Minutes of the LRTS Editorial Board, American Library Association annual convention, Orlando, June 26, 2004 Present: Peggy Johnson, chair, Kirsten Ahlen, Kathy Brown, Sue Kellermann, Marty Kurth, Norm Meideros, Carolynne Myall (guest, incoming members), Miriam Palm, Linda Phillips, Edward Swanson, Stanley Wilder Members absent: Jack Montgomery, Lynn S. Connaway, Trisha Davis, Christina Bellinger 1) Introductions 2) Agenda review. One addition: discussion of meeting time at future conventions. 3) Brown volunteered to take minutes. 4) Minutes of the January 2004 meeting in San Diego (previously transmitted) were approved by default. 5) Book Review Editor’s report was deferred until later in the meeting. 6) Editor’s Report Report to the ALCTS Board (previously transmitted) The journal is currently budgeted for 72 pages, and the price has been raised. Most issues will have a section on operational notes. A compilation of Ross Atkinson’s works has been approved and will be issued in the ALCTS Papers series. Linda Philips and Sara Williams has done a review of collection management and development; Schottlaender’s annual report will be included in v. 48, #4, and 23 book reviews are in the pipeline. LMPI has proved to be difficult and not quite in scope. It will be posted to the Web, where more timely access will be possible. Only ALCTS members will have access to the most current data. The size of the editorial board has been increased. Surveys of sample issue requestors and membership indicate a desire for articles about electronic resources and research reports (requestors of sample issues) and best practices and management (membership). LRTS subject coverage report (previously transmitted) Cataloging predominates in published articles, as it does in membership and submissions. The current rejection rate is 12-14%. Sometimes authors choose not to revise. Reviews of the serials literature and the acquisitions literature are being prepared. LRTS content, vol. 48 (2004) (previously transmitted) No. 3 will feature zines as an article and as cover art. Financials (previously transmitted) Subscribers are mostly institutions. Digitization is tied to ALA’s decisions. Troy Linker (ALA Editions/Production) is interested in digitizing publications, so the LRTS Editorial Board and ALCTS Board should continue to press for action. Abstracts of articles are mounted on the Web. Coordination of solicitations for articles The Board may have been too zealous in its efforts; some people have been approached multiple times. Let Peggy know if you see promising programs or poster sessions. Board activity Members have reviewed 3-5 articles each, with an average of 4.4 articles. Book Review Editor’s Report Books are available for review, and the list is accessible via the Web. It was suggested that the guidelines should also appear on the Web, and that Board members should be added to the distribution list of potential reviewers. 7) Authors for literature reviews The Board agreed that the authors of the previous review pieces on cataloging/classification and preservation had done fine jobs. Peggy may need help in identifying authors for future pieces. Having a mix of experienced and new professionals is advantageous, and it helps if reviewers are dealing with only one year at a time. 8) Strategic planning: Developing more complete guidelines and style sheets The object of guidelines is to help people achieve the proper style, format, tone, and content. Two main questions are “how do I get ideas” and “how do I write well.” Peggy may ask for volunteers to craft an outline and a few paragraphs. Board members gave Peggy a few corrections/suggestions for the existing documents. 9) Efforts to generate submissions Nancy Williamson’s “Is there a catalog in your future?” was suggested as a good paper to revisit. Other possible topics mentioned by Board members include articles on aging acetate film in public library collections, audio preservation, metadata and image collections, and e-journal management. Themes of potential interest include collection development, scholarly communication, metadata/providing access, federated searching, the importance of standards, and e-resources. ALCTS has to make an effort to become visible in these areas, so that potential members do not gravitate to LITA, Educause, or the Digital Library Federation as their primary professional activity. 10) Meeting time No meeting time emerged as ideal. The Board wondered if it might be possible to consider meeting face-to-face just once a year. 11) The Board thanked Marty Kurth and Stanley Wilder, who have completed their terms, and then adjourned.