Interested in Writing for ACRLog?

We welcome a wide range of ideas and voices about academic librarianship on ACRLog. This includes perspectives from library workers in research, college, university, community college, and other academic library settings.

Guest Posts:

Do you have a post idea or noteworthy information related to academic librarianship? Email Interim ACRLog Series Coordinator Jen Jarson at jmj12 [at] psu [dot] edu to send us your ideas. Please be aware of the following:

  • Proposals for guest posts can be sent anytime, and, if accepted, will generally be published within a month of receiving the final post.
  • Proposals for single posts or a linked series of posts (e.g., two or three posts around a unifying theme) may be submitted.
  • We will accept up to one post (or linked series of posts) per guest blogger per year.
  • Posts must be the original content of guest bloggers and should not already be published in another venue. (Republishing a post in another venue after publication on ACRLog is acceptable.)
  • We generally publish posts of between 600-1,500 words in length (although that’s not a hard and fast rule).
  • We recommend that guest bloggers browse through ACRLog to familiarize themselves with the style and tone of a typical post.
  • Proposals are evaluated by the Series Coordinator, in collaboration with other blog team members, based on their alignment with the mission of ACRLog.
  • We encourage guest contributors to workshop and fine tune their submissions with their own colleagues/networks before submitting as is also the case for blog team members. We regret that we are unable to provide significant editing support and may need to reject posts that are not yet ready for publication.
  • Sponsored posts are not accepted on ACRLog.

First Year Academic Librarian Experience Bloggers:

Each year we recruit 1-2 academic librarians in their first year on the job in an academic library for our First Year Academic Librarian Experience (FYAL) series. A call is posted near the beginning of the fall semester, and applicants are asked to submit a sample blog post and a brief note describing their job and their interest in blogging at ACRLog.

Proposals are evaluated by the ACRLog blog team. When selecting FYAL bloggers we consider:

  • Diversity of race/ethnicity/sexual orientation/ability
  • Voices from a range of academic institutions (for example, community colleges, research universities, etc.) and job responsibilities within academic libraries (for example, instruction, cataloging, scholarly communications, etc.)
  • Clear and compelling writing style
  • Connection between day-to-day work and bigger conversations around theory, practice, criticism, LIS education, and other issues

ACRLog Blog Team Members:

Periodically we recruit new members to join the regular ACRLog blog team. Typically we post a call for new members when current bloggers step down, and we aim to maintain a blog team of between 4-8 members.

Members of the ACRLog blog team write on any issue or idea that impacts academic librarianship, from current news items to workflow and procedural topics to upcoming changes in the profession and more. We aim to have group of bloggers who represent diverse perspectives on and career stages in academic librarianship; we often especially seek librarians interested in writing about cataloging or technology, or those working at small colleges or community colleges, to balance the strengths of our other bloggers.

When a call for regular blog team members is posted, applicants are asked to send a sample blog post and a brief note describing their job and their interest in blogging for ACRLog. Proposals are evaluated by the existing ACRLog blog team, and we strive to consider:

  • Diversity of race/ethnicity/sexual orientation/ability
  • Voices from a range of academic institutions (for example, community colleges, research universities, etc.) and job responsibilities within academic libraries (for example, instruction, cataloging, scholarly communications, etc.)
  • Clear and compelling writing style
  • Connection between day to day work and bigger conversations around theory, practice, criticism, LIS education, and other issues