IRRT International Leads Editor


The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) is seeking International Leads volunteer editor

Job Description and Responsibilities

IL Editor Description:  

  • The Editor of International Leads is responsible for the official organ of the International Relations Round Table, in conjunction with the IRRT Publications Committee and the IRRT Executive Board. 
  • The purpose of IL is to disseminate information about international librarianship and the activities of the Round Table. IL seeks to support Round Table and Association objectives by bringing IRRT's members news and articles that help them understand and react to recent developments in international librarianship. 
  • Because IL is the official publication of the IRRT, the editor has a particular responsibility to convey to IRRT members and other readers full and accurate information on the activities, purpose and goals of the Round Table.
  • IL is published quarterly, edited by a member volunteer and printed through the production facilities of ALA's Publishing Services Department.   
  • The IL Editor will serve a one two-year term, renewable once.  The term begins immidiately at the end of the ALA Annual Conference in June.    


  • Coordinate International Leads working with the IRRT Publications Committee and the IRRT Executive Board.
  • Have the responsibility for the content, form and design of IL within the parameters of ALA and IRRT policies and in consultation with the IRRT Publications Committee, the IRRT Executive Board, the ALA International Relations Office (IRO).   
  • Seek manuscripts and encourage the submission of high-quality articles.
  • Review all submitted manuscripts in light of the philosophy, purpose, and general style of the publication.  Correspond with authors regarding acceptable, rewriting and resubmission, or rejection of articles.  
  • Edit and proof manuscript copy. 
  • Assume final authority for all content in each issue of IL.
  • Serve as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the IRRT Publications Committee and the IRRT Executive Board.


  • Experience in publishing and/or journalism, either in editing or writing, sufficient to be able to produce a high-quality publication that addresses interests of the readership.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Experience in or demonstrated knowledge of international librarianship.
  • Membership in the International Relations Round Table.
  • Attendance at the ALA Annual Conference is required.

Reports to:

  • IRRT Publications Committee
  • IRRT Executive Board


Questions? Contact Dr. Whitney Bevill,