Library Trends

Library Trends, issued quarterly and edited by Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe (MS '94), explores critical trends in professional librarianship, including practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the School by The Johns Hopkins University Press. Back issues (1952 through two years prior to the current issue) are available online through IDEALS, the digital repository for scholarly works produced at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Every year, Library Trends covers a wide variety of themes from special libraries to emerging technologies. These themes touch the concerns of the entire library community, from administrators of major libraries to educators in information science. Our contributors are practicing librarians and scholars. Subscribers include college and research libraries, public libraries, library systems and networks, special libraries, and international college and research libraries.

Guest Editing an Issue of Library Trends

For detailed information, visit the Johns Hopkins University Press website.

Each issue of Library Trends is a special topic issue, exploring a key area of activity or interest. Guest editors are selected by Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, General Editor, with the advice of the Editorial Board, based on the content of submitted proposals. Library Trends does not accept single-article submissions; i.e., unsolicited articles are not accepted.

Issue topics for Library Trends are developed in many ways. We value recommendations from professional librarians, archivists, and other information personnel, from members of the faculties of schools of library and information science, and from others whose concern is with issues of the management of cultural heritage. We seek volunteers from these areas to act as guest editors.

A guest editor proposes the theme and scope of a new issue, draws up a list of prospective authors and article topics, calls for submissions to the issue, arranges for review of the manuscripts, provides short annotations of each article’s scope, and prepares a statement of philosophy guiding issue development.

The style and tone of the journal is formal rather than journalistic or popular. Library Trends reviews current theory and practice and identifies and evaluates new directions for both practice and research. Papers must represent original work. Extensive updates of previously published papers are acceptable, but revisions or adaptations of published work are not acceptable. Both issue proposals and the papers they contain are subject to rigorous external review.

If you would like to submit a proposal, it should include the nature and scope of the proposed topic and suggestions of the names of individuals whom you hope would contribute the articles. For ease of review, please submit your CV and a proposal using the following format:

  1. Guest editor name and contact information
  2. Proposed issue theme/draft issue title
  3. Description of the nature and scope of the issue’s topic (300-500 words)
  4. List of potential articles (8-10 articles)
  5. List of potential authors to solicit (8-10 authors)
  6. List of potential reviewers for the manuscripts (4-5 reviewers)
  7. Proposed timeline for proposals, authoring, editing, etc. (12-14 months typical)

Please send your ideas, inquiries, or issue proposal to cashwill [at] or:

Cindy Ashwill, Library Trends Managing Editor
School of Information Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
501 E. Daniel Street
Champaign, IL 61820-6211