Technical Services Law Librarian is an official
publication of the Technical Services Section and the Online Bibliographic
Services Special Interest Section. Its primary responsibility
is to report on the activities of the sections and their members.
It communicates news about developments in the two fields. It
presents and resolves questions that arise in areas of interest
to the members of the sections.
The following editorial policy is to be published in the first
issue of each volume. The shortened version is to be published
in subsequent issues, with reference made to the full form.
Technical Services Law Librarian is a quarterly
official publication of the Technical Services Special Interest
Section and the Online Bibliographic Services Special Interest
Section of the American Association of Law Libraries. It reports
on section and member activities, and communicates news on developments
in the two sections. TSLL will publish section organizational
business such as election results and bylaw revisions. It features
columns on specific areas of interest, including those in a question
and answer format. TSLL will include short, practical
articles on areas of interest to the sections and short implementation
reports, but will not publish substantive articles, book review,
publication announcements or job advertisements. AALL announcments,
forms, and similar information will not be printed if there is
reasonable expectation of their being readily available elsewhere.
Any submission may be edited for style and length. Content editing
will be done in cooperation with the author. Any person considering
the submission of articles or other information is urged to contact
the editor regarding appropriateness and style. Publication deadlines
are listed in each issue. All statements and opinions are those
of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the
American Association of Law Libraries, the Technical Services
or Online Bibliographic Services Special Interest Sections, or
the TSLL Editorial Board.
The Technical Services Law Librarian will carry
reports or summaries of the convention meetings and other programs
of the TS-SIS and OBS-SIS, act as the vehicle of communication
for SIS committee activities, and carry current awareness and
short implementation reports. For a full statement of the editorial
policy, see the first issue of each volume. Prospective authors
are urged to contact the editor for style information. Statements
and opinions of the authors are theirs alone and do not necessarily
reflect those of the AALL, the TS-SIS or OBS-SIS, or the TSLL
Statement to Appear With Either Version:
Subscriptions are provided as a benefit of membership to section
members. Non-members interested in separate subscriptions should
contact the TSLL Business Manager or the American
Association of Law Libraries.
The editorial board of TSLL is comprised of six
members: two from each of the sections, the business manager,
and the editor, who serves as chairperson of the board. The past
editor services as the ex-officio member of the board for one
year after the appointment of a new editor. The section representatives
on the board serve a two-year appointment. Terms of appointment
are staggered for continuity. If a section representative is chosen
as editor or business manger or agrees to serve as a contributing
editor, he or she should resign from the board.
The function of the board is to provide direction to the editor
and monitor the newsletter’s adherence to the stated editorial
policy. It is responsible for resolving issues concerning editorial
policy and its implementation. The board appoints the editor and
business manager of the newsletter. It approves the yearly budget
submitted by the editor and business manager and determines policies
in regard to publication funding such as advertising, commercial
sponsorship, section subsidy requests, or subscription charges.
The editorial board is responsible for revising TSLL
Structure and Policies to reflect decisions made by the board
or other changes. The editorial board submits a report annually
to each SIS via the editor. The section representatives on the
board are responsible to their respective sections and reflect
the section’s interests and concerns about the newsletter.
The editor shall be selected by the editorial board to serve
a two-year appointment with the possibility of extension of the
appointment for another two years. Selection shall be made from
among those members of the sections who have expressed an interest
in the position and presented convincing evidence to the board
that they have the resources available to carry out the editorship.
The board shall maintain a current position description for the
editor position, including responsibilities and qualifications.
The editor is responsible for the following functions:
a. Publication of the TSLL. Such publication
shall take place on the schedule dictated by editorial policy
and within the budget presented to the editorial board. The
mechanics of printing and distribution are to be coordinated
with the business manager and the appropriate AALL Headquarters
b. Content of the newsletter under dictates of the editorial
policy. In order to control costs and using guidelines established
by the board, the editor can omit or shorten material or defer
column after consultation with the contributing editor.
c. Soliciting information that he/she feels should be included
in the newsletter.
d. Editing a submission to conform to the style manual established
by the board. As normal procedure, the editor is not responsible
for content once it has been accepted for publication. If such
editorial work is necessary, the contributor shall be notified
of any changes prior to publication
e. Arranging for the indexing of each volume. The index should
be prepared by a section member trained in indexing.
f. Presenting the editorial board’s annual report to each
section during their business meetings at the annual AALL meeting.
