Journal of Education for Library and Information Science
Published Quarterly | E-ISSN 2328-2967 | ISSN 0748-5786
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Denice Adkins is an associate professor in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri, and has taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán in Honduras. Prior to her experience in academia, she worked as a public librarian in ethnically and linguistically diverse communities in Denver, Colorado and Las Vegas, Nevada. She has been a member of ALISE for over 20 years.
John M. Budd is Professor Emeritus with the University of Missouri. He was an active faculty member there for more than twenty years. He was also on the faculties at Louisiana State University and the University of Arizona. Prior to that he worked several years as an academic librarian. He has served as Editor of the Association of College and Research Libraries Publications in Librarianship Monograph series and as Editor of Library Resources and Technical Services. He has been a very active scholar with a publication record of nearly 150 books, book chapters, and journal articles. He has been a member of ALISE for more than thirty years.
Diane H. Sonnenwald is Emerita Professor and Emerita Chair of Information & Library Studies at the School of Information and Communication Studies at UCD, Dublin, Ireland, where she served as Head of School and Head of Subject. Sonnenwald also holds the title of Adjunct Professor in Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From November 2015 to May 2016 she was the Distinguished Endowed Chair and Visiting Professor at the National Taiwan Normal University.
Bharat Mehra is Associate Professor School of Information Sciences University of Tennessee. Bharat’s research furthers diversity and intercultural communication and addresses social justice and social equity agendas to meet the needs of minority and underserved populations (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people; racial and ethnic minorities; international communities; low-income families; rural libraries; amongst others). He has applied conceptual frameworks in library and information science (e.g., human information behavior, information seeking and use, social informatics, etc.) in combination with interdisciplinary approaches from critical theory, feminist and cross-cultural studies, postcolonial literature, race and gender research, and community informatics or the use of information and communication technologies to enable and empower disenfranchised communities to bring changes in their socio-cultural, sociopolitical, and socioeconomic circumstances.
Sajjad ur Rehman holds a professorship with the Department of Library and Information Science, Kuwait University.He was awarded his MLIS and Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from Indiana University, USA in 1983 and 1985. He has served in academic, professional and management positions since 1972. He has authored/edited six books, two of which were published by Greenwood Press, USA and one by Saur/IFLA. He published a large number of refereed journal articles in journals of international repute. He has produced 20 funded research and consultancy reports. He contributed to many international conferences. He has conducted training programs in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Malaysia and Kuwait. He has given consultancy to a number of corporate organizations and universities. His areas of expertise include information and knowledge management, knowledge organization, LIS education, KM education, management of information organizations, and information resources and services.
Dr. Shaheen Majid is Associate Professor at the Division of Information Studies, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He is Associate Editor of Singapore Journal of Library & Information Management and on the editorial boards of several prestigious international journals. He did his MSc (Botany) from the University of the Punjab (Pakistan), MLIS from the University of Western Ontario (Canada), and PhD from City University, London (UK). He has written over 160 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters. He has provided consultancy services in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Pakistan. His research interests include information literacy, environment intelligence, information and knowledge sharing, and information needs & information seeking patterns.
Tatjana Aparac-Jelušić is currently a professor at the Department of Librarianship, Faculty of Education, University of Osijek and Professor at the Department of Information Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. In 2006 she won an Austinu nobel international award as the best teacher of information science—Thompson ISI’s Outstanding Information Science Teacher of the Year—from American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST). Major projects include: Organization, preservation and usage of the Croatian written heritage – scientific project financed by Croatian Ministry of Science and Technology: Implementation and usage of ITC in academic education in Croatia – research project financed by Croatian Ministry of Science and Technology; Croatian Information Network for Libraries – Feasibility study financed jointly by Croatian ministries for Science and Technology, Culture and Education. Tatjana has written more than 60 professional papers and reviews and is editor of 16 books in the field of LIS.
Dr. Lili Luo is an associate professor at the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. She received her Master’s in Information Management from Peking University and PhD in Library and Information Science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her primary areas of expertise include digital reference service, information seeking and use, and LIS education. She is particularly interested in studying the evolution of reference service under the influence of emerging technologies, and she has published actively and led multiple research projects in this area, including a recent research grant, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to study the best practices of providing reference service via texting.
Dr. Keren Dali is an Assistant Professor at the School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alberta, Canada. Her primary research interests are in diversity and immigrant communities, reading practices in libraries and beyond, connections between information literacy and leisure behaviors, relationships between LIS and Social Work, and LIS education with the focus on creativity and the issues of accreditation. She holds the inaugural Outstanding Instructor Award from the University of Toronto (2013); the inaugural ALISE/Connie Van Fleet Award for Research Excellence in Public Library Services to Adults (2015); and the Outstanding Reviewer distinction (2015) and the Highly Commended Paper distinction (2016) from the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. Her previous work was funded by a postdoctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2014-2016) and an American Library Association Carnegie-Whitney grant (2014-2015), among others. She is currently chairing committees for both ALISE (Association for LIS Education) and ASIS&T (Association for Information Science & Technology) and is actively involved with the “Building Strong LIS Education” group at IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations), working on the international assessment of LIS education. Dr. Dali is on the editorial board of the Library Quarterly and on the international advisory board for the Journal of Librarianship & Information Science (JoLIS); she’s also an associate editor for the newly founded International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion.
