Writing & Publishing for the Librarian
- Bahr, Alice Harrison, and Mickey Zemon.
"Collaborative Authorship in the Journal Literature: Perspectives for
Academic Librarians Who Wish to Publish." College & Research Libraries 61, no. 5 (September 2000): 410-19.
study examined the increase in coauthored articles in the core
literature of academic librarianship and in other disciplines. Results
revealed that university librarians contribute the most to the field's
premier research journals and are its most significant collaborators.
This group published some 69 percent of the articles in College &
Research Libraries and The Journal of Academic Librarianship between
1986 and 1996, accounting for nearly 90 percent of the coauthored
research in the journals. However, college librarians contributed only
54 articles in these journals during this period, just 33 percent of
which were coauthored. It was also found that the greatest number of
collaborative papers in the fields of social science involved just two
people and that men are more likely to work with women and women with
men. (Library Literature)
- Crawford, Walt. First Have Something to Say: Writing for the Library Profession. Chicago: American Library Association, 2003.
Have Something to Say offers personal advice that challenges some
conventional wisdom about writing. . . . it provides a worthwhile set of
considerations for writing and speaking within the field. (author)
- Etches-Johnson, Amanda. "Take Up Thy Pens and Keyboards!: Why It's Never Too Early to Think about Publishing." Knowledge Quest 33, no. 1 (September/October 2004): 42-3.
of a special issue on professional renewal within school librarianship.
Advice for new librarians on how to enter the publishing world is
provided. This advice relates to being confident about their fresh
perspectives, drawing on recent library school research and writing
experience, practicing writing for journals or books, taking small steps
toward more formal publishing, and using existing resources on how to
write for publication. (Library Literature)
- Gordon, Rachel Singer. "Getting Started in Library Publication." American Libraries 35, no. 1 (January 2004): 66, 68-9.
for professional publications offers librarians a path to becoming more
involved in the profession and can help to advance their library
careers. Advice for librarian authors on coping with rejection and on
finding ideas for their writing is provided. (Library Literature)
- __________. The Librarian's Guide to Writing for Publication. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2004.
of the ways librarians maintain the integrity of their profession is
through the creation of a robust body of professional literature. In The
Librarian's Guide to Writing for Publication, Rachel Singer Gordon
speaks to the hidden genius in each of us. Topics covered include, but
are not limited to: queries and proposals; increasing your odds of
publication; networking and collaboration; marketing and promotion; and
the particular demands of authorship in an electronic environment. An
appendix contains interviews with several library publishers and
editors, covering the gamut of publication outlets. This is a one-stop
guide for librarians at any stage of their publishing career. (publisher website)
- Hart, Richard L. "Co-authorship in the Academic Library Literature: A Survey of Attitudes and Behaviors." The Journal of Academic Librarianship 26, no. 5 (September 2000): 339-45.
study investigated several aspects of the collaboration process among
authors of recent literature of academic librarianship. Participants
were 98 coauthors of academic librarianship literature. The findings
revealed that participants rated an article's improved quality as the
most important advantage of collaboration. Benefits rated by
participants as least important involved mentoring. Some two-thirds of
participants described their working relationships as collegial.
Findings strongly suggested the presence of distinct division patterns
and collaboration models among coauthors of academic librarianship
literature. Other findings of the study are discussed. (Library Literature)
- __________. "Collaborative Publication by University Librarians: An Exploratory Study." The Journal of Academic Librarianship 26, no. 2 (March 2000): 94-9.
study examined collaborative publication by university librarians.
Participants were 59 full-time, tenure-track librarians from
Pennsylvania State University. Results revealed a high degree of
scholarly collaboration leading to multiple-authored journal articles. A
total of 81.3 percent of those surveyed had served as the coauthor of
at least one publication, while 40.6 percent were currently engaged in a
collaborative research project. The results revealed that 27 percent of
articles by those surveyed had two or more authors. (Library Literature)
- Labaree, Robert V. "Tips for Getting Published in Scholarly Journals: Strategies for Academic Librarians." College & Research Libraries News 65, no. 3 (March 2004): 137-9.
is a plethora of literature offering guidance on how to get published.
In general, it encompasses either didactic works providing detailed
"dos" and "don'ts"(FN1) or, the literature represents the anecdotal
musings of authors and editors outlining their own tormented journey to
first authorship.(FN2) Early career librarians and soon-to-be-graduating
library science students planning to enter academia may find this
literature overwhelming and often conflicted. For those librarians
carrying faculty status, the need to publish original research as part
of the tenure and promotion process can be perceived as an especially
daunting responsibility. (author)
- Lewis, Rodger C. "Publish or Perish? Looking at Publication for Tenure From the Other Side of the Street." College & Research Libraries News 61, no. 7 (July/August 2000): 606-8.
academic librarians, the emphasis on publication gradually became a
major factor for their promotion and/or tenure during the late 50s and
early 60s, as colleges and universities continued to expand with
government grants and G.I. tuition money. Librarians, often with two
master's degrees, began to feel resentment about their ostensibly
subaltern position in relation to the faculty on many U.S. campuses.
Salaries were the major issue, but reimbursement for travel and
attendance at meetings, sabbaticals, and free time for professional
reading were among the other advantages sought. Many librarians believed
that identification with the teaching faculty was the fast track to
this cornucopia of blessings. Others, agreeing that a more equitable
wage was justified, felt they were already in a time-honored profession,
as old as the oldest university; they wished to retain their
separateness from the teaching faculty and did not feel demeaned by
being included as "staff" with many administrative positions. History
shows this latter view was less persuasive. But on many campuses there
were a couple of interesting bumps on that road to a new identity: the
teaching faculty began to feel threatened by the possibility of having
to share whatever wealth and privilege there might be with a larger
group, and they objected vociferously; the technical services librarians
realized that the public service librarians, in their attempt to take
on a new identity, were emphasizing their instructional contact with
students and their assistance to professors at the expense of the clever
people in the back room, so a break in the ranks occurred that
threatened to derail the movement. Both of these objections were
resolved when the professors found themselves needing more bodies to
establish a strong union, and the librarians united under the concept of
research and publication. (Library Literature)
- Schatz, Bob. "Writing for Serialists in the Work Environment." The Serials Librarian 44, no. 3/4 (2003): 175-9.
the workplace we are all called upon frequently to produce written
documents that have a variety of purposes. This demands that the
effective writer take the time to consider all aspects of the particular
project in order to produce an effective piece. "Good writing” is not
necessarily effective writing. The measure is if the writing
accomplishes its purpose. The keys to success are to: determine your
objective for writing, build an outline, think about the audience,
follow a logical path, proofread your work, validate the piece against
the stated and unstated objectives, and get feedback after the fact.
Above all, welcome any opportunities to write for your
organization-practice makes a better writer. (publisher website)
- Waltner, Robb. "Getting Published: Surviving in a 'Write Stuff or They Will Fire You' Environment." The Serials Librarian 42, no. 1/2 (2002): 13-18.
by NASIG’s Publications Committee, Getting Published brought together
those who publish in or edit journals actively, those who need to
publish to meet promotion or tenure requirements, as well as those who
simply have a strong desire to write about the serials profession. The
speakers represented one of two sides of the publishing process–editing
and writing. The editors spoke about the publishing process of refereed
journals–how editors manage the work of creating a journal, the
peer-review process, and key indicators that editors look for in a
submission or proposal. The speakers who focused on writing discussed
brainstorming for ideas to develop into articles, fitting the writing
life into one’s work life, and gradually building writing skills and
experience. (publisher website)