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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 upcoming 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 We do not publish academic research papers or vendor-written articles, and CIL is not a peer-reviewed journal.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!


Computers in Libraries
2020 Editorial Calendar

Leading-Edge LibTech
OVERALL THEME FOR 2020: Fulfilling the Promise
Issue Theme  Case Studies and Stories About ... Query By*

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
November 2019

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 2019

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
January/February 2020

Smart Libraries

How are you using data and technology to improve operations and services, efficiency, and sustainability? How are you being smart in implementing new systems, selecting vendors, curating content, and engaging patrons? Mid-October

Innovative Libraries

How has your library been successful at adopting and adapting technology, supporting innovation with labs and incubators, experimenting with emerging technologies, reimagining library services, and aligning with community interests? Mid-December

Virtual Libraries

How are you managing digital assets, selecting e-resources, building archives and repositories, supporting and authenticating remote users, integrating digital collections, coping with OA, and fixing search? Mid-January

Free Libraries

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 Special Libraries How is your library using technology to support doctors, lawyers, members of the financial community, or scientific researchers? How have you deployed technology within a government agency or as a service to the general public? Have you done something special and want to talk about it? Mid-March

Can-Do Libraries

How has your library made the most out of nothing? Have you enriched services using open source and APIs? Maybe you have developed something new from freely available web apps or built a solution from the ground up? How has your library spent its grant money? Mid-April

Future-Ready Libraries

What is your library doing to help integrate technology with learning, promote the advancement of digital literacy and research skills, to facilitate life-long learning, build a robust IT infrastructure, and develop digital collections?       


24/7 Libraries

How are you using your website to reach users everywhere, anytime? What have you done to improve the user experience online and make sure your digital collections are not only accessible but usable? What are you doing to improve discovery, engage users, and provide support?  Mid-July

Engaged Libraries

How are you using social media to engage with your community? How you have you improved user engagement on your website? Mid-August

Strategic Libraries

Where does your library see technology headed? What do you need to do to assure your future? Share your strategic vision. Talk about how you realized an important strategic goal for your library, your community, or your patrons. 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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