Vanessa Irwin is an Assistant Professor with the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Irvin's research focuses on integrating social media with the literacy practices of librarian professional development. Vanessa's research model, The Librarians' Inquiry Forum (LINQ) (http://www.linqforum.com), convenes public librarians as communities of practice in urban, rural, and indigenous contexts to ask critical questions about professional practice, experience, and identity on library frontlines. With a specialization in reading, writing, and literacy, Dr. Irvin teaches in the areas of reference, youth, and multicultural/diversity services. Dr. Irvin is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Street Literature, which was the 2012 Zora Neale Hurston Book Award winner, conferred by the Reference and User Services Association of the ALA.
Nicole Johnston is a Lecturer in Library and Information Science at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. Nicole is currently a member of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) West committee and a member of the ALIA research advisory committee. Prior to moving to Perth, Nicole taught Library and Information Studies for University College London in Qatar. Nicole was previously a member and Chair of the Professional Development committee of the Information Literacy Network (ILN) of the Gulf region. Nicole’s teaching and research interests include information literacy, digital literacy, information behavior, open access and scholarly communication. Nicole obtained her PhD from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane Australia where she did her thesis on information literacy and English Foreign Language (EFL) students. Nicole is currently working on a research project looking at print versus digital reading behaviours of students as well as developing a new course in digital literacy.
Abstracting and indexingThe Journal of Education for Library and Information Science is indexed and/or abstracted in Current Contents, Current Index to Journals in Education, Education Index, Education Abstracts, Library and Information Science Abstracts, Library and Information Science Abstracts, Library Literature (full text beginning with Vol. 44, No. 3/4), Scopus, and Research into Higher Education Abstracts. Back issues, including those published under the earlier title, Journal of Education for Librarianship, are available in digital full text in JSTOR.
- Subject Matter and Scope
- Peer-Review Process
- Manuscript Submission Process
- Major Articles
- Short Communications
- Additional Elements for Submission
- Contact Information
- Abstract and Keywords
- Tables and Figures
- Copyright Agreement
- Tips for Authors
The Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS) is the official publication of the Association for Library and Information Science Education. It is a quarterly scholarly journal in the field of library and information science education. JELIS is the primary venue for the publication of research articles, reviews, and brief communications about issues of interest to LIS (broadly conceived) education and pedagogy. Educators and aspiring educators are the principal audiences for the journal content.
JELIS uses a bilingual online peer-review system called ScholarOne Manuscripts where authors, peer reviewers, and book reviewers can submit articles, evaluations, and book reviews. From initial submissions to finished proofs, ScholarOne Manuscripts streamlines the publication process to make it easy and effective for authors, reviewers, and editors alike. When your article is ready for submission, you will submit it through the ScholarOne Manuscripts interface.
Prior to submitting your article, you will have to register through JELIS’s online peer-review system ScholarOne Manuscripts. You will be submitting your final manuscript as a digital file by using ScholarOne Manuscripts.
All articles must be the author’s original work, previously unpublished, and not currently being reviewed for publication with another journal.
The final revised manuscript in digital format should be double-spaced, in a 12-point font, and must include all references, notes, and tables.
Please ensure that you do not upload files that contain author information to ensure your paper can be blind reviewed. This means do not include a cover page with author details. Additionally, use the “properties” tab in Word to remove your details from the document. Put the title of the paper at the top of the first page before the abstract. Headers and footers are not required.
All supporting files including figures and illustrations, tables, and images must be submitted within the text. Once the manuscript is accepted for publication please use the phrase “Table/Figure  about here” in the approximate places where your table or figure should appear in the final copy of your manuscript, and submit your figures as supplementary files with the correct specifications on ScholarOne Manuscripts.
References should be in alphabetical order by author, following the American Psychological Society style (APA) 6th edition found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (see http://www.apastyle.org). The author is responsible for providing complete and accurate citations.
As part of the submission process, authors may provide the names of three potential reviewers in the peer reviewer step online. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of your manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:
- The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
- The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
- Reviewer nominees from the same institution as the authors are not permitted
Please note that the Editor is not obligated to invite any recommended reviewers to undertake the peer review of your work.
After you submit your article, the article will be peer reviewed by qualified academics in the field. Based on this evaluation, you will receive one of the following responses: accepted as is, rejected, or returned for further revisions.
JELIS publishes Major Articles of up to 7,000 words. These papers should be based on research that contributes to scholarship in or related to library and information science education. Major articles are double-blind and peer reviewed.
