American Library Association Periodicals

Periodicals of the American Library Association divisions, offices, round tables, and sections

This is a list of the various newsletters, magazines, and journals published within the American Library Association, including those which are only available over the Internet. This list is in alphabetical order by title. A brief profile is offered of each title, which includes the name and e-mail address of the editor(s), the ISSN, the publishing frequency per year, the subscription cost per year, and contact information for placing a subscription order. Availability of a web site is also indicated. Further list details are below:

  • For the periodicals of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) sections, access these from their individual sections' Internet sites, which are listed at ACRL Sections.

Please send any needed corrections to Valerie Hawkins of ALA's Library.

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ALA TechSource Online. Joint subscription to Library Technology Reports Online, Smart Libraries Newsletter, and Search the Archives: access to all Library Technology Reports issues since 1999 and to the complete archives for Smart Libraries Newsletter (formerly Library Systems Newsletter), July 1981 through the present. $370 per year. See the ALA TechSource Online Bookstore for more information.

ALCTS Newsletter Online. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). Editor, Miriam Palm. ISSN 1523-018X. Published online only (six times a year); see ALCTS Newsletter Online.

ALSConnect. Newsletter of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Editor/Coordinator, Laura Schulte-Cooper. ISSN 0162-6612. Published quarterly. Sent to all ALSC members as part of membership. Not available by subscription. See About ALSConnect for more information, including an online archives of all issues.

American Libraries. The magazine of the American Library Association (ALA). Editor, Leonard Kniffel. ISSN 0002-9769. Published monthly except bimonthly June/July issue. Sent to all ALA members as part of membership. American Libraries is available to libraries and other institutions by paid subscription: $60 per year, U.S. and Canada. Other countries, $70 per year. Single copies, including back issues, $6. Only libraries and other institutions can subscribe. No personal subscribers. Include full address of recipient at the subscribing institution. To subscribe for one year, send the amount specified above to (or request invoicing from) American Libraries, Subscriptions Department, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795. The ALA Subscriptions Department can also be reached by telephone: 800-545-2433, press 5, or 312-944-6780; and via e-mail: subscriptions@ala.org. Fax orders to 312-944-7841. See American Libraries Online for more information, including About American Libraries. Entire issues, from January 2003 to the present, available full-text to ALA members only as ebrary® Reader™ files.

  • American Libraries Direct (AL Direct). An electronic newsletter sent to some 49,000 ALA personal members by e-mail every Wednesday as a benefit of membership. AL Direct calls attention to new items on the ALA website (including American Libraries news stories, press releases and other news from ALA divisions and offices, and a calendar of events), as well as practical, informative, and entertaining library-related news and tidbits found elsewhere online.

base line. An official publication of the American Library Association's Map and Geography Round Table (MAGERT). Editor, Mark Thomas. ISSN 0272-8532. Published six times a year: February, April, June, August, October, and December. Sent to all MAGERT members as part of membership. Nonmember subscription rates are $15 per year, U.S. and Canada; $20 per year for all other foreign subscriptions. Checks, payable to the American Library Association, should be mailed to Peter Linberger, base line Subscription Manager, Bierce Library, University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-1707. You may also call 330-972-8230, send a fax to 330-972-7225, or send an e-mail to pl@uakron.edu. See MAGERT Publications for more information, including all issues since August 1999 available as Adobe Reader PDF files.

Book Links: Connecting Books, Libraries, and Classrooms. Magazine published by Booklist Publications, an imprint of the American Library Association (ALA). Editor, Laura Tillotson. ISSN 1055-4742. Published bimonthly, beginning with September issue. Only available by subscription. Subscription information may be found here, or by calling 888-350-0950. Subscription inquiries may also be e-mailed to blnk@kable.com. See Book Links for more information.

Booklist. Magazine published by Booklist Publications, an imprint of the American Library Association (ALA). Editor and Publisher, Bill Ott. ISSN 0006-7385. Published twice monthly September through June and monthly (one issue) in July and August. Only available by subscription. Subscription information may be found here, or by calling 888-350-0950. Subscription inquiries may also be e-mailed to blst@kable.com. See Booklist for more information.


Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Published three times a year. Sent to all ALSC members as part of membership. Subscriptions for nonmembers: $40 per year in U.S.; $50 per year in all other countries. Subscription inquiries should be sent to Children and Libraries, Subscriptions Department, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795. The ALA Subscriptions Department can also be reached by telephone: 800-545-2433, press 5, or 312-944-6780; by fax: 312-944-2641; and via e-mail: subscriptions@ala.org. See Children and Libraries: The Journal of ALSC for more information.

CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Editor and Publisher, Irving E. Rockwood. ISSN 0009-4978. Published monthly except bimonthly in July/August; 11 issues. Only available by subscription. Subscriptions: $300 per year for North America; $350 outside North America. Please remit payment in U.S. dollars. See How to Subscribe for subscription details. See CHOICE for more information, including About CHOICE Magazine.

Other CHOICE publications include:


CLENExchange. Official publication of the Continuing Library Education Network and Exchange Round Table (CLENERT). Editor, Gail McGovern. Published quarterly. Sent to all CLENERT members as part of membership. Nonmember subscription rates are $25, U.S. and Canada; $30 for all other countries. Send subscription inquiries to Lorelle Swader, ALA/CLENERT, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795. You may also fax (312) 280-3256 or send e-mail to lswader@ala.org for subscription services. See CLENExchange newsletter for more information, including all issues since 1998 available online as Adobe Reader PDF files.

College & Research Libraries. Official journal of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Editor, William Gray Potter. ISSN 0010-0870. Published bimonthly. Sent to all ACRL members as part of membership. Nonmember subscriptions: $65 per year, U.S.; $70 per year, Canada and Mexico; $75 per year, all other countries. Retrospective subscriptions not accepted. Single copies and back issues, $15 each. To subscribe, see the ACRL/CHOICE Order Form. See College and Research Libraries for more information, including online archive of all issues since 1997. Full text of articles is freely available online after a 6-month delay; content for the current 6 months are available online for ACRL members only.

College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News). Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Editor-in-Chief, Stephanie Orphan. ISSN 0099-0086. Published monthly except bimonthly July/August issue. Sent to all ACRL members as part of membership. Nonmember subscriptions: $44 per year, U.S.; $50 per year, Canada and other PUAS countries; $55 per year, all other countries. Single copies and back issues, $6.50 each. To subscribe, see the ACRL/CHOICE Order Form. See College and Research Libraries News (C&RL News) for more information, including online archive of all issues since 1996. A sampling of articles is freely available online; full content of the magazine is available online for ACRL members only.

Documents to the People (DttP). Official publication of the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT). Lead Editor, Andrea Sevetson. Published quarterly. Sent to all GODORT members on an annual basis as part of membership. For subscriptions, prepayment is required in the amount of $35 in North America; $45, all other countries. Checks or money orders should be made payable to ALA/GODORT and sent to Documents to the People, Subscriptions Department, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795. The ALA Subscriptions Department can also be reached by telephone: 800-545-2433, press 5, or 312-944-6780; and via e-mail: subscriptions@ala.org. Fax orders to 312-944-7841. See Documents to the People (DttP) for more information, including online archive of all issues since Spring 2003/Volume 31, No. 1 available as Adobe Reader PDF files to GODORT members only.

The EMIE Bulletin. Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT). Publisher, David Cohen; Kathy Brown Rieger (Editor in Chief); Olga Kuharets (Co-Editor). ISSN 0737-9021. Published quarterly. Sent to all EMIERT members as part of membership. Nonmember subscriptions: individuals, $20 per year; institutions, $25 per year; single issues, $2.50. Send subscription inquiries to David Cohen, Publisher, EMIE Bulletin, Queens College, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, New York 11367. You may also call David Cohen at (718) 997-3626 or fax him at (718) 997-3753 for subscription services. See About the EMIE Bulletin for more information.

Federal Librarian. Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table (FAFLRT). Editor, Jane Sessa. Published quarterly. Sent to all FAFLRT members as part of membership. Nonmember subscriptions: $20 per year. Send subscription inquiries to Maria Pisa. See Federal Librarian newsletter for more information, including all issues since 2002 available online as Adobe Reader PDF files

Footnotes. New Members Round Table (NMRT). Editor, Chair of the NMRT Footnotes Committee. Published four times a year, in August, November, February and May. All issues except the May issue are delivered electronically; the May issue is delivered in print. Sent to all NMRT members as part of membership. Not available by subscription. See NMRT Footnotes for more information.

