About This Journal

Focus and Scope

Collaborative Librarianship came to fruition around the scholarship of collaboration and sharing of resources and expertise within and between libraries. Increasingly, libraries are moved to seek partnerships with other libraries, with other organizations in the information and technology fields, with other entities in our institutions, and with other groups and enterprises in our communities. While partnerships of all sorts have had a long history in the field of librarianship, today, as never before, there is greater urgency to develop and exploit library partnerships, and to think widely and creatively about new types of, and potentials for, partnerships.

Collaborative Librarianship continues to be committed to scholarly open access publishing devoted to collaboration across the broadest spectrum of librarianship. We are dedicated to highlighting all forms of collaboration – within libraries, between libraries, with non-library partners, and with consortia. We will continue to advance the understanding of why and how organizations and people work together to achieve a greater good. Features of Collaborative Librarianship include:

  • Open Access/Online Availability
  • Peer Reviewed Scholarly Articles
  • Better/Best practices
  • Engagement of a Wide Scope of Issues
    • Consortia and consortia-based services
    • Library-to-library cooperation
    • Sharing expertise, personnel, resources, and technology
    • Library-to-service provider partnerships
    • Local, regional, national, and international collaboration
    • Professional, consortium, and association partnerships
    • History of library collaboration
    • Public-private partnerships
    • Use of technologies and other tools to facilitate cooperative efforts
    The journal contains four sections:

    • Editorials
    • Columns
    • From the Field
    • Scholarly Articles
    Collaborative Librarianship is sponsored by: Colorado Library Consortium, Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, Regis University, University of Denver.

    Mission Points

    1. Promote sharing of ideas, best practices, opportunities, challenges and successes involving collaborative librarianship.

    2. Sustain an open-access journal where professional librarians can publish articles (peer- and non-peer-reviewed) on a range of subjects relevant to librarianship, but that involve collaboration at their core.

    3. Promote sharing of ideas, opportunities, challenges and successes involving new kinds of partnerships, joint projects, and innovative approaches to collaboration that benefit all members within in the information supply chain.

    Section Guidelines


    Editorials are written each issue by the editors of the journal or by guest editors. These are open access and indexed but not peer-reviewed beyond the editors.


    Columns are recruited each issue by the editors and published open access with indexing but not peer-review.

    From-the Field Reports:

    From the Field Reports (FtF) should be original papers, reports, or analyses of collaborative efforts that outline specific projects and work but are not peer-reviewed. Their focus on collaboration should be readily apparent and be innovative beyond traditional librarian activities within the purview of their local campus, environment, or community. These segments tend to be between 2,500 and 4,000 words and focus on collaborative initiatives or best practices for collaborations. All submissions, solicited and unsolicited, that are deemed suitable for Collaborative Librarianship’s audience will be considered for publication. The editors reserve the right to reject any paper they do not feel meets the the focus or scope of the journal.

    Scholarly Articles:

    Scholarly articles submitted to Collaborative Librarianship should focus on topics of collaboration between or within libraries; with other agencies, departments, and organizations; or with commercial entities. Articles may approach these topics in a variety of ways, including historically, quantitatively, qualitatively, analytically, theoretically, philosophically, or practically. The articles can take local, regional, national, or international perspectives. Articles appearing in Collaborative Librarianship will make a contribution to the scholarly literature of the profession of librarianship. Authors may submit unsolicited articles for consideration. All submissions, solicited and unsolicited, that are deemed suitable for Collaborative Librarianship’s audience will be distributed to a select set of peer reviewers. This may result in acceptance, a request for revisions, recommendation for inclusion in another section of Collaborative Librarianship, or recommendation that the article not be accepted. These articles will be made open access with a CC-BY-NC-ND license. Authors may request an alternative Creative Commons license. The titles will be indexed and peer-reviewed.

    Publication Frequency:


    Open Access Licensing:

    CC-BY-NC-ND unless otherwise requested by the authors.

    Indexed By:

    EBSCOhost, Gale