For immediate release | March 24, 2014

ALCTS seeks ALCTS News editor

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) invites applications and nominations for the position of editor of the ALCTS News, the association’s official news source. ALCTS News is a digital news website. The editor will be appointed for a renewable three-year term, beginning July 1, 2014, just after the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas. ALCTS News currently contains news from the library community, ALA, financial reports, meeting schedules, honors, awards, and news about its members and ALCTS’ activities. The scope of the newsletter will continue to grow and change as strategic direction moves into a more interactive, digital-based environment.

The News 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 for setting the strategic direction of the News, including priorities, content, production, marketing and interaction with the other publishing initiatives of ALCTS. The editor will oversee additional News 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 to the ALCTS Board of Directors and submits reports to the Publications Committee and the Board prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting and ALA Annual Conference.

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 and the ALCTS Membership Committee. The editor is responsible for informing these groups of issues and developments affecting ALCTS News and soliciting and incorporating suggestions regarding general content. The successful candidate will work closely with the ALCTS Advocacy and Policy Committee, ALCTS publication editors, the Interest Group Coordinator and other ALCTS groups to provide coverage of issues important 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 editor is also responsible for coordinating the submission of reports from committees and interest groups after each ALA conference. The current editorial policy is available on the “About” tab of the ALCTS News website.

This position is a highly visible one and requires experience producing a website or other digital publication, 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 online publication. Membership in ALCTS is required, along with attendance at both 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 April 18, 2014. A letter describing the applicant's interest and qualifications for the Editor position and a current vitae should be submitted to Keri Cascio, chair of the ALCTS News Editor Search Committee, The search committee expects to conduct phone interviews in late April or early May. Only electronic applications will be considered.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.


Charles Wilt

Executive Director