Call for Chapters: More Library Mashups

Library Mashups

Library Mashups has been a huge success and has touched so many of you, and now it’s time to start thinking about the second edition! In 2014 Information Today Inc. will be publishing the second edition of Library Mashups entitled More Library Mashups. This edition will have new stories from some of the authors you have come to know from the first edition as well as some new examples.

Last time I compiled a list of authors that I knew were doing some great things with mashups, but this time I’d like to open things up to all of you to submit your proposals. If you’re interested in participating and sharing your library’s story or your own personal favorite mashup please take the time to fill out the proposal form. To get ideas for what your proposal should look like please review the table of contents from the first edition.

Decisions will be made by April 1 and the form will close on the 1st of March. Chapters should be 3,000-5,000 words each and should be written in an informal and approachable manner. All chosen authors will receive chapter author credit and a free copy of the book. The deadline for chapter submission (if chosen) is August 15, 2013.

Librarians as Writers

I contributed to an upcoming book on writing for librarians entitled Writing and Publishing: The Librarian’s Handbook and that book was just featured in American Libraries – complete with a blurb from me (with one great big typo – how did I miss that???) Check it out:

[update] I just checked what I originally submitted because I couldn’t imagine making that kind of mistake – and it turns out that the editors are the ones who messed up what I wrote – originally it said “For me a successful professional writer is one who can make an impact on at least one colleague with their words.” – oh well :( [/update]

Writing Contest for Librarians

Found via LISWire:

For Immediate Release

For Further Info
Contact Debbie Glade
Smart Poodle Publishing
PO Box 817468
Hollyood, FL 33081

Announcing the Smart Poodle Publishing

“What I Wish Everyone Knew About Librarians”

Writing Contest

Smart Poodle Publishing knows that librarians can make a world of difference in the lives of readers everywhere from every age and at every reading level! We feel that librarians are sometimes under appreciated or misunderstood. Now is your chance to speak out by entering our contest.

This contest is sponsored by Smart Poodle Publishing, PO Box 817468, Hollywood, FL 33081.


* Contest is open only to librarians of public, private and school/university libraries in the United States and who are legal residents of the Unites States.

How to Enter/Official Rules

* No purchase necessary to win.
* Entrants must write an essay describing what they wish everyone knew about librarians. Ideas for your entry: Describe your job, and what it takes physically, mentally and financially to keep a library running. How long have you been a librarian? What kind of education did you get to prepare yourself for this job? Do you have any funny stories about events that have taken place in your library? What kind of sense of humor do librarians have? What type of programs does your library offer? Do you run the mobile library unit? Are you in charge of choosing new titles? Have you experienced budget cuts? Have you helped someone in any special way? Do you have an interesting, touching or hilarious story relating to kids? Do you think librarians are underappreciated? Why? Tell your story.
* Essays can be up to 1,500 words.
* Essays should be typed and emailed to Text can be copied and pasted directly into the email message area or sent as a Word document.
* All entries must include name, title, library name, address, phone number and email address.
* Please include the phone number where you’d like to be notified if you are a winner.
* Entrants must agree to allow Smart Poodle Publishing to publish their stories online or in print.

Winners will be chosen based upon content, writing style and originality.


* 1 Grand Prize winner will receive $500
* 2nd Place winner will receive $100
* 3rd Place winner will $50
* All 3 winning entries will be posted on and may be published elsewhere online or in print.

Contest Deadline
Entries must be received by Monday, December 1, 2008 by 5:00 pm (EST)

Winners will be notified on or before December 15th via phone call and also email.

Debbie Glade is the author of the children’s picture book/CD The Travel Adventures of Lilly P Badilly: Costa Rica.

Columnists moving to Blogs?

I just read that Roy will no longer be writing his column for Library Journal – but will continue to blog – an option he didn’t have when he started out 10 years ago.

Blogs didn’t exist then either. But since they do now it seems like a fairly good platform for continuing my coverage of all things digital that impact libraries. I can be as timely as I want, I can be as brief or as verbose as I care to be, I can easily include images and links, I have no editor to keep me from making a fool of myself, and readers can much more easily and publicly add to or refute what I say. In other words, it’s about as bully a pulpit as any columnist could want.

So after ten long years I will no longer be writing a column for Library Journal, but I will be blogging. I promise to never tell you what I had for breakfast or what my dog did. Every post will have at least something to do with libraries meeting the challenges and opportunities of the digital world.

