Friday, November 21, 2014

you thought it was fantastic, but did you say so?

So I am curious, if you loved a presenter, do you go up and tell them that they were fabulous?  Do you tweet about their presentation, or do you send them an email with your comment?

Thursday, November 13, 2014


One of the sections of the book proposal was to provide a list of book reviewers.  At first we thought that meant reviewers for the final copy so we left it blank - hoping that we had some time to work on that list.  We were wrong - it was a list of reviewers for the proposal.  So next problem, if we seek out experts in the field, what happens when we also want to call on those people to generate content for us?  Library and Information Science is a fairly small field in Academia, smaller still when we consider online instruction.  Well no problem, they can be contributors later. 

We surveyed lists of presentations from recent library conferences that focused on this topic for individuals researching online learning, etc.  From these presentations we generated a list of potential reviewers and sent them an email asking them to review our proposal.  We were positively delighted to immediately receive responses and their willingness to participate in our project!

We will see what the editors say about our initial list.  If we need to seek additional reviewers, we think we might look at the authors of those competing books.  I wonder how that would go?!?

First Step

So now that we have a vague idea about what we are going to write about, we needed to formalize it in a NEW BOOK PROPOSAL.  The proposal includes a potential title, a brief synopsis of our topic, what features will make our book unique, a chapter outline and also a look at the competition.

Various items were incredibly difficult to come up with like the title.  How do you create a title that is meaningful and will help to make the book more mainstream?  We have not found the perfect title yet, but I am using a catch phrase for the project.  Perhaps it will make it into the finalized title at some point?

The competition bit was also tough.  We ended up settling on an Amazon search, limiting to certain keywords and then limiting by subject to Library and Information Science.  There were 39 titles.  We ignored titles that were not directly relevant to our topic and also ignored titles that were more than 4 years old.  These limitations generated a list of approximately 4 titles.

Several drafts later, we submitted the proposal.


I was contacted about 2 months ago with an offer to submit a book proposal.  I have learned not to accept everything at face value so I did some digging to see if it was a real offer.  It was (or is). 

My first thought was YES!  I accept!  My second thought was there is NO way that I can do this on my own and so I start to put out feelers with some of my colleagues.  Were they interested in conducting the same type of research that I was?  Are they known experts in book publishing or in the research field?  Could they help me with the most important question - what next???

I am happy to say that I have secured the best possible partner.  She is interested in the same things that I am.  She is an expert as she has already published two books.  She can help me answer what next as (again) she has already published two books.

I thought that I would start documenting the process in this blog in hopes of helping others through the journey.  I have no idea at the moment if this will be successful or not, but perhaps there is also something to be learned if is not successful.  Watch for the hashtag #bookpublishing.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Peer Learning

Don't ever underestimate how much you can learn from your peers.  I have been fortunate enough to sit in on two instruction sessions recently and both times I have exclaimed, 'I didn't know you could do that'.  Here is what I learned:
  • In Google Scholar, under settings, you can choose your citation management tool.  At the University of Saskatchewan we are currently using RefWorks, which is one of the options for exporting citations.  Very cool!
  • In GOBI, which is our acquisitions application, you can see internal approval plans and their parameters.
So sit in on as many sessions as you can.  Even if you learn one new thing, that is one new thing that you can share with your students. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Power of Google

Google yourself often.  You never know what you might find.  I did this yesterday and found a blog post about a presentation that I had made in Vancouver at SLA 2014.  What a treat!  Although it is a bit like Twitter, I am always a bit scared to look...

Here is the link to the post:

What I think is really neat about this blog is that she does what I do when I attend a conference - I summarize my experiences in my blog.  Great to see that I am not alone! 

Seeking Inspiration

So two weeks ago I was inspired by a workshop that I attended to create a creative commons license for my blog.  This week I was inspired by Open Access Week thus creating a ORCiD profile and adding the ID to my email signature.  And here it is:

Using ORCiD was incredibly easy and allows you to identify yourself as the author of your works.  You can link author id's from other sources such as Scopus.

So when you increase your visibility online, your readership should follow, right?