The Biomedical Library Acquisitions Bulletin (BLAB) is a periodic electronic newsletter covering selection and acquisition of materials in biomedical libraries. Items for the Bulletin are sent in by subscribers and include notices of interesting new publications, observations on new trends in publishing and vendor services, and discussion of related issues, such as staffing organization, pricing and advertising policies, and use of approval plans. Most issues are from 7 to 10 pages, and the editorial tone is highly informal. Topics for special symposium issues have been devoted to methods for coping with declining book budgets, selection and processing of electronic journals, and staffing reorganization.
BLAB was established by David Morse in April 1992 at the University of Southern California Norris Medical Library. Since July 1993 BLAB has been a sponsored publication of the Medical Library Association's Collection Development Section. The publication currently has approximately 400 subscribers. In May 1995 a WWW version (http://colldev.mlanet.org/BLAB/ ) of BLAB was created by Eric Albright at Northwestern University, he is currently at Duke University Medical Center Library. He became the new editor in the spring of 1998.
While the editorial tone of BLAB is informal, we do have an editorial board to keep an eye on the publication and provide needed insight and direction. The Collection Development Chair makes appointments to the Editorial Board.
The current board is:
|David Morse||Life sentence|
|Susan Gerding Bader||1998/99|
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The continued success of this venture depends upon the willingness of subscribers to submit items of interest for publication.
All editorial correspondence may be sent to Eric Albright, Editor (Duke University Medical Center Library) at Eric.Albright@Duke.edu. Please include your name and institutional affiliation when submitting an item for publication. Thank you for your interest in BLAB.