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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 2015 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 We do not publish academic research papers or vendor-written articles, and CIL is not a peer-reviewed journal.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
2015 Editorial Calendar

Libraries of the Future Here and Now
Issue Theme  Cases On Focused Reports Query By*

Collaboration & Community

Innovations, service improvements, and desired outcomes resulting from working across agencies or departments or with users, public groups, individuals, or vendors to employ or deploy any library technology; consortia-scale digital initiatives; social media tips; crowdsourcing

Migrating to a new ILS, choosing and using a discovery system, and vendor/library partnerships


Libraries and the User Experience

How to architect a better website; adaptive/responsive designs in practice; user-tested interfaces; SEO tips; case studies on using specific platforms and solutions for library or museum websites; vendor evaluations; platform comparisons; web analytics

What libraries are buying this year, comparing library platforms, and ebook acquisition models


From Collections to Curations

Managing electronic collections and digital resources; evaluating digital subscriptions and e-lending models; digitizing special collections; digital preservation; supporting patrons’ digitization projects; curating web resources; migrating media; special collections

Evaluating digital collections, comparing econtent acquisition models, and linking digital records to digital assets Mid-January

Data for Discovery

Using analytics to improve library websites; how to employ usage data to improve digital services to patrons; considerations for developing a data repository; projects that support data archiving, mining, visualization, or use of datasets as reference materials

Vendor usage stats and web analytics, data mining in commercial collections, and repositories for research data


Privacy & Security

How to keep library patrons safe from hackers and free from surveillance; how to minimize the impact of cyberattacks on library infrastructures; disaster planning for libraries and their communities; balancing core library values with opportunities to employ user data to provide better services; library digital records management; device and digital site security

Devices and suppliers you can trust, viable cloud-based alternatives, and using patrons’ data to serve them better Mid-March

Hacks, Knacks, & Stats

How did you do that? Case studies on library deployments using anything from web tools or vendor APIs to full-blown rollouts of new or upgraded platforms; tips for specifying, selecting, and evaluating library systems or content collections; tips, tricks, and how-to’s on any library technology; surveys, user studies, usage data, and library analytics

Specifying library systems, how to select the right econtent, exploiting APIs, and deploying apps


Libraries and the Knowledge Ecology

Tech-based initiatives involving public school/public library partnerships; how to serve the needs of faculty, students, professional employees, or lifelong learners with libtech solutions; libraries and MOOCs; technology applications for research libraries, archives, or museums; lifelong learning

Libtech tools for research teams, public/school library partnerships, and digital platforms for R&D and ROI


Integrated Library Services

Case studies on integrating print and digital library workflows, collections, or facilities; reviews of commercial or open source library ILS platforms and systems; technology as an enabler of library/faculty or librarian/researcher partnerships; community engagement

Managing print and electronic collections; workflow solutions for analysts and researchers; and joint initiatives with agencies, archives, and museums, etc.


The Serendipity Effect

Case studies on search technology, discovery systems, web usability, and resource findability; cataloging and metadata record enrichment; efforts to improve relevance ranking and recommendations in library catalogs, databases, or special collections; SEO; RDF; space planning for serendipitous effect; social media as tools

Search and discovery within library systems, relevance and recommendation engines, and helping users find without having to look


Initiatives & Innovations

How libraries are using technology to change what they do and how they do it; community-wide library projects built on a technology foundation; new services enabled by current technologies; best practices for information services from inside or outside the library community; trials, tribulations, and the thrill of victory

State-of-the-art system deployments, leveraging popular platforms and tools, and tech trends and library futures

Any Time Any Topic

Our articles are always about technology applications in the following areas:

public libraries, academic libraries, research and special libraries, government libraries, and archives and museums

Topics we routinely cover are as follows:

library platforms and ILS systems; ebooks, e-resources, and e-collections; digital resources, web tools, and mobile solutions

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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