Library Journal

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Library Journal
File:Library Journal Movers & Shakers 2007 cover.jpg
Frequency 20 per year
Founder Frederick Leypoldt
First issue 1876
Company Media Source
Country United States
ISSN 0363-0277
OCLC number 36096783

Library Journal is a trade publication for librarians. It was founded in 1876 by Melvil Dewey (familiar as the inventor of the Dewey decimal system). It reports news about the library world, emphasizing public libraries, and offers feature articles about aspects of professional practice. It also reviews library-related materials and equipment.

Its "Library Journal Book Review" does pre-publication reviews of several hundred popular and academic books each month.

Library Journal has the highest circulation of any librarianship journal, according to Ulrich's — approximately 100,000.[1]

Library Journal's original publisher was Frederick Leypoldt, whose company became R. R. Bowker. Reed International (now Reed Business Information) purchased Bowker in 1985; they published Library Journal until 2010, when it was sold to Media Source, owner of the Junior Library Guild and The Horn Book Magazine.[2]

Early history

The first page of Library Journal for Volume 3, No. 2, 1878.
The first page of Library Journal for Volume 3, No. 2, 1878.

Founded in 1876 by Melvil Dewey, Library Journal originally declared itself to be the "official organ of the library associations of America and of the United Kingdom."[3] Its early issues focused on the growth and development of libraries, with feature articles by such prominent authors as R. R. Bowker, Charles Cutter, and Melvil Dewey, and focusing on cataloging, indexing, and lending schemes. In its early issues, Bowker discussed cataloging principles; Cutter, creator of the Cutter Expansive Classification system, developed his ideas; and managing editor Dewey made recommendations for early library circulation systems. Initially, Library Journal did not review books unless they related to librarians' professional interests, but then, like now, the journal ran articles on collection development and ads from publishers recommending their forthcoming books for libraries to purchase.

Early issues of Library Journal were a forum for librarians throughout Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States to share news, discussions of their libraries' ideas and practices, and reports of professional activities such as meetings and conferences. In an 1878 prospectus, the journal stressed its importance by noting that small libraries, in particular, could gain the "costly experience and practical advice" of the largest libraries. Regular reading of Library Journal, the prospectus declared, would make "the librarian worth more to the library, and the library worth more to the people."[4] In the Notes and Queries section, librarians shared reports of how their library managed common problems, and they maintained a constant exchange of questions and answers about authorship and reader's advisory. Two prominent sections, the Bibliography (compiled by Cutter) and Pseudonyms and Antonyms (compiled by James L. Whitney), served as reference resources for librarians. The latter contained an ongoing list of titles of untitled works and real names of authors who were anonymous or used pseudonyms, with an index compiling all of them in the December issue.[citation needed]

Current features

The print edition of Library Journal contains the following sections:

  • Commentary
    • Blatant Berry: John N. Berry, III, Editor at Large
    • Editorial: Rebecca T. Miller, Editor in Chief
  • Departments
    • Classified
    • Feedback
    • People
  • Features
  • InfoTech
  • LJNewsDesk
  • Media
    • Audio Reviews
    • Games, Gamers, & Gaming
    • Video Reviews
  • Reviews
    • Arts & Humanities
    • Fiction
    • Graphic Novels
    • LJ Best Sellers
    • Magazine Rack
    • Mystery
    • Prepub Alert
    • Reference
    • Science & Technology
    • Social Sciences
    • Spiritual Living
    • The Reader's Shelf

Special editions




  • A Movers & Shakers edition is published annually, providing profiles of influential and innovative North American librarians and other information professionals.
  • A library staff member is presented with the annual Paraprofessional of the Year award. 2010's Paraprofessional of the Year was Allison Sloan, Senior Library Associate at Reading Public Library in Reading, Massachusetts,[14] 2011's winner was Gilda Ramos from Patchogue-Medford Library in New York,[15] 2012's winner was Linda Dahlquist from Volusia County Public Library in Florida,[16] 2013's winner was Laura Poe from Athens-Limestone Public Library in Athens, Alabama,[17] and 2014's winner was Clancy Pool from St. John Branch of Washington State’s Whitman County Rural Library District.[18]



