid-June
October

Digital Experience

Customer journey mapping, usability testing, evaluating user engagement on library websites and within library resource collections, and improving library performance based on results. Mid-July
November

Security, Privacy, & Digital Literacy

Cybersecurity and privacy issues, approaches to teaching patrons about digital privacy and security, stories of thwarting cyberattacks on library networks, and security tips. Mid-August
December

Digital Media

Building archival media collections, curating and managing streaming media collections, producing media assets to achieve library goals, and managing e-resources. Mid-September
Any Time Any Topic

Tell us your story. We are always looking for stories on how you selected and deployed devices or systems, rolled out new tech-based solutions, and achieved desired outcomes by using a technology framework, as well as cases studies about OPACs, ILSs, and other library platforms.

Propose any topic at any time

*Send your proposal via our online query form by the dates noted above. After considering all ideas received, we will notify those whose articles have been accepted. We’ll discuss exact materials due dates when your query is accepted. 


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