JELIS publishes Short Communications of about 3,000 words. These papers are peer reviewed and are more reflective in nature. They can express professional concerns and personal views that may be of interest to LIS educators and higher degree students. Work from students (or immediate past students) is particularly welcome for this section. Reflective pieces from retiring faculty are also very welcome.
See as an example: Bloomquist, C. (2015). Reflecting on reflection as a critical component in service learning JELIS 56(2), 169-172.
JELIS uses a double-blind peer-review process. Blinding a manuscript entails removing all references to your name and publications, and to the setting and participants in your research, where relevant. To blind your manuscript, substitute your name (and any coauthors’ names) in the text in any reference that could identify you. For example, if you are referring to one of your previously published articles, change the citation “(Jones, 2003)” to “(Author, XXXX).” In the reference list of your manuscript, do not list the title of the article, the journal, or any other identifying information. For example, if you refer to three of your own publications in the text, list them as follows in the references:
“Author” references should then be inserted into the reference list with the other “A” references. Do not insert “Author” references alphabetically with the letter that corresponds to your last name.
When blinding the context of your research, use pseudonyms for the names of institutions or participants, and do not identify the city or town in which the research took place if it could serve to identify the participants and/or the institution. For example, “a bilingual university in Ottawa” is inadequate blinding because there is only one such university. Similarly, “a French-medium elementary school in St. Catharines, Ontario” is not blind because there is only one such school. Try to avoid including any other characteristics that might lead to the identification of the individuals or institutions involved.
Please also remove any information that would identify you from the “Properties” section of your Word file.
Manuscripts that have not been blinded will be returned to the authors for blinding before they are sent out to the reviewers, which delays the publication process. If the article is accepted for publication, authors must restore all personal information and references to their article.
Please complete all sections of the ScholarOne Manuscripts registration section.
A brief, informative abstract should accompany the manuscript. In approximately 250 words, it should succinctly state the scope of the paper, methods, results, conclusions, and implications of the research. The abstract should also include a clear theme that indicates the implications of the paper for LIS educators.
Following your abstract, include a list of 5–6 keywords, which will enhance discoverability through the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science Online, search engines, and databases.
Please prepare all your tables and figures in APA format. Once the manuscript is accepted for publication, you will be required to resubmit tables and figures as supplementary files with the appropriate captions on ScholarOne Manuscripts.
Use the Tables function in Word (under the Insert tab in Office 2010) to create your tables. The title of the table should be typed above the top horizontal line. The source and any notes should appear below the bottom horizontal line. Align decimal points and commas.
The font used for figures that include text should be Helvetica or Arial.
Provide a separate EPS, JPEG, or TIFF file (resolution at 600 pixels per inch) in RGB colour or black-and-white, as appropriate, for each figure; high-resolution scans (300 dpi or higher) of photographic prints at publication size or larger are acceptable,”.
If you choose to submit figures (line drawings) produced in Adobe Illustrator, please “outline” the type prior to making the EPS files. This eliminates problems with font incompatibilities. If you are using CorelDRAW to produce figures (line drawings), convert the type to curves before making the EPS files. Converting type to artwork eliminates incompatibility problems with fonts.
Please provide captions in the text for all tables and figures.
Upon manuscript acceptance all authors will be expected to sign a copyright agreement.
JELIS is now an online journal. In the online environment most readers skip and scan, so you have about 30 seconds to capture your reader’s attention. In this environment, long papers are unlikely to be read, so remember “less is more”.
Keep your writing succinct and concise. Your title should be clear and engage your reader’s attention. Make sure your “problem statement” is clearly stated in your introduction. Avoid dense academic jargon and tell your readers a story that is engaging and memorable:
- this is the problem,
- this is the literature we found while exploring the problem,
- this is what we did to find out more,
- this is what we found, and
- this is why it matters for LIS educators.
Papers should have a strong theme that deals with the implications of the research to LIS education (that is, why your work matters and what impact can it have on LIS education, and later, on the skills of the practitioners we teach). This implications theme should be clearly stated in the abstract and be strongly evident throughout the paper.
Most papers are now read after a potential reader finds them in online databases. With this stand-alone environment in mind, your writing should have all the context it needs outside the scope of the journal. Do not presume that your reader has any knowledge of JELIS (or ALISE) at all.
Papers in JELIS are read by an international audience. Please provide geographical and situational context for your work, as your work will be read by an international audience. For instance, if your problem statement is related to LIS education in the North American context, readers in other countries may not understand your context. Include references to appropriate literature, and note if there are similar concerns in other countries or regions.
Your work should add new information or deepen the understanding of a significant problem or issue. It should use appropriate data and/or analysis to make a compelling argument about why your work matters.
Questions relating to any of the above details may be directed to the JELIS Editor at the address below:
John Budd and Denice Adkins
Editors, Journal of Education for Library and Information Science