The Political Librarian

The Political Librarian

Our journal, The Political Librarian, is published at the intersection of local libraries, public policy, and tax policy. The Political Librarian is dedicated to expanding the discussion of, promoting research on, and helping to re-envision locally focused advocacy, policy, and funding issues for libraries. It publishes a wide range of opinion pieces, research, and peer-reviewed materials on public policy and tax policy issues for libraries. We look to bring in a variety of perspectives to the journal and do not limit our contributors to those working in the field of library and information science.


Read the current issue of The Political Librarian on the Open Scholarship platform of Washington University Libraries. 


We are actively seeking submissions from researchers, practitioners, community members, or others dedicated to furthering the discussion, promoting research, and helping to re-envision tax policy and public policy on the extremely local level.It is hosted as an open access. You are invited to contribute to Vol 3 Issue 1 for a December 2017 publication date.  Our editorial guidelines are posted for your review and consideration. Please contact Eileen Palmer, acquisitions editor, or Dustin Fife, series editor, with question.

Editorial Team

Dustin Fife, Series Editor
Dustin Fife is the Director of Library Services at Western State Colorado University.  Before moving to Colorado, he served as the Outreach and Patron Services Librarian for Utah Valley University and Library Director for San Juan County Public Library System.  Dustin studied history and philosophy at the University of Utah and library science at Emporia State University.  Dustin was a 2016 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, the 2015-2016 Utah Library Association President, and 2016-2017 ALA LearnRT President.  His research interest include open education, leadership and management, and advocacy. You can reach him at

Rachel Korman, Assistant Editor
Rachel Korman is an Information Assistant at Vaughan Public Libraries and is a former EveryLibrary Intern. She is an MLIS graduate from Drexel University and holds a with a BA in Geography from the University of Toronto. Ms. Korman is a Board Member and the Treasurer for The Soapbox, an independent publishing center in West Philadelphia. She tweets at @RachelKorman2

Johnna Percell, Editing, Design, and Layout
Johnna Percell is a Children’s Librarian for the DC Public Library’s Department of Outreach & Inclusion. Prior to joining DCPL, she was the Communications Coordinator for the University of Maryland’s iSchool where she earned her MLS with a focus in Information and Diverse Populations.  She has a background in community corrections and served as the 2015 Google Policy Fellow at the American Library Association’s Washington Office. She can be reached at

Annie Smith, Editorial Support
Annie Smith is a reference and instruction librarian at Utah Valley University’s Fulton Library. Prior to working at UVU, Ms. Smith served as an Electronic Resources Librarian at Idaho State University’s Oboler Library. In addition to creating an embedded librarian program at UVU, she works with her colleagues to create John Cotton Dana award-winning orientation games for new students. She is a 2008 MLS graduate of Emporia State University and can be reached at

Eileen Palmer, Acquisitions Editor
Eileen M. Palmer has been Executive Director of the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium since 2006. Eileen has more than 34 years of experience in library services and technology. She has also had a career-long love affair with public policy, having served three state library associations in various capacities within their public policy, technology policy and intellectual freedom committee leadership since 1986. She has served as President of the New Jersey Library Association and currently serves on the American Library Association’s Committee on Legislation. Eileen has a BA from the University of Dayton and an MLS from Villanova University. Please email her at

Editorial Board
We are proud to convene an exemplary editorial board to provide a robust peer review for certain submissions.

Jason K. Alston, Doctoral Candidate
School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina
Trevor A. Dawes, Vice Provost, Libraries and Museums
University of Delaware
Sandra Hirsh, PhD, Professor and Director
School of Information, San José State University
Paul T. Jaeger, PhD, JD, Professor and MLS Program Director
College of Information Studies, University of Maryland College Park
Lindsay C. Sarin, Director of Academic Programs and Editor Emeritus for The Political Librarian
College of Information Studies, University of Maryland College Park
Andrea Snyder, Outreach Services Specialist
Nassau Library System, Long Island, New York
Courtney L. Young, Head Librarian (Librarian and  Professor of Women’s Studies)
Penn State Greater Allegheny


We are proud to be hosted at Washington University’s “Open Scholarship Platform“.  ISSN: 2471-3155

Special thanks to Diane Weltzer and Kristen Thorp for volunteering to create the cover art and style guide.