First Have Something to Say: Writing for the Library Profession

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Item Number: 
978-0-8389-0851-8
Published: 
2003
Publisher: 
ALA Editions
Pages: 
160
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
Format: 
Softcover
  • Description
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  • About the Author

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.

Preface
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?

Walt Crawford

Walt Crawford is an internationally recognized writer and speaker on libraries, technology, policy and media. Author of numerous books, articles, and columns, Crawford is also the creator, writer and publisher of Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large, an ejournal on the intersections of libraries, policy, technology and media published monthly since 2001. He maintains a blog on these and other issues, Walt at Random. He received the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science in 1995, the ALCTS/Blackwell Scholarship Award in 1997, and the Gale Group Online Excellence in Information Authorship Award in 1998.

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