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How to publish in ACRL: Non-serial publications

Are you working on a survey, directory, pamphlet, bibliography, or any other project with publication potential? Then you need to be aware of the publication procedures for non-serial publications developed by the ACRL Publications Committee.

Your publication proposal will go through the following steps on the way to becoming an ACRL or ALA publication.

Step One. Fill out a “Preliminary Publication Information Form,” available from ACRL Headquarters, early in the planning stages of your project. This form asks for basic information about the scope and content of the proposed publication and the individual(s) responsible for developing it. Send the completed form to Mary Ellen Davis, ACRL’s publications officer, at ACRL Headquarters.

Step Two. The ACRL publications officer reviews the proposal and offers ALA Publishing Services the first chance of accepting the project as an ALA publication. This “right of first refusal” is specified in the operating agreement between ALA and its divisions.

Step Three. ACRL’s Publications Subcommittee on Non-Serial Proposals and the ACRL publications officer review the content and viability of the proposal and make a recommendation as to its feasibility. (In some cases, an outside reader with expertise in the subject area will be asked to review the publication for editorial content. This review will next be considered by the Subcommittee and the program officer.) The Subcommittee will review and act upon publication proposals throughout the year, as well as at ALA annual conferences and midwinter meetings.

Step Four. After reviewing the recommendations of the Subcommittee (and any outside reviewers) the ACRL publications officer then accepts, rejects, refers back to ALA Publishing Services, or asks for further development of each proposal from the author or sponsoring body.

Step Five. If your proposal is accepted, submit your completed manuscript to ACRL Headquarters for further review by the Subcommittee and the ACRL publications officer.

For further information, contact Mary Ellen Davis, ACRL Publications Officer, ACRL/ALA, 50 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795; (312) 944-6780, x287. ■■

Planning grants for public programs on the Columbian Quincentenary

The 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to the New World will be observed internationally in 1992. In honor of this occasion the National Endowment for the

Humanities is holding a special competition for planning grants in Public Humanities Projects. Projects should focus on the scholarly issues raised by the Columbian Quincentenary. Colleges and 102 / CbRL News universities, museums, historical societies, archives, libraries, community organizations, and other non-profit institutions are encouraged to apply.

The NEH Public Humanities Projects offers support for symposia, film series with colloquia, debates, reading and discussion groups, and panel exhibits that bring the humanities to the general public. For this special competition the program is especially interested in collaborative projects or projects that combine various formats for programs addressing out-of-school audiences.

Awards in this competition will assist applicants in planning non-curricular humanities programs for adults or young people. These activities should provide the general public with programs exploring such broad topics as:

•the impact of the voyages of discovery on such fields as cartography and geography and the transformation of scientific knowledge;

•the tradition of Utopian thought in Western literature and the efforts to realize such ideas in the New World;

•the development of Latin American literature and art or the impact of the New World on European culture;

•the growth of New World societies and institutions and the diplomatic and cultural relations among the United States, Canada, and the nations of Latin America.

Non-profit organizations with resources in the humanities and the ability to reach general audiences are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to those applicants who outline an effective strategy for reaching national, regional, or metropolitan audiences.

Planning grants of up to $20,000 will be offered for projects ranging from six months to one year. The deadline for receipt of applications is March 18, 1988. Contact: Public Humanities Projects, Columbian Quincentenary Planning Grants, Division of General Programs, Room 426, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 786- 0271.

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