By Walt Crawford
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I’ll also use “article” for all of these possibilities, including book chapters, communications, and conference reports, for lack of a better inclusive term. 22 Report, Inform, Explain, Illuminate 23 What’s It About? While there’s no secret formula for the ideal informal article (or at least none I’ve discovered), it helps to think about what you’re doing before you start preparing your article. How You Did It Good You may know this as the sneering catchphrase for “unworthy” journal articles. “How we did it good” is the kiss of death for serious library writing, or so I’ve heard.
Copyright registration primarily affects enforceability and punishment. Given the dollars involved in library writing, there’s little reason for you to think about copyright registration for anything but books and other major fixed media. Coping with Contracts Most book publishers and too many periodical publishers have standard contracts that assign copyright to the publisher, once you sign the contract. Writers who care about their work should resist signing away copyright. Once you’ve signed over copyright your work belongs entirely to the publisher.
Should you do so—without checking with the colleague first? , in a bar, over dinner, in an ALA discussion group, during a committee meeting)? 2. You hear a presentation at a conference taken from work in progress that gives you a great idea for an article or book. The facts presented are in that handy set of PowerPoint printouts. Are you free to use the facts and ideas without attribution? Are you free to do so with attribution, even though you know you’ll publish before the work is complete and the researchers have a chance to publish?
First Have Something to Say: Writing for the Library Profession by Walt Crawford