Easing Into Writing and Publishing for the Profession
EASING INTO WRITING AND
PUBLISHING FOR THE
Friday, October 18, 11am-12pm, EST
Library Assistant at Long Island University
Digital Services Librarian at Purchase College Library,
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.
Required for your job
Find a job or get promoted (looks good on CV)
Contribute to the profession
Develop (or practice)
You love it!
Challenges of Writing for the
Knowing what is expected of you in your job
Lack of motivation
Don’t have anything to
Lack of confidence
(I can’t possibly do that)
Unfamiliar with the process
Share the workload
Share the successes (and failures)
Instant editor and sounding board
It’s more fun!
Figuring out how best to communicate
Dividing up tasks
Coordinating timelines and
Who takes the lead?
Who gets to be first author?
What if it doesn’t work out?
Other Ways to Collaborate…
... or find collaborators
Find a mentor
Join a writing group
Take a writing class
Writing starts with inspiration, and inspiration starts
with an idea. Ideas can come from many places:
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a
– Jack London
More Ideas, Write About…
Something you read about
Something you want to learn
Something you disagree with
Something recent (before you
Rework and reuse material -- a poster or
presentation can become an article, an article
a book chapter, and on and on.