How to Write
for Computers in Libraries
If you have an idea for an article for Computers in Libraries
magazine, please let us know!
- 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
- 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 We do not
publish academic research papers or vendor-written articles, and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
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
- 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
|Computers in Libraries
2020 Editorial Calendar
OVERALL THEME FOR 2019: Leading-Edge LibTech
OVERALL THEME FOR 2020: Fulfilling the Promise
||Case Studies and Stories About ...
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
|| Any Time
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
|Building archival media collections, curating and managing streaming
media collections, producing media assets to achieve library goals, and
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?
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
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?
|Case studies and best practices for
institutional repositories and data archives, initiatives to preserve
public data, and new approaches to digital scholarship and research
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?
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?
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
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?
are you using social media to engage with your community? How you have you
improved user engagement on your website?
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.
|| 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
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.