Pre-LUC 2008: Publish & Flourish: Writing for Academic Librarians

Pre-LUC ACRL-LA Workshop 2008

“Publish & Flourish: Writing for Academic Librarians”
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Date: Wednesday,
October 8,

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: State Library of Louisiana, Baton Rouge (Directions)
•$40 - Students
•$60 - Members
•$75 - Non-members
•$100 - Out-of-state
(Includes refreshments and a boxed lunch from Roly Poly)

Made Possible By The Kind Support Of:



Libraries Unlimited


A call for participants! When a dentist needs her yearly teeth cleaning, does she do it herself? When a stylist needs a haircut, does he do it himself? Let’s face it – even the experts need help sometimes. If you’ve ever gathered data and thought it could benefit other librarians, or you’ve developed a useful practice that could enhance instruction and learning, or you’ve chanced on a strange but interesting topic in librarianship – or sort of near librarianship, like a bibliography of resources for the study of Pokémon – but you weren’t sure how to get this wonderful information out, then does ACRL-LA have the workshop for you! Wednesday, October 8, 2008, at the State Library, ACRL-LA will present “Publish & Flourish: Writing for Academic Librarians,” an all-day pre-LUC workshop geared toward writing and publishing for academic librarians. Our special guest speaker will be Dr. John Budd, Professor and Associate Director of the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His 2001 book, Knowledge and Knowing in Library and Information Science: A Philosophical Framework, was awarded the 2002 Highsmith Library Literature Award; his most recent work is Self-examination: the Present and Future of Librarianship (Libraries Unlimited 2008).

The workshop leaders feature three of Louisiana’s very own. Breakout session leaders include ; Dr. Melissa Goldsmith (Nicholls) who will teach the fine art of crafting book reviews; Ms. Sigrid Kelsey (LSU) who will introduce participants to writing for reference books, and Dr. Tony Fonseca (Nicholls) who will instruct how to develop non-academic articles for publication. The masterful Dr. John Budd will lead his own session on how to organize data and write articles for publication in the LIS literature. The Deputy State Librarian, Ms. Diane Brown, will welcome us to the State Library’s facilities!

The Presenters

Dr. John M. Budd

John Budd is a Professor and Associate Director in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri. He has published several books, the latest of which is Self-Examination (LibrariesUnlimited, 2008). An earlier book of his, Knowledge and Knowing in Library and Information Science (Scarecrow, 2001), won the ALA Highsmith Library Literature Award. He also written about 100 articles, published in numerous journals in librarianship and beyond. Some of his writings focus on the process and products of scholarly communication. (Also, he earned his master's degree in library science from LSU.)

"What's the current state of the professional literature? The answers to that questions will probably be as numerous as the people asked. I'll offer one assessment of where our literature is and where it seems to be going. My perspective will be that of someone who reads the literature, who contributes to it as an author, who reviews papers for possible publication, and someone who assigns articles to students in master's-level courses. Is our literature perfect? Of course not, but then no professional literature is. So how might it be improved? We'll explore some possibilities that include the participation of the entire professional community.

Since there are some potential improvements that can be made to the literature of librarianship, you may well be interested in taking an active part in the improvement as an author. To succeed at authorship, it helps to know the structures, the conventions, and the rules of publishing. It also helps to be able to communicate ideas as effectively as possible. Academic, or scholarly, publishing tends to be formal and to have its own way of doing things. You can't be read if you don't get published, and we aren't born automatically knowing how the publishing world works.. So the intricacies of getting published--along with the real goal of getting read--will be examined."

Tony Fonseca

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Tony Fonseca, Serials Librarian at Nicholls, believes in a multidisciplinary approach to librarianship. He has presented at LLA, LUC, the American Musicological Society Meeting, the South East Philosophy of Education Society Conference, the LCTCS Leadership Development Conference, and the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. He has co-authored three editions in the Genreflecting readers’ advisory series (1999, 2003, 2006), is developing a fourth, and has articles in Computers in Libraries, Louisiana Libraries, and Dissections (horror literary journal). He has also written encyclopedia entries on pop musicians, literary figures (DLB 312), and occult phenomena. Additionally he co-organizes Nicholls’ Café Symposium.

"Being a second career academic librarian, I have often found myself looking for ways to bridge the publication gap between the literatures of the Library and Information Science discipline and the literature on which I cut my academic teeth—critical analyses of American short story writers and novelists who excelled in the occult and gothic. The intention of this workshop is to help Louisiana academic librarians who find themselves in similar situations. Topics will range from identifying the types of academic writing which manages to bridge this gap (including, but not limited to bibliographies, bio-bibliographies, readership studies, and encyclopedia entries / full articles), to identifying and approaching acquisitions editors, to lessons I have learned as a professional writer. Participants will learn how to adapt their own styles of writing so that they can bridge the gap between what they would like to write, and what is considered academically viable in the LIS field, and they will learn how to identify the best venues for their future publications."

Presentation Slides MS PowerPoint
Publishing Academic Writing: Selective Bibliography MS WORD

List of useful publishers and associations MS WORD

Melissa Ursula
Dawn Goldsmith

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Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith is the Reviews Editor for The Journal of Film Music and has written numerous book reviews for Choice, Fontes Artis Musicae (the journal of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres), The Journal of Film Music, Music Theory Online, The Journal of the Society for American Music, American Music, and Screening the Past. Her discographic and bibliographic essays appeared in Notes (Music Library Association, 2005) and Choice (2006). Beyond the master’s in library and information science, Goldsmith has a certificate in advanced studies, a PhD in musicology, and a master’s in liberal arts.

"Librarians, more than scholars in any other field, should excel at writing book reviews. But SLIS and other library-related courses hardly ever teach librarians how to get started as reviews writers or what writing book reviews can do for them (take, for example, introducing librarians to writing in the field, shaping one’s own writing through the small form essay, or networking with well seasoned writers). This workshop explores strategies for approaching reviews editors, some nuts and bolts about writing book reviews, and how writing reviews can lead to greater endeavors in writing articles or books, doing referee work, editing, and getting invited to become involved in other related projects (like serving on panels, giving presentations, or running workshops). Writing for scholarly publications is the emphasis here. As a book reviewer who has hit the ground running since graduation, I will discuss some of my own experiences from reviews writer to editor. In addition, this workshop focuses on the impact of writing reviews on tenure and merit, as well as how to work towards becoming a reviews editor and writing bibliographic and discographic essays."

Sigrid Kelsey

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Award-winning librarian Sigrid Kelsey (LSU) is co-editor of two books, author of numerous articles and book chapters, editor of Louisiana Libraries' "What's New in Library Products and Services column," and a book reviewer for RUSQ. An active member of the Louisiana Library Association and the LSU Libraries' mentoring committee, she has also served as a mentoring consultant for NRG Energy, Inc.

Her teaching experience includes teaching LIS 7008 (Information Technologies) at LSU, and Library 100 at Whitman College. Sigrid's web work was recently recognized in the national technology journal, Online: Exploring Technology and Resources for Information Professionals.

"This session will offer practical advice for those wishing to pursue writing articles for publication in reference books. I will talk about how writing for reference books is different than writing for scholarly journals, and discuss the benefits as well as potential drawbacks to writing for a reference book. Participants will be introduced to a variety of sources to consult when looking for opportunities to write for reference books, and learn the best ways to approach and work with reference book editors. Finally, I will talk about editing a reference book."


ACRL-LA Business Meeting

10:30-11:30: Registrants for lunch and afternoon workshop arrive. Light
snacks and coffee are served.

11:30-1:00: A Working Lunch from Roly-Poly

i. 12:00 noon-12:10: Welcome
address by the Deputy State Librarian

ii. 12:10-12:15: Introduction of Dr. John
Budd by Michael Matthews

iii. 12:15-1:00: Keynote address by Dr.
John Budd

1:00-2:30: Concurrent
Sessions…Dr. John Budd (Academic) or Tony Fonseca (Publishing outside academe)

2:30-4:00: Concurrent
Goldsmith (Book reviews) or Sigrid Kelsey (Reference books)

4:00-4:30: Wrap-up and panel discussion

4:30-5:00: Workshop assessment, farewell, and dinner plans on your own ( restaurant guide here )