Michelle Demeter Appointed College & Research Libraries Editor

ACRL announces the appointment of Michelle Demeter, head of instruction and undergraduate services at New York University, to the post of editor for College & Research Libraries (C&RL). Demeter will serve as editor-designate for the journal beginning July 1, 2024, and begin an initial three-year term as editor on July 1, 2025.

“The ACRL Board of Directors is thrilled to name Michelle Demeter as the next editor of C&RL,” said ACRL President Beth McNeil of Purdue University. “Her experience and familiarity with the ACRL publication program, knowledge of editorial processes and the scholarly communication landscape, vision for the journal, and strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion make her the ideal candidate to lead C&RL. We look forward to this next chapter for the journal and thank outgoing editor Kristen Totleben for her service to ACRL and the profession.”

“I am honored to lead C&RL and steward the scholarship reflecting academic librarianship today,” Demeter said. “I look forward to working with the editorial board as we seek opportunities to expand C&RL’s impact.”

In the position of editor, Demeter will also serve as chair of the C&RL Editorial Board and as a member of the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee. She succeeds Kristen Totleben, open publishing librarian at the University of Rochester, as C&RL editor. Totleben will work closely with Demeter over the next year to ensure a smooth transition.

“The search committee was impressed by Demeter’s ideas for furthering C&RL’s mission, such as diversifying the author and reviewer pools, including editorial members in decision making, training reviewers, helping develop authors, incorporating open peer review, and considering the role of generative artificial intelligence in publishing,” added Darren Ilett, chair of the C&RL Editor Search Committee and chair of the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee. “She will be a great asset in sustaining C&RL as the premier open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal for academic and research librarianship.”

As part of her record of publishing, editing, and reviewing scholarly writing, Demeter has served as a C&RL reviewer, C&RL Editorial Board member since 2019, and as a Library Leadership & Management (LL&M) Editorial Board member (2011-2017, 2021-2023) and a reviewer from 2011 to 2023. 

Published since 1939, C&RL is the open access, online-only scholarly research journal of ACRL.