ALCTS Seeks Candidates for Editor of its ALCTS Newsletter Online

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) invites applications for Editor of the ALCTS Newsletter Online, a bi-monthly electronic newsletter. The editor will be appointed for a renewable three-year term, beginning after the 2005 ALA Annual Conference.

The ALCTS Newsletter Online contains announcements and reports of ALCTS organizational developments, educational programs, committee work, and other activities. It also covers broader news about ALA in general, financial reports, meeting schedules, and honors, awards, and other news about its members. The current editorial policy can be found in the masthead of the current issue. The editor is responsible for determining the content of each issue; for soliciting, screening, editing, and/or writing all copy to appear in the Newsletter; and for coordinating production with the ALCTS publications specialist in the office in Chicago.

The editor serves as an ex-officio member of the ALCTS Board of Directors, attending all board meetings, as well as the ALCTS Publications Committee and LRTS Board. S/he is responsible for informing these bodies of issues and developments affecting the Newsletter; submitting a report annually; and soliciting and incorporating suggestions regarding general content and priorities. The editor also works with the ALCTS Executive Director and other ALCTS staff members to ensure full coverage of division activities.

Requirements include demonstrated writing and editing ability; familiarity with needs and issues facing professionals employed in areas of ALCTS interests (collection management and development, acquisition of library materials, cataloging and classification, serials management, and preservation); ability to meet deadlines; and experience with hardware and software used in the production and transmission of electronic text. Membership in ALCTS is required along with attendance at both ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meetings. An annual stipend is available to support attendance. Desirable qualifications include experience in producing Web documents using HTML, and prior experience on ALCTS committees.

The application deadline is February 1, 2005. A letter describing the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for the editor position and a current vita should be submitted to Charles Wilt, ALCTS Executive Director, ALA/ALCTS, 50 E. Huron St. Chicago IL, 60611. The search committee expects to conduct interviews in June at the 2005 ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago.