Publication Editor Position Description

Current Publication Editor: Michele Ostrow

The IS Publication Editor provides final-round editing for IS publications. This position is intended to ensure that IS publications are consistent, professional, and polished, and that they reflect well on IS and on ACRL. This position is also intended to remove some of the burden of detail editing from IS committees or individuals, freeing them to focus more of their energy on a document’s content. The duties and responsibilities of the Publication Editor include:

  • Ensuring correct and consistent Chicago citation style
  • Final copy-editing as needed (i.e. grammar, punctuation, etc. according to Chicago)
  • Final proofreading as needed (i.e. factual accuracy, clarity, etc.)

Committees should submit publications to their Executive Committee liaison in the most complete and polished state possible. All committee members should carefully proofread a document before submitting it. The Publication Editor or Executive Committee may return a document for further revision in cases where documents are deemed to need substantial, rather than final-round, editing.

The Publication Editor does not serve as a co-author on IS publications, and should not be relied on for substantial collaboration in the process of crafting or revising a publication.  However, committees may ask the Publication Editor for advice in the process of writing or editing a publication, in order to submit it in the most finished state possible.

IS publication authors are responsible for reviewing and following the IS Publications and Policies Procedures Manual. IS publications should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, Author-Date System. Refer to the short guide for examples of the most commonly cited reference types.

The IS Publication Editor is a member of the Communication Committee and is a non-voting, ex-officio member of the IS Advisory Council. As such, the IS Publication Editor is required to attend IS Advisory Council and Communication Committee virtual meetings.


Candidates for the IS Publication Editor should be experienced members of the section, preferably with first-hand knowledge of the IS publication process.  Service on a committee that authors or reviews publications, and/or demonstrated experience in editing, publication, and proofreading will be considered strengths.

Appointment and Term:

The Publication Editor is a volunteer who serves 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 Publication Editor must attend Communication Committee and Advisory Council virtual meetings.