Saturday, February 28, 2009

elements of style

Hello Colleagues,

I enjoyed presenting the workshop on Thursday and felt very energised by the group and all the ideas. I intend to spend an hour a week between now and end of May doing a draft of a paper on developing your writing style. The target journal will be SCONUL Focus and the audience library staff. I'm interested to hear from blog contributors about what factors you think contribute to style in writing. I'm going to include advice on words, sentences, paragraphs, headings and subheadings (signposts), verbs, tenses, transitions, flow, voice,person (1st or 3rd). What else do people think should be in a paper about developing your writing stlye. It's easier to write about need for structure, query e-mails etc, but what makes a good style, what makes writing flow, these issues are a bit more vague. I'd be interested in any suggestions.

Best wishes,


Call for papers

Hello colleagues,
Some of the people involved in health sciences librarianship might be interested in this.
CALL FOR PAPERS New Review of Academic Librarianship
Special Themed Issue:
Health Sciences Academic Librarianship

The New Review of Academic Librarianship is an international journal designed to explore the wide range of issues of current concern to academic libraries. It is published by Taylor and Francis: The themed issue for November 2009 provides an exciting new opportunity to disseminate your research and practice. The theme for this issue will be a health sciences librarianship in the higher education sector. Dr Janet Harrison from the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University in the UK will be the Guest Editor.

Special Theme: health sciences librarianship in universities has a long history and very often has been at the forefront in developments. The nature of the work means there is very often the need to develop effective collaborations both in the wider university and the wider world. The purpose of this themed issue will be to capture some of the developments and issues within academic health sciences librarianship. Prospective authors can submit an abstract on any health science library and information topic but the following areas are of particular interest:

innovation in service provision including use of new technologies
delivering effective information literacy to health students and practitioners
Collaboration in service provision with other professionals and other sectors
New Models of service delivery
Evaluating the impact of academic health science library and information resources
Delivery of university e-resources to health science students and practitioners
Use of physical university library space for health student space issues
Prospective authors across the world are asked to submit a 150-250 word abstract of their proposed paper to Dr. Janet Harrison – by Friday, March 27th, 2009. Papers (which should be from 1000-1500 words in length) should be grounded in research, link research to practice, and be of value to academic library staff specialist in assessing the value and impact of their own services and programs. Papers with an evidence-based focus will be especially welcome. Case studies that can demonstrate the impact of services will also be considered.
Authors chosen for the special issue will be asked to submit manuscripts by 1st June 2009 for peer review. Authors will receive comments from reviewers in early July, and will be asked to submit the final version of their paper by 31st July 2009.

Please direct all questions regarding the special issue to Dr. Janet Harrison –

Friday, February 27, 2009

My 'Quick Tips' Handout

Hi everyone,

Here are some tips (which I circulated at yesterday's academic writing day in NUIM) -hope you find it useful:

Before you begin your article/book chapter/conference paper, ask yourself:

  • Why am I passionate about this topic and how important is it that I communicate this?
  • How does my paper contribute to the theory/add value?
  • Which journal/book/conference paper do I want to publish in/present at – this will determine who your audience is


  • Who is the audience for my paper? – this will determine the journal/book/conference you choose to publish in /present at

Some Do’s and Don’ts

Targeting a Journal/conference

  • Don’t write comprehensively & then plan to find an appropriate ‘place’ for your writing.
  • Do analyse target journals/conferences carefully as you go along & then write with the benefit of this analysis
  • Do get several copies of your chosen publication/outlet and scan to get a ‘feel of what its about’

Tip your toe in the water:

  • Do discuss your idea for a paper with your peers
  • Don’t be afraid to contact an editor with your idea for a paper

Be strict on yourself:

  • Don’t use the ‘there’s not enough time’ excuse – make time! Plan your diary and set weekly word count goals
  • Do follow the Guidelines for Authors exactly before you submit your draft – the more (s)he can see how your paper looks in their style the more professional you look
  • Do set a deadline with the editor – “I will get the first draft to you by x date” - & do this!!
  • Do make any revisions & return to editor as soon as possible

And kind aswell:

  • Do learn to let go of your piece – it’s difficult to get perfection so be realistic
  • Do learn from ‘rejection’ – thank the editor for the opportunity and request feedback

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Call for Participants

From: Internet Librarian International [] Sent: 24 February 2009 10:03To: Mary.DundonSubject: Internet Librarian International 2009 - Call for Participants

15-16 October 2009 (Preconference Workshops: 14 October) '¢ Novotel London West, London, UK
INTERNET LIBRARIAN INTERNATIONAL 2009Call for ParticipantsDeadline: 27 March 2009
Value - Versatility - Viability

CLICK HERE to submityour proposal.Deadline: 27 March 2009
Internet Librarian International 2008[Click for larger images]

