Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook Kindle Edition
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I work with a lot of colleagues who are panic-stricken at the idea of having to do research and write for promotion and tenure. (Something I've always found perplexing since so many of us have undergraduate degrees in English and History!) I wish I could buy ten copies and pass them out to each one looking at going up for tenure in a few years. Unfortunately, however, the publisher -- the American Library Association -- is charging $65.00 for a book that should be $19.95; $29,95 at the most. (Oh, I almost forgot, if you've paid your $130.00 personal annual membership to ALA, you can get it for the bargain price of $58.50.) One would think that if any title would be subsidized by ALA to be affordable to its members, this would be it... but, nooooo. ALA keeps on squeezing!
Still, Carol Smallwood has pulled together a marvelous collection. There are nearly 100 articles; here's a sample: "Writing for Tenure"; "Becoming an Expert: Find Your Niche"; "Writing with Colleagues: Strategies for Getting the Work Done"; "Librarian Writing Groups"; "Working with Book and Journal Editors to Revise Your Manuscript"; "Preparing for Publication: Strategies for Identifying Potential Library Journals"; "The End of the Beginning: Learning from Rejection"; "Self-Publishing"; "Twenty-Five Years at BookExpo"; "Publishing Mystery Fiction"; "Writing for Reference Books"; "Tips for Compiling a Publishable Bibliography"; "Press Kits and News Releases"; "Writing a Newspaper Column"; "Book Reviews"; "Peer-Reviewing"; "Ten Tips for Becoming a Successful Restaurant Reviewer"; "Writing Video Reviews"; "Freelance Magazine Writing for Librarians"; "Crafting a Compelling Bibliographic Essay"; "Textbook Writing"; "Writing for Children's Magazines"; "The Public Library as Picture Book Publisher"; "The Poet Librarian"; "Blogging Tips for Librarians"; "Librarians as Personal Bloggers"; "Writing for Library Websites"; "Confessions of an Amazon.com Reviewer"; "Editing Books"; and, "Editing a Library Association Magaziine," among many others!
ALA has done a good job with the physical format and layout, as the book has an attractive cover and sturdy soft binding; the content is practical, helpful, and diverse; and, specific topics are presented one-to-three pages at a time, grouped into broad topical sections. The text is very readable/skimable in a double columned format with a good-sized font.
Highly recommended for personal, professional reading and library collections of all kinds for the resident librarians to have the opportunity check-out and use!
R. Neil Scott
Middle Tennessee State University
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