ASCLA Seeks Editor for Online Membership Journal: Interface

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) seeks an editor for its quarterly online membership journal InterfaceInterface serves as a critically-important source of information and communication, reaching ASCLA’s 800 members each quarter and sharing news and best practices in ASCLA’s areas of interest with the larger library and user community.  Guided by ASCLA editorial policy, the editor is responsible for the content, format, and timely publication of Interface.

Applicants should have a strong overall knowledge of the association and its goals and have an interest in and knowledge of issues relevant to ASCLA members.  Applicants must have written and published articles and/or have demonstrated editorial experience.  Preferred applicants will have experience or familiarity with the technical and editorial issues associated with electronic and Web publishing.

Compensation of up to $1,000 annually will be provided to the Interface editor to cover travel to ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting.   The editor also receives complimentary registration for both conferences and VIP early registration for hotels.

The two-year appointment as Interface editor will begin upon appointment and end at the conclusion of the Annual Conference in 2016.  The term is renewable upon approval of the ASCLA Board. 

The deadline for application is July 10, 2014. It is anticipated a candidate will be selected by mid-August.  

Applicants should email a resume and cover letter summarizing their editorial philosophy, two to four samples of written work or editorial activities, and contact information for two professional references to Susan Hornung, ASCLA Executive Director:

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Job Description: ASCLA Interface Editor


Reports to Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) Board 
Term 2-year appointment, from the end of ALA 2014 Annual Conference through 2016 Annual Conference. The Editor is appointed by the ASCLA Board; the term is renewable upon approval of the Board. The Editor must be a member of ASCLA. 
Summary of Position
  • Interface is the official newsletter of the ASCLA. It supports effective communication by reporting official acts and activities of the units of ASCLA, disseminating substantive articles and special focus issues on latest developments in the fields of interest to ASCLA members, and serving as a communication channel to the broader library and user community.
  • Guided by the editorial policy approved by the ASCLA Board, the editor is responsible for the content, format, and timely publication of Interface and prepares an annual plan indicating topics to be addressed in quarterly issues.
  • The Publications Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the editor and develops guidelines to assist the editor.


Specific Responsibilities
  • Establish the annual schedule in consultation with the ASCLA Executive Director and share content deadlines with the ASCLA President and members of the Board, committee chairs, and interest group leaders.
  • Establish a theme for each quarterly issue of Interface, based on regular communication with ASCLA members, section leaders, Board, committees, and staff, breaking news, and activities of interest.
  • Invite articles related to the theme, through personal invitation to a few key authors and through general announcement using the ASCLA listservs and others as appropriate.
  • Gather articles for quarterly publication.
  • Collect signed copyright release forms from each author.
  • Work closely with the ASCLA office to incorporate articles submitted by staff.
  • Edit articles for content, style, and correct grammatical usage, consulting with other experts as needed. The ASCLA Publications Committee serves as an unofficial editorial board, and section leaders and ASCLA Board members are always willing to provide advice and counsel in their areas of expertise.
  • Prepare each issue for posting to the ASCLA website and submit files via e-mail to the ASCLA office.
  • Attend ASCLA Board meetings at ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meetings as non-voting ex-officio member, and attend as many interest group and committee meetings, programs, and other ASCLA-related events as possible.
  • Periodically survey members to determine their satisfaction with Interface and elicit ideas for improvement.
  • Occasionally handle requests for republication and resolve problems.


Honoraria ASCLA contributes $1,000 per year to help offset the conference expenses of the Interface editor. In addition the Interface editor receives complimentary registration for both conferences and VIP early registration for hotels.



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