About This Journal

JLAMS (formerly the Journal of Library Administration & Management Section) is produced by the New York Library Association's Leadership and Management Section (LAMS).

JLAMS is an open-access journal providing an outlet for the dissemination of ideas, articles, academic papers, and essays of interest to library leaders at all levels and of all types of libraries. JLAMS is refereed, although other contributions are accepted. Themed issues are published two-three times per year.


Share your library research and experiences -- Seeking articles for upcoming theme issues.

Fall 2016 Theme -- Libraries using social media: communicating with your communities

The focus of this issue of JLAMS is the use of social media in libraries. The editors seek research studies and case studies addressing the evolution of social media used to communicate with library users, other libraries, library service providers and vendors, and serving a community. Case studies illustrating service delivery through social media outlets are also welcome. Studies including or addressing social media metrics are welcome. Topics may include use of social media through marketing, information literacy, reference, collection development as well as organizational policies regarding social media, and how social media efforts are delegated and managed.

Proposals due no later than September 2, 2016 [4 sentences or longer describing the topic of your article].
Refereed article submission: October 12, 2016.
Non-refereed article submission: October 31, 2016.
Issue publication goal: November 15, 2016.

Spring 2017 Theme – Digital Scholarship

The focus of the Spring 2017 issue of JLAMS is digital scholarship. Digital scholarship provides information and commentary about digital copyright, digital curation, digital repository, open access, research data management, scholarly communication, and other digital information issues. The editors seek research studies and case studies addressing all aspects of digital scholarship including digital instruction initiatives, working with digitized or born digital scholarship, establishing institutional repositories, advocating for open source technologies, researching usage of digital scholarly resources, preserving digital collections, publishing and exhibiting online scholarly materials.

Melanie Schlosser, Digital Publishing Librarian at Ohio State University Libraries, has defined digital scholarship as "research and teaching that is made possible by digital technologies, or that takes advantage of them to ask and answer questions in new ways." Edward Ayers uses the term generative in his definition to describe digital scholarship's function and effect. As generative scholarship, digital scholarship marks a move away from the passive, one-way form of communication from scholar to student or peer or novice. It is a new form of inquiry and practice that "generates new questions, new evidence, new conclusions, and new audiences as it is used." For more on their work and digital scholarship see Bryan Sinclair’s The University Library as Incubator for Digital Scholarship.

Proposals due no later than February 1, 2017 [4 sentences or longer describing the topic of your article].
Refereed article submission: March 8, 2017.
Non-refereed article submission: April 2, 2017.
Issue publication goal: May 15, 2017.