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Leadership through Publishing

You can be a member of New Members Round Table with up to 10 years of ALA membership. I didn't know that specifically.

Panelists (Draft notes, names are probably spelled wrong).

Scholarly publishing is now generally a requirement for academic librarians and it can be a very stressful situation. Teaching faculty can research as part of their job, but librarians work a full 40 hours at reference, cat, etc. and then are required to publish.

No one teaches you in library school how to do that. She relied on work required for other masters programs to inform her how to publish.

Immediately start doing something, presentations within the state. With a partner. Publish with a partner. Its good to work with someone who has already had experience that way.

Another thing, as we recruit new library faculty into new positions we are also looking at what they have published and persented on their resumes. We really expect them to have done some of these things when we recruit them. It is good to have a resume that shows you have done things things when you go for another job.

Professional growth is another reason to require them. You are teaching yourself professional knowledge when you create these things. Keep that going to stay effective. It helps you to stay on top of the profession.

Be aware of what is happening in the univeristy where you are. Build partnerships with faculty on campus to both promote your growth and publish.

U Louisville is ARL library, only gained tenure status last year. She pushed to get people to do articles etc.. for several years until the faculty on campus evaluation the library and pushed to get tenure back. They used the same critera as everyone else on campus.

First do publications locally, then push for national publications. Don't just do library journals. Co-write something anywhere to become very visible and it is good across the board.

We have been able to obtain grants through these activities and partnerships. If you reach out and work with collegues on campus you can do more that way. Other institutions/libraries as well will be successful.

Get mentors for the people just begining to publish. Show we have good leadership in our institions to get our young people going. Great opportunities with publishing in the online environment. But she thinks the print environment is a great way to do it.

Audience -Beating subjects to death. This did/didn't work well. Be more original in your publications.
Facilities would be a good area to write about, they are becoming so important. (Accomodating your materials without building more space, off-storage solution). Economics of librarianship is a huge topic. How to make us more efficient/cost less money/use less space/merge libraries together.)

Audience- How we done it good, vs. research articles.
We need some of each. We need more of the good research articles. Thus why the need for more happening between librarians and faculty in other disciplines. Expand so the publications become more interesting to many people in many fields. (Library Marketing)

Do it one-on-one with people on campus. Networking -use this.

Audience: Footnotes publication of NMRT will be publishing more scholarly journals. Maureen Berry Wright State.

Thanked us for coming to LA.

Start of early in making connections.

How to get started:

Pull your thoughts together logically, coherently with good gramar and organization skills.

If you aren't ready to jump into an article,

Do reviews of books.

Volunteer to cover conference workshops electronically.

Makes you meet deadlines. ;) You need to meet deadlines!

If you are comfy with writing, identify topics to develop expertise or that you want to develop expertise in.

Identify research that was used in another field and do it you your field.

Write on what you're interested in. Keep a file of those topics somewhere because someday you will have senior moments. Jot citations of articles you read down.

Do research. You need to do a literature review so that you don't just regurgitate something that someone else has said. If someone has said what you want to say, choose a new topic.

Examine several issues of journals you might like to publish in. Refereed or Editor?

New authors may do better with an editor than the refereed process. ALA has a lot of journals. Good place to begin your research and writing carer.

Understand the expectations of your library/institutions. LSU has the same requirements as any other department on campus.
It can be difficult to find time to do the research and do the writing. Discipline research. Sometimes it is written into the position %s. Set aside blocks of time during the week to devote time to research and writing.

Can get very caught up in the research and proctastinate on the writing part. Just_start_writing. Get it down on the screen.

When you hav ea draft get a collegue who has successfully published look over your drafts and give you advice. Be prepared to take the advice in a constructive way.

Continue publishing if you can find fresh topics and fresh ideas. -Excellent professional development.

Once yuo have a writing record get on an editorical board. Great way to keep abreast of what's going on.

Nature has just begun a 3 month trial where authors who have their articles for submission posted on line. Nature will take online comments and the referees comments to make the decision.

See current issue of College Issues and News.

Writing books, rather than articles. Get a mentor to help you through the process of writing a book proposal etc... Acquisitions process in publishing, find an idea, get an author set it up etc...

Writing for publication as well as doing service is part of the institutional expectations. NMRT is a great place to start.

Re-write articles and re-submit. Can lead to invitations to share your expertise and serving on editorial boards.

Audience: In terms of quantity should they be compared to peers on campus or peers in the library profession. LSU compares to peers in the library field.

Very acceptable to work on someone in a project in another field as long as there is some application on the library end.

Comments from first speaker: Editorial board for library journals, expand your horizons to education or other areas. There are no limits.
Get very involved in all the various publication ways. Think about getting information into the Chronicle of Higher Ed and other publications like that. (Good for marketing)

Special Collection Librarians have the opportunity to mine archives for articles.

Publication program to report on kinds of projects being sponsored. Publications as a way to help people think about the profession interact/engage with trends.

In order to make a difference you have to focus. What is it that you really care about and are willing to think about.

They focused on three things: Digital library development & helping with the shift. Preservation. Leadership for the profession.

Constantly asked to do more take on additional tasks/projects and were able to keep on target and focus on publications.

At LOC focus is still important. What YOU wish to say and how you wish to say it.

When you have 2500 people in staff internal communication is important. Communicate a lot in writing. Work hard on clarity of the message. Two sentences to describe exacrlt what you want to say, then add paragraphs and text.

Tailor the message to the audience.

Your writing always improves dramatically when you ask other people to look at it. I'm writing for X audience what do you think of it?

Grow several layers of skin if you want to use publication as a way to influence people.

Time demands. Read not nearly as much as you want to, have to be selective.... It's very important that you have an opening that makes a compelling statement that you are focused enough on the audience you are trying to reach that they will stay with you.

Electronic media to send our thoughts. We don't take enough time or thought on our e-mails. It is a form of publication too. Same rule should apply if you want people to read it and listen to you. Treat it exactly like a printed report.

Various divisions of ALA have different series and often look for contributing chapters. State orgs that do theme issues. A different side of the issue.
Tags: ala2006, nmrt, publishing

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