Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial

Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial

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I am very pleased to announce that "The Academy Unbound: Linked Data as Revolution," by Philip Evan Schreur is the winner of the 2013 Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award. Phil is a member of the LRTS editorial board, and the award jury selected his article because of his exceptional understanding of linked data and how it works. It is my article of choice when I need to provide someone with an overview of linked data and its potential benefits. Phil will be presented with his award during the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. His article is a good example of how LRTS can work, from paper solicitation, through the peer-review process, and culminating in the final published paper.

Publications are a natural outgrowth of one's work and experiences. They provide us with an opportunity to share our research and ideas to benefit the profession. We work in a collaborative profession where information is readily shared and exchanged. However, writing and publishing do not come easily to some individuals. During the "Publish with ALCTS!" e-forum, people provided reasons why they have not published, including lack of time, no requirement to publish for one's position, lack of confidence their topic will interest others, an inability to organize one's ideas into a paper, and the desire for a mentor to guide them through the peer-review process. ALCTS' publishing program has been revitalized under the capable leadership of ALCTS Past-President Dina Giambi and provides a number of options for publishing. See their website for more information (www.ala.org/alcts/mgrps/cmtes/ats-pb). In addition, the LRTS editorial board and I are pursuing initiatives to encourage submissions. The process of writing and publishing can indeed be daunting, and the LRTS homepage (www.ala.org/alcts/resources/lrts) provides a wealth of information for potential authors, including a FAQ that addresses how to turn an idea into a paper, how to prepare a paper, how to submit a manuscript, and what happens once a paper has been submitted. If you have an idea for a paper, I encourage you to contact me or any member of the LRTS editorial board (see www.ala.org/alcts/mgrps/cmtes/ats-lrts). The board comprises a diverse group of individuals who represent the various sections and interests of ALCTS. …

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