Journal of Web Librarianship

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The Journal of Web Librarianship
The Journal of Web Librarianship

About the journal


The Journal of Web Librarianship is an international, peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by Taylor and Francis, Inc. Information about subscriptions may be found on the Taylor and Francis Web site.

The Journal of Web Librarianship focuses on all aspects of librarianship as practiced on the World Wide Web and mobile devices, including both existing and emerging roles and activities of information professionals. The journal strives to find a balance between original, scholarly research and practical communications on relevant topics in Web librarianship. Web services and systems librarians are encouraged to contribute, as are librarians working in public services, technical services, special collections, archives, and administration. 


The Journal of Web Librarianship welcomes articles covering topics including but not limited to:

The journal accepts empirical studies providing objective evidence related to current Web-related challenges for libraries, including usability test reports, user survey results, and analyses of Web statistics. The journal will also consider case studies of cutting-edge Web projects in all types of libraries and best practices based on library experiences, literature, tutorials, and literature reviews.

Other types of articles such as interviews, bibliographies, and comparative reviews may be welcome, but please contact the editor in advance.

Peer Review Policy: All articles and communications published in the Journal of Web Librarianship have undergone both editorial screening and anonymous, double-blind peer review. In almost every case, articles are reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers.

Journal Contents

The Journal of Web Librarianship publishes scholarly research articles, practical communications, contributions from columnists, and a review section. Both scholarly research articles and practical communications are peer-reviewed.

Scholarly research articles are usually 15-30 double-spaced pages; contain original research or in-depth analysis of the literature; and feature a traditional structure for peer-reviewed journal articles.

Practical communications may include tutorials, case studies, and descriptions of practical solutions to common problems. The length of practical communications will vary by topic, but should generally be at least 6 double-spaced pages.

The Review section is designed to present readers with brief evaluations of published materials on emerging technologies and topics related to professional practice. Materials selected for review are consistent with the above scope of the Journal of Web Librarianship. Please email Jody Condit Fagan for more information about the reviews section. focuses on the intersection between emerging Web technology trends and libraries as social places – from a systems perspective. Core technology issues are discussed in terms of the impact they have on libraries and their patrons. Columnist Erik Mitchell, presents low-barrier methods for thinking about connections between patrons, the Web, and libraries, and emphasize the role of librarians in negotiating these areas. Due to the timely nature of this column, pre-prints are available for free online.


About the editors
Jody Condit Fagan, Editor

Jody is associate professor and content interfaces coordinator at James Madison University. Her first book, Web Project Management for Academic Libraries, was published at the end of 2009 by Chandos Press (co-authored with Jennifer A. Keach). She has published numerous articles in such journals as Information Technology and Libraries, Reference and User Services Quarterly, and The Electronic Library. Her research interests include Web interface design, specifically for library systems, and usability. She is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). Since 2006 she has served as Chair of the American Library Association Poster Session Committee. She holds a master of library science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master of arts in history from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.  

Mailing address:
   Jody Condit Fagan
   Carrier Library 1704
   James Madison University
   Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Hannah Gascho Rempel, Associate Editor.

Hannah is associate professor and science librarian and graduate student services coordinator at Oregon State University. She has published articles in such journals as portal: Libraries and the Academy, College & Research Libraries, Reference Services Review, and Code4Lib. Her research interests include mobile library site design and usability, library tutorial design, and graduate student research processes and service needs. She is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and the Oregon Library Association. She holds a master of library and information science from the University of Washington and a master of science in horticulture from Oregon State University.


Jane D. Monson, Review Editor.

Jane is digital initiatives librarian at the University of Northern Colorado. She received a master of arts in library and information science from the University of Iowa. Her edited volume, Jump-Start Your Career as a Digital Librarian: A LITA Guide was published by ALA TechSource in 2013. She has also written for publications such as Computers in Libraries and The Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship.





Editorial Board

Sarah Beasley, MA, MSIS, Manager, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Film & Audio


H. Frank Cervone, MA, MSEd, Ph.D. Vice Chancellor for Information Services, Purdue University Calumet.

Chao-chen Chen, PhD, Professor and Chairperson, Graduate Institute of Library and Information Science, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

Hsueh-hua Chen, EdD and MEd, Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Christina M. Desai, MA, MS, Associate Professor/Reference Librarian, Zimmerman Library, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Lisa Ennis, MA, MS, Systems Librarian, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Pat Ensor, MLS, Director of Library Services, University of Houston - Downtown

Linda Hartig, PhD, Reference Librarian, Carroll College, WI

Joseph Janes, MLS, PhD, Associate Dean for Academics, Information School, University of Washington

Judy Jeng, PhD, Evaluation Consultant, NJVid, and Adjunct Faculty, San Jose State University

Steven Johns, MLS, Public Services Librarian, Des Moines Area Community College

Candice Kail, MLIS, Senior Writer/Editor, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Brian S. Mathews, MA, Associate Dean for Learning & Outreach, University Libraries at Virginia Tech

Nina McHale, Assistant Systems Administrator at the Arapahoe Library District

Erik T. Mitchell, Assistant Professor at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland College Park

Margie Ruppel, MLS, Reference & ILL Librarian, University of Southern Indiana

Remigiusz Sapa, PhD, Associate Professor, Institute of Library and Information Science, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.

Susan Sharpless Smith, MLIS, MA, Head, Information Technology, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University

Amanda Spink, PhD, Professor, Information Technology, School of Information Systems, Queensland University of Technology

Liwen Vaughan, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario

Sarah C. Williams, MS, MLS, Life Sciences Data Services Librarian, University of Illinois

Ian H. Witten, PhD, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Waikato

  • FAQ

    Q. What is the mission of the Journal of Web Librarianship?


    To provide a publishing forum for high-quality, professionally written articles about Web librarianship. To be useful to all information professionals striving to learn more about Web librarianship, from mavens to newcomers.


    Q. What is Web Librarianship?

    • Any traditional library activity that is now practiced in the virtual space known as the World Wide Web.
    • New and emerging forms of librarianship practiced in the Web environment

    Q. What types of articles will the journal publish?


    The journal will feature both original research and practical communications. Case studies, descriptions of practical solutions to common problems, and tutorials are most welcome. Interviews, bibliographies, and other types of articles may be welcome, but please contact the editor in advance.


    Tables of contents and abstracts for issues of Journal of Web Librarianship can be found on the Taylor and Francis website. For full text, please sign up for a subscription!