Tips for Managing Publication Proposals
Created by: IS Policy & Publications Review Committee
Approved by IS Executive Committee, March 22, 2013
Institutional memory is essential in organizations whose membership changes frequently. Regular, meticulous, well organized record keeping, expressed through well-defined protocols for document management and archiving behaviors serve as a mechanism for maintaining institutional memory.
The following protocols for discovering and archiving publication proposals produced by ACRL IS committees serve to record the genesis of proposals and alert IS membership about the publications that have been proposed. This process enables the Section to discover, document, and track the fate of proposed publications from their conception through revision(s) and/or retirement.
The IS Policy and Publications Review committee (PPR) is responsible for soliciting and discovering proposals for ACRL IS publications. Additionally, the PPR maintains the online Publication Proposal Archive and regularly reviews and updates information regarding the status of both proposals and resulting publications.
Currently, only publication proposals that are reviewed by the IS Executive Committee and by the ACRL are tracked and recorded in the Publication Proposal Archive. Informal proposals that require only a liaison approval are not added or tracked in the Archive.
The following sequence and cycle of activities performed by the PPR committee constitute the process used to maintain the Publication Proposal Archive.
Soliciting and discovering committee publication proposals:
After ALA Annual and Midwinter meetings, the PPR chair(s) will assign committee members to review the Publication Proposal Archive for publications that are due for revision or retirement.
In addition, the PPR chair(s), or an assigned committee member, will consult with the PPR Executive Committee liaison regarding proposals that were recently approved, denied, or otherwise acted upon by the Executive Committee.
Processing publication proposals:
- Committees with new or revised publication proposals send completed proposal forms to their Executive Committee liaison, who forwards the publication proposal to the Executive Committee for consideration.
- Upon Executive Committee approval, the Executive Committee liaison to PPR will request a copy of the revised proposal from the proposing committee’s chair (if necessary). The PPR Executive Committee liaison forwards the approved proposal to the IS Web Site Administrators for inclusion in the Publication Proposal Archive. The PPR Chair(s) and the proposing committee’s chair should also be copied on the message.
- The IS Web Site Administrators will notify the PPR Chair(s) and the proposing committee chair when the proposal has been posted; the PPR Executive Committee liaison should be copied in the message.
- After a publication proposal is approved, the proposing committee drafts the publication. The final draft is reviewed by the Executive Committee before it is published (in print or online). After final approval, the PPR Executive Committee liaison notifies the PPR Chair(s) and the IS Web Site Administrators of the publication approval date, which will be added to the Publication Proposal Archive.
- Annually, soon after the approved Executive Committee meeting minutes are posted, the Policy and Publications Review Committee will review the list of Executive Actions to see if any additional publication proposals are mentioned that have not already been added to the Publication Proposal Archive. This information may also be used to update the status of approved and/or denied publications.
Maintaining the Publication Proposal Archive:
- After the ALA Annual Meeting, the PPR chair(s) assigns committee members to review the Publication Proposal Archive for approved documents requiring review/revision.
- Prior to the ALA Midwinter conference, the PPR chair(s) provide(s) the PPR Executive Committee liaison a list of publications that are due for review, updating, or retirement. The IS Executive Committee will charge the relevant committees with updating the documents, or will appoint a task force if necessary (for example, for revisions to standards or guidelines).
- The PPR Executive Committee liaison will keep the PPR chair(s) informed about any changes to the status of documents that were identified for review, updating, or retirement. Before Annual conference, the PPR chair(s) should request an update from their Executive Committee liaison about all documents currently under consideration.
- After documents have been modified or retired, the PPR chair(s) will ask the IS Web Site Administrators to update affected records in the Publication Proposal Archive.