MEDIUM

Jodi Kruse .................Editor 
Cathy Grant ...............Associate Editor

Susan Jenkins.............Advertising Manager

Merrilyn Tucker .........Business/Subscriptions

Publication, Subscription and Distribution

As the official publication of the Washington Library Media Association (WLMA), the MEDIUM publishes two times annually: September and March. Each issue may appear in print and/or digital format. Current paid membership in WLMA includes a subscription to the MEDIUM. Individual subscriptions (not included in membership) are available for $25 annually. Subscriptions can ONLY be sold through WLMA (no third-party vendors). For individual subscriptions, please contact WLMA Attn: Merrilyn Tucker, 10924 Mukilteo Speedway PMB 142 Mukilteo, WA 98275.

WLMA distributes all print issues via bulk mailing with the United States Postal Service to its members and MEDIUM subscribers. Digital issues (E-MEDIUM) appear in two formats: Issuu (web based reader) and as portable document format (pdf).

Advertising

Significant portions of the MEDIUM’s costs are covered through advertising. For basic advertising guidelines and costs, please view the WLMA MEDIUM Advertising Guidelines (PDF). For contract information, please view WLMA MEDIUM Advertising Contract. For any additional information or to place an ad please contact the MEDIUM Advertising Manager and 2014 Conference Vendor Coordinator, Susan Jenkins (partners@wlma.org).

Editorial Policy

The Washington Library Media Association reserves the right to make the final judgment on all submitted material or advertising copy. Articles and graphics may be edited for clarity, style, format, and size. The inclusion of an article, graphic, or advertisement does not necessarily express the opinion or constitutes an endorsement by the Washington Library Media Association. All responsibility and liability for the content of advertising rests with the individual advertiser. Unless otherwise stated, each contributor retains copyright.

Copyright

The Washington Library Media Association retains electronic representation and distribution rights to the contents of its publication the MEDIUM. Furthermore, WLMA reserves the right to use text, photos, and artwork from the MEDIUM in subsequent editions, with notification to the submitter if possible. Otherwise, all rights revert to the creator/author of the work. The contents of the MEDIUM from Fall 2004 and later appear electronically in EBSCO's Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) database.

Issue Timelines

 Issue
 Copy Deadline  Advertising Deadline  Delivery
 Fall
 July 31
July 31  September
 Spring  February 1
 February 15
 March


Guidelines for MEDIUM Articles

The MEDIUM reflects the state of the Washington Library Media Association and the teacher-librarian profession in Washington. Each issue promotes the components of the LIT Framework: information and technology literacy, reading advocacy, and information and resource management services as well as collaboration. Articles can vary in length from four paragraphs to one or two finished MEDIUM pages, (approximately 800 to 1,800 words) depending on pictures and graphics. All articles may be subject to editing for clarity, style, format, and size.

Issue Emphases

  • Spring 2015: Curriculum and Common Core 
  • Spring Update 2015: Book Awards and Nominees, Summer Reading
  • Fall 2015:  WLMA Annual Conference
Format and Guidelines

The MEDIUM as a professional journal adheres to a formal style.
Please use the following style guide:

  • Microsoft Word document with a title for the article at the top.
  • Single spaces between sentences and a double spaced line between paragraphs.
  • Third person, gender neutral
  • Full words rather than contractions. ex: do not rather than don’t, cannot rather than can’t
  • Acronyms are spelled out the first time it appears words first followed by the acronym in parentheses. Subsequent use of the acronym alone is then acceptable reference in the remainder of the article. For an example, please see the first paragraph of this page under Publications and Subscriptions.
  • Correct spelling of commonly used words: listserv (not listserve); website (no capital unless at the start of sentence), Internet (always capitalized), e-mail (not email) and teacher-librarian.
  • Dates: use the month and number only. Ex: May 15 (not May 15th).
  • Active voice rather than a passive voice in the article. ex: “The use of e-books is emphasized in this class” (active) rather than “This class will teach about e-books” (passive).
  • Edit and have a peer edit the article for spelling, grammar and clarity before sending.
  • Turn off “track changes” before sending (if used).
  • Follow the Chicago Manual of Style when citing sources:
    http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html
    and
    http://www.lib.washington.edu/help/guides/45chicago.pdf
  • Submit a photo of yourself as a separate file in jpeg or tiff format (see Photographs and Graphics below).

Copyrighted Articles

If your article has a copyright, please send the MEDIUM Editor a letter giving WLMA permission to use the article for a specific issue.

Photographs and Graphics

Photographs and graphics add interest to the article. Submit all graphics as digital images. Print requires high quality digital images. Please submit only images with 270 dpi or greater and saved in jpeg format. Please include a caption identifying the people or activity and submit as a separate text file. Be aware of the following:

  • Copyrighted photos (such as those in a yearbook) must include a written release for our use
  • Photos of students must include a parental release form allowing the MEDIUM to publish photos of their children

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor can include commentary on current issues facing school library professionals, self-reflection germane to our readers, or other brief topics that may not be sufficient to warrant a feature article.  Published letters represent the opinion of the authors and are independent of the position of the editors or WLMA officers.

Reviews

The MEDIUM editors welcome reviews of exceptional current books, audiobooks, authors/speakers, and apps. Review contributors should include the following information in their reviews:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Publication or contact information
  • Price or cost of visit
  • Appropriate grade levels
  • Brief summary
  • Noteworthy observations 
  • Curricular connections
  • Review author's name and affiliation
Sample

Knockout Games. G. Neri. Carolrhoda Books, 2014. ISBN 9781467732967, $17.95.

Grades 8 - 12: Erica's move to St. Louis, Missouri has been anything but easy. Her father's parting gift is a mini video camera engraved with her name. That little camera is destined to become the bane of Erica's existence. Kalvin Barnes is what many little kids in the hood aspire to become, and he takes his position as role model seriously. His "gang" has developed the Knockout Game as a method of "character development." Members of his group select unsuspecting victims and deal them one blow designed to knock them out. His discovery that Erica has skills with the camera are enough to provide her with entrée into his group. As the violence of the game escalates, Erica becomes more and more disenchanted by what she is filming even as her romantic link to Kalvin keeps her from taking a firmer stand against it. When the game ends in the death of a beloved art teacher, Erica must face the greatest test of her courage by exposing what she knows about the game. Like one of Neri's previous books, Surf Mules, the underside of juvenile criminal behavior is explored with gritty realism. Neri does not shy away from profanity, violence, or sexuality in Knockout Games, even though his protagonists are only in the eighth and ninth grades. It is that same unflinching approach that imbues this story with a sense of truth. Written for a generation that documents its violence using cell phones and social media, this story provides ample opportunities to discuss the growth of characters as they wrestle with concepts of art, morality, body image, racism, and hatred.  Jodi Kruse, Teacher-librarian at R. A. Long High School.

Submissions

Submit all items as e-mail attachments at the following address: medium@wlma.org

Please include your last name, the type of submission, and the title of the article in the subject line of the e-mail. Include your name, position, school name, school district, city, any position held in WLMA or brief biography, a contact e-mail address for editorial questions, and the a contact e-mail address for the publication (if different). 

e.g.

Kruse, Article, LIT + CTE: A new way of growing librarians

Kruse, Editorial, Reflections about Fall Conference 2014

Kruse, Review, Knock-out Games by G. Neri


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