Newsletter Co-Editor Position Description

Current Newsletter Co-Editors: Maya Hobscheid; Clarissa M. Ihssen

The IS Newsletter Co-Editors serve a three-year term and are responsible for editing and publishing the Section’s biannual newsletter. The IS Newsletter Co-Editors serve under the general direction of the IS Executive Committee and maintain close communication with the IS Communication Committee chair. The IS Newsletter is the official publication of the Section, providing current information about the Section’s news, activities, publications and projects.

The IS Newsletter Co-Editors are members of the Communication Committee and are non-voting, ex-officio members of the IS Advisory Council. As such, the IS Newsletter Co-Editors are required to attend IS Advisory Council and Communication Committee virtual meetings.

IS Newsletter Co-Editor Responsibilities Include:

  • Soliciting articles for the newsletter from IS Executive and Advisory Council members, IS Committees, individuals, and other sources.
  • Editing all text submitted for publication.
  • Writing articles for the newsletter as appropriate.
  • Designing and producing a professional newsletter for the Section, in keeping with ALA and ACRL policies.
  • Working closely with ACRL Manager of Publications to distribute the Section’s newsletter to its membership.
  • Updating the document “Tips for Newsletter Editors” as needed.


  • Membership in the ACRL Instruction Section.
  • Exceptionally strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines.
  • Strong editing skills and demonstrable attentiveness to detail.
  • Institutional or personal computer resources, including an e-mail account and desktop publishing software sufficient to ensure compliance with ALA/ACRL publication standards.
  • Experience with desktop publishing software and other tools and techniques currently used in the practice of newsletter editing.


  • Prior Instruction Section committee experience or familiarity with current IS projects and initiatives.

Appointment and Term:

The IS Newsletter Co-Editors are volunteers who serve a three-year term beginning immediately after Annual Conference and terminating after Annual Conference three years later (unless otherwise stated).

Following closure of the annual ACRL committee volunteer form on February 28, names of all volunteer applicants who indicate interest in serving on the IS Communication Committee are forwarded by the Section Vice-Chair to the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Communication Committee. In lieu of a formal application process to ensure equitable access to serving in IS Administrator roles, all interested volunteer applicants receive a link to a survey to indicate both interest and professional strengths applicable to the available IS Administrator roles. The Section Vice-Chair offers the positions to the selected individuals based on the Communication Committee’s recommendations in collaboration with the IS Executive Committee, and upon acceptance of the offers, sends official ACRL appointment notifications. For more information, please visit: Appointing IS Administrator Positions.

The Newsletter Editors must attend Communication Committee and Advisory Council virtual meetings.

Previous Newsletter Editors:

Lori DuBois, 2018-2022
Willow Fuchs, 2017-2021
Angelica Delgado, 2014-2017
Jill Hallam-Miller, 2014-2016
Megan Hayes Mahoney, 2010-2014
Jill Grogg, 2004-2006
Marji MacKenzie, 2000-2004
Ross LaBaugh, 1998-2000
Keith Gresham, 1996-1998
Stephen Fitt, 1994-1996
Bee Gallegos, 1992-1994
Laurie Sabol, 1990-1992
Eugene Engeldinger, 1986-1990
Loanne Snavely, 1984-1986