Authors' Communities

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Writing groups


The NMRTWriter email list is hosted by, but not exclusively for, the New Members Round Table of the American Library Association. The list aims to support new and more experienced writers by sharing publishing opportunties, ideas, and meetings at ALA conferences.


The Research Exchange and Partnership email list of the Australian Library and Information Association aims to bring practitioners and researchers together to share their ideas and experiences.


The JESSE list is the official email list of the Association for Library and Information Science Education but is not a project of ALISE. Although LIS faculty members make up the majority of list members, frequent discussion of research methods, current issues in LIS and publishing opportunities make this a valuable list to join.

Your Research Coach, CLS ACRL

Your Research Coach is a Project to Promote Research by College Librarians, sponsored by the Research for College Librarianship Committee, College Libraries Section of ACRL. Your Research Coach is a program for academic librarians seeking assistance with research and scholarly projects that can lead to publication or presentations. It helps by matching them with an experienced coach, who can offer advice, support and suggestions to improve the chances for success.

Journal Clubs

Journal Clubs have evolved from medical and nursing fields, and are a way of keeping up with the literature. They are akin to book clubs in that groups will read a selected list of articles and then discuss them at a meeting, but are focused on professional awareness in fields where continually updated knowledge is important. In librarianship, they can be keeping up tools as well as professional development tools.

  • Hickman, T; Allen, L. (2005). A librarians journal club: A forum for sharing ideas and experiences. College & Research Libraries News, October 2005, Vol. 66 Issue 9, p642-644 Abstract
  • Lindner, M. (2005). A (virtual) librarians journal club. ...The Thoughts are Broken... (blog). October 25 2005. [1]
  • Pearce-Smith, N. (2006). A journal club is an effective tool for assisting librarians in the practice of evidence-based librarianship: a case study. Health Information & Libraries Journal, March 2006, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p32-40. Abstract

Online Reading Rooms

Aggregates content from journals and websites to keep librarians up-to-date.

  • Jeffries, S; Wallis, C. (2006). Exploring the Application of RSS for Library Staff Professional Development and SDI Services 2006, paper given at VALA 2006: Connecting with users 13th Biennial Conference and Exhibition, 8-10 February 2006, Melbourne Australia. [2]