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First Have Something to Say: Writing for the Library Profession
Walt Crawford
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0851-8
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $41.00
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160 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0851-8
Year Published: 2003
If you are ready to take the next step in expanding your professional development, are willing to acknowledge your own authentic style, and have some information to impart to your colleagues, then let renowned library writer and speaker Walt Crawford give you a head start on your writing career.

Proceeding matter-of-factly, he dissects what it really takes to write for library colleagues, countering traditional "received wisdom," while questioning the "powers that be."

You'll learn:
  • Ways to build confidence in what you have to say and nix writer's block
  • How to make your mark by retaining your unique personality in articles and speeches
  • The pro's insights for dealing with the basics of copyright and contract clauses
  • Who are all those gatekeepers—referees for journals, editors, publishers
  • How to work with them to get published—and when to go out on your own
  • When to say no to Power Point in your presentations
Whether you're on a tenure track and want your articles to offer more pleasure than pain, or just have something to share with colleagues, these suggestions will guide you in making both your writing and speaking inform, explain, illuminate, synthesize, reveal, and entertain your audience.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1:
   Why Write?
Chapter 2:   Getting Started: Room for One More
Chapter 3:   Journals: Tell Me Something New
Chapter 4:   Report, Inform, Explain, Illuminate
Chapter 5:   Copyright, Contracts, and Ethics
Chapter 6:   Working with Editors
Chapter 7:   Reviewing
Chapter 8:   Editorial Boards and Editing
Chapter 9:   Nontraditional Writing: Discussion Lists and Weblogs
Chapter 10:   Doing It Yourself: Zines and E-Newsletters
Chapter 11:   Finding Your Niche, Building Your Voice
Chapter 12:   Overwriting and the Second Draft
Chapter 13:   Books
Chapter 14:   Columns and Series
Chapter 15:   Breaks and Blocks
Chapter 16:   Believing Your Own Stuff
Chapter 17:   Speaking of Speaking
Chapter 18:   Hiding behind PowerPoint
Chapter 19:   Who Are You—and What's Next?

About the Author
Walt Crawford is a senior analyst at RLG in Mountain View, CA. He has published fourteen books (including this one) and more than 300 articles and columns on libraries, technology, media, publishing, and personal computing. He also speaks to library groups a few times a year. Crawford currently writes "The Crawford Files" in American Libraries, the "disContent" column in EContent, and the "PC Monitor' column in Online. He also writes and publishes Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large, a Web-distributed print zine.

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