Children and Libraries (CAL)

Volunteer Referees for CAL

Have you been looking for new ways to become involved in professional service but aren’t quite sure where to begin? Do you feel intimidated by writing an article or blog post, yet still feel you have something to contribute? Children & Libraries (CAL) may have the answer! As the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) official and refereed journal, we are always looking for new ALSC members to serve as volunteer referees for our scholarly articles. It’s an easy way to volunteer, requires no experience, and can help support effective librarianship practice for the field at large.

Have you been looking for new ways to become involved in professional service but aren’t quite sure where to begin? Do you feel intimidated by writing an article or blog post, yet still feel you have something to contribute? Children & Libraries (CAL) may have the answer! As the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) official and refereed journal, we are always looking for new ALSC members to serve as volunteer referees for our scholarly articles. It’s an easy way to volunteer, requires no experience, and can help support effective librarianship practice for the field at large.

But what exactly is a referred article, and what does it mean to be a referee? For CAL, a referred article is one that is subjected to a “double-blind” review process where both the author and the reviewers – or referees – are anonymous to each other. This helps make the review process more objective, allowing for selection and publication of high quality research articles that are relatively uninfluenced by bias. Articles are evaluated on “accuracy, style, impact, importance, and interest” using a thirteen point form (learn more here).

Referees for these types of CAL articles are volunteers from the field – potentially yourself! – matched with submissions on the basis of their interests and expertise in various topics. Volunteer referees are not just limited to academics or researchers, they can be public librarians, students, and others in the field! As a referee you’re helping us determine what sorts of research articles are high quality and can be the most impactful, important, and interesting for CAL’s audience. Additionally, you need no experience to become a referee – CAL is happy to help you learn along the way!

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please email the CAL Editor, Sharon Verbeten to learn more. We’ll be happy to have you lend a hand!


Jacqueline “Jacquie” Kociubuk, PhD Student at University of Wisconsin-Madison, is writing this post on behalf of the ALSC Children & Libraries Editorial Advisory Committee.


This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies: VII. Professionalism and Professional Development.

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