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Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Seeks Editor

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (A.L.C.T.S.), a division of the American Library Association (A.L.A.), invites applications and nominations for the position of Editor of the ALCTS News, the A.L.C.T.S’s official news source. The Editor will be appointed for a renewable three-year term, beginning July 1, 2014, just after the A.L.A. 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

ALCTS News currently contains news from the library community, A.L.A., financial reports, meeting schedules, honors, awards, and news about its members and A.L.C.TS.’s activities. The scope of the newsletter will continue to grow and change as strategic direction moves into a more interactive, digital-based environment.

The ALCTS News Editor is expected to take a leading role in the delivery of news that A.L.C.T.S. members need to know from the association and the library community beyond. The Editor will have responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the ALCTS News, including priorities, content, production, marketing and interaction with the other publishing initiatives of A.L.C.T.S.

The Editor will oversee additional ALCTS News contributors and possibly serve as chair of a small editorial board. He or she works closely with the A.L.C.T.S. publications manager in the A.L.C.T.S. Office for Editing and Production.

Reporting to the A.L.C.T.S. Board of Directors, the Editor submits reports to the Publications Committee and the Board prior to the A.L.A. Midwinter Meeting and A.L.A. Annual Conference. An ex-officio, non-voting member of the A.LC.T.S. Board of Directors, the Editor attends all Board meetings and participates in all discussions and planning.

In addition, the Editor serves as an ex-officio member of the A.L.C.T.S. Publications Committee and the A.L.C.T.S. 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 A.L.C.T.S. Advocacy and Policy Committee, A.L.C.T.S. publication editors, the Interest Group Coordinator and other A.L.C.T.S. groups to provide coverage of issues important to A.L.C.T.S. members and the profession. Working with the A.L.C.T.S. Executive Director and other A.L.C.T.S. 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 A.L.A. conference.

The current editorial policy is available on the “About” tab of the ALCTS News Web site. This position is a highly visible one and requires experience producing a Web site or other digital publication, ability to establish strategic direction and future initiatives, demonstrated writing and editing ability, familiarity with the issues in areas of A.L.C.T.S. 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 A.L.C.T.S. is required, along with attendance at both A.L.A. Annual Conference and Midwinter Meetings. "A generous annual stipend is provided to support attendance," the A.L.C.T.S. states.

Desirable qualifications include prior experience on A.L.C.T.S. committees or interest groups, experience with social networking tools and social media, and experience with a Drupal-based Web environment.

The application deadline is Friday, April 18, 2014 (Good Friday). A letter describing the applicant's interest and qualifications for the Editor position and a current curriculum vitae should be submitted to Keri Cascio, Chair of the ALCTS News Editor Search Committee, kcascio [at] The search committee expects to conduct phone interviews in late April or early May. Only electronic applications will be considered.

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