Getting Published in the Library World

In December 2010, the ABQLA College and Research Section hosted a panel discussion entitled “Getting Published in the Library World”, examining the various ways to go about publishing in librarianship.

The panel comprised of a host of experts in the field, with various experience at all levels of publication, including:

  • Joan Bartlett, Assistant Professor at the McGill School of Information Studies
  • Megan Fitzgibbons, Assistant Librarian at the McGill University Library
  • Lorie Kloda, Associate Librarian at the McGill University Library, and Associate Editor of the journal, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice
  • Jared Wiercinski, Digital Services & Outreach Librarian, Concordia University Libraries

Our panelists shared their own experiences writing, publishing and editing articles on librarianship. Many suggestions included strategic methods of presenting your findings, acquiring proper feedback from a variety of mentors, and ensuring that the topic is relevant to the conference or journal that you want your finding published in. It was also unanimously agreed that collaboration with colleagues, not only in the library field, but within other departments was a key factor in ensuring publication by expanding experience and broadening networking connections.

The ABQLA College and Research Section would like to thank our panelists for the intriguing and thought-provoking talk, and providing us with invaluable career advice. We’d also like to thank the School of Information Studies at McGill for the wonderful space they provided for us. The next ABQLA College and Research event will be taking in place in the spring, so stay tuned for more exciting details! We hope that you’ll join us in the fun!