CILIP Editorial Panel Meeting*
Posted by gazjjohnson on 4 November, 2008
On Friday 31st I went down to London for the second of my trips to CILIPHQ. This time it was for the first meeting of the new Editorial Panel, which has replaced the old and more formal Editorial Board earlier this year.
It was an interesting meeting, very much of two halves. The morning was mostly given over to reports from the Gazetteand Updateeditorial team, with the older hands weighing in from time to time. As a newbie I kept uncharacteristically quiet, as I was still working out the social dynamics of the 17 other people in the room. Perhaps a few too many, but the idea is to have representation from all library sectors and apparently the old Board suffered from far too few members. As it was after lunch we kicked off into a more chatty part of the meeting as the ice had well and truly melted, and naturally I got my oar in at every available moment.
One of the most interesting debates was around the new digital Edition of Update, which looks like it will be having additional content over and above the print addition. In part this is to drive traffic to the site, but it also is intended as a member benefit; since the issue is only visible to logged in CILIP members.
Part of my role on the panel, as well as using my expert judgement to feedback on each issue, is to seek comments and suggestions from the wider library community. I came away with a series of questions and action points, some of which I pushed out onto Twitter during the meeting. In case you’re not Twittered up here are the main questions:
- What are the hot issues that should be tackled?
- What themes should issues focus on? We’ve had RFID, JISC and Health of late.
- Who should be writing articles in Update?
- Did you know who was on the cover of November 2008 without looking inside?
- Does Update use too much “in-house language” and should more effort be made to demystify acronyms used?
Usefully I’ve come back with a load of extra copies of recentissues, which I’ve left in the staff room to share the CILIP news a bit further. So in
The meeting ended with a plea for contributions to the Update blog, whichI confess I’d forgotten to look at for a few weeks – stop by if you get the chance – though worth noting that unlike the Communities part of the site the blog is actually open access - something I wholeheartedly support. So anyone can read it, though you do need to be logged in as a member to actually comment.
Oh and did you all spot the picture/quote from me in the latest copy of Gazette? Personally I think I look grumpy…
*You know with a super-exciting post title like that, that this entry is just going to be crammed full of interesting stuff; don’t you?