Applications sought for the Editor of Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ)

Deadline: November 15, 2011

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) seeks applicants for the position of editor or co-editors of Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ). The term is for three years, with the possibility of renewal for a second term.  The editor may not serve longer than six consecutive years.

Scope of RUSQ: RUSQ, the official publication of RUSA, has been published for fifty years.  RUSQ publishes a blend of practical and empirically based articles on issues that widely impact reference and public services librarians.  Beginning with the Fall 2011 issue (volume 51, number 1), RUSQ will be published in a digital format only.

Duties and Responsibilities:  The RUSQ Editor appoints qualified members to the RUSQ Editorial Advisory Board, manages the submission and review process, takes responsibility for the final selection of articles accepted for publication, manages the work of column editors, edits manuscripts, reviews proofs prior to publication, works with ALA Production Services on layout and design, and communicates regularly to the RUSA Board of Directors.

Qualifications:  Applicants should possess the following qualifications and attributes: previous publishing experience; reviewing or editorial experience; excellent organizational skills; an attention to detail; an ability to meet deadlines; strong communication skills; and the willingness to make a considerable time commitment.

Application Process: Interested individuals should submit an application that contains the following: 1) a current vita, 2) a vision statement offering ideas about building the journal online, 3) a statement regarding institutional support and resources, and 4) names of three to five references.  Submit all completed applications to: Diane Zabel, Chair, RUSQ Editor Selection Committee. Email:

The successful candidate will become Editor-Designate on February 1, 2012 and will assume the position of Editor on July 1, 2012.   This is an unpaid volunteer position.  However, financial support is provided for travel to the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference.