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Easing Into Writing and Publishing for the Profession


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Easing Into Writing and Publishing for the Profession

  1. 1. EASING INTO WRITING AND PUBLISHING FOR THE PROFESSION Alexandra Janvey Susanne Markgren Friday, October 18, 11am-12pm, EST
  2. 2. Introductions Alexandra Janvey Library Assistant at Long Island University Twitter: @Alliebrwneyez E-mail: website: Susanne Markgren Digital Services Librarian at Purchase College Library, SUNY Twitter: @smarkgren E-mail: website:
  3. 3. Goals & Agenda Getting published can be an overwhelming and stressful endeavor for new librarians and seasoned librarians alike, and many only attempt to do it because their jobs require it. The aim of this session is to demystify the publishing process and emphasize the importance, and rewards, of writing.
  4. 4. Why Write?      Required for your job Find a job or get promoted (looks good on CV) Contribute to the profession Develop (or practice) communication skills You love it!
  5. 5. Challenges of Writing for the Profession       Knowing what is expected of you in your job Finding time Lack of motivation Don’t have anything to say Lack of confidence (I can’t possibly do that) Unfamiliar with the process
  6. 6. Collaboration: Benefits        Share the workload Share the successes (and failures) Instant editor and sounding board Combined expertise Accountability Motivation It’s more fun!
  7. 7. Collaboration: Challenges        Finding collaborators Figuring out how best to communicate Dividing up tasks Coordinating timelines and schedules Who takes the lead? Who gets to be first author? What if it doesn’t work out?
  8. 8. Other Ways to Collaborate… ... or find collaborators    Find a mentor Join a writing group Take a writing class
  9. 9. Brainstorming Ideas Writing starts with inspiration, and inspiration starts with an idea. Ideas can come from many places: Discussion Failure Question Solution Decision Success Revelation Problem Process Suggestion “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London
  10. 10. More Ideas, Write About…     Something you read about Something you want to learn about Something you disagree with Something recent (before you forget) And…  Rework and reuse material -- a poster or presentation can become an article, an article a book chapter, and on and on.
  11. 11. Write! Tips for Getting Started
  12. 12. Use Online Tools
  13. 13. Find Your Own Process Photo by similarlee
  14. 14. Get Stuck? Photo by valike @Stock.xchng
  15. 15. Revise, Edit and Proofread Photo by Nick McPhee on Flickr
  16. 16. Getting Published
  17. 17. Finding Publishing Opportunities
  18. 18. Good avenues for the beginner writer
  19. 19. Questions?
  20. 20. Thanks for listening! Slides and further resources: Contact Information: Alexandra Janvey Susanne Markgren @Alliebrwneyez @smarkgren