When I was in a MLIS program, I was only vaguely aware of the fact that some academic librarians are appointed as faculty while some are not.Â Now that I work at a library where librarians are considered to be faculty (no tenure-track), publishing has become an issue of my interests lately.Â So I attended a session designed for folks just like me at 2009 ALA annual. The name of the session was ACRL New Members Discussion Group: â€œThe Publication Process: Getting Published in LIS Journals.â€
The session was designed for those librarians who are new at research and publishing in LIS journals.Â In order to promote participation in discussion, the presentations were given verbally with/without a handout in a small room.Â Partially, this was because of the lack of funding for discussion groups.Â But the informal setting and a small number of people around the table made the session much more informative and interesting to both presenters and attendees.Â The session provided a wonderful opportunity to gather practical tips and to find encouragement. (In addition, I really loved the fact that in a discussion group there are no committees, no annual membership dues, no officers, and no formality.)
The session consisted of three 10-minute presentations and discussion.
- Writing to Write: Kickstarting the Publication Process by Emily Drabinski
- Best Practices for Beginners: Getting Published-From Inspiration to Publication by Lisa Carlucci Thomas & Karen Sobel
- Targeting Teaching Faculty for Collaborative Publications by Linda Hofschire
Here are a few take-aways from the session I wrote down:
- To get movitated, use deadlines, generate good ideas, write them down right away, set aside time to write–get up 30 min. early everyday.
- To become good at writing, write everyday a certain amount in whatever form.
- To overcome the fear of being published, begin with book reviews and conference proposals and look out for call for proposals.
- To find topics to write, look at research papers and check out the topics for further study.
- Network and collaborate with other colleagues.
- Try to incorporate research into daily work duties sucah as instruction, digitizing, cataloging, etc.
- You can use data sets used for other research.
- Bear in mind the tension between topics of your interests and topics that are more easily published.
- Work with teaching faculty and suggest writing a certain section of a paper such as research method if you gathered and analyzed data.
- Have a particular journal in mind.
- Don’t despair if rejected. Revise and send to a different journal.