Call for Participants
Have you:
Got information to share that will be of value to your peers?
Completed an innovative project at your library?
Found a new way to present electronic resources?
Proved the versatility of information professionals?
Introduced exciting new technologies?
Learned lessons when plans didn't go as well as expected?
Help others become inspired about leading edge technology tools and how they're put to use in all types of libraries and information centres around the world by speaking at Internet Librarian International 2009.
Participate in Internet Librarian International 2009. Here's how.
Present a paper
Participate in a panel discussion
Lead a workshop
Share your ideas for an exciting future for internet librarians
Information Today invites proposals for presentations at Internet Librarian International 2009, to be held at the Novotel London West Hotel in London, UK, 15-16 October 2009. Workshops are on the 14th (Wednesday).
If you would like to be considered as a speaker, please submit your ideas at

Friday, February 20, 2009

Call for papers

The 2009 LIR Annual seminar will take place in Liberty Hall, Dublin on Friday 27th March 2008.

The 2009 LIR seminar will be exploring the area of scholarly communication. We intend to look at what is actually ‘free’ and how/if open source technology, enables us to deliver for free or at low cost, and if indeed this is a good and sustainable thing. We have confirmed a number of speakers including Debby Shorley, Imperial College London, , David Prosser, Director SPARC Europe, and Fred Friend, JISC Scholarly Communication Consultant, .

As always a major emphasis at the seminar will be on developments in Irish libraries. With this in mind we would like to invite proposals for ‘snapshots’ (12 – 18 minutes) briefly detailing how your organisation is promoting/receiving/delivering scholarly communications, including examples of current practices. Suggested areas for discussion are:

· Scholarly publication/communication models within your organisation.

· Cheap or free sources employed in your organisation to share ‘the knowledge’.

· Experiences using/promoting the Institutional Repository/free sources that may be used to distribute knowledge.

· How this has changed the role of the librarian.

These themes are merely indicative and we will keep an open mind to considering other proposals of relevance.

We would expect snapshot presentations of 12-18 minutes duration. Details of previous seminars can be viewed at the LIR website

Proposals for snapshots presentations should be forwarded to Donna Ó Doibhlin, by Friday 27th February 2009.

Call for papers

UKSG Call for papers on E-Books

The UKSG journal "Serials" will be publishing a supplement alongside the November 2009 issue on the topic of e-books. Articles on all aspects of e-books - library acquisition; innovative publishing models; usage; business models etc. - will all be considered for publication. All submissions will be subject to peer-review and may be rejected if they are deemed unsuitable or too close in subject matter to another accepted article.

Length of articles should be around 2,000 words and the deadline for the receipt of papers is Friday 31st July 2009.

If you are interested in submitting an article please email Ally Souster - Serials Editorial Assistant (<>) for guidelines for authors.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Why join a writer's group?

Another useful resource (co-authored by Rowena Murray) is Sarah Moore's 'Handbook of Academic Writing' I attended a workshop she hosted last year and found it really useful. In her book, she discusses three underpinning principles of participating in writers groups:

1. Writing is a social act that benefits from discussion with peers.
2. Feedback can be helpful at different stages in the writing process.
3. Working in a group can motivate writers to initiate and progress projects and produce successful outputs.
[Moore, S. (2006) Handbook of Academic Writing. Berkshire: Open University Press. p.111]


Thanks Avril for that.
The idea of breaking it into chunks is a bit like Rowena Murray's concept of snack and sandwich writing. Her book which is really useful is
Murray, Rowena (2005) Writing for Academic Journals. Maidenhead:OPen University Press. She teaches acdemic writing and has given a number of workshops in Ireland.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Recently I had the opportunity to attend a course entitled “Turbo Charge Your Writing”, delivered to PhD students by Hugh Kearns, University of Flinders, whose research interests include psychological barriers to successful completion of research degrees.

Informal and light, Hugh’s approach nevertheless acknowledged the displacement activities we all use to avoid actually writing. The following “nuggets” are worth sharing.

a) Writing is creative – it identifies the gaps in thinking and also the connections.
b) Break the task into chunks - you’re writing the next paragraph … not a book
c) Write little and often – “snack” rather than binge.

If the discipline to write still eludes, he recommends the “Crucifixion” model, which is to remain at your desk, feet “nailed to the floor” for a period (he suggests 2 hours), during which you DON’T
1. Check email
2. Check references
3. Edit
4. Format.
5. Get coffee, biscuits, or phone a friend

Personally I find the last most difficult. Two hours without caffeine can be devastating. However the principle works. With all distractions removed, and faced with a blank page, there is but one option – WRITE!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Welcome to the new blog for ANLTC writers.

This blog aims to facilitate exchange of information between ANLTC writers. I hope you will find it useful. Please post information about publishing opportunities, conference calls for papers and other related information that may be of use to us as a community of writers.

Also, I welcome suggestions, ideas, comments and general dialogue about academic writing.