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Perspectives & Practices

Perspectives & Practices is a collection of first-person narratives that incorporate an experience, process, project, or trend report related to an aspect of technical services.

Potential topics include:

  • acquisitions
  • cataloging and metadata
  • serials and electronic resources (including open access resources)
  • collection management
  • digital archives
  • leadership and management in technical services

Authors may describe a project with a particular challenge, provide a first-hand account of a conference or training session, outline a process followed in their work, or report on a trend in the field of technical services.  

The text should be engaging and personal while remaining professional. This is not a scholarly article and does not need an abstract or bibliography. If citations are used, however, we ask that you comply with the Chicago Manual of Style author-date format. Authors are encouraged to include links or references for further reading and exploration of the topics they engage in. Submissions should fall between 1000 and 2500 words; conference or training write-ups and trend reports may be fewer than 1000 words. Submissions should not have been previously published.

Please consult with the Atla Open Press House Style Guidelines prior to submitting your article. 


Brief reviews of 200-500 words on open source and proprietary software, library management systems, and other tools and resources implemented and utilized to support acquiring, maintaining, and providing access to information resources. Reviews should address available features and tested applications as well as potential drawbacks or missing functionalities. 


Unsolicited submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. However, for consideration for a particular issue, please submit by the following dates:

January issue – by Sept. 1

April issue – by Dec. 1

August issue – by Apr. 1

October issue – by June 1

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