Publishing and Speaking
From Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki
Tips for Publishing in Library-Related Journals
- Communities Finding collaborators, mentors, and support - email lists, groups, journal clubs and reading rooms
- Research and Writing Committees
- Advice on publishing in journals
- Peer Review
Tips for Speaking at Conferences/Getting Speaking Engagements
1. Publish a book.
2. Write and submit articles to print and on-line publications.
3. Submit press releases.
4. Advertise in publications your target audience reads.
5. Create a blog on your topic and updated regularly.
Tips for Speaking at Conferences
- Stick to the time limit you have been given at all costs. Conference programmes have very tight schedules, and running over time is one of the number 1 complaints people make about conferences (besides air-conditioning).
- Practice, practice and practice again, out loud if possible if you are not accustomed to speaking for a long time regularly.
- Archive your presentation file and your notes online - so many presentation files are meaningless outside the context of the talk.
- Got a special need, whether mobility, drink preference, or staging requirements? Tell the organisers, and tell them early in case additional equipment needs to be hired.
- Conference Speaking: I Have a Little List Walt Crawford, Cites & Insights 7, Number 2: February 2007
- Excellent overview of the whole presentation process, from planning, negotiating, and perspective on the experience fo speaking.
- Ten tips for presenters Jessamyn West, Librarian.net 25 September 2006. Excellent list of tips for preparing for talks.
- Better Beginnings: how to start a presentation, book, article... Kathy Sierra, Creating Passionate Users, October 22 2006
Forms of Writing
- Text and Academic Authors Association Support for all forms of academic writing and writers, including textbooks.
- Bauman M G. 2003, Textbook Writing 101 The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 14. An amusing take on the ins and outs of writing a textbook.
- Henry C M. 2002, Birth of a textbook Chemical and Engineering News, v 80, no. 26, pp. 22-25. The experience of four first-time textbook authors in Chemistry, with good general advice for all disciplines.
- Varian H R. 2001, What I've Learned about Writing Economics April 17. Includes advice on writing textbooks from an outcomes-based approach.
- Lepionka, M E. 2008, Writing and developing your college textbook, Second edition: A comprehensive guide to textbook authorship and higher education publishing. Gloucester, Mass.: Atlantic Path Publishing.
- 24 weeks to a finished book ALA Editions, describes the book publishing timeline.
Blogs/Websites to Watch
- A Library Writer's Blog "Calls for papers, presentations, participation, reviewers, and other notices," maintained by Corey Seeman.
- Beyond the Job lists calls for papers for journals and conferences in the US and overseas
- LIS Publications Wiki A research tool for LIS students and professionals to consult for inspiration and information on publishing.
- Licensing of Electronic Content A backgrounder from the ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit on bundle licenses, alternatives and resources for further exploration.
- You Can Change a Contract by Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe at ACRLog. Discusses the ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit and ideas on how to negotiate better contracts with publishers.
Negotiating Copyright and Open Access Licenses
- SHERPA RoMEO Copyright policies of most academic publishers. Includes pre-print, self-archiving, and Open Access policies.
- SPARC Author Addendum "a legal instrument that modifies the publisher’s agreement and allows you to keep key rights to your articles"
- Coleman, Anita (2006) Self-Archiving and the Copyright Transfer Agreements of ISI-Ranked Library and Information Science Journals. DLIST
- Discusses copyright transfer policies of ISI ranked journals in LIS
- See also: subject Scholarly Communication DLIST
Specific Blog Posts/Articles to Check Out
- Publish, Don't Perish Rachel Singer Gordon's column on writing for the profession for Emerald
- Professional Writing and Publishing Laurie Putnam, creator of the LIS Publications Wiki, lists "a sampling of sites useful to librarian writers".
Specific Publishing Opportunities
Listings of calls for papers for conferences and journals
Other specific writing opportunities
- Library Student Journal, Editors' Blog
- "LSJ will feature original work by masters and PhD students at the ALA-accredited schools in North America and their peers internationally. It will be a showcase for the talents of the best LIS students and it will be a forum for discussing issues of current concern to future professionals in the field."
- Journal of Web Librarianship
- "JWL seeks both practical communications and original, scholarly research about relevant topics in web librarianship. New authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts."
- Thinking About Presenting at Conference?
- How to pitch a program or topic for ALA's Annual and Midwinter meetings.
- The Thrill Of Victory…The Agony Of Defeat Steven Bell.
- Advice on retooling conference proposals or papers if you are rejected (happens to everyone!)