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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 2017 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 We do not publish academic research papers or vendor-written articles, and CIL is not a peer-reviewed journal.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
2017 Editorial Calendar

Taking Libraries to New Heights With Technology
Issue Theme  Case Studies and Stories About ... Query By*

Upping Our Game

Leading-edge technology that allows us to engage with, and bring strategic value to, our user communities; innovative libraries and best practices; killer strategies and community attention grabbers; as well as partnerships and collaboration


Discovery & Access

Managing digital resources (ILS/OPAC, discovery, electronic rights management [ERM], and ebooks); providing seamless access to materials of all kinds; reviews of platforms, ILSs and OPACs; as well as case studies and best practices for making search and retrieval seamless across assets Mid-December

Hot Devices

Deploying 3D printers and other makerspace tools; revitalizing gaming installations; assessing mobile equipment loans; deploying RFID, beacons, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth; moving to kiosks and self-service stations; as well as solving issues related to servers and public access computers


Back Office Shake-Up

Maintaining the technology infrastructure, deciding to outsource library IT to the cloud, changing workflows to meet current needs for digital asset management (DAM), joining with other libraries to deploy a common platform, letting go of your old OPAC, and migrating to a new ILS Mid-February

Ebooks Revisited

Assessment of ebook deployments in public, academic, and special libraries; best practices for collection management in a mixed-media environment; electronic resource management strategies; as well as usage data and ROI on ebook-acquisition models


Get ’er Done

Tips and tricks for using any library technology, how-to articles on implementing a vendor or open source solution, top 10 reviews of any category of products or resources that involve libtech; and anecdotes from your personal experience working with library IT Mid-April


Strategies for enhancing the user experience, online or via mobile devices; social media campaigns that worked; SEO techniques for library resource discovery; tips for web design or mobile apps; as well as web publishing, podcasting, and video conferencing


Content & Curation

Digitization efforts that were coupled with web publishing, patron-facing projects involving the integration of disparate digital resources, reviews of institutional or data repositories, and turning archival or museum assets into digital resources Mid-July

Hackers & Coders

Tips and tricks for making things work better by adjusting the programming code, using APIs to improve services to patrons, getting out from under proscribed ways of doing things to make your library’s IT-based infrastructure work better, and improving services by breaking the mold Mid-August

Libtech 2020

Share the highlights of your library’s strategic plan; look back with 20/20 hindsight on the progress you have made in implementing a long-term IT-based strategy; as well as review and recommend technologies libraries should adopt to meet the needs of current and future patrons Mid-September
Any Time Any Topic

Tell us your story. How did you get funding or convince others to back your libtech project? Submit your case study. Tell us your metrics. Send us your infographics.

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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