Index to TSLL structure and policies:
II. Editorial Policy
III. Editorial Board
VI. Relationship with TS-SIS and OBS-SIS
VII. Relationship with HeinOnline
VIII. Revisions of TSLL Structure and Policies
Technical Services Law Librarian (TSLL) is an official publication of the Technical Services Special Interest Section and the Online Bibliographic Services Special Interest Section. Access to TSLL is freely available at the TSLL website: http://www.aallnet.org/sis/tssis/tsll/.
The purpose of TSLL is to report on the news, activities, and awards of the sections and their members and to publish articles of interest and professional value in the area of technical services law librarianship. This includes coverage of developing trends in library standards and applications, emerging technologies, and administration.
The following editorial policy is to be published in each issue:
TSLL EDITORIAL POLICY
Technical Services Law Librarian (ISSN 0195-4857) is an 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 carries reports or summaries of AALL annual meeting events and other programs of OBS-SIS and TS-SIS, acts as the vehicle of communication for SIS committee activities, awards, and announcements, as well as current awareness and short implementation reports. It also publishes regular columns and special articles on a variety of topics related to technical services law librarianship.
Statements and opinions of the authors are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect those of AALL, TS-SIS, OBS-SIS, or the TSLL Editorial Board. AALL does not assume, and expressly disclaims, any responsibility for statements advanced by contributors. TSLL editors reserve the right to edit contributions for style and length. TSLL has the privilege to reproduce and distribute authors' contributions as part of the issue of TSLL in which they appear. All other rights remain with the author. Prospective authors should contact the editor for content and style information.
The editorial board of TSLL consists of six standing members: two from each of the sections, the associate editor, and the editor-in-chief, who serves as chair. The past editor serves as an ex-officio member for one year after the appointment of a new editor. The section representatives on the board serve two-year, staggered appointments. If a section representative is chosen as editor-in-chief or associate editor, or becomes a columnist, a replacement representative is to be appointed promptly by the section chair.
The function of the board is to provide direction and to monitor TSLL's adherence to approved editorial policy. The board is responsible for resolving issues concerning editorial policy and its implementation. The board appoints the editor-in-chief, the associate editor, and approves the layout editor and columnists selected by the editor-in-chief. The board approves the TSLL annual report and all revisions to this document. The section representatives on the board are responsible to their respective sections and reflect their sections' interests and concerns about the newsletter.
The editor-in-chief shall be appointed by the editorial board to serve a two-year term, with no restriction afterward on the length of time an editor-in-chief may serve. Selection shall be made from among members of the sections who have expressed an interest in the position and who have presented convincing evidence to the board that they have the skills necessary to carry out the responsibilities of editorship.
The board shall maintain a current position description for the editor-in-chief, including responsibilities and qualifications.
The associate editor shall be appointed by the editorial board to serve a two-year term, with no restriction afterward on the length of time an associate editor may serve. Selection shall be made from among those members of the sections who have expressed an interest in the position and who have presented convincing evidence to the board that they have the skills necessary to carry out the responsibilities of associate editorship.
The board shall maintain a current position description for the associate editor, including responsibilities and qualifications.
The associate editor:
The layout editor is appointed by the editor-in-chief in consultation with the board, and has no restriction on the length of time a layout editor may serve.
The layout editor:
The TSLL website is managed by the TS-SIS web manager, with appropriate links maintained to the OBS-SIS website. The TSLL website manager works closely with the editor-in-chief to ensure that TSLL is mounted on the website in a manner convenient for its readers, and that past issues are securely archived.
The website manager:
Columnists are appointed by the editor-in-chief, in consultation with the associate editor and with the approval of the editorial board, originally for a period of two years, with no restriction on the length of time a columnist may serve. Columnists shall be section members or, if not, must be granted special appointment by the editorial board. A written agreement is signed by each columnist, so that there is an understanding between the editor-in-chief and the columnist over column content, term length, possible term extensions, etc. A columnist cannot also serve as editor-in-chief or associate editor. If a columnist resigns, the editor-in-chief or associate editor may fill in, but every attempt should be made to find an interim columnist or to solicit a series of guest columns until a new columnist is appointed.
TSLL is published in electronic format using standard platforms, protocols and mark-up languages. Any changes to existing formats must be approved by the editorial board, with changes implemented only after thorough testing on a variety of browsers. The editor-in-chief will generally follow the stylistic conventions used by Law Library Journal. TSLL stylistic conventions are maintained on the TSLL website, with updates sent to the TSLL website manager by the editor-in-chief. Questions about style, such as capitalization, hyphens, initialisms and abbreviations, should be referred to the editor-in-chief.
TSLL is an official publication of TS-SIS and OBS-SIS. It is the responsibility of the chair of each section to ensure that news items relating to section activities are published in TSLL. The TS-SIS and OBS-SIS chairs are free to disseminate section news through other venues as well, such as AALL's newsletter and listserv discussion groups.
AALL signed a three year agreement with William S. Hein & Co. effective December 2, 2009, which grants Hein rights to reproduce TSLL as part of HeinOnline. This agreement automatically renews for successive one-year terms unless terminated in writing by either party to the agreement.
The editorial board is responsible for periodic review of this document for necessary revisions. Sections requiring revision shall be rewritten by the editor-in-chief and the associate editor. Drafts of the revised sections shall be approved by the editorial board, with the final revision presented to the TS-SIS and OBS-SIS chairs for their executive boards' acceptance as well.
The editor-in-chief and the section chairs are responsible for announcing the publication of any newly revised and approved versions of this document.