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PLA Seeks Columnists for Public Libraries Magazine

by on March 14, 2019

The Public Library Association (PLA) is seeking persons interested in serving as regular column editors for the association’s official magazine.

Available column editor positions include:

The Wired Library
The Wired Library covers Public Library Tech, Tools, Tips, and Trends. We are seeking a writer who is interested in exploring Technology in Public Libraries and also has experience and familiarity in the arena. You should be interested in writing about the latest trends, but also, for example, the best apps or STREAM topics, topics relevant to both the library and the patron. Column length is 925-1000 words. You will be responsible for six columns per year. You will need to hit the ground running with your first column, for the May/June column due shortly.

Best Practices
The Best Practices column will explore new and better solutions for library world challenges. We are seeking a writer who has the public library experience and knowledge to identify and explain the most efficient and effective techniques, methods, processes, and procedures, for reaching desired outcomes. Column length is 925-1000 words. You will be responsible for six columns per year. You will need to hit the ground running with your first column, for the May/June issue due shortly.

Perspectives
The Perspectives editor identifies a hot library-world topic and then finds 3-4 participants to write essays on the topic. You should be steeped in public library knowledge and have a wide network in order to find writers on specific topics. You will be responsible for three columns per year. A co-editor is responsible for the other three. Column length is approximately 2225-3000 words or 3-4 essays.

These are unpaid, volunteer positions. You must be a member of PLA and able to turn in six columns a year either by writing the column or finding someone to write it for you (i.e., a guest columnist on a specific subject). For the Perspectives column you will only need to turn in three columns per year. If interested, please send a note to PL Editor, Kathleen Hughes at khughes@ala.org with Public Libraries Columnist in the subject line. Please include some information about your library experience and writing samples or links to writing samples. The PL Advisory Committee will review applications and select the new columnists. Deadline is March 22, 2019.


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