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AARL Volume 28 Nº 2, June 1997
Australian Academic & Research Libraries

Peter Biskup, Editor AARL 1990-1997

In welcoming Peter Clayton as the new editor of Australian Academic and Research Libraries, it is also appropriate that I should pay tribute to the very considerable work of Peter Biskup, the retiring editor. Peter has edited AARL since 1990, and has continued to build the journal on the foundations laid by the previous editors, Dietrich Borchardt (1969-1974) and John Horacek (1985-1989). Peter has made a very significant contribution as editor, ensuring a continuing supply of good copy, a sound editorial touch and a healthy membership base.

Those who have not experienced the joys of editorship are probably unaware of the extent of effort that is required to maintain publication of a quality journal on a regular schedule over a long period. We have cause to be very grateful to those individuals who contribute so much to the profession by taking on, and performing well, these taxing and so often under-recognisied roles. In Peter Biskup's case the job was undertaken simultaneously with his role as Senior Lecturer at the University of Canberra, plus considerable other contributions as an author in the field of Australian librarianship. One of his less well-known activities has been as a regular oral history interviewer for the National Library of Australia, a role which I expect will prove crucial in future assessments of the development of Australian librarianship.

AARL is one of the very few Australian journals in librarianship indexed overseas, and recognised as a peer-reviewed quality resource. ALIA, and the University, College and Research Libraries Section in particular, have much to thank Peter for. On behalf of the editorial board, I wish Peter well in his retirement.

Eric Wainwright
AARL Editorial Board


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