Editorial Team and Guidelines for The Political Librarian

The Political LibrarianBack in April we announced the creation of The Political Librarian with an inaugural issue scheduled for 5 September 2015. Since then we have been hard at work identifying an editorial board, establishing submission guidelines, and examining hosting platforms. Today, we are happy to introduce you to our associate editors and provide you with submission guidelines. We will announce our full editorial board and submission platform next month.

Editorial Team

Rachel Korman – Associate Editor

Rachel believes in the value of libraries as safe and all-inclusive spaces. As a recent MLIS graduate from Drexel University with a BA in Geography from the University of Toronto, she is shaping her career path to become a program coordinator in a public library. She was EveryLibrary’s 2014 Intern, where she helped to shape the organization’s public-facing training and orientation programs. Ms. Korman’s recent library positions also include: computer literacy volunteer at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Senior Circulation Assistant at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, Library Intern and an adjunct faculty member at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia, and a former Board Member and the Treasurer for The Soapbox, an independent publishing center in West Philadelphia. She is currently based in Toronto and can be contacted at kormanrachel7@gmail.com.

Johnna Percell – Associate Editor

Johnna studied English and Teaching Licensure at Harding University before joining AmeriCorps where she served as the Education Coordinator in the Community Corrections Improvement Association. After completing her term of service, she attended the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies where she earned her MLS with a specialization in Information and Diverse Populations. During her studies she served as president of iDiversity, the first LIS student group that promotes awareness of diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility within the information professions. She currently serves as the Google Policy Fellow at the American Library Association Washington Office. She can be contacted at jmpercell@gmail.com.

Lindsay Sarin – Editor

Based in Washington, DC, Lindsay is an advisor to and former board member of EveryLibrary. She is also the MLS Program Manager at the University of Maryland College Park, Reviews Editor of The Library Quarterly, and a Research Fellow at the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC). Her research focuses on how politics and policy impact library funding. In 2014 she co-authored Public Libraries, Public Policies, and Political Processes. Lindsay earned her BS in English and history at Eastern Michigan University and her MLS at the University of Maryland, College Park. She should be contacted at lindsay.sarin@everylibrary.org.


Who Can Write for The Political Librarian?

We want to bring in a variety of perspectives to the journal and do not limit our contributors to just those working in the field of library and information science. We seek submissions from researchers, practitioners, community members, or others dedicated to furthering the discussion, promoting research, and helping to reenvision tax policy and public policy on the extremely local level.

Submission Categories:

  • Opinions/First Draft – Editorial in nature; the first draft of an idea or argument (1000-2000 words).
  • White Papers – Longer form discussions that may include research (2000-5000 words).
  • Peer Reviewed – Long form articles that include original research and arguments, and are submitted for peer-review by our Editorial Board and invited reviewers. (2000-12,000 words).

Article Proposals:

If you want to propose and article for the Political Librarian, please submit the following:

  1. Article abstract: a paragraph of no more than 250 words. Be sure to include what category of article that you’re writing.
  2. Attach resume/CV or a link to an online version.
  3. Writing sample: this can be a fully completed article, blog post, essay, etc. Our goal is to see your style and ability not judge where the writing comes from.

Completed Works:

Completed submissions should include:

  1. Article abstract: a paragraph of no more than 250 words. Be sure to include what category of article that you’re writing.
  2. Attach resume/CV or a link to an online version.
  3. Full text of the submission.

Submission Format

Accepted submission formats are Word documents (doc, docx), rich text or text files (rtf, txt), Word Perfect. Please do not send PDFs of article submissions. This hinders the editorial process, and you will have to resubmit.

Style Guide

The Political Librarian is dedicated to publishing professional and well-composed articles. Guidelines for for The Political Librarian:

  • Be professional:  While we encourage our writers to reflect their own writing style and voice in their pieces, we also require that articles are professional in nature and tone. We are creating a new kind of journal and bringing new kinds of discussions to the forefront, and we want our articles to reflect well on that mission.
  • Be Inclusive: The world is a dynamic and varied place and we at the Political Librarian believe in creating and inclusive environment for writers and readers. Your language should reflect this dedication to inclusivity.
  • Be Critical: The Political Librarian wishes to foster debates and critical discussions. That said we want to foster well-reasoned and supported arguments. Your piece should stand up to critical examination by our editors and readers.
  • Be Clear: Be sure your topic is relevant and well thought out. Use examples and/or evidence to support your claim along. Use clear and concise language that is professional but not so full of jargon that it is not accessible.
  • Cite Your Sources: If you are citing the work of others you must cite them. All articles should include a works cited list formatted using APA Style guidelines. In-text citations need not follow APA to the letter, but they should be consistent throughout the piece, hyperlinks are encouraged. If you are using a direction quotation you must list the author’s name in addition to any other relevant links or source titles that are appropriate to the piece.


  • Double-spaced lines.
  • 12pt standard font (Times, Times New Roman, Calibri, etc).
  • Single space between sentences.
  • Use the Oxford comma.
  • Spell out acronyms the first time they are used.
  • Submission formats: doc, docx, rtf, txt. Please do not send PDFs of article proposals/submissions.
  • Use proper punctuation and grammar.
  • Pay attention to subject/verb agreement and tense.

In July we will announce our full editorial board as well as launch our website. Those interested in submitting an article should contact Lindsay Sarin, lindsay.sarin@everylibrary.org.


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