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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another publication for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Citations are not required but, when necessary, follow the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. All notes should be footnotes (not endnotes). Where available, provide click-ready URLs for the references. Include a cover sheet with author's full name, affiliation and/or qualifications, and contact information.
  • The text is in Microsoft Word format; 1000-2500 words; single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • If images are to be included in the article, please:
    • Determine if inclusion of the image fall within an exception to the Copyright Act, such as Fair Use. If not, then permission must be obtained or an alternate image selected.
    • Provide full attribution or citation for the image, including a title (if appropriate), the artist, etc. If the image came from a web site, also include the URL.Attribute credit (how the company wants it done)
    • If the image is licensed through Creative Commons, include the Creative Commons license (e.g. CC-BY-NC) with the attribution or citation.
    • If you believe the image is not copyrighted (e.g. in the public domain), please alert the Editor when submitting your column.
    • If permission for use of the image has been obtained, please provide the Editor with evidence of the permission.

Please use the submission link available here only to submit items for the Testimony column. 

Testimony is a first-person narrative of an experience, process, project, or something learned that is of interest to technical services staff. The text should be engaging and personal, while remaining professional. This is not a scholarly article and does not need an abstract or bibliography. A brief list of references for further information may be included. The introduction should include what the problem or situation was, why it was a problem, and how you addressed the problem (with the project), if this is appropriate. Use the introduction to introduce yourself, the institution and library (if appropriate), and the collection. Consider the audience to whom you are writing. Most readers work in some aspect of technical services, whether that be acquisitions, cataloging, electronic resources, serials, or all of the above. We understand the terminology and tools used in the technical services environment but may need tools and resources familiar in other areas (language, theology, rare works, etc.) briefly explained.

Other items, such as news of upcoming events; suggestions of articles on technical services issues; reviews of publications; reports on committee work done on behalf of the Technical Services Section; opinions on cataloging policies and practices; bibliographies; cataloging cartoons and anecdotes; how-to and how-not-to advice; workshop reports; summaries of papers; questions and answers on topics of concern; local cataloging department news; evaluations of software, hardware, cataloging tools and products, web sites, etc., should be submitted to the Editor in Chief at leslie.engelson@gmail.com