About Guest Posts (includes editorial policies)

The Basics
The guest posts on this blog are the work of the individual author and do not necessarily represent my views. I try to solicit posts from as wide a variety of individuals as possible. For the most part, guest authors are people with whom I'm acquainted in some way. Among the guests, you'll see friends, coworkers, Twitter contacts, and Google+ contacts. Also, these authors represent a variety of library and librarian types. Heck, I've even published posts written by librarians who live outside of my own country.

What you see here are the answers these individuals gave when I asked: "Is there something you wish you'd known when you were a graduate student and/or a brand new to libraries?" In some posts, you see the author's philosophy of an aspect of librarianship. In others, the piece