ALSC Matters!

ALSC Matters! is the official newsletter of the Association for Library Service to Children.

Deadlines

  • March issue: early February
  • June issue: early May
  • September issue: early August
  • December issue: early November

The ALSC Newsletter began in September 1978. Publication was suspended in May 1981 and resumed on a semi-annual basis in December 1982. Volume 14 consisted of three issues and beginning with Volume 15, the ALSC Newsletter became quarterly.

In 2003, the newsletter's name changed to ALSConnect. The March 2003 issue was Volume 1, no. 1. ALSConnect had a completely new print design, an online version, and slightly different content than the ALSC Newsletter. The June 2007 issue of ALSConnect was the final print issue. Beginning with the September 2007 issue, ALSConnect became an online-only newsletter.

To avoid confusion with ALA Connect, ALA's social media component, the ALSConnect name was changed to ALSC Matters! The first issue of ALSC Matters! was March 2012 (Volume 10, no. 1). Volume numbering continued where ALSConnect left off since there were no major changes other than the name.

Policies and Procedures

SECTION I—Policy

  1. Statement of Purpose

    ALSC Matters! is the official newsletter of the Association for Library Service to Children. ALSC Matters! primarily serves as a vehicle for membership information about the association and provides members the opportunity to exchange ideas, views, and opinions.
     
  2. Content

    Material normally takes the form of brief reports, news items, and announcements.
     
  3. Scope

    ALSC Matters! is a vehicle for brief, current information, contains Board actions, program news, committee news, ALSC Office notes, conference announcements, and an idea exchange column.
     
  4. Copyright

    All material in ALSC Matters! is subject to copyright by ALA and may be photocopied for the noncommercial purpose of educational or scientific advancement.
     
  5. Editorial Responsibility*

    The editor has the final responsibility for the content of ALSC Matters! within the parameters of ALA and ALSC policies.* Because ALSC Matters! is an official organ of ALSC, the editor has particular responsibility to convey to the members full and accurate information about the activities, purpose, and goals of the association. The editor must assume an obligation to represent the best interests of the association fairly and as fully as possible within the scope of ALSC Matters! and with due regard to the editor’s prerogatives in producing a balanced and readable publication.

SECTION II—Personnel

  1. Editor: The editor of ALSC Matters! shall:

    1. Assume final authority for content of each issue of ALSC Matters!

    2. Be responsible for copy solicitation, development, and editing.

    3. Submit copy to Production Services (PS) in accord with established procedures and schedule.

    4. Read and edit galleys and page proofs.

    5. Have the option to assign areas of editorial responsibility to others.

  2. ALSC Staff: The staff shall:
    1. Oversee all aspects of production, distribution, and financial management of ALSC Matters within the parameters of ALA and ALSC policies.*

    2. Provide information and copy to the editor relative to division activities, programs, etc.

  3. Production Services (PS): PS, in consultation with the staff, shall:
    1. Submit production budget to the executive director.

    2. Establish and maintain contracts with suppliers, typesetters, and printers.

    3. Establish the annual production schedule in consultation with editor and executive director.

    4. Provide production services, e.g., copyright, copy editing, layout and proofreading, for ALSC Matters!

    5. Manage distribution of ALSC Matters!, e.g., postal permits, mailing labels, mailing.

    6. ALA Rights and Permissions Office in consultation with the executive director, and in accord with the ALA Rights and Permissions policy, shall handle all requests for permission to reprint from ALSC Matters!

 

Approved by the ALSC Board, Midwinter 1981.
Revised 2005.
Name changed from ALSConnect to ALSC Matters!, March 2012.

 


*ALA policies may be found in the ALA “Position Statement and Policies and Procedures” Manual, available at http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/policymanual.

To link to the current and past issues of the ALSC Matters! newsletter, click the following link: http://www.ala.org/alsc/alscconnectonline/.