Hello and welcome to the PNLA Quarterly! This journal is all about regional content, open access, and discoverability.
PQ has been in publication since 1936 and has gone through as many changes as PNLA itself. In the early 2000’s the PNLA board decided that administrative items such as the reports of our chapter representatives would no longer be published in the PQ but would be posted on our Web site. This opened the door for more substantive content and moved PQ from primarily a newsletter format to a forum for ideas about libraries, professional development, information access, technologies, and other topics of regional interest written by practitioners and students in the area.
Several years later, PQ became an online-only publication. Since then the content of PNLA Quarterly has grown to include a combination of peer-reviewed and editor-reviewed articles focusing on issues of interest to libraries in the Pacific Northwest. Who better to provide this content than the practitioners, students, and educators who live in or are affiliated with the region? This regional focus and mix of content offer diverse but balanced information relevant to public, academic, and special libraries.
The journal is available as one large PDF or individual article PDFs, which, along with keywords for each article, improves the discovery rate of PQ content and give our authors more exposure on the Web, while improving indexing by vendors such as EBSCO. The journal conforms to the Open Access model, where content is made available free of charge to readers upon publication. Thanks to the sponsorship of PNLA, no costs are charged to content creators.
PQ publishes on a quarterly schedule. While submissions on topics of interest to librarianship in the Pacific Northwest region of the US and Canada are welcome anytime, issues are often organized around themes like leadership or the annual PNLA conference. Please see the latest issue for the active call for proposals or contact the editor with inquiries or submissions.
Samantha Hines is the current editor of PQ. A past president of PNLA (2009-10) and a prolific author and editor, Samantha is glad to be working to contribute to the body of scholarly knowledge of librarianship focused in the Pacific Northwest. She can best be reached at PQEditors@gmail.com.