RUSA Publications and Communications Committee Seeking Volunteers

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

June 11, 2016

(via RUSA)

The RUSA Publications and Communication Committee is currently accepting volunteer applications from RUSA members to lead the transition and future directions of the RUSA Voices blog. The focus of the RUSA Voices blog will be for contributors to share, discuss, and promote current trends in reference and user services. The blog will be written by a team of columnists with a publishing schedule facilitated by a coordinator.

We are currently seeking to fill the following positions.

  • Blog Coordinator
  • Blog Website Coordinator
  • columnists to contribute to the blog

The Committee will accept applications from RUSA members for all positions through Friday, June 17. Members of the Committee will conduct the interviews for the RUSA Blog and Website Coordinators. Once the Blog Coordinator is selected, that individual will lead the selection process for columnists.

Apply here. A more-detailed description of the responsibilities for each position is below.

RUSA Blog Coordinator

  • The Blog Coordinator is responsible for recruiting and selecting four or more columnists with a variety of perspectives and sets publication schedule to ensure regular postings that represent a broad spectrum of ideas relevant to RUSA members and potential members. The individual establishes columnist recruitment plan, to be shared with RUSA Publications and Communications Committee.
  • edits articles for content, style, format and correct grammatical usage
  • accepts, solicits, and selects requests for guest posts as needed
  • collaborates with Blog Website Coordinator, Publications and Communications Committee, and RUSA staff to ensure Blog meets RUSA branding standards
  • serves ex-officio on RUSA Publications and Communications Committee
  • works with RUSA Publications and Communications Committee to create marketing plan for blog, to promote blog to readers within RUSA and also to a general professional audience

RUSA Blog Website Coordinator

  • Website Coordinator is responsible for maintaining, updating, and securing WordPress blog
    provides technical support to Blog Coordinator and columnists
  • solicits improvements and plugin suggestions from RUSA members for RUSA Voices
  • coordinates with RUSA Webmaster on the technical specifications and the integration of the RUSA Blog with RUSA News, RUSA Website, and social media.
  • collaborates with Blog Coordinator, Publications and Communications Committee, and RUSA staff to ensure Blog meets RUSA branding standards.
  • serves ex-officio on RUSA Publications and Communications Committee

Columnist

  • writes and posts 6+ articles per year
  • serves as peer reviewer for other columnists as needed
  • must be a RUSA member
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