Call for Submissions: Virginia Libraries Journal, 2016

Dear colleagues,

Virginia Libraries journal ( is seeking articles for publication in the 2016 annual issue.

Articles in the 2016 annual issue will be published on an item-by-item basis between October through December, 2016. The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2016.

Virginia Libraries is an annual peer-reviewed open access journal published by the Virginia Library Association. The journal features peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed content of interest to all types of libraries (academic, public, corporate, school, and special), with a particular focus on content of interest to and deriving from the library community in Virginia. The journal's goal is to further research in all areas of library and information services, communicate best practices, and explore trends and issues of interest to the library profession.

Queries are welcome. For questions or more information, contact the Editorial Board at: [email protected].

Who can submit? Submissions are welcomed from all types of libraries and library staff as well as graduate students.

Submission criteria ( The journal is considering submissions for:

Research articles:
  • peer reviewed; report on research studies, scholarly research and analysis, or literature reviews
Best Practice articles:
  • peer reviewed; describe innovative initiatives and effective practices
Case Studies:
  • examine a narrowly focused scenario in an applied context and with a training or educational purpose; no peer review
Essays / Commentary:
  • discuss a topic or issue of interest related to libraries; more room for subjectivity and expression of a position; no peer review
Themed Columns - 2016 topics are: Maker Spaces and Uniquely Lendable Collections:
  • (1) submit brief reports or commentary on the topic to the column editors
  • (2a) Maker Spaces Column Editor: Susan LaParo, York County Public Library; Covering all types of Maker Spaces: 3D printing, crafting, building, É
  • (2b) Uniquely Lendable Collections Column Editor: Luke Villele, Hollins University; Covering libraries lending unique / specialized materials beyond the traditional: tools, devices, prom dresses, seeds, etc.
For further information see the journal website:, or contact the Editorial Board at: [email protected].