GLBTRT Newsletter. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table (GLBTRT). Editor, John Bradford. Published quarterly. Sent to all GLBTRT members as part of membership. See GLBTRT Newsletter Information and online archive of all issues since 2002 as Adobe Reader PDF files.

Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL). Library & Information Technology Association (LITA).Editor, John Webb. ISSN 0730-9295. Published quarterly, refereed journal. Sent to all LITA members as part of membership. Nonmember subscriptions: $55 per year, U.S.; $60 per year, Canada, Mexico, Spain, and other PUAS countries; $65 per year, all other countries. Single copies, including back issues, $20. Send subscription inquiries to Information Technology and Libraries, Subscriptions Department, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795. The ALA Subscriptions Department can also be reached by telephone: 800-545-2433, press 5, or 312-944-6780; by fax: 312-944-2641; and via e-mail: subscriptions@ala.org. See Information Technology and Libraries for more information.

Interface. Official publication of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA). Editor, Sara Laughlin. ISSN 0270-6717. Published quarterly. Sent to all ASCLA members as part of membership. Not available by subscription. Single copies, including back issues, available at $7 each; write to Interface, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795. See Interface for more information.

International Leads. Official publication of the International Relations Round Table (IRRT). Editor, Heath Martin. ISSN 0892-4546. Published quarterly. Sent to all IRRT members as part of membership. Nonmember subscriptions, $12 a volume (per year). Send subscription inquiries to International Relations Office, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795 USA. You may also call for subscription services: International +1 (312) 280-3201 / Inside US (800) 545-2433 ext.3201. See IRRT International Leads for more information, including the current issue, and see the online archive of every issue since 1999 as Adobe Reader PDF files.

Knowledge Quest. An official journal of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Editor, Debbie Abilock. ISSN 1094-9046. Published bimonthly September through May (5 issues per year). Sent to all AASL members as part of membership. Subscriptions for nonmembers: $40 per year in U.S.; $50 per year in Canada, Mexico, and all other countries. Single copies, including back issues, are available at $12 each. Subscription inquiries should be sent to Knowledge Quest, Subscriptions Department, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795. The ALA Subscriptions Department can also be reached by telephone: 800-545-2433, press 5, or 312-944-6780; by fax: 312-944-2641; and via e-mail: subscriptions@ala.org. See Knowledge Quest on the Web for more information, including About Knowledge Quest and Knowledge Quest Subscription Information.

Library Administration & Management (LA&M). Official journal of the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA). Editor, Robert F. Moran Jr. ISSN 0888-4463. Published quarterly. Sent to all LAMA members as part of membership. Subscriptions for nonmembers: $65 per year, U.S., Canada, and Mexico; $75 per year in all other countries. Single copies, including back issues, $17. Subscription inquiries should be sent to Library Administration & Management, Subscriptions Department, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795. The ALA Subscriptions Department can also be reached by telephone: 800-545-2433, press 5, or 312-944-6780; by fax: 312-944-2641; and via e-mail: subscriptions@ala.org. See Library Administration and Management (LA&M) Magazine and the LA&M Editors Desk blog for more information. Entire issues, starting from the Winter 2007 issue to the present, available full-text as Adobe Reader PDF files to LAMA members only; see the current issue.


Library History Round Table Newsletter. Library History Round Table (LHRT). Editors, Charley Seavey and Lee Shiflett. ISSN 0737-4984. Published semiannually. Sent to all LHRT members as part of membership. Not available by subscription. See LHRT Newsletter for more information, including online archive of most issues since 1996.

Library Instruction Round Table News. Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT). Editor, Caryl Gray. ISSN 0270-6792. Published quarterly. Sent to all LIRT members as part of membership. Not available by subscription. See LIRT News for more information, including online archive of all issues since 1995 (issues 2001 to the present available as Adobe Reader PDF files).

Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS). Official journal of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). Editor, Peggy Johnson. ISSN 0024-2527. Published quarterly. Sent to all ALCTS members as part of membership. Subscriptions for nonmembers: $75 per year, U.S.; $85 per year in Canada, Mexico, and in all other countries. Single copies, including back issues, $20. Subscription inquiries should be sent to Library Resources & Technical Services, , Subscriptions Department, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795. The ALA Subscriptions Department can also be reached by telephone: 800-545-2433, press 5, or 312-944-6780; by fax: 312-944-2641; and via e-mail: subscriptions@ala.org. See Library Resources and Technical Services (LRTS) for more information, including Subscription Information. See diverse online archive, including Tables of Contents for all issues since 1998; Abstracts for articles in all issues since 2002; Indexes for all volumes since volume 41 in 1997; and all 2001-2002 issues available as Adobe Reader PDF files.

Library Technology Reports, expert guides to library systems and services. Published six times a year by ALA TechSource, an imprint of the American Library Association (ALA). Editor, Teresa Koltzenburg. ISSN 0024-2586. Available by subscription; complete volumes offered for full calendar years only. Payment in U.S. currency only. Subscriptions: $325 per year, U.S., Canada, and Mexico; $370 per year, all other countries. Single copies, including back issues, $63; complete back volumes, $295. Subscription inquiries should be sent to Library Technology Reports, Subscriptions Department, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795. The ALA Subscriptions Department can also be reached by telephone: 800-545-2433, press 5, or 312-944-6780; by fax: 312-944-2641; and via e-mail: subscriptions@ala.org. Or use the ALA TechSource Online Bookstore. See ALA TechSource - About the Site for more information. 


Library Worklife: HR E-News for Today's Leaders. American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA). Editor,ISSN 1550-3534. Distributed electronically on the second Tuesday of each month to ALA organizational members and individual subscribers. Subscription rates: $35 for ALA members; $15 for student members; $60 for non-ALA personal members; $100 for non-ALA organizational members. See the Library Worklife Subscription Form. All questions can be directed to Jenifer Grady, available at telephone numbers 800-545-2433, ext. 2424, or 312-280-2424, and at e-mail address jgrady@ala.org. The first six issues of Library Worklife are available in full text. Subsequent issues are available in full text only to subscribers, with each issue’s table of contents accessible to the public, at Library Worklife Past Issues.

Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom. Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). Editor, Judith F. Krug. ISSN 0028-9485. Published bimonthly (January, March, May, July, September, November). Only available by subscription, rates distinguished by version; print version, electronic version, or both, available (see rates below). Single copies, including back issues, $12. Subscription inquiries should be sent to Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom, Subscriptions Department, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795. The ALA Subscriptions Department can also be reached by telephone: 800-545-2433, press 5, or 312-944-6780; by fax: 312-944-2641; and via e-mail: subscriptions@ala.org. See Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom for more information. Online archive of electronic version of Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom available to subscribers, with issues from September 2002 to the present; see the current issue.

  • Subscription rates for print version: $70 per year, U.S.; $80 per year for Canada, Mexico, and all other countries.
  • Subscription rates for electronic version: $50 per year for U.S., Canada, Mexico, and all other countries.
  • Subscription rates for print and electronic version: $85 per year for U.S., Canada, and Mexico; $95 for all other countries.

PRISM. Office for Accreditation. Editor, Renee McKinney. ISSN 1066-7873. Published semi-annually. See the current issue and see the PRISM Archives for issues since 1999 available as Adobe Reader PDF files.

Public Libraries. Official journal of the Public Library Association (PLA). Feature Editor, Renee Vaillancourt McGrath. ISSN 0163-5506. Published bimonthly. Sent to all PLA members as part of membership. Nonmember subscriptions: $50 per year, U.S.; $60 per year, Canada and all other countries. Single copies, including back issues, $10. Subscription inquiries should be sent to Public Libraries, Subscriptions Department, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795. The ALA Subscriptions Department can also be reached by telephone: 800-545-2433, press 5, or 312-944-6780; by fax: 312-944-2641; and via e-mail: subscriptions@ala.org. See Public Libraries for more information, including Public Libraries Subscription Information and all issues from 2003-2005 freely available as Adobe Reader PDF files.

RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage. Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Editors, Richard Clement. Published twice a year. RBM is an independent ACRL publication. It is not a membership journal and is sent to members (and nonmembers) of ACRL's Rare Books and Manuscripts Section only with subscription order. Subscriptions: $40 per year, U.S.; $45 per year, Canada, Mexico, and other PUAS countries; $55 per year, all other foreign countries. Single copies, $20. To subscribe, see the ACRL/CHOICE Order Form. See RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage for more information.

Reference Books Bulletin. Editor, Mary Ellen Quinn. Published in Booklist (see above).

Reference & User Services Quarterly (Includes RUSA Update). Official publication of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). Editor in Chief, Diane Zabel. ISSN 1094-9054. Sent to all RUSA members as part of membership. Subscriptions for nonmembers: $60 per year, U.S.; $65 per year, Canada and Mexico; $65 per year, all other countries. Single copies, including back issues, $15. Subscription inquiries should be sent to Reference & User Services Quarterly, Subscriptions Department, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795. The ALA Subscriptions Department can also be reached by telephone: 800-545-2433, press 5, or 312-944-6780; by fax: 312-944-2641; and via e-mail: subscriptions@ala.org. See RUSQ.org for more information.

RUSA Update. A column in Reference and User Services Quarterly (see above) which provides news of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). Editor, Suzanne Sweeney. ISSN 1095-2624. Previously published as a separate newsletter; separate publication ended with Volume 22, Number 4, 2001.

School Library Media Research (SLMR). An official journal of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Editor, Daniel Callison. ISSN 1523-4320. Published online only; see School Library Media Research for more information, including About SLMR.

Smart Libraries Newsletter (formerly Library Systems Newsletter). Published monthly by ALA TechSource, an imprint of the American Library Association (ALA). Editor, Teresa Koltzenburg. ISSN 1541-8820. Available by subscription; offered for full calendar years only. Subscriptions: $85 per year in U.S., Canada and Mexico; $95 per year, all other countries. Single copies, including back issues, $12 each, prepaid. Subscription inquiries should be sent to Smart Libraries Newsletter, Subscriptions Department, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795. The ALA Subscriptions Department can also be reached by telephone: 800-545-2433, press 5, or 312-944-6780; by fax: 312-944-2641; and via e-mail: subscriptions@ala.org. Or use the ALA TechSource Online Bookstore. See ALA TechSource - About the Site for more information. 

SORT Bulletin. Staff Organizations Round Table (SORT). Published semiannually. Sent to all SORT members as part of membership. Not available by subscription. See SORT Bulletin for more information.

SRRT Newsletter. Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT). Editor, Sally Driscoll. ISSN 0749-1670. Published quarterly (double issues twice a year). Sent to all SRRT members as part of membership. Nonmember subscriptions: $15 per year, U.S. and all other countries. Send subscription inquiries to SRRT Newsletter, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795. Current and back issues available online free of charge at SRRT Document Archive (scroll to center of page). 

Versed. Official publication of the Office for Diversity (OFD). Published 5 times per year online, with paper printings available twice yearly--at ALA midwinter meetings and annual conferences. See Versed for more information, including access to its current issue and all back issues.

The Voice. Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA). Editor, Anne Sterling. Four issues a year. Sent to all ALTA members as part of membership. Not available by subscription. See The Voice for more information.

Women in Libraries. Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT). Co-Editors, Sherre Harrington and Nel Ward. Published quarterly. Only available by subscription. Subscriptions: $5 per year for individuals; $8 per year for institutions, prepaid; $10 per year, invoiced. Send subscription inquiries to Diedre Conkling, Publisher, c/o ALA, SRRT, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795. Make check payable to ALA/SRRT Feminist Task Force. Some selected articles available online at Women in Libraries.

Young Adult Library Services (YALS). The official journal of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Published quarterly. Sent to all YALSA members as part of membership. Subscription for nonmembers: $40 per year in the U.S.; $50 per year in Canada, Mexico, and all other countries. Single copies, including back issues, $12. Subscription inquiries should be sent to Young Adult Library Services Journal, Subscriptions Department, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795. The ALA Subscriptions Department can also be reached by telephone: 800-545-2433, press 5, or 312-944-6780; by fax: 312-944-2641; and via e-mail: subscriptions@ala.org. See Young Adult Library Services for more information.

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