CHICAGO - Sarah Steiner of Georgia State University (GSU) has been appointed to the post of social media editor for College & Research Libraries (C&RL), a new position created by the C&RL editorial board and the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee to take advantage of new opportunities to disseminate scholarly work published in the journal now that it has moved into an open-access publishing model. Steiner will serve a three-year term as social media editor beginning July 1, 2013.
“Sarah brings a wealth of experience in social media planning and program implementation to this new role on the C&RL editorial team,” said Scott Walter, C&RL editor-in-chief. “The board’s decision to establish a new editorial leadership portfolio in social media reflects our continuing commitment to C&RL’s place as a top-tier journal in our field, and as a journal clearly focused on reporting the results of research directly relevant to the lives and work of our readers.”
“A strong social media plan and presence will help to ensure C&RL’s continued support of research and scholarship in our field,” Steiner said. “Social media dovetails conceptually with the journal’s commitment to open communication and to open access, and I’m excited to have this opportunity to contribute. In the coming years, I’ll work with readers and the editorial board to create an even more robust online C&RL community.”
Steiner, author of the recently-published Strategic Planning for Social Media in Libraries (2012), is the honors, nursing and virtual services librarian at GSU. From 2011 – 13, she served on the editorial board of the Georgia Library Quarterly, where she provided leadership for that journal’s transition to an online, open-access format. A member of ACRL Chapters Council, Steiner has also helped to design and implement social media strategies for her library, her university and for the Georgia Library Association.
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at http://www.acrl.org/, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ala.acrl and Twitter at @ala_acrl.