Scholarly Journals in Library and Information Science

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Being more than a month into my second year at Pratt SILS, I’m trying not to drown in the load of reading that comes with the classes. A majority of my readings are from scholarly journals, and I’d like to give a run down of some of the journals that are prevalent in my library school syllabi, but most importantly make note of the journals that are Open Access and FREE for you to browse and access.  If you are a current student in library school, I urge you to take advantage of the databases of your school library. Aside from various blogs that exist on the web, this is where you can find the latest news  in the profession that’s sure to keep you aware and prepared for future job interviews. They are:

  • Cataloging and Classification Quarterly – Here you will find a discussion of anything related to bibliographic organization. Including the principles, functions, and techniques of descriptive cataloging; the wide range of methods of subject analysis and classification; provision of access for all formats of materials; and policies, planning, and issues connected to the effective use of bibliographic records in modern society.
  • Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children -*Provides continuing education of librarians working with children, showcases current scholarly research and practice in library service to children and spotlights significant activities and programs of the Association of Library Service for Children.
  • Journal of Academic Librarianship – International in scope, articles published here revolve around issues pertaining to college and university libraries.
  • Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship – *Delves specifically into the topic of business information needs.
  • Journal of Documentation – Covers scholarly articles, research reports, and critical reviews related to the information sciences.
  • Journal of Education for Library & Information Science (JELIS) – *A scholarly journal in the field of library and information science education; major articles, brief communications, commentary and guest editorials of discussion and research within the field.
  • Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (JASIST)- This journal provides a forum for new research in information transfer and communication processes.
  • Library Hi Tech – Contains articles and thematic issues focused on  technology within the library; issues affecting the automation and management of libraries and information centers for professional librarians, information specialists and other subject specialists.
  • Library and Information Science Research – This journal focuses on the research process in library and information science along with research findings.
  • Library Resources & Technical Services – This journal contains articles in the fields of cataloging and classification, acquisitions, collection development and management, serials, preservation and general technical services.
  • Library Technology Reports – Discusses current technology issues such as filtering software, metadata, enhanced assistive technologies, licensing agreements, and radio frequency identifiers. The journal is intended for library staff who plan, implement, and manage library technology.

asterisk (*)= Journals that aren’t in my syllabi but may pique your interest.

On the other end of the spectrum, if you’re not in library school below are  journals that are Open Access and FREE for anyone to view. A prior post written by Pratt alumnus Lauren Bradley made an excellent point that once we graduate library school our education isn’t over this is a life long learning profession.  In reading the comments section fellow Hacker, Annie Pho, provided an excellent comment that led me to this post on OA Student Publications written by none other than HLS alumnus and editor, Julia Skinner. In addition to the publications mentioned in the link I’d like to add:

  • A slew of journals on the subject of Library and Information Science from the Directory of Open Access Journals
  • College and Research Libraries – the official scholarly research journal of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.
  • Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication – a peer-reviewed open-access publication for original articles, reviews and case studies that analyze or describe the strategies, partnerships and impact of library-led digital projects, online publishing and scholarly communication initiatives.
  • SLIS Student Research Journal – peer-reviewed publication of San José State University School of Library and Information Science that promotes graduate scholarship and intellectual inquiry in the fields of library and information science, archives and records management, and museum studies.

It is in our advantage and the professions advantage to be up to date on the latest, so that with each new technological advancement, standard change, or research we are aware and prepared to share it with our patrons, students, users, etc. There must be plenty that I missed, as the number of LIS journals is incredibly extensive. Do you have any recommendations? Please comment to add-on.

14 replies

  1. Admitting to being totally biased, I would recommend the Journal of Access Services as an addition to your list. Philosophically, we’re aiming for a sweet spot between “scholarly, peer-reviewed” and “practical lessons from the front lines.” Access services covers a variety of areas including circulation, inter library loan, reserves, stacks maintenance, building and collection security, and anything else that lacks a traditional home. I believe there are a number of new librarians who find themselves in these roles either as a starting point for their careers, or as paraprofessionals during library school, or by happenstance when budget cuts lead to the streamlining of services and positions.


  2. Library Student Journal is another open access peer-reviewed journal aimed at LIS students.

    For library history, a key resource is Information & Culture: A Journal of History, previously named The Journal of Library History and Libraries & The Cultural Record. Sadly, it’s not open access but most academic libraries with an LIS school should have a subscription!

    In the field of archives, American Archivist is one of the most read — but I also really like Archivaria.


  3. Thanks for these resources! Can anyone suggest some key LIS journals in the major European languages? I can find a lot of information on Librarianship online in English, but less so in other languages. I wonder if that is due to the requirement for librarians at US academic libraries to publish?


    • Hi Sam,

      That’s a great question! I’d like to know the same as well. I’d suggest that you browse the DOAJ link ^I posted, the journal listings have a Language description, and there are journals in Bulgarian, Italian, Portuguese, French, Spanish, German, and that’s not all, there are also journals in Chinese and Arabic language. Hope this is of some help.


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