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Tennessee Libraries is a medium for professional and scholarly research and a forum for the discussion of issues related to library and information services in Tennessee. Tennessee Libraries seeks articles on all types of libraries and library activities. Please submit manuscripts to our online submission manager

Tennessee Libraries particularly invites the participation of Tennessee and regional librarians and writers who are new to the field of library science.

Manuscripts of the following nature will be considered:

Scholarly Articles

Peer reviewed. Scholarly articles present primary research (broadly defined) on current library practice or historical analysis of library trends, using quantitative or qualitative evaluations.  Manuscripts should include a literature review, and authors must provide complete references.

These articles will be submitted to two or more external readers for blind review. This may result in a request for revision, recommendation for inclusion in a non peer-reviewed section, or recommendation that an article not be accepted. Final decisions regarding acceptance, rejection, or revision are made by the editors of this journal.

Submit your manuscript. 

From the Field

Not peer reviewed. Manuscripts appropriate to this section include:

  • State of the art reviews designed to bring Tennessee librarians up to date;
  • Reports of studies, surveys, or programs relevant to libraries in Tennessee; and
  • Case studies and best practice articles.
  • Position pieces which inform readers of, or stimulate discussion about, significant library-related issues.

From the Field articles follow the same style guidelines as Scholarly Articles, but to expedite the publishing process, they do not undergo formal peer review. However, the editors of Tennessee Libraries may request edits or rewrites, or may suggest that an article be moved to the Scholarly section.

Submit your manuscript. 

Book Reviews

Library Histories

  • Not typically peer reviewed
  • Comprehensive histories of libraries or library systems. Pictures and other media are highly encouraged.

Submit your manuscript. 

Library Spotlights

  • Showcases of exceptional Tennessee libraries or library services

What makes your library special? Highlight your new or popular services, award-winning employees, and new or updated facilities in 1000 words or less. Accompanying photos, floorplans, and links to related media are highly encouraged.

Submit your spotlight. 


Please send names of librarians in Tennessee and elsewhere whose views and thoughts would be interesting to you and your colleagues. Any questions that might be used in the interview would be greatly appreciated.

Submit your interview idea

Guest commentary and letters

  • Guest commentary and letters will also be considered for publication.

Submit your manuscript. 


  • Not sure if your paper idea fits anywhere else? Submit it here. 

Submit your manuscript. 

All manuscripts and references should be formatted according to guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition. Please check our contributor’s guidelines before submitting a manuscript. If you have any questions, please email the editor, Sharon Holderman, at

Submission Deadlines

Volume 68 (2018)

Issue 68.3

Peer Reviewed Manuscripts: Submit by July 16, 2018
Other Manuscripts: Submit by August 13, 2018

Issue 68.4

Peer Reviewed Manuscripts: Submit by October 15, 2018
Other Manuscripts: Submit by November 12, 2018

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