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YALSA Seeks Member Editor for new Online Research Journal

Details about the online journal and Member Editor position are provided
below.  Candidates must email a cover letter, resume which includes
editing experiences, and two samples of published work to: Stephanie
Kuenn, YALSA Communications Specialist, at  All resumes,
etc. must be submitted via email by no later than Sept. 30, 2009.  For
further information please contact Stephanie Kuenn by email or phone:
1-800-545-2433, extension 2128.  Please note that this is not a salaried
staff position.  YALSA's goal is to have a Member Editor in place by
January 1st, 2010 and to launch the journal in the fall of 2010.


The Member Editor position is an appointment made by the president of
the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), with guidance from
YALSA's Executive Committee and Research Journal Advisory Board.
Extending for a period of two years, the appointment carries the
possibility for renewal.  An honorarium of $500 per issue (4 per year)
plus $500 in travel support for each of two ALA conferences per year
will be paid.  The Member Editor reports to the Communications
Specialist of YALSA and works closely with YALSA's Research Journal
Advisory Board, and is responsible overall to YALSA's Board of



*       To serve as a vehicle for disseminating research of interest to
librarians, library workers  and academics who focus on library service
to young adults, ages 12 through 18.
*       To provide researchers with a respected vehicle for publishing
research of interest to professionals who focus on library services to
young adults.
*       To serve as the official research publication of the
association, including but not limited to publishing annotated lists of
recent research from YALSA's Research Committee, Henne Award winning
research and papers from YALSA's biennial Young Adult Literature
*       The scope of the online journal includes all aspects of library
services to young adults at every level and for all types of libraries.



1.               Excellent oral and written communications skills.

2.               Must have the technical capacity to work in a fully
electronic environment; knowledge of HTML, web accessibility standards,
and online publications a plus.

3.               Editing experience in publishing or journalism,
sufficient to enable the individual to solicit and select research that
will result in a high-quality publication that addresses the diverse
interest of the readership.

4.               Dynamic, self-motivated individual.

5.               Ability to delegate. 

6.               Strong organizational skills. 

7.               Ability to set and meet deadlines.

8.               Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in
a team environment.

9.               Experience in library services to young adults.

10.            Membership in YALSA.



Member Editor: 

*       Deliver to YALSA a final set of copy for each issue according to
previously set deadlines, satisfactory to YALSA in content and form and
ready for publication on the journal's website.  

*       Set the scope and tone of the journal both textually and

*       Work with YALSA's Research Journal Advisory Board to develop a
yearly editorial calendar, to solicit content for the online journal and
to facilitate the refereeing process.

*       Work with the Advisory Board to aggressively encourage the
submission of high-quality content according to current issues and
interests in the field and maintain and develop positive relationships
with authors and potential authors.

*       Complete a review of all submitted content in light of the
philosophy, purpose and general style of the publication.

*       Oversee the refereeing process.  Peruse manuscripts and reject
papers that are clearly outside of the scope of the journal.  Work with
Advisory Board to send manuscripts within the scope to at least two

*       Correspond in a timely manner with contributors regarding
acceptance, rewriting, or rejection of manuscripts.

*       Supervise the editing of manuscripts (including rewriting,
reorganizing, validating information in content, etc.).

*       Work with YALSA's Communications Specialist to determine
schedules for publication.

*       Prepare each issue for publication by planning the table of
contents, writing introductory notes, preparing author biographies,
identifying heads and subheads, providing tables, charts, etc. 

*       Secure copyright as necessary for articles and images and
provide them to YALSA Communications Specialist.

*       Thoroughly review and edit online drafts for both first and
second passes.

*       Communicate regularly with YALSA's Communications Specialist.

*       Communicate with the Member Editor of YAttitudes, YALS, Member
Manager of the blog and Research Committee Chair to collaborate when

*       Attend ALA's Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting, including
any meetings of YALSA's Research Journal Advisory Board, to solicit
manuscripts and to assist YALSA with promoting the publication.

*       Prepare bi-annual reports for YALSA's Board of Directors, to be
turned in one month before ALA's Midwinter Meeting and Annual

*       Answer questions and inquiries about the online journal.

*       Perform other relevant duties as needed.


YALSA Communications Specialist:

*       Communicates regularly with Editor to provide support and
facilitate work.
*       Works with production team to maintain the template for the
*       Works with production team and the Member Editor to develop a
publication schedule and comply with it.
*       Handles all financial transactions for the journal.   
*       Oversees all communications with YALSA's ad rep.
*       Promotes the publication through appropriate venues.


YALSA Research Journal Advisory Board:

*       Work with the Member Editor to develop a yearly editorial
calendar, to solicit content for the online journal and to facilitate
the refereeing process.

*       Collaborate with the Member Editor to aggressively encourage the
submission of high-quality content according to current issues and
interests in the field and maintain and develop positive relationships
with contributors and potential contributors.

*       Work with the Member Editor to implement the refereeing process.

*       Include the Member Editor in any meetings of the Advisory Board.
*       Assist the Communications Specialist and Member Editor with
promoting the online journal.


Beth Yoke, Executive Director

Young Adult Library Services Association

fastest growing division of ALA

50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611

1.800.545.2433 x4391

fax: 312.280.5276

Download YALSA's Advocacy Toolkit <> 


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