The "Viewpoints" column is a venue for those involved with information issues (primarily, but not necessarily limited to, academic librarians) to present their opinions on important topics of the day.  Essays should be thoughtful, relevant, and timely. While they should be "fair and balanced" in examining both sides of an argument, they should also express a personal opinion or advocate for a position. Constructive criticism is appropriate, but submissions should not be unduly negative or inflammatory. A disclaimer will be appended that indicates that opinions expressed in this column are the author's and do not represent those of ISTL, the Science and Technology Section, ACRL, or ALA.  The editors reserve the right to reject any submission deemed unsuitable for publication.


The essay may be relatively informal and conversational in tone, and first person narrative is acceptable. Figures and references are acceptable but there should not be very many of them.  The column editor and the ISTL editor will collaborate with the author to edit the submission for style, clarity, and length. 


There is no firm limit on the length of a submission, but in the interests of readers' time, short and succinct is preferred. 500-1000 words would be a good target length. 


Edward Eckel