Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial

Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial

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I am delighted to announce that Kelly Thompson's paper "More than a Name: a Content Analysis of Name Authority Records for Authors Who Self-identify as Trans" is the winner of the 2017 Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award. The award jury selected this paper in recognition of how it addresses timely and relevant issues in our profession, and because it makes a powerful case that our name authority initiatives should respect a person's agency. I concur, and believe that the topics it raises are just the beginning of a long process of change, and one for the greater good. It was my pleasure to work with Kelly, and the honor is well deserved. Kelly will be presented with the award during the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Presentations and publications are natural outgrowths of our work and provide the opportunity to share our experiences (successes and failures) to benefit our colleagues. We work in a very collaborative profession where information is readily exchanged. I find solutions to challenges through ALCTS e-forums, discussion lists, reports in the ALCTS News and of course, LRTS papers. Consider submitting a paper to LRTS. Share your experience and knowledge. Information on the journal and submissions guidelines are available at http://www.ala.org /alcts/resources/lrts. Scroll down to the "For authors" section, which also includes a FAQ, resources for authors, a helpful guide on how to turn a presentation into a paper, and other helpful information. Potential authors are also encouraged to contact me directly to discuss ideas for submissions.

When papers are submitted to LRTS, I assign them to two reviewers from the editorial board, based on their expertise. The papers undergo a double blind review, meaning that the reviewers' identities are unknown, even to each other. The same is true for the author's identity. Papers are evaluated on criteria including relevance to the journal's scope, documentation and sources of background information, research methods, and presentation. After reviews are complete, the author receives from me a summary of both reviewers' feedback and a copy of the paper showing the reviewers' feedback using Word's "track changes" feature. Authors have an opportunity to revise and resubmit papers. In some cases, a paper might undergo a second round of review. …

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