The editor must be a member of WESS. He/she must have the support (technology, time, such assistance as may be necessary) to submit camera-ready copy to ACRL in accordance with the stated deadlines. Experience in WESS and wide-ranging contacts in the library community relating to western European studies are desirable.
The upcoming vacancy is announced in the WESS Newsletter. Applicants should send the WESS Chair an application with resume, a writing sample, a description of available hardware, software and local support (staff, time), and a statement of interest. The WESS Chair makes the selection in consultation with the Chair of the Publications Committee as well as with the Executive Committee. The editor may designate assistants without a formal selection process. In the event of a mid-term vacancy, the WESS Chair, in consultation with the Executive Committee and the Chair of the Publications Committee will make an interim appointment for no longer than the remainder of the term.
The editor(s) shall serve a three year appointment which may be renewed once at the discretion of the WESS Chair, in consultation with the Executive Committee and the Chair of the Publications Committee.
The incoming editor is designated the year before he/she takes over and works with the editor during that year.
The Publications Committee serves as an advisory body to the newsletter editor. The Committee advises the editor on editorial direction, assists him/her in fulfilling his/her duties, as needed, by soliciting or contributing columns, articles, or news items, and reviews the newsletter on an ongoing basis. The Committee advises the Executive Committee on policies and procedures relating to the Newsletter and its editor(s).
The editor needs to attend the meetings of the Executive Committee to present the budgetary requirements of the Newsletter, and to effectively communicate developments in the Section in the Newsletter. The editor should also attend ACRL committee meetings relevant to newsletters and their budgets.
As ex officio member of the Publications Committee, the editor provides information relevant to the Committee's business.
The editor will follow the ACRL Guide to Policies and Procedures, "Section Newsletter Policy," noting particularly the provisions requiring a written report to the ACRL Publications Committee at annual conference.