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Contributor Guidelines

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Tennessee Libraries is an official publication of the Tennessee Library Association. It 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.

Types of manuscripts accepted

See Call for Papers

Submitted manuscripts should be in the following format

Online Submission System

Manuscripts which do not follow these format requirements will be returned to the author for corrections.

  • Electronic submission required for all items. We prefer that you submit your article through our online submission system.  Alternately, you may email a digital copy to the editor ( 
  • Microsoft Word format preferred; other word processing programs accepted. DO NOT use headers/footers or footnote functions. All notes should be included in endnotes.
  • Contact Information: The title of the article, your name, position, professional address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address should appear on the title page. The author's name should not appear on any other page of the manuscript. Your name and affiliation will be the only information included in the final publication; the other information is for the editor's use. The article title should be repeated at the beginning of the manuscript.
  • Formatting: The less formatting you do, the better. Manuscripts should be single-spaced, with 1 inch margins, in Arial or Helvetica font. Do not use headers or footers on your document. Make a hard return between paragraphs. Do not indent at the beginning of a paragraph.
  • Tables and graphics are encouraged, especially color graphics. Interactive media may also be used. In addition to pasting graphics into the text, please send all graphics separately as JPG, PNG, or GIF files.
  • Spelling: Please use your word processing software's spell check program to check your spelling before submitting your manuscript. Watch for typographical errors that are existing words (e.g., form vs. from).
  • Usage: Avoid sexist language. TL prefers gender-free usage when possible.  Use of first person (I, when the author refers to her/himself) is preferred to third person.
  • Bibliographic Style:
    • Use APA 6th edition as a style guide
    • Please type all references at the end of your document. DO NOT use your word processor's footnote/endnote features. Do not submit the reference list as a separate file.

Correspondence should be addressed to Sharon Holderman, Editor, Tennessee Libraries, Tennessee Tech University Library, Box 5066, Cookeville, TN 38505 (Phone: 931-372-3822) E-mail:

Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged by the editor. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within two weeks, please follow-up with the editor, as e-mail is not entirely reliable. Following review of the manuscript by the editors and two or three referees (if appropriate), feedback will be provided to the author for the purposes of revision, or a decision to reject the article will be communicated. Accepted papers will be published as soon as space allows. The authors will be informed of the publication date of their piece as soon as decisions are made.

Copyright Notice

Tennessee Libraries is an open access journal, and as such, all content is freely available without charge to the user or institution. Readers are free to use the articles with proper attribution in educational and other non-commercial settings. Tennessee Libraries does not charge authors a fee to submit a manuscript or for publication of an article.

Authors for Tennessee Libraries agree to the following conditions: 

1. Copyright for articles published in this journal is retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. The work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution, noncommercial 3.0 license. This allows others to share and build upon the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.

3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process.

4. Authors have the permission of relevant copyright holders for the publication of images, figures and other multimedia displayed within the article.



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