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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 2016 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 We do not publish academic research papers or vendor-written articles, and CIL is not a peer-reviewed journal.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
2016 Editorial Calendar

To Collect, Create, and Curate
Issue Theme  Case Studies and Stories About ... Query By*


Mobile strategies, mobile websites, mobile apps, responsive design website makeovers, web analytics and SEO strategies, social media campaigns that worked, geolocation-based services, and devices for loan


From ILS to CMS

Platform specification, vendor assessment, system integration, and workflow management for any library system, case studies on developing websites, or innovative library services using any CMS Mid-December


Data repositories, cataloging metadata, linked data, data-driven decision making, evidence-based cases in point, data visualization, research data collections, librarians as data scientists, and patron data as Big Data


Opening Up

Open source, open access (OA), open data—tools, systems, software, and repositories—open platforms, shared solutions, case studies with open library systems, developing with APIs, and access to digitized local archives Mid-February


Using technology to keep the library a safe place, avert cyberattacks and viral invasions on open Wi-Fi networks; or keep patron data secure; plus efforts to assess vendor security or teach cybersecurity literacy


Here Come the Geeks

Tips, tricks, and how-to articles for any library technology, tech system, tech gadget or device; stories about supporting users and their devices; strategies for keeping libtech hardware and systems up Mid-April

Collaborative Initiatives

Joint efforts among various libraries—or with government agencies, consortia, community groups, schools, museums, and archives—to accomplish results by sharing tech platforms or digital collections


Libraries and the User Experience

How to conduct user experience (UX) research and design library sites for user engagement; tools and techniques for enhancing the patron’s journey online or on-site; tips for improving search and discovery Mid-July

Media Strategies

Streaming media (acquisition, discovery, and access), audio, and other digital formats—collections, curations, productions, and labs—use of media for library outreach and community engagement Mid-August


Case studies involving any technology applied in a creative way to achieve a new or novel library solution or service; efforts to reposition the library in its community, repurpose space, or redefine its role Mid-September
Any Time Any Topic

Tell us your short story. How did you get funding, convince others to back your project, or justify what you did? Give us your elevator pitch. Tell us your metrics. Send us your infographics. Share a slide. (500 words or less)

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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