Publishing and Speaking

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Tips for Publishing in Library-Related Journals

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.

See Also

  • 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, 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

Negotiating Contracts

  • 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

Specific Publishing Opportunities

Listings of calls for papers for conferences and journals

  • A Library Writer's Blog
  • The Researching Librarian
  • Beyond the Job

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.

Reworking Papers

  • The Thrill Of Victory…The Agony Of Defeat Steven Bell.
    • Advice on retooling conference proposals or papers if you are rejected (happens to everyone!)
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