ACRL seeks editor for Information Literacy Web site

Contact: Dawn Mueller
ACRL Production Editor
For Immediate Release
May 12, 2006

ACRL seeks editor for Information Literacy Web site

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is seeking a member volunteer with extensive knowledge of, and experience related to, information literacy for a three-year appointment as editor for the ACRL Information Literacy Web site.

ACRL is looking for a leader who will shape this high-profile Web site and enhance its prominence in the higher education field. Deadline for applications is June 12, 2006.

The ACRL Information Literacy Web site is recognized internationally as a gateway to an array of resources about information literacy designed to enhance teaching, learning, and research in the higher education community. The site provides links to standards, best practices, and other resources for librarians and other educators with a focus on areas such as collaboration, assessment, and information literacy in the disciplines, as well as information about continuing education programs, grants, and related organizations. The ACRL Information Literacy Web site is available at

The editor will have responsibility and authority for decisions related to the Web site content, as well as for answering queries coming from visitors to the site. The editor will regularly review the content of the site, identify areas to be revised and developed, and solicit assistance with development of new content.

Working in conjunction with various groups throughout the ACRL -- such as the Instruction Section, Institute for Information Literacy, ACRL/AASL Interdivisional Task Force on Information Literacy, and sections and chapters of ACRL -- the editor will ensure that content meets the criteria established for Web resources; that deadlines for submissions are set and met; and that established standards of structure, content and rhetorical matters are reflected in the Web site. The editor will receive some technical support for updating the Web pages using the ALA/ACRL content management system. The editor will be a member of the Information Literacy Advisory Committee (ILAC) throughout the three-year term, providing biannual updates about the site, identifying issues needing resolution, and participating in decisions about issues and projects related to information literacy across the association.

The editor should have a deep knowledge of the history, principles, standards and current developments related to information literacy; demonstrate strong editorial, collaborative, and communication skills; possess knowledge of organizations related to information literacy; have an understanding of Web site design and management; and be a current member of ACRL. Previous experience in editing/creating Web sites is preferred.

Applicants interested in serving as editor should submit by e-mail a resume and cover letter addressing their qualifications and interest. Applications should be sent by June 12, 2006 to Elizabeth Dupuis, Chair of the ACRL Information Literacy Advisory Committee, at Applications will be reviewed by the Information Literacy Advisory Committee starting in June 2006 and will continue until an editor is selected.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.