  • Library Journal announces the winner of its annual LJ Teaching Award. The 2010 LJ Teaching Award winner was Steven L. MacCall of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa,[24] 2011's winner was Martin B. Wolske from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,[25] 2012's winner was Lilia Pavlovsky from Rutgers University, NJ,[26] 2013's winner was Suzie Allard from University of Tennessee, Knoxville,[27] and 2014's winner was Paul T. Jaeger[28] from University of Maryland,[29] Nominations are due September 21, 2015.

Website, the Library Journal website, provides both subscribers and non-subscribers full access to all print content as well as recent archives. Visitors can sign up for email newsletters such as BookSmack, Library Hotline, LJ Academic Newswire, LJ Review Alert, and LJXpress. Web articles in the Libraries & Librarians category are listed by topic, with each topic assigned its own RSS feed so that users can receive articles relevant to their interests. Past and present reviews are archived and organized by type (book, DVD, gaming, magazine, video, etc.); they are also available via RSS feeds. Another feature is INFOdocket (edited by Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy).[30] Additionally, Library Journal maintains an up-to-date list of library jobs in the website's JobZone.[31]

See also


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  2. "Media Source Acquires School Library Journal and Library Journal" (PDF). Media Source. March 1, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Title page". Library Journal. 3 (1). 1878.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Library Journal 3.2 (1878): Title Page".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 2011 "Awards: Nancy Pearl, Librarian of the Year" Check |url= value (help). Library Journal. January 1, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Awards: Luis Herrera, Librarian of the Year". Library Journal. January 1, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Awards: Jo Budler, Librarian of the Year". Library Journal. January 1, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Awards: Corinne Hill, Librarian of the Year". Library Journal. January 1, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Best Small Library in America: Glen Carbon Centennial Library". Library Journal. February 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Best Small Library in America: Glen Carbon Centennial Library". Library Journal. February 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Best Small Library in America: The Independence Public Library". Library Journal. February 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Best Small Library in America: Southern Area Public Library". Library Journal. February 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Best Small Library in America: Pine River Library". Library Journal. February 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Paraprofessional of the Year: Allison Sloan, Senior Library Associate at Reading Public Library in Massachusetts". Library Journal. March 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Paraprofessional of the Year: Gilda Ramos from Patchogue-Medford Library in New York". Library Journal. March 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Paraprofessional of the Year: Linda Dahlquist from Volusia County Public Library in Florida". Library Journal. March 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Paraprofessional of the Year: Laura Poe from Athens-Limestone Public Library in Athens, Alabama". Library Journal. March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Paraprofessional of the Year: Clancy Pool from St. John Branch of Washington State's Whitman County Rural Library District". Library Journal. March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "Library of the Year: Columbus Metropolitan Library in Columbus, Ohio". Library Journal. May 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. "Library of the Year: King County Library System in King County, Washington". Library Journal. May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. "San Diego County Library in San Diego, California". Library Journal. June 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. "Howard County Library in Howard County, Maryland". Library Journal. June 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  23. "Library of the Year: Edmonton Public Library, the first Canadian Library to win this award". June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  24. "LJ Teaching Award winner: Steven L. MacCall of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa". Library Journal. November 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  25. "LJ Teaching Award winner: Martin B. Wolske from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign". Library Journal. November 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  26. "LJ Teaching Award winner: Lilia Pavlovsky from Rutgers University, NJ". Library Journal. November 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  27. "LJ Teaching Award winner: Suzie Allard from University of Tennessee, Knoxville". Library Journal. November 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  28. "Paul T. Jaeger". University of Maryland.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  29. "LJ Teaching Award winner: Paul T. Jaeger from University of Maryland". Library Journal. November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  30. "About". INFOdocket. Library Journal. Retrieved May 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  31. "JobZone". Library Journal.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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