Comparative Analysis of Professional Journals

International Research : Journal of Library and Information Science – As society progresses toward a more digital society, it is imperative that the community of information professionals keep an international perspective. Not only that, but I have heard that librarianship is not entirely revered in other parts of the country. In order to keep the professional alive as well as value information throughout the world, works that discuss these issues are exceptionally important.

a. The intended audience of this journal are academics, researchers, practitioners, teachers and information scientists concerned with global issues concerning LIS professionals and information structures. This is more of an academic and research oriented view of information mechanisms in countries across the world.
c. In this case, it is important that this journal is peer-reviewed since it is an open-access resource covering such a broad range of topics. As well, a peer review process helps to create more of a collaborative environment among the intended audience and those contributing to the journal.
d. Concerning my own professional goals, the journal is enlightening about the differing LIS concerns across the globe. This helps to keep in perspective how important LIS concerns are wherever information is being disseminated and in whatever manner.

Information Management – Since I plan to work in Information Management, I find the issues discussed in this journal not only important to the field, but also to me as a professional. As well, it is important to the whole of LIS professionals to remember all of the similarities found across the professions in library and information science.

a. The intended audience is not only information practitioners, but also those that interact with those fields. It is focused mostly on the implementation of differing factors related to information management with each issue focusing on different aspects of such. There is a particular focus on a collaborative approach across several fields related to technology and its implementation in different agencies.
c. There is an editorial board for this journal which lends itself to the very themed appearance of the journal. Each issue has a very controlled focus, and although that can be confining to the contributors, it is helpful in creating a journal that extends one idea throughout the entirety of the publication.
d. Concerning my own goals, this journal is invested in being a catalyst for those professionals. It is an attempt at helping those existing in and studying information management to have a broader view of the field and how it intersects with other greater LIS issues.

Comparison:

The most important similarity evident in researching these two journals (and the others in similar veins) are that journals in LIS are concerned with LIS as a whole. Yes, they are concerned with the particular concerns of the niche audience, but they are also focused on protecting the information profession as it concerns multiple aspects of LIS professionals and their careers. Although academic in many ways, both journals touch on the collaborative approach to creating free information structures and combatting censorship. There is a particular focus on users, patrons, and they ways both interact with practitioners.

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