||To provide General Council with a report on ALIA publishing activities
The final issue for the year and the first issue of 1998 - incorporating the directory listings and other material agreed to by General Council at the last meeting - will both be in full production at the time of the November General Council meeting. Staffing matters are a key focus area at present, as both the advertising officer and the editor are due to be on maternity leave for the first half of 1998. Advertising agencies are being approached to assist in the management of inCite and other publications advertising for an initial one-year term. Plans are also underway to find and appoint an editor for the first half of 1998. Duties of current publications staff will be re-evaluated and re-prioritised to ensure that service delivery and quality is unaffected during this period.
Australian Library Journal
At the suggestion of the editor, John Levett, a reviews editor, Dr Gary Gorman, has been appointed for the remainder of 1997. Both John and Gary are presently applying the finishing touches to the November issue of ALJ. John forecasts that quality material is proving harder to source, but that he has sufficient material for the short term. The ALIA Publishing Policy Committee is in the process of discussing ALJ editor remuneration and honoraria, with an outcome to be resolved in the near future. This matter is mentioned in greater detail under item 14.2.3, ALIA Publishing Policy Committee.
Australian Academic and Research Libraries
The anticipated redesign of AARL will take place in 1998, following extensive consultation with the editor. There are plans for ALIA National Office to assist with AARL advertising in 1998, following the appointment of an agent to represent ALIA publications to the wider community.
Other publishing matters
At the previous General Council meeting it was noted that negotiations were underway with the Bertelsmann Foundation of Germany (the world's third-largest publisher) to produce and publish the International network of public libraries papers. These negotiations were, at the time of writing, still in progress. In other areas, two new ALIA publications, Course in library and information studies 1998 and Salary scales 1997/98 have been produced using the new ALIA 'house style' for this series of publications, in line with the ALIA Handbook. In addition to these publications, the continuing series of industrial services booklets are growing in number, the latest being Employment contracts for workers. When time permits, much of the content of all of these booklets will be reproduced on ALIAnet and made available to all, in digital format.