A partial selection of open access journals, newsletters, and blogs related to librarianship:

Academic librarianship

ACRLog – aims to discuss the issues of the day in the field of academic and research librarianship. It will strive to get you thinking about what you do, why you do it, and how it fits into this enterprise we call higher education.

College & Research Libraries – the official scholarly research journal of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. C&RL is a bimonthly, online-only publication.

Critical Librarianship + Multi-coverage Journals

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice – publishes original research and commentary on the topic of evidence based library and information practice, as well as reviews of previously published research (evidence summaries) on a wide number of topics.

Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies – peer-reviewed platform for critical discourse in and around library and information studies from across the disciplines.

In the Library with the Lead Pipe – an open access, open peer reviewed journal founded and run by an international team of librarians working in various types of libraries.

Urban Library Journal – journal of research and discussion dealing with all aspects of urban libraries and librarianship, welcomes articles dealing with academic, research, public, school, and special libraries in an urban setting

Digital Humanities

dh+lib –  a communal space where librarians, archivists, LIS graduate students, and information specialists of all stripes can contribute to a conversation about digital humanities and libraries.

Information Literacy

Communications in Information Literacy – Communications in Information Literacy (CIL) is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to advancing research, theory, and practice in the area of information literacy in higher education. CIL is an independent, professional, and open access publication.

Information Technology

Code4Lib – The Code4Lib Journal exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.

Information Technology and Librarianship – a refereed journal published quarterly by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association.


Community Literacy Journal – publishes both scholarly work that contributes to the field’s emerging methodologies and research agendas and work by literacy workers, practitioners, and community literacy program staff.

Professional Development

ALA APA Library Work Life (newsletter) – informs readers about issues – career advancement, certification, human resources practice, pay equity, recruitment, research, work/life balance – that concern all library workers.

User Experience (UX) Research and Design

Library Innovation (DISCONTINUED in 2015) – A peer-reviewed, open access journal publishing original research, literature reviews, commentaries, case studies, reports on innovative practices, and book, conference and product reviews.

Weave – an open-access, peer-reviewed journal for Library User Experience professionals published by Michigan Publishing.


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