Joseph Branin appointed editor of College & Research Libraries

Contact: Kathryn J. Deiss
For Immediate Release
April 10, 2007

Joseph Branin appointed editor of College & Research Libraries

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph Branin, director of Libraries at The Ohio State University, to the post of editor for College & Research Libraries (C&RL) journal. Branin will serve a renewable three-year term beginning July 1, 2008.

In the position of editor, Branin will serve as chair of the C&RL Editorial Board. He will serve as “editor designate” on the Editorial Board from July 1, 2007-June 20, 2008 when he will assume full editorial responsibility. Branin succeeds William Potter, director of Libraries at University of Georgia. As editor of C&RL, he will work closely with Potter to ensure a smooth transition.

“Mr. Branin impressed the search committee with his broad-based experience as a writer, editor, and referee.” said Catherine Lee, chair of the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee and Chair of the C&RL Editor Search Committee. Branin’s interest in scholarly communication and his commitment to advancing the reputation of the C&RL journal were cited as important factors in his selection.

Upon learning of his appointment to the position of editor of C&RL, Branin said, "I will do my best to uphold the high standards and rigorous peer review that have always characterized C&RL. I want C&RL to be a model scholarly journal in terms of its access, influence, cost, and use of appropriate information technology. I hope all my librarian colleagues—or any researcher with a serious study on an academic library topic—will consider C&RL as the journal of first choice for their article manuscript submission."

College & Research Libraries is a scholarly research journal published by the Association of College & Research Libraries.

The Association of College and Research Libraries 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.