Even more interesting is a comment by Judith Seiss (who’s OPL Plus blog I love to death!):

Welcome to to blogosphere. You will find it addicting. Next year, I, too, will stop publishing in print, but I will probably continue some blogging.

What an interesting trend. I have to admit that it is easier to write here on a blog than it would be if I had an editor to answer to – but I still get excited when I see my name in print … and without that what would my mother have to show all of her friends??

Writing for the Library Profession

Sirsi is having a webinar in July with a focus on publishing for library professionals.  I’ve been very pleased with previous SirsiDynix Institutes, so if you’re interested in learning about publishing for your profession, make the time to attend.

Writing for the Library Profession

Date : Jul 10, 2007
Start Time : 11 a.m. Eastern
Length : 01:00:00

Do you want to inform and influence your colleagues?  Do you have a story to tell?  Have you done something innovative that delighted your users?  We don’t have a paucity of ideas and innovation in libraryland, we do have a problem with diffusion.   We need to share our ideas and experiences more.   From blog postings, to periodical and newsletter articles to website content and even to books library staff are increasingly being asked to write.  With the dynamic and rapid change happening in our sector, we have an increasing obligation to share our knowledge and experiences.  It’s an exciting time to be in libraries.

Registration is free – but you do have to register in order to attend.

National Novel Writing Month

If you follow Unshelved then you’ve noticed the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) theme. Well over at Gamecrafters’ Guild you’ll see that my husband is hard at work on his novel, posting excerpts to keep his readers up to date. If you’re participating – check out his profile & progress – if you’re not – it’s still pretty cool to check out :).

Just a little plug for my honey and his novel.

Publications & Presentations Page Updated

I have updated my Publications & Presentations page to include links to my most recent presentations and the citation for my most recent article. Note that the presentations regarding the Intranet all include links to the Flickr set for screenshots (since I usually do these presentations live on our Intranet – and I can’t share that info with you).

New Pages

I added a few new pages – and updated some of the old pages. For those of you who only read this blog via RSS, you may not have noticed. On the right menu of this site I have included a link to an About Me page. I used to link to my bio on the Jenkins site – but that is skewed towards what I’ve done for the library – and I’ve done a lot more than that lately. I also updated my Resume (under About Me) and added a Publications and Presentations page. There’s not much clickable on this last page (except for my Computers in Libraries article from 2005) – yet! I will be adding my presentations from LITA and IL when I have them – although these will mostly be me browsing through our Intranet to give you a feel of what we did – and not a static PowerPoint presentation.

So if you want to stop by the actual page – feel free to check out these new pages.

Another Article

I mentioned that I was writing another article last week. Well I finished it and sent it in – I don’t know yet if it will be published, but I thought I’d share some of the ideas with you all.

I decided to take 2 routes. Route 1 was deciding to get someone in house to handle your library programming projects (versus a contractor) and Route 2 was how to actually handle the project once it has been offered to you. I am working on a HUGE application (as I mentioned before) at work and what better time to explain the process to others?

I went over some of the benefits of having someone in house – like the fact that they’re always there. I constantly have people stopping by my desk to ask me questions, ask for upgrades, explain what they meant, etc. This helps me with my programming and I think it helps the staff (the users) feel better about the project as a whole. With a contractor you usually only see them once in a while. We had one that only came in one a month to talk to us – and even then not everyone had time to talk with him. Most recently we had a contractor who we have never met. All communications were over the phone and only 2 or 3 people participated in those conversations even though 20 or so of the staff would have to use the application.

Why did we have contractors? Well the first one was before I learned PHP and the second one was there because our IT team (me included) could not figure out how to achieve the result we were looking for. So, even if you have a programmer in house, you may still have to hire and outside consultant, but it will be less frequently (I hope).

I talked about planning the project – meetings, flow charts, more meetings. Which is interesting because I’m reading The Accidental Library Manager right now and Rachel suggests that you have as few meetings as possible and keep the on point and on schedule. I agree with her 100% – but it just never seems to happen that way when you’re talking about changing the way people have worked for 5 or more years. Plus, you as a programmer have no idea how people have been working for the last 5 years, so you have to spend time sitting with them and listening to them until you understand what goal they need to reach – the staff of your library is now your user – I repeat that a lot.

Well I hope you all get to read the entire article, I included some stuff here that I didn’t get to fit in – so you got a sneak peak and the bonus features.