Publishing Program

As an open source academic journal, The Political Librarian is dedicated to expanding the discussion of about library advocacy and activism while promoting research and new thinking about policy and funding issues for libraries.

The Political Librarian is published at the intersection of local libraries, public policy, education policy, and tax policy. As an open-source academic journal, The Political Librarian is dedicated to expanding the discussion about library advocacy and activism while promoting research and new thinking about library policy and funding issues. We publish a wide range of opinion pieces, research, and peer-reviewed materials on public policy and tax policy issues for libraries. 


Read the current issue of The Political Librarian
Vol 6, Issue 1 - May 2023
on the Open Scholarship platform of Washington University Libraries

https://www.thepoliticallibrarian.org

The Political Librarian is hosted on Washington University’s Open Scholarship Platform, ISSN: 2471-3155. 


We invite submissions from researchers, practitioners, community members, and others dedicated to furthering the discussion, promoting research, and helping to re-envision tax policy and public policy on the extremely local level. The Political Librarian is actively interested in featuring new voices and lines of inquiry. 

We seek submissions from both researchers and practitioners that fall into one of three submission categories:

  • Opinions/First Drafts – Editorial in nature; the first draft of an idea or argument.
  • White Papers – Longer form discussions that may include research.
  • Peer-Reviewed – Long-form articles that include original research and arguments, and are submitted for review by our Editorial Board and/or external reviewers.

We want to bring in a variety of perspectives to the journal and do not limit our contributors to just those working in the library and information science field in public, academic, and school library settings. We seek submissions from researchers, practitioners, community members, or others dedicated to furthering the discussion, promoting research, and helping to re-envision tax policy and public policy on the extremely local level.

Our editorial guidelines are posted for your review and consideration.


The Political Librarian Archive

Current: Volume 6 • Issue 1 • 2023 • Spring Issue


Next Issue and Call-For Submission Deadlines

For our fall 2023 issue, The Political Librarian seeks papers that address library advocacy, policy, and funding in a turbulent world. Areas of focus can include (but are not limited to) public, academic, and school library policy and funding. We are interested in discussing rapidly evolving issues around censorship in schools and public libraries, political and funding conversations at all levels of government, and funding for libraries in turbulent economic, political, and cultural climates.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with Series Editor Andrew Sulavik at [email protected] for information or to submit a manuscript for consideration.  


Editorial Team

Series Editor
Andrew Sulavik, Metadata and Systems Librarian / Academic Researcher

Editing, Design, Layout
Martha McGehee, Sanobar Chagani