Submissions to Wired West: Web Journal of the SLA Western Canada Chapter are welcome at any time. For guidance, please refer to the following table for deadlines and publication schedules.

Submit by Publication Date Publication
Issue 1 March 25, 2019 April 1, 2019  Volume 21, no. 1
Issue 2
August 28, 2019 September 1, 2019 Volume 21, no. 2


Open to suggestion for topics! Send your ideas to our current Bulletin Editor, Dawn Bassett, at!

Some regular column suggestions include: Library profiles; Corporate cultures; Library School student submissions; Humour; Book or web site reviews.

We welcome any submissions or additional comments you may have about the SLA WCC web journal.

Submission of Articles

Length: We are a web-based journal so length is very flexible. In general, articles of about 250-2000 words seem to work well. If you need more space to describe your ideas, feel free to write a longer article.

Format: See the guidelines below for citation and bibliography formatting. You may also want to consult our Writing for the Web section below.

HTML: You need not mark up your paper in HTML. You can send it either as ASCII text or as an attached e-mail file. We will mark it up and format it in a standard style.

However, in the spirit of our Strategic Plan, you may want to try your hand at HTML. We will try to maintain your formatting suggestions as long as they work within Wired West’s look.

Writing for the Web

Writing for the Internet can involve exercising different skills than writing for a print publication. Authors may find the excellent overview Writing for the Web: A Primer for Librarians of use.

Layout of Article

Author(s) including title(s) and institution(s)
Abstract (optional, preferred for long articles)
Body of Paper


If you are including references in your article, they should be cited in the text in the following form:

(Smith & Jones 1984)
(Smith 1984; Jones 1987)
(Smith et al. 1988) for more than 2 authors

At the end of the paper references should be listed alphabetically in a section entitled References in the following standard form. Italicize or underline titles of books and journals. The MLA style is preferred.

Constantini, Jo Ann M. “Survival Skills for Information Professionals in the Decade of Turbulence”. Records Management Quarterly. (January 1993): 26-30, 40.

de Sáez, Eileen Elliot. Marketing Concepts for Libraries and Information Services. London: Library Association Publishing, 1993.

Langemo, Mark. “Ten Major Challenges Facing Today’s and Tomorrow’s Records Managers”. Proceedings of the ARMA International 35th Annual Conference. Toronto: ARMA International, 1990, 850-858.

Webster, J. “Endangered information: searching the grey literature in the Pacific Northwest”. In: Preserving the Past, Looking to the Future: Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (ed. by J.W. Markham & A.L. Duda), pp. 119-135. IAMSLIC, Fort Pierce, FL., 1994.

Citing Internet Sources

To quote from web pages, include author’s name (if available), full titles, document date (if known), full http address and date of visit.

Burka, Lauren P. “Hypertext History of Multi-User Dimensions.” The MUDdex. 1993. (5 Dec. 1994).

For examples of other formats for citing Internet resources see Columbia Guide to Online Style or one of the many other examples at Purdue Online Writing Lab.


If your paper includes illustrations please provide provide an URL, mail as an attachment, or provide ftp location where they may be retrieved. Copies of the files will be retained on the SLA web server (WCC directory).


Authors retain copyright for their submissions. Authors must include copyright permission for reproduction of the illustrations from copyright holder or other appropriate person(s).

Pre-submission Checklist

  • Review article at least twice — delete unnecessary words and phrases, change passive voice to active
  • Check details — every name, fact, date, figure, Internet address, URL, etc. against original source material (Accuracy of these facts is the author’s responsibility).

Guidelines for Book or Web Site Reviews

Some guidelines to follow in doing book or web site review; things to include, if appropriate.

In general these are to be descriptive and evaluative reviews, designed to make readers aware of new materials of interest.

Purpose of the book, website. . . –who is the intended audience, and what is the general scope and subject area. Is it a handbook, bibliography, guide to the literature?

Organization–include information about bibliographies, indexes, appendices if available. Any special features should be mentioned.

Comparison to other publications on the same subject and within a similar time frame.

Authority–any information about the author or editor, and their previous known works.

Length of review–no specific limits but probably within the range of 350-500 words would be normal. Feel free to use examples from the text to support your evaluation, so this may make it a bit longer.

Reminder: be as open as possible about the evaluation–both positive and negative comments are appropriate.

The editor will consult with you on any changes necessary before final publication in Wired West. Text should be sent (e-mail preferred) to the our current Bulletin Editor, Dawn Bassett, at