Applications/Nominations Invited for C&RL Editor

The ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee invites applications and nominations for the position of Editor of College & Research Libraries (C&RL), the scholarly research journal of ACRL. The association seeks an experienced candidate to lead its top-tier, open access journal with an eye to the future of scholarly publishing. Candidates are expected to uphold and advance the association’s core commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. The editor is appointed for a three-year term, which may be renewed for an additional three years. Applicants must be a member of ALA and ACRL at the time of appointment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage the production process in conjunction with the ACRL Senior Production Editor
  • Manage incoming submissions in Open Journal Systems
  • Maintain a current list of qualified reviewers and assign submissions for peer review
  • Work to diversify author and reviewer pools and editorial board membership
  • Review reviewer feedback and communicate with authors regarding revisions
  • Make publication decisions regarding submissions
  • Review issue proofs
  • Field inquiries and comments from authors and readers
  • Facilitate meetings and information exchange with the editorial board and the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee. Editorial board meetings are held at least twice a year.
  • Run reports, write work plans, and other administrative duties relating to journal publication and ACRL/ALA oversight
  • Manage C&RL promotion and outreach with the Social Media Editor
  • Advance other initiatives as appropriate

Estimated Time Commitment:

The duties of this position will require an average of approximately 10 hours per week, though the amount of work will vary by week. Learn more about the work of the position in the Duties and Timeline document (PDF).


  • Professional experience in academic and research libraries
  • Broad knowledge of current issues facing academic and research libraries
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, current trends and innovations in scholarly communication, including open access, open peer review, and digital publishing
  • Strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in scholarly publishing and the profession
  • Organizational and communication skills, including the ability to meet, and hold others to, publication deadlines
  • Editing experience, preferably in the scholarly publishing environment
  • Knowledge of current trends in reader engagement, including social media integration
  • Record of scholarly publishing

ACRL provides an annual honorarium for the editor. Funding for positions such as editorial assistants, along with book review and social media editors, is also available for distribution at the editor’s discretion.

Appointment will be made by the ACRL Board of Directors at, or prior to, the 2024 ALA Annual Conference upon the recommendation of the search committee and the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee. The incoming editor will serve as Editor-Designate for one year before assuming full responsibility for C&RL in July 2025.

Interested applicants should submit a CV, cover letter, and names of three references via email to C&RL News Editor-in-Chief David Free at Please send questions about the application process to search committee chair Darren Ilett at

Interested in nominating a qualified candidate? Send nominee contact information to the search committee chair Darren Ilett at by November 15, 2023, and the search committee will solicit an application on your behalf.

The deadline for receipt of applications is December 1, 2023. Applications will also be accepted until the position is filled. Finalists will be interviewed virtually in winter 2023/24.