Abate appointed new editor of ASCLA member e-newsletter

Interface, the e-newsletter of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), welcomes Anne Abate, owner of Library Discount Network and a longtime ASCLA member, to the helm as editor.

Interface, which is distributed quarterly to members of ASCLA, covers both association news and also important developments in the fields of librarianship ASCLA represents: networks and cooperatives; independent librarians and consultants; state library agencies and services to special populations such as the incarcerated, blind, deaf, hard of hearing and other patron groups with special needs. The most recent issue focused on services to special populations, and highlighted activities in the field such as the Wolfner Library of Missouri’s transition from analog to digital talking books, an update on the Prisoners’ Right to Read, and coverage of the division’s related activities at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference. As editor, Abate will manage submissions, editing and online publication of the newsletter.

“I am excited about having this opportunity to learn so much more about ASCLA from the inside,” said Abate. “While I have dabbled in most of the areas encompassed by ASCLA and its sections, I look forward to learning more about the ASCLA members, their libraries, their concerns and what makes them unique. We will be reaching out to all of the ASCLA membership to share their stories with each other through Interface. We have so much to learn from each other.”

Abate has worked in a wide variety of libraries and library-related organizations during her career.  She is currently the owner of Library Discount Network, a small business that negotiates with database vendors on behalf of library consortia and networks and provides administrative and management support for nonprofit organizations.  Abate previously served as executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Library Consortium, now known as SWON Libraries, where she coordinated the programs, services, and activities for the members.  In previous lives, she worked as the director of marketing for a large corporation and held positions in libraries including law, academic, public, and special libraries.  She teaches in the areas of information technology for Xavier University and nonprofit management for Northern Kentucky University, and has also taught for the University of Kentucky and Nova Southeastern University.  Abate holds a bachelors degree from Xavier University, masters in library and information science from the University of Kentucky, a doctorate in computer technology from Nova Southeastern University, and a certificate in nonprofit management from Northern Kentucky University.

Submissions sought for ASCLA newsletter, August 2 deadline

The August 2, 2010 submission deadline for the Summer 2010 issue of Interface, the quarterly newsletter of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), is fast approaching, and potential contributors are encouraged to submit their articles promptly to the ASCLA office.

The theme for the Summer 2010 issue is services to special populations. ASCLA is the home to librarians serving special populations that include incarcerated youth and adults; the blind, deaf and hard of hearing; and other groups needing special accommodations for library services. Descriptions of programs, letters to the editor or any other ideas for articles that relate to the theme are welcome. ASCLA also welcomes contributions related to post-ALA Annual Conference wrap-up surrounding ASCLA events and/or programming relevant to our membership (special populations librarians; those affiliated with state libraries; networks, cooperatives and consortia; and independent library consultants). Contributors do not need to be ASCLA members.

Submissions must be e-mailed to Liz Markel, ASCLA marketing specialist and interim newsletter editor, [ lmarkel AT ala DOT org], as attached MSWord documents. Those submitting articles should provide their full contact information with their submission, including name, title and affiliation, phone number and e-mail address.

ASCLA newsletter editor: application deadline extended to Jun. 11

The deadline for applications for the ASCLA Interface editor position has been extended to June 11. Keep reading for details on the position, its benefits and how to apply.

ASCLA seeks an editor for its quarterly online membership journal, Interface. Interface serves as the primary source of information and communication between ASCLA and the library and user community and reaches ASCLAs 1,000 members each quarter. Guided by ASCLA editorial policy, the editor is responsible for the content, format and timely online publication of Interface.

Compensation of up to $1,000 annually will be provided to cover travel to conferences. In addition, the Interface editor receives complimentary registration for both conferences and VIP early registration for hotels.

The deadline for application is June 11, 2010 and it is anticipated that a candidate will be selected by July 1. A job description is posted below.

Applicants should email a resume and cover letter summarizing their editorial philosophy, two to four samples of written work or editorial activities and two letters of reference addressing qualifications to: Susan Hornung, Executive Director, ASCLA, at shornung@ala.org.

The two-year appointment as Interface editor will begin at the end of ALA Annual Conference 2010 and end at the conclusion of the Annual Conference in 2012. The term is renewable upon approval of the ASCLA Board. 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 and knowledge of emerging technologies in this publishing format.

Job Description: ASCLA Interface Editor

Reports to: ASCLA Board

Term: 2-year appointment, beginning at the end of ALA Annual Conference 2010 and ending at the end of the Annual Conference in 2012. Term is renewable upon approval of the ASCLA Board.

Summary of Position:

  • Interface is the official serial publication of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, a division of the American Library Association.
  • Interface serves as the primary communication channel between ASCLA and the library and user community.
  • Guided by ASCLA editorial policy, the editor is responsible for the content, format and timely publication of Interface and will prepare an annual plan indicating areas expected to be addressed in quarterly issues.
  • The Publications Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the editor and develops guidelines to assist the editor.
  • Editorial policies are approved by the ASCLA Board.

Specific Responsibilities

  • 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, following the annual schedule determined by the ASCLA Executive Director.
  • Establish a schedule of routine items that are expected to appear in each quarterly issue and solicit the required information from ASCLA members and staff following the schedule (ASCLA awards, actions of the Board, conference programs and activities, election results, committee appointments, presidents letter etc.)
  • 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.
  • Prepare articles by formatting each within style and layout guidelines provided by the ASCLA office.
  • Prepare each issue for posting to the ASCLA website and submit files via e-mail to the ASCLA office.
  • Collect signed copyright release forms from each author.
  • Attend ASCLA Board meetings as non-voting ex-officio member at ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meetings, and attend as many section and committee meetings, programs, and other ASCLA-related events as possible.
  • Recruit new advertising and work with continuing advertisers to renew and update ads each year. Keep track of invoicing and submit advertising checks to the ASCLA office.
  • 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, and a complimentary one year ASCLA membership.

Seeking submissions for winter issue of Interface

We are now accepting submissions for articles for the Winter Issue of Interface on the theme of Planning for Change.

Possible topics for articles include but are not limited to: retiring workforce, millennial workers, economic change, technology change, new diverse communities, political change, change management.

Submission and writing guidelines can be obtained from Emily Inlow-Hood, Interface Editor. Reach her at emily.inlow@gmail.com or 206-499-5670.

The deadline for submitting an article to the editor via e-mail is October 1.