AASL seeks volunteer co-editor for School Library Research (SLR)

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking a Co-editor with experience in scholarly research and publishing for its online journal, School Library Research.

School Library Research (SLR) is a highly respected, top-ranked research journal in the school library field. Its purpose is to promote and publish high-quality original research on the management, implementation, and evaluation of school library programs. The journal emphasizes research on instructional theory, teaching methods, and critical issues relevant to school library programs.

This scholarly, peer-reviewed journal of AASL is online, freely available, and published throughout the year.

The Co-editor works with an editorial board of 11 members and serves on the AASL Publications Advisory Group in an ex-officio capacity.

The Co-editor serves an initial three-year appointment, with possible renewal, starting at the end of the ALA Annual Conference in June and running through the Annual Conference of the third year. The maximum term of service is ten years.


Working with the SLR Editorial Board and the Co-editor, the Co-editor sets the scope and tone of the journal in keeping with the goal of creating a highly respected, top-ranked research journal. The Co-editor manages editorial activities and coordinates the refereeing process. The Co-editor also solicits high-quality articles and develops and maintains positive relationships with authors and potential authors.

Other responsibilities include securing copyright as necessary for articles; providing copy to the AASL Manager/Editor and maintaining the established style for content according to AASL/ALA publications; answering questions and inquiries about SLR; and performing other duties as needed. It is expected that the co-editor will spend approximately 5-7 hours/week of his/her time to complete the above-mentioned responsibilities.


Responding individuals should demonstrate the ability to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • PhD, EdD, or equivalent terminal degree;
  • Tenure or tenure-track faculty status at a college or university;
  • Published in highly-regarded peer review venues;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Technical capacity and ability to work in an electronic environment;
  • Experience in publishing sufficient to enable the individual to solicit and select refereed articles that will result in a high-quality publication;
  • Experience and expertise in research methods; and
  • Experience working in school library programs;


A travel stipend of $800 per conference is available for optional attendance at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and ALA Annual Conference.

Postage, phone charges, photocopying, and similar incidental expenses are reimbursed.


Applicants interested in this AASL volunteer appointment should submit a resume and cover letter addressing their qualifications and interest to Meg Featheringham, AASL Manager/Editor, at mfeatheringham@ala.org by June 6, 2016.

AASL will notify the successful applicant the week of June 27, 2016.

Responsibilities begin July 1, 2016.