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ANO Editor Search

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) invites applications and nominations for the position of Editor of the ALCTS Newsletter Online (ANO), the association’s official newsletter. ANO is a digital publication currently published quarterly. The editor will be appointed for a renewable three-year term, beginning July 1, 2010 just after the conclusion of the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. ANO currently contains announcements and reports of ALCTS, educational programs, committee and interest group work, and other activities. The scope of the newsletter will change as strategic direction moves into a more interactive, digital environment. The future newsletter will incorporate not only the traditional news and reports but selected articles, news feeds and continuing updates to keep the newsletter content fresh and up-to-date. The newsletter will continue to cover broader news from the library community, ALA, financial reports, meeting schedules, honors, awards, and news about its members.

The Newsletter Editor is expected to take a leading role in the delivery of news that ALCTS members need to know from the association and the library community beyond. The Editor will have responsibility to set the strategic direction of the newsletter including priorities, content, production, marketing and interaction with the other publishing initiatives of ALCTS. The Editor may oversee additional newsletter contributors and possibly serve as chair of a small editorial board. The Editor works closely with the ALCTS Publications Manager in the ALCTS Office for editing and production. The Editor reports directly to the ALCTS Board of Directors and submits an annual report to the Board by the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The editor serves as an ex-officio non-voting member of the ALCTS Board of Directors, attends all Board meetings , and participates in all discussions and planning. The Editor serves as an ex-officio member of the ALCTS Publications Committee, the LRTS Editorial Board, and the ALCTS Membership Committee. The editor is responsible for informing these groups of issues and developments affecting ANO and soliciting and incorporating suggestions regarding general content. The successful candidate will work closely with the LRTS Editor and the Paper Series Editor to provide coverage of issues of importance to ALCTS members and the profession. The editor works with the ALCTS Executive Director and other ALCTS staff members to ensure full coverage of division activities. The current editorial policy is available in the September 2010 issue of the Newsletter.

This is position is a highly visible one and requires experience producing an electronic newsletter or other digital publication experience, the ability to establish strategic direction and future initiatives, demonstrated writing and editing ability, familiarity with the issues in areas of ALCTS interests; ability to meet deadlines; ability to work closely with groups and individuals, and experience with the technology and processes required for the production of an electronic publication. Membership in ALCTS is required, along with attendance at both the ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meetings. A generous annual stipend is provided to support attendance. Desirable qualifications include prior experience on ALCTS committees or interest groups, experience with social networking tools and social media and experience with a Drupal-based web environment.

The application deadline is March 4, 2011. A letter describing the applicant's interest and qualifications for the editor position and a current vita should be submitted to Mary Case, University Librarian, University of Illinois–Chicago, marycase@uic.edu. The search committee expects to conduct phone interviews in late March or early April. Only electronic applications will be considered.

LRTS Announces Availability of Grants Up to $1,000

Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) announces the availability of grants of up to $1,000 (funded by an ALA Carnegie-Whitney Grant) to assist authors with preparing literature reviews. The purpose of the grants is to provide funds that will be used for clerical and research support, thereby allowing the author/s to concentrate on analyzing the resources and writing the literature review. Possible tasks might be collecting citations, sorting and organizing citations by themes and categories, locating and gathering resources to be reviewed, verifying citations, funding purchases of articles not owned by the home institution of the author, and so forth. Funding also could provide a mentoring opportunity by funding assistance by a library school or information science student.

Highly cited, literature reviews provide an essential professional service to practitioners, scholars, and students by identifying the key themes and the most important publications appearing in successive two year periods. Books and articles by accredited scholars and researchers, i.e., primarily peer-reviewed publications provide the basis for a literature review. A good literature review is evaluative, selective, and critical, and goes beyond summarizing and quoting from the selected sources. Literature reviews explain why the sources cited are important and valuable, may compare them to prior works, and create a structure that organizes the two-year body of content to make it comprehensible and to identify themes, not only for those who have followed the developments it describes, but to future researchers. All sources referenced appear in the endnotes; a separate bibliography is not published. Although commissioned, LRTS literature reviews go through the same double-blind peer review process as unsolicited manuscripts.

LRTS seeks authors for the following topical areas and coverage periods:

  • Acquisitions literature published 2010-2011
  • Serials literature published 2010-2011

Papers should be submitted not later than June 30, 2012. Grant recipients will be required to submit progress reports to the LRTS Editor twice a year.

The grant proposal must include:

  1. Requester name, title, and contact information
  2. The literature to be reviewed (see list above)
  3. The requester’s credentials to write the literature review
  4. Amount requested
  5. Budget plan and rationale for how the funds will be expended

Proposals are due by January 31, 2011.

Applications and inquiries should be submitted to Peggy Johnson, LRTS Editor, lrtseditor@ala.org.

New Student Employees and Volunteers in Libraries Email Discussion List

ALCTS is pleased to provide a new email discussion list, "Student Employees and Volunteers in Libraries,” following on the success of the ALCTS E-Forum, "Managing Student Employees/Volunteers in Libraries," moderated by Judy Quist. Find information and archives online.

Are you interested in learning how other libraries manage their student employees and volunteers? Do you have questions and want to share advice, communication techniques, recognition programs, disciplinary strategies, or more that relate to your student and volunteer workforce? Join this list for an ongoing opportunity to discuss the issues.

Join the List

  • Go to the web page for the Student Employees and Volunteers in Libraries discussion list ( http://lists.ala.org/sympa/info/studvollib)
  • Click the "Subscribe" link in the left-hand column
  • Enter the email address where you would like to receive the list messages
  • You will receive an email message containing a password.
  • Enter this password on the web site.
  • You are now subscribed.

Change Your Preferences

To create your own password, click on "Your Preferences." and create a new password and make a note of it.

You can return to lists.ala.org anytime to manage your subscription:

  • change your email address for any reason
  • cancel/unsubscribe at any time
  • access the list archive
  • choose to receive the messages in digest format instead of one email at a time

ALCTS Videos on YouTube

Did you know that in addition to having a Facebook presence and being on Twitter, ALCTS also has videos on YouTube? The videos include ALCTS Past President Dina Giambi discussing her experience as an ALCTS elected officer, ALCTS President-Elect Betsy Simpson imparting leader tips, ALCTS member Heather Moulaison discussing how she became involved with ALCTS, ALCTS Member Keri Cascio (who is featured in two videos) discussing webinars and her ALCTS experience, ALCTS Member Nancy Kraft discussing her ALCTS experience, ALCTS Past-President Pamela Bluh discussing how to serve as a successful committee chair, and ALCTS Executive Director Charles Wilt discussing Preservation Week. The videos are available by going to YouTube ( www.youtube.com) and entering ALCTS as the search term.