LRTS Begins Transition to E-only Format

There are two exciting developments related to Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), ALCTS’ flagship journal, that will take place in the coming year.

LRTS (pronounced lurts) will be archived in Portico. Since all back issues of LRTS, dating back to volume 1, no. 1 (1957) are available digitally, the journal will be archived in e-journal format. The decision to archive the journal is an important one, and ensures our division’s official journal will be preserved and available for future generations of readers. Find more information in this ALA news release.

LRTS will transition to an electronic-only (e-only) format. Efforts to make this possible are already in progress. The last issue published simultaneously in print and electronically will be volume 58, number 4 (December 2014). The first e-only issue will be volume 59, number 1 (January 2015). ALCTS members and LRTS subscribers will be notified of this change well in advance.

The ALCTS Board of Directors discussed how to make LRTS financially sustainable during its meeting at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, leading to a motion to publish the journal exclusively in an electronic format. Like many of its peer journals, this move will have the benefit of reducing costs and delivering the journal’s content to ALCTS members and subscribers more quickly. The journal will retain its current look, including the covers which have become one of the journal’s notable features.

—by Mary Beth Weber, Editor, Library Resources & Technical Services