As the LexisNexis Senior Information Professional Consultant for government librarians, and your librarian peer resource at LexisNexis, I'm inviting you to be one of the authors for the 2013 Best Practices for Government Libraries.
The annual collaborative document, Best Practices for Government Libraries, showcases government librarians who are innovating and creating success in the workplace and beyond. The 2012 Best Practices for Government Libraries includes 70 articles and other submissions provided by more than 75 contributors from libraries in government agencies, courts, and the military, as well as from professional association leaders, LexisNexis consultants, and more. Some of the authors have had their articles re-published in other journals and newsletters. Articles from Best Practices are also posted here on the Government Info Pro.
In 2013, we look forward to seeing even more of your good ideas. This year, the topic for the document is Managing Evolving Resources: Strategies, Capabilities, and Alternatives. We seek your insights, experiences, and perspectives on how you are re-envisioning, re-creating, or re-blending any of your library’s resources and services or how you are remaking, rebranding or reinventing yourself as an information professional. You can write to the topic from a variety of angles including: balance of physical, digital, and online resources; utilization of library staff; managing tighter space and tighter budgets; organizational effectiveness; professional skills needed to get the job done; mining the value of volunteer and professional association experience; or efforts in the area of social media, mobile apps, ebooks/elending.
Your submission could be electronic or hard copy, cutting-edge or time-tested but with a new twist, in place or conceptual, in the workplace or in the community. The scope of submissions is only limited by your imagination. If you’d like to write but want some guidance, I’m happy to talk with you about possible article topics.
Here are a few examples of recent posts of Best Practices articles on the Government Info Pro:
- E-Books and E-Readers Program Best Practices at the NIST Research by Stacy Bruss, Reference Librarian, National Institute of Standards and Technology
- e-Challenges When the World is Your Community by Marcy Carrel, Technical Information Specialist, Peace Corps
- Following Virtual Footprints: Vetting in the Age of Social Media by Kate Lanahan, Law Librarian, Supervisory Librarian, US Department of Justice and Jennifer L. McMahan, Deputy Director, Library Staff at U.S. Department of Justice
- Librarians Wanted to Help Create Innovative and Interactive Solutions for Smart Government by Ken Wheaton, Systems Librarian, Alaska State Court Law Library; 2012 President SLA PNW, and Art Murray, CEO of Applied Knowledge Sciences
- Pushing Boundaries from the Inside Out: A Practical Approach by Scott Brown, Owner, Social Information Group
- Reaching Out to Tribal College and University Libraries: A Project to Provide Interior Library Resources and Services by George Franchois, Director, U.S. Department of the Interior Library
You can download your free copy of the complete e-book version of the 2012 Best Practices for Government Libraries - Pushing Boundaries: Mobility, Community, Accessibility as well as samples of LexisNexis ebooks here: http://www.lexisnexis.com/ebooks/sample/. You can also download the 2012 Best Practices for Government Libraries in PDF.
For the 2013 edition of Best Practices, please submit your electronic documents to [email protected] or mail hard copy contributions to Marie Kaddell, LexisNexis, Suite 600, 1150 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Best Practices will be published this fall. The deadline for submission is July 15, 2013. If you have any questions about the 2013 Best Practices, please do not hesitate to contact me.
This is your opportunity to step into the spotlight! Take advantage of it and share your successes, your ideas, and your wisdom. I am looking forward to seeing a broad spectrum of content again this year and I hope you will make it a point to participate.
Share! Write! Get Published!