Guidelines for Contributors to the LIRT News

The LIRT News is not a refereed journal. Articles are accepted or rejected based on the judgment of the editors who consult, when necessary, with the newsletter committee and LIRT's Executive Board which also functions as the newsletter's editorial board.


While the LIRT News exists primarily to inform members about activities of the roundtable, the newsletter committee actively seeks and welcomes contributions that address library instruction in any library setting-public, school, academic or special. In the past, the newsletter has heightened awareness of instruction-related literature, provided practical tips for library instructors, offered aids for dealing with instructional technology, alerted readers to regional and state activities related to library instruction, and allowed practitioners the opportunity to showcase their successful instructional programs and to express opinions about the place of instruction in libraries. Authors may wish to browse previous issues on the web ( to see the range of content appropriate for the newsletter.

Article Types Accepted

Although any submission related to library instruction will be considered for publication, the committee is eager to encourage articles of the following kinds:

  • Teaching technique articles introduce a technique and show how it can be used in a library instruction setting.
  • Successful assignment articles examine a library assignment and show how its success might be replicated in a different environment.
  • Technologies in teaching articles explain a creative use of technology in the library classroom.
  • Review articles provide a summary and evaluation of a book, software, or hardware product that may be of interest to library instructors.
  • Focus on Academic/Public/School/Special Libraries articles focus on instruction issues that may be of particular interest to librarians doing instruction in a particular kind of library.

Bibliographic and Editorial Style

  1. All LIRT News articles should be practical and useful. Our contributors use a journalistic, sometimes humorous, tone.
  2. Occasionally, feature articles can extend to one thousand words or more, but a more typical length is 500-800 words. Authors should be guided by what they have to say rather than an arbitrary word length.
  3. All articles are subject to editing for length, style, and content.
  4. LIRT News follows the APA 6th edition for all matters of capitalization, punctuation, and bibliographic style. Authors whose articles include references to printed or Internet resources are urged to observe the conventions set forth in that book and on the APA Style website. Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition is the newsletter's authority for spelling.

Procedure for Submitting Articles

Articles should be sent via electronic mail to the editor of the newsletter:
Those who do not have access to email may submit typescripts to the following address:
Sherri Brown  
LIRT  Editor  
Watson Library  
1425 Jayhawk Boulevard  
University of Kansas Voice: 785.864.3437
Lawrence, KS 66045 Email:
When an article is to include photographs or graphics, send the text directly to the editor via email (, but send the graphics in either electronic or print format to the production editor:
Rachel Mulvihill   
LIRT Production Editor  
University of Central Florida Libraries  
PO Box 162666 Voice: 407.823.0739
Orlando, FL 32816 Email:


LIRT committees may advertise programs, discussion forums, and other events of interest to LIRT members in LIRT News at no charge. Instruction related groups, such as ACRL Instruction Section, may also advertise events of interest to LIRT members in the newsletter at no charge. The editors and the LIRT News Editorial Committee (LIRT Executive Board) will review all non-LIRT ads prior to publication in LIRT News.

Paid advertising may be arranged on a case-by-case basis for books, journals, products, and services related to library instruction. Please contact the editor for more details.

Advertising copy should be sent to the LIRT News Editor and LIRT News Production Editor for review. The LIRT News Production Editor will consult with the advertiser about graphics and design. Camera ready copy is appreciated when possible.