Focus and Scope

Information Technology and Libraries publishes original material related to all aspects of information technology in all types of libraries. Topic areas include, but are not limited to, library automation, digital libraries, metadata, identity management, distributed systems and networks, computer security, intellectual property rights, technical standards, geographic information systems, desktop applications, information discovery tools, web-scale library services, cloud computing, digital preservation, data curation, virtualization, search-engine optimization, emerging technologies, social networking, open data, the semantic web, mobile services and applications, usability, universal access to technology, library consortia, vendor relations, and digital humanities.

Peer Review Process

Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) (ISSN 2163-5226) is a refereed journal published quarterly by Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a division of the American Library Association. The Core division was created through the merger of the Library Information Technology Association, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, and the Library Leadership and Management Association, on September 1, 2020.

Publication Frequency

ITAL is published quarterly.

Special Issues

Information Technology and Libraries is currently (as of August 2020) not accepting proposals for special issues. 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

ITAL does not charge any submission fees or article processing charges (APCs).

Changes to Published Articles

In rare cases, the Editor may make a change to a previously-published article to correct citation information that is no longer valid. For example, a reference to a website that is no longer active or a URL location that has moved. In such cases, the Editor may correct the reference to point to the new location or suppress the reference if no equivalent replacement exists. Changes of this nature will be noted as a “Correction” at the end of the published article and include the date, a description of the change made, and at whose request the change was made.

Name Change Policy

See the ITAL Policy to Support Name Changes on an Author’s Prior Publications.


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Journal History

Information Technologies and Libraries (ITAL, ISSN 0730-9295) began publication with volume 1 in 1982. It moved to an open-access, electronic-only publishing model (ISSN 2163-5226) with Volume 31 (2012). ITAL is the successor to the Journal of Library Automation (JOLA, ISSN 0022-2240), published from 1968-1981.