Rebecca T. Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org), Editor-in-Chief of School Library Journal, has accepted the position of Editorial Director of Library Journals, effective immediately. She will serve as Editor-in-Chief for both Library Journal and School Library Journal. Michael Kelley, previously Editor-in-Chief of LJ, is no longer with the company. Please submit LJ news and feature queries to Executive Editor Josh Hadro at email@example.com.
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Rebecca T. Miller Named Editorial Director of Library Journals: Will Lead LJ and SLJ
Media Source, Inc., today announced that Rebecca T. Miller, currently Editor-in-Chief of School Library Journal, has been named Editorial Director of Library Journals (LJS). In this position, she will serve as Editor-in-Chief for both Library Journal and School Library Journal, directing the editorial strategy of the two brands. Her new role is effective immediately.
“I’m pleased to announce that Rebecca Miller is now the Editorial Director of Library Journals,” said LJS publisher Ian Singer. “Prior to assuming the role of EiC of SLJ, Rebecca served as LJ’s Executive Editor for six years, and even while serving as SLJ’s EiC, she continued to provide leadership for LJ‘s Patron Profiles research and Design Institute events. As such, Rebecca understands deeply the mission of our brands, and I’m excited for our future.”
Miller, who was named Editor-in-Chief of School Library Journal in 2011, was an editor at LJ since 1998, serving as Executive Editor since 2005. She received her MLIS from Pratt Institute in 2009. At the helm of SLJ, she tuned the editorial strategy toward addressing the issues raised by the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and launched Be the Change, a school library leadership initiative. Importantly, she also embraced the need for greater collaboration between library types, and created SLJ‘s first Public Library Leadership Think Tank as a national forum for leaders in children’s services. Throughout, Miller continued to work closely with LJ‘s editorial team on Patron Profiles research, architecture coverage, the Best Small Library in America Award, planning the Digital Shift virtual event, and more.
“The opportunity to connect the dots between these two venerable brands while better serving their distinct readerships is a deep honor,” said Miller. “I look forward to working even more closely with the excellent editorial staffs to deliver strong independent coverage of the many issues libraries face, insight into the best practices and innovative leaders at work, and robust professional development for librarians at all levels.”
Announcing the change to staff, Singer noted that the consolidation of the two Editor-in-Chief roles dovetails with the impending finalization of three technology investments to help support content integration across the brands’ various channels: a migration to the K4 cross-media publishing platform and WordPress content management system, and a consolidated book review database. “Our brands are going to continue to look inward for ways in which we can maximize our content opportunities and staff to best serve our core audience,” he said. “I believe consolidating the EiC position, with Rebecca in that role, for which I fully believe she is uniquely qualified, is the ideal starting point.”
ABOUT MEDIA SOURCE INC. Media Source, Inc., serves librarians, educators, publishers, and parents by producing critical information and services that maximize the value of libraries to their communities. Combining school, public, and academic library expertise with access to some of the best minds in the world of collection development, readers’ advisory, library management, and library technology, MSI’s brands offer invaluable resources for the library profession. Subsidiary companies include: Junior Library Guild, The Horn Book, Library Journal and School Library Journal. MSI acquired School Library Journal and Library Journal from Reed Business Information in early 2010. Visit mediasourceinc.com.