ALCTS Publications Committee Seeks Manuscripts

Genevieve Owens, Chair, Publications Committee

Are you looking for a professional publishing opportunity? Has your committee been working on a project that you'd like to share with the collections and technical services community? If so, ALCTS is eager to receive your publications ideas and help see them through to a finished product.

At the Annual 2002 meeting in Atlanta, the ALCTS Board adopted a new Publishing Business Plan. The plan emphasizes timely delivery of our field's most applicable theory and best practices. The ALCTS Publications Committee is working to insure quick-to-market titles that continue the association's tradition of authoritative, reliable content. Swift turnaround on proposals and manuscripts is so important, in fact, that the committee recently set a goal of responding to items that come before it within two weeks. "This goal keeps us on our toes," reports chair Genevieve Owens. "With a few minor exceptions, we've met it successfully. It has definitely helped the committee become a group that works year round, not just twice a year at conferences. I hope it also reassures authors that their ideas and manuscripts are valued and respected."

The ALCTS web site provides details on the publications process. Although the process is author-driven, committee members are happy to assist interested writers with it. ALCTS Publications Coordinator Kirsten Ahlen also stands at the ready for inquiries, and is the person who takes approved manuscripts through the final steps toward official publication. All of us look forward to hearing from you.

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