This report is prepared jointly by the editor and business manager.
f [sic]. Conducting an annual board meeting during the annual
B. BUSINESS MANAGER
The business manager shall be selected by the editorial board
to serve a two-year appointment with the possibility of extension
of the appointment for another two years. Selection shall be made
from among those members of the sections who have expressed an
interest in the position and have presented convincing evidence
to the board that they have the resources available to carry out
the duties of the position.
The board shall maintain a current position description for the
business manager position, including responsibilities and qualifications.
The business manager is responsible for the following functions:
a. Managing the mailing list, working with AALL Headquarters
for membership rosters and other subscribers.
b. Board determined financing such as advertising, sponsorship
and announcing the availability of newsletter subscriptions
in AALL and other publications.
c. Keeping the payment and correspondence accounts.
d. Communicating with AALL Headquarters staff about receipt
and expenditure records.
e. Coordinating with the editor and AALL Headquarters about
the printing and mailing of the newsletter.
f. Preparing an annual report to be presented by the editor
at each section’s annual business meeting.
C. CONTRIBUTING EDITORS
Contributing editors are appointed by the editor with the approval
of the editorial board for a period of two years with no restriction
on the number of times the appointment may be extended. Contributing
editors shall be section members. Their terms should not coincide
with that of the editor, but overlap. A written agreement should
be developed between the editor and contributing editors so that
there is an understanding between the parties over content and
length of the contributing editor’s term. Although a contributing
editor can serve as both a contributing editor and editor or business
manager, this should be avoided if possible. The editor or business
manager should be encouraged to find an interim contributing editor
a series of guest columnists for the duration of their term.
The responsibilities of the contributing editors include:
a. The content of the column, as stated in a written agreement
between the editor and contributing editor.
b. Adherence to editorial policy.
c. The production of copy according to specification and schedule
of the editor.
d. Adherence to the style determined by the editor.
The financial structure of the TSLL shall be examined
each year by the editorial board in consultation with the business
manager. The board determines the necessary funding to allow publication
four times a year in a suitable newsletter format. An annual financial
report is prepared by the business manager and presented to each
section by the editor at their annual business meetings.
TSLL is to be published in an economical format.
The physical format should remain constant unless significant
reasons exist for change, and then should change only at a volume
break. A volume should normally not exceed 200 pages. An annual
index for the preceding volume is included in the first or second
issue of the new volume. Questions about style, particularly initialisms
and their abbreviations, should be referred to the editor. Use
of a style manual is encouraged. The editor should be contacted
for the preferred manual.
VII. RELATIONSHIP OF THE TS-SIS AND THE
OBS-SIS TO THE TSLL
As the TSLL is an official publication of the TS-SIS
and the OBS-SIS and a benefit of membership to section members,
it is the responsibility of the chair of each section to ensure
that news relating to the section’s activities are published
VIII. RELATIONSHIP TO THE AALL NEWSLETTER
The TSLL is an official publication of the OBS-SIS
and TS-SIS. It should not be the only method of disseminating
news about the sections. News relating to current and future activities
of the sections should be placed in the AALL Newsletter,
as well as TSLL. This responsibility lies with the
chairpersons of the sections.
IX. REVISIONS OF TSLL STRUCTURE AND
The periodic review of this document for necessary revisions
is the responsibility of the TSLL editorial board.
The board members including the immediate past editor act as an
ad hoc committee with one member serving as chair. As the board
makes policy decisions or circumstances necessitate other changes,
affected sections should be rewritten. Drafts of the revised documents
should be approved by the editorial board with the final revision
presented to each section’s board for acceptance. A revision
with substantive changes in TSLL Structure and Policies
should be submitted to the members of each section for ratification.
The decision to seek membership ratification should be made jointly
by the section chair and the editorial board acting as the revision
Adopted June 1989
Revised June 1991