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Call for Editor (Guest) JCHLA Theme Issue on Aboriginal Health & Librarianship

The Editorial Team of the Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association <http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/journal/jchla> seeks a guest editor with knowledge and expertise in the area of aboriginal health and librarianship. The guest editor will work in close collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief to coordinate production of a special issue on the topic theme.

The role of the guest editor has three main stages:

1. Commissioning and collecting three to four articles for the theme issue – This phase may include preparing and circulating a call for papers, and inviting authors with known areas of expertise to submit manuscripts for consideration.

2. Coordinating the double-blind peer review process – This phase involves soliciting at least two peer reviewers for each submitted manuscript, and communicating with authors about decisions and needed revisions. The guest editor is responsible for accepting or rejecting manuscripts on the basis of these peer reviews. 

3. Production – The guest editor is responsible for preparing an introduction to the special issue as well as submitting the final, revised manuscripts to the Editor-in-Chief. He/she will be required to review the final page proofs, and have the authors review proofs for their submissions, to ensure that the issue is published without factual or typographical errors. 

The guest editor will have full support and assistance from the JCHLA Editorial Team. It is anticipated that work on the special issue will begin immediately, with an expected publication date of April 2014. Please send your expression of interest in this position, as well as a brief statement about your qualifications for assuming this role, off list to JCHLA Editor-in-Chief Vicky Duncan at editor@chla-absc.ca by Feb 7, 2013.

If you know of someone who might be interested in this temporary position, please forward this call to them. Guest Editors are not required to be members of CHLA/ABSC.

The Editorial Team will review all expressions of interest received and respond to all applicants by March 1, 2013.

Thank you for considering this opportunity.

Sincerely yours,

Vicky Duncan

Editor-in-Chief, JCHLA
Health Sciences Library
University of Saskatchewan
107 Wiggins Road
Saskatoon, SK  S7K 5E5
(306) 966-6023

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What librarians can learn from Dancing with the Stars

Tis the season for “Dancing with the Stars” once again.  As I watch Dancing with the Stars for another season, I start wondering about what librarians and technicians can learn from this programme.  One of the most obvious lessons for librarians is how to become better team players.  You really need to work closely together as a member of a team in order to succeed both in dancing and in libraries.  Dancing with the Stars teaches us that we may have to work through the pain sometimes.  How good are we at doing this?  I think we could definitely improve here.  Another tip from the popular dance programme is to not be afraid to try something new.  How frequently do we eagerly take up new projects and directions in our libraries?  Not often enough in my opinion.  Another lesson for us is doing our library work with a sense of joy and fun.  Do our libraries embrace fun and joy?  Another lesson for us is to not be afraid to make mistakes and get out of our comfort zone.  Most of the stars on this dance programme are taking that leap of faith to operate outside their comfort zone and regular area of expertise.  We can also learn to continually stay positive and dress up with our best behaviour and attitudes for our library patrons.  I think we can be that positive safe refuge for our library users.   Let’s put some of these dance moves into practice and work on improving our atmosphere and welcome to our library users.

Linda Howard, Past President HLABC

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