Saturday, September 15, 2007

Call for Contributors: Info Career Trends

Call for Contributors: Info Career Trends


Info Career Trends,'s free bimonthly professional development newsletter, is currently seeking contributors for two upcoming issues:

Jan. 2008: Keeping Up
How best to keep current, managing information overload, keeping up with patron interests and demands.

March 2008: Setting Priorities
How to balance the philosophical and the practical, how to balance work and family, how to choose the right working environment, how to pick the right type of library -- or nonlibrary -- organization.

Information for Contributors:

If you are interested in contributing an article, book review, or web review to Info Career Trends, first take a look at the upcoming themes to see if your idea fits into one of these topics. If you have an idea for a theme not listed here, please e-mail to make your suggestion. Info Career Trends focuses on issues relevant to practicing librarians, and is not interested in heavily theoretical or academic treatments. Consider how your topic will be of use to working information professionals.

Current needs are:

Practical, "how-to" articles - suggestions for how librarians can contribute to their own professional development or how managers can help develop their employees.

First-person articles discussing how the author has taken action to develop his or her career -- providing models others in similar situations can follow.

Book/web site reviews -- resources to help librarians grow as professionals.

Before sending an entire manuscript, please query via e-mail to In your query, briefly describe your idea for an article, how you intend to approach the subject, and why you're a good person to write about it.

Completed manuscripts should be around 1000 words in length. Reviews should be under 150 words. Since Info Career Trends is distributed by e-mail, much longer articles are not currently acceptable. The newsletter is non-academic -- footnotes are rarely warranted, and style is somewhat informal. Before submitting an article, be sure to consult previous issues, available online in the Info Career Trends archive, to help give you a feel for the newsletter's style and needs. Article deadlines are generally the first Friday of the month before the relevant issue.

Submit your manuscript via e-mail, preferably in plain text (as an attachment or within the body of the message). Submissions are also accepted in Microsoft Word (.doc) format, but note that all formatting will be lost in the e-mail version due to the means of distribution of this newsletter. Please single space after periods and other punctuation, and use headers to break up sections of your text.

Info Career Trends asks only for one-time electronic rights (e-mail and web, including permission to archive your article online), and the copyright for your article will remain with you. The newsletter does not pay contributors, but will include short biographical information and a link to your web page or other online resource for librarians.