Change is coming to NLAQ!
Over the past few years, NLA members have indicated in surveys that the NLAQ should become an electronic journal. There are many good reasons for such a change: saving money, eliminating mailings, flexibility to make changes, eliminating production costs. Late last year, the NLA Board of Directors approved such a move to an electronic format. I have been working closely with our NLA webmaster, Emily Nimsakont, to make this transition. Last November, we agreed that this would be accomplished in a year's time. We hope that the Spring, 2010 issue will be electronic.
Some information that appears on NLA's webpage (such as membership forms and NLA business) is actually duplicated in the print NLAQ. We want to eliminate this duplication. At the same time, we want to offer our members and subscribers some excellent feature articles on a variety of topics from the library world. We will not sacrifice quality. Many organizations have made their newsletters and journals into electronic formats. This is really the state of the art.
At least for a time, we will continue to work with Focus Solutions, the Omaha company that has been producing the NLAQ for the past few years. They will prepare a pdf file of the current issue that can be distributed via email. For those persons who insist upon a hard copy of the issue, Focus has a document on demand system for them. In other words, we want to make this transition as easy as possible and accommodate our members as much as possible.
The NLA board and the Publications Committee are excited about the new NLAQ! Previous issues will be available online, and the website will be kept up-to-date. We regret that we haven't been so good about getting previous issues posted on the web, but this will be changing.
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Vol 38, No 1
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General correspondence and copy should be sent
Charles B. Washington Library
2868 Ames Ave.
Omaha, NE. 68111
Subscription correspondence should be directed
Nebraska Library Association
c/o Executive Director Michael Straatmann
PO Box 21756
Lincoln, NE 68542-1756
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Contributions for publication in NLAQ must be received by the following deadlines:
|March (Spring)||January 31|
|June (Summer)||April 30|
|August (Fall)||July 1|
|December (Winter)||October 31|
- Articles or news items should always be submitted electronically through e-mail. Send them as attachments to the editor at email@example.com . When articles are submitted typed on paper, we must re-create them as electronic files. This slows down the process.
- Please submit items in MSWord. Avoid sending text files, pdf files, kdf files or files in MSPublisher. Focus Solutions has asked that files always be sent to them in a consistent program.
- When creating files in Word, create them the size of a typical NLAQ page- 5.5" wide by 8.5" high with a 1/2 " margin on all sides. This will eliminate the need to recreate them in PageMaker and should cut down on reformatting as well.
- Name files appropriately so that production staff doesn't have to spend time looking at every file to find the one that is needed. For example, if you are submitting an article titled Omaha Public Library Branches, don't name it nebraskalibraries.doc
- Members are welcome to submit photos to accompany articles and news items. The original hard copy could be mailed to the editor, or an electronic file can be e-mailed. Just remember that Focus Solutions is very sensitive to copyright laws and the reproduction of photos. Always provide written permission from the photographer allowing them to reproduce the photos. Without this permission, the photo will not be reproduced.
- In the past, members have submitted articles in which photographs or graphics are "imbedded" in the Word document. Focus Solutions requires that the original graphics files or picture files be sent separately as well.
- When you are typing a Word document and come to the end of a line, avoid hitting the return key to go to the next line. Simply continue typing and use the "wraparound" feature of Word. When the return key is used at the end of a line, this can require Focus Solutions to do unnecessary reformatting.
- Please pay attention to the deadlines for submission that are published in each issue of NLAQ and send items to the editor by the deadline dates.
- The fall issue of NLAQ will not have feature articles in it. This issue is devoted to the preliminary conference program, registration, and announcements about preconferences. The editor will work with local arrangements committee members to produce this issue. Because this issue is very time sensitive and we want issues in members' hands as early as possible, deadlines should be strictly followed. We are working with Focus Solutions to be sure that unnecessary delays and technical problems are avoided in the future.
- The editor and editorial committee want to hear from you. If you have suggestions, constructive criticisms, or concerns, please contact the editor or any member of the editorial committee.
Opinions expressed in articles in the Nebraska Library Association
Quarterly (NLAQ) are those of the author and not necessarily those
of the Nebraska Library Association's officers or members.
Articles in NLAQ are protected by copyright law and may not be reprinted without prior written permission. For more information, contact the editor. Any reprints must include a credit to the NLAQ.