Descriptor 2016-17 Call for Submissions

Share your experiences in the great, wide world of libraries and reflect upon your time and learning at the iSchool! Get your name in print, get experience working with an editor and polish up your writing skills. And, have something you can use for your eportfolio!

You can gain all these skills and more by submitting your writing to the ALASC’s iSchool Descriptor—a student run online publication that’s been around for the last six years. The iSchool Descriptor publishes 3-4 issues annually, and accepts submissions on a rolling basis from all LIS graduate students, alumni, and faculty.

For the 2016-17 academic year, the Descriptor is accepting content for the following issues and subjects:

  • Issue 1 ALA Conference and experience with the larger organization (submissions due before August 20, 2016 (now live, check the home page– it’s awesome!)
  • Issue 2 Community—partnerships, programming and non-profits that work with libraries (submissions due before November 15, 2016)
  • Issue 3 Technology and Libraries—services, programming and innovation (submissions due before January 20, 2017)
  • Issue 4 Careers—job searches, internship experiences, resources and networking (submissions due before May 1, 2017

If you have something you’ve written that you’d like to see published but aren’t sure it will fit within these categories, share it anyway. These topics are broad and we want to be able to include you and give you the fun and important experience of being published. Want to send something early? Please do! We’re excepting submissions for future issues all the time.

Some Strict and Some Flexible Guidelines:

  • Students, alumni, faculty and staff are ALL encouraged to contribute articles and photos. Written content should be between 300 and 750 words. (This one’s pretty strict.) If you have a longer research paper, the editor would be happy to work with you to trim it down, but the finished product will need to be within the required length.
  • Written content should be either within the body of the email (if short) or an attached .doc or .docx file.
  • Photos need to be JPEG files—the higher resolution, the better. Please include the following information so we can give proper credit: who took the photo, when it was taken and who and what are in the picture. If the picture contains people, please ask their permission before submitting it to the Descriptor (We’re strict on this one, too.)
  • There is no writing style requirement (APA, MLA, etc.); we’re flexible.
  • Research papers (remember the word count) must include references. References will not however, be included in the word count.
  • All submissions need to include a short bio of the author and a photo.

And alas, we may not be able to accept everything that is submitted. You are welcome to submit for another issue or submit multiple times for the same issue or another future issue. Whether something is published or not is at the complete discretion of the Descriptor editor; this is the way publishing works.

Note: By submitting content, you are giving the Descriptor permission to publish said content. If at any time, for any reason, you wish to revoke that permission, please email the current editor of the Descriptor at