23 Resources for Getting Published in the Library Field

Are you wondering how to break into the publishing world as a librarian? If so, here are over 20 resources to get you started on your journey to publication bliss!

  1. LIS Publication Wiki: This website has listings of hundreds of LIS scholarly journals, professional and trade publications, online forums, civilian publication, book publishers, and more!
  2. Emerald for Librarians: This website has a guide to “Writing for LIS Journals” which includes a call for papers index for the LIS field as well as a “Publish, don’t perish” guide from librarian author and editor Rachel Singer Gordon.
  3. How to get ahead in academic publishing: Q&A best bits: The Guardian’s Higher Education Network published this article with a Q&A with Leonard Cassuto, professor of English, Fordham University, New York, Mila Steele, commissioning editor, SAGE, Alec Gregory, head of marketing, Pluto Press, Andrew Winnard, publisher, Cambridge University Press, Anthony Levings, managing editor and director, Gylphi Limited, and Dr Wanda Wyporska, media officer, TUC unionlearn.
  4. Advice for Authors, Reviewers, Publishers, and Editors of Literary Scholarship
    The MLA (Modern Language Association) has some tips and advice for hopeful writers in this article which discusses books, articles, and digital publications.
  5. Tips on Getting Published
    The Geeky Artist Librarian shares her tips and recommendations for getting published in this post.

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5 Awesome Librarian Business Cards

I’ve been using Moo cards for years because I love the slender, slick business cards that they provide from my photos but I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting ways to display information on them as well as design inspiration.  I was very pleased to come across these 6 superbly designed librarian business cards.


Superhero Librarian Business Cards



These snazzy cards started off as a student project led by Kristin Popham, a graphic designer who was attending the Rochester Institute of Technology.  She and her classmates designed these exciting business cards for the college librarians as a way to show them how much their dedication was appreciated by students.  More here: http://www.kristinpopham.com/Superheroes.html



Librarian Heroes Business Cards


Kristin Partlo, Librarian at Carleton College, Gould Library has some pretty engaging business cards, and the rest of librarians do as well!  check out their Trading Card Gallery.  More here: http://apps.carleton.edu/campus/library/help/help/liaisons/cards/




Library Card Business Cards


I absolutely love these old-fashioned library card inspired business cards created by the Tower of Babel Graphic Design Studio.  More here: http://www.babeldesign.com/#


Daring Librarian Business Cards


Gwyneth Jones, aka The Daring Librarian uses QR Codes on her business cards as well as comic style in order to really stand out.   More here:  http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/2013/06/5-easy-tips-to-making-out-of-this-world.html

More Library Card Inspired Business Cards


card_catalog_biz_cardsAuthor Olivia Waite had these retro library card  business cards designed by Boxcar Press.  These are simple yet beautfully designed.  More here:  http://pinterest.com/pin/251286854179519046/


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How to Create a Social Media Posting Hub with HootSuite

Instead of visiting every social network every day and posting separate status updates, why not set up a social media hub where you can access your customized dashboard and monitor and post to them all at once?



HootSuite is a powerful social media manager with over 6 million users.

It will let you monitor and post to multiple social networks including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, WordPress, etc.  You can schedule and deploy status updates and tweets in advance, track mentions of your name, and view reports analyzing social media traffic.  The application offers the Ow.ly url shortener for quickly making short urls to post on Twitter.  And there are mobile apps available for nearly every type of device.

Here’s what you can do with some of the major social media applications:



Use HootSuite to send and schedule Tweets, search what others are tweeting, organize your tweets by list or keyword, as well as monitor Mentions, Direct Messages, Sent Tweets, Favorited Tweets, and more in dedicated streams.




Post updates, add images, monitor feeds, and more.




HootSuite allows you to post directly to your Company Pages, Groups and Profiles, as well as create job search streams.



Google+ Pages

Share and comment on posts, search public posts and updates, see recent user activity, as well as view comments and +1s.




schedule and cross-post content to multiple WordPress accounts. The publishing platform integration also allows you to reblog noteworthy posts and create a stream for blogs you’re following.


Create Your Own!

Start by signing up for a HootSuite account here: https://hootsuite.com

You will then be brought to your dashboard page and you’ll see that you haven’t set up any tabs or added any social networks yet.




Set up Your Profile

You can start by filling out your profile by clicking on the default owl avatar in the upper left corner.  This will lead you to your profile page where you can edit your info and start adding social networks.




Add Social Networks

Once you’re done with your profile, click to start adding your networks.  You can add up to 5 with the free account.  You will be prompted to login to your social networks as you choose each one.  HootSuite will then be authorized to access those applications and feed in your info and enable you to post to your accounts from within HootSuite.




View Tabs

Once you’re done adding your social networks, click on the Home icon on the left navigation.  This will bring you to your main dashboard where you will see that HootSuite has set up tabs for you displaying different feeds from each of your networks.  You can organize any of these by dragging and dropping them with the mouse.  Now you can easily monitor what’s happening on all of your social networks in one interface.




Post Status Updates and Tweets

You’re now ready to start posting to your social networks.  Click into the “Compose message” box at the top and you will see that it expands.  Here is where you can write your status update or tweet, include a link to a website in the “add a link” box to be automatically shortened, and choose which of your social networks to send the update/tweet/message to.  Also, if you click on the calendar icon, a scheduling interface appears and you can choose the time and date that your update will be deployed to your networks of choice!




View Reports

There are basic reports that are available with the free account of HootSuite.  Click on the analytics icon on the left navigation and choose either: Twitter Overview, Ow.ly Click Summary, or URL Click Stats – Ow.ly.





Congrats! Now you know how to create your own social media posting dashboard, monitor your networks, schedule and post to multiple networks at once and view analytical reports.


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