Library Resources & Technical Services Position Announcement

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks to appoint an editor for our journal Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS). Appointment of a successful candidate will be made by June 2004. The effective start date for this position is negotiable from July 1, 2004 but no later than January 2005. The editor serves a four-year term, renewable at the Board's discretion.

The editor of LRTS, with the assistance of an editorial board, strives to achieve a balance among the articles published in the journal so that the interest of each of the sections of ALCTS is represented. The editor serves as an ex-officio member of the ALCTS Publications Committee, and the chair of the ALCTS Publications Committee is also an ex-officio member of the LRTS editorial board. The editor is expected to attend the ALA Midwinter and Annual meetings. Editors receive a stipend from the ALCTS office to support their role and the editorial process.

Requirements include:

  • demonstrated writing and editing ability
  • ability to meet deadlines
  • familiarity with current academic research issues as well as practical operations based content
  • knowledge of the professionals working in the areas of ALCTS interests
  • ability to proactively seize publishing opportunities
  • knowledge of copyright ownership issues
  • skills to cultivate prospective authors (combination of editorial and people skills)
  • sufficient time needed to do the editor's work and the time skills needed to map out an editorial calendar.

Desirable qualifications include prior experience on ALCTS committees.

LRTS is the official quarterly journal of ALCTS and contains refereed articles in the fields of cataloging and classification, acquisitions, collection development and management, serials, preservation, and general technical services. It also contains regular LRTS features such as "Library Materials Price Index," reviews of books and other materials as well as official reports of ALCTS activities.

Applicants must be members of ALCTS. They should submit a resume and a cover letter; a statement describing the role of LRTS in the profession and indicating reasons for seeking the editorship; the names and contact information for three references; and at least two writing samples, preferably one work edited for publication by the candidate and one publication written by the candidate.

Send nominations and applications to:

Rosann Bazirjian
Chair, LRTS Editor Search Committee
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries
507 Paterno Library
University Park, PA 16802

Applications may also be sent electronically to:

Applications accepted until the position is filled; those arriving by November 15, 2003 will receive first consideration. The search committee (Rosann Bazirjian, chair; Allyson Carlyle, Carol Diedrichs, Michael Elmore, Julie Gammon, Jimmie Lundgren, Julie Page, Linda Phillips, Narda Tafuri) will interview candidates at the ALA Midwinter conference in San Diego, January 2004.

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