Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Reviewers, Part III

After weeks of searching for academic librarians across the globe who might happen to also be interested in online teaching, we received our first three reviews from the publisher.  I neglected to respond to the reviews as I believed we would need to wait until more reviews came in.  Not so, we are to comment on the initial three reviews which will then be taken to the editorial board for review along with our case file.

Next step, meet with my co-author to discuss the reviews and our response.

Honestly, this initial stage is taking a lot longer than I had anticipated.  Not that I mind, I don't think I have my mind wrapped around the idea of writing a book to begin with.  The longer it takes, the more time I will have to relax into the idea.

Review - the flip side

As a direct result of searching for reviewers, I was asked to review a book proposal.  It was so interesting to be on the flip side of the process and critique content for a book that is not yet written.  Will it be successful, is there a need for this material in the marketplace, will it be relevant to users and practitioners???  All such powerful questions that require thoughtful consideration.

My favourite question queried my expertise in the area, in other words, did I have the right to judge?  Honestly, no I don't think I do, but I did my best to complete the review and hopefully provide a few helpful suggestions along the way.

Second Official Citation

This paper was the result of a collaboration between the instructor responsible for the course, a student in the course and the librarian (me) who delivered information literacy instruction using the flipped teaching technique.

Maddison, T., Beneteau, D., Sokoloski, B.  (2014).  Breaking ground: Improving undergraduate engineering projects through flipped teaching of literature search techniques.  Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Number 78(Fall 2014).  doi: 10.5062/F4QR4V3D

Monday, November 24, 2014

Reviewers, Part II

From our first set of book proposal reviewers, everyone agreed except one person.  Almost everyone responded immediately which was lovely.  We even had a couple of people state that if we needed any further assistance, they would be happy to help.  Potential contributing authors????  I think so.

Publisher agreed with our initial list, but requested that we add a couple of people from the non-North American market.  Yikes!

I tried a search in ProQuest's Library database for Country of Origin equal to 'Europe OR Asia OR Australia'  AND online learning AND academic librar*.  This search generate three results.  Shall I start there???  Or would be best to turn to my social media networks for assistance? 

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.