Call for Applications and Nominations for ACRL Publications in Librarianship (PIL) Editor

ACRL is currently accepting applications and inviting nominations for the position of editor of Publications in Librarianship (PIL), an imprint of ACRL book publications.

Appointed for a three-year term—with the possibility of one consecutive reappointment—beginning July 1, 2021, the PIL editor works closely with the ACRL content strategist and PIL editorial board to acquire and develop appropriate research-based monographic publications, issuing 2 to 5 per year. Recent publications include Developing the Next Generation of Library Leaders (PIL No. 75), The Changing Academic Library: Operations, Culture, Environments, Third Edition (PIL No. 74), and the 6-volume Framing Information Literacy: Teaching Grounded in Theory, Pedagogy, and Practice (PIL No. 73). Forthcoming volumes include examinations of open peer review, predatory publishers, and the intersection of open educational resources and information literacy.

The PIL editor proactively seeks content and book proposals, and coordinates the editorial board’s review of all book proposal submissions as well as the peer review process for each PIL manuscript, employing both traditional closed review by the board and open peer reviews (decided on a project-by-project basis in coordination with the editors and authors). The PIL editor helps set the strategic direction for this series, facilitating meetings and information exchange with the editorial board and the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee and crafting annual reports and workplans.

Qualifications for the editor position include:

  • professional experience in academic libraries
  • a record of scholarly publication
  • editing experience
  • effective communication skills and experience working with a group
  • broad knowledge of the issues confronting academic libraries
  • an awareness of the legal and ethical aspects of scholarly communication and the “publishing process, including issues involving copyright, plagiarism, libel, privacy protection, and confidentiality” (

It is preferred but not necessary that the editor has been a PIL and/or ACRL book editor or author/chapter author, or served as an editorial board member or peer reviewer.

ACRL has made a Core Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and particularly to building leadership opportunities for racially and ethnically underrepresented colleagues. The Board expects this commitment to permeate the work of the association, including all its professional development and publications.

Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF document. To apply, please prepare the following materials:

1. A statement addressing the aforementioned qualifications, as well as responses to the following questions (two pages maximum):

a. Why do you want to be the editor of Publications in Librarianship?

b. Are there any identities you hold that may contribute to fuller representation of diverse groups and points of view as part of this book series?

c. Do you have a successful publication or group leadership story you would like to share with us?

2. Your resume or CV.

3. The names and contact information for 2 references who have direct knowledge of your publications and/or leadership experience.

The single PDF application must be submitted via email by 5 p.m. Eastern on April 1, 2021, to ACRL Content Strategist Erin Nevius at for full consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Finalists will be notified by May 15, 2021, and interviewed virtually or by phone. Appointment of the successful candidate will be made by the ACRL Board of Directors upon the recommendation of the search committee and of the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee.