Open access (OA) journals promote the opportunity for peer-reviewed journal articles to be freely accessible. In recent years, the number of OA journals has exploded in all disciplines. Previous studies have identified print-based pedagogical discipline-specific journals outside the field of Library and Information Science (LIS) for librarians to consider as vehicles for publishing articles related to subject-based Information Literacy (IL). The present study explores the presence of discipline-specific pedagogical journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and presents a table of OA journals with their acceptance rates and review times. Pedagogical OA journals are highlighted as a potential opportunity for librarians to pro-actively reach out to faculty within a discipline and contribute towards the OA movement.
The article offers several assessment tools to support advocacy efforts in the school library. TRAILS, a free-web-system available at http://www.trails9.org, will measure student information literacy skills while Learning 4 Life is for the implementation of Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. The learning module "A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners" enables school librarians to assess their program.