Alabama Libraries

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v.60 no.1, Summer 2022

v.59 no.2, Fall 2021

v.59 no.1, Spring 2021

Editorial Board


Laura Pitts [email protected]

Peer Reviewers

Charlotte E. Ford [email protected]
Kathy Wheeler [email protected]
Tim Dodge [email protected]
Jessica Hayes [email protected]
M. Delores Carlito [email protected]
Peggy Kain [email protected]



Lori Northrup [email protected]
Michelle Hamrick [email protected]
Kelly Wilson [email protected]

Call for Articles

Alabama Libraries is seeking articles relevant to librarianship in Alabama. The Alabama Library Association’s peer-reviewed journal publishes scholarly articles biannually in an open access format.

Guidelines for Submissions of Articles:

  • All manuscripts must be submitted to [email protected] as attachment to an email, preferably in MS Word. 
  • Manuscripts must be written in APA style and include an abstract and keywords.
  • Although longer or shorter works may be considered, 2,000- to 5,000-word manuscripts are preferred.
  • The name, position, and professional email address of the author should appear in the bottom left-hand corner of a separate title page. The author's name should not appear anywhere else in the document.
  • Submissions will undergo a double blind peer review process.
  • Photographs and other images relevant to the submission will be accepted for consideration but cannot be returned. Digital images are preferred.
  • No other publisher should be simultaneously considering a manuscript submitted to The Alabama Librarian.
  • If the manuscript includes analyses of survey results, please acknowledge approval by the appropriate Institutional Review Board either through direct reference in the manuscript or acknowledgement as part of the manuscript submission.
  • Upon receipt, manuscripts will be acknowledged by the Editor-in-Chief, who will then assign manuscripts to two reviewers. The reviewers who receive the manuscript will have no direct information on the author or the author's affiliation. Following the review, a decision will be communicated to the writer.

Upon acceptance, publication can be expected within six months.

Guidelines for Submissions of Book Reviews:

  • All manuscripts must be submitted to [email protected].
  • Titles should have been published within the past 3 years.
  • Titles must relate to librarianship (academic, public, special, etc.)
  • Book reviews should be 400-800 words, although submissions of other lengths will be considered.
  • Reviews must be written in APA style.
  • Reviews must contain a brief summary, an explanation of how the book relates to librarianship in the state, and a recommendation of the appropriate audience.
  • Reviews must be typed in Microsoft Word or Google Docs, and must contain the title, author/editor, publisher, date, ISBN, and price.
  • Reviews must also contain the reviewer’s name and organization (library affiliation).

Guidelines for Submissions of eResources:

  • All manuscripts must be submitted to [email protected].
  • Reviews of eResources should be limited to 3,000 words
  • Reviews must be written in APA style.
  • Reviews should include:
    • a description of the resource and its purpose
    • the audience
    • good and bad points
    • major features, scope, and organization
    • accessibility and usability
    • the quality of the search results
    • technical requirements or installation issues
    • a brief comparison to other similar products
    • recommendation (or not)
  • Reviews must also contain the reviewer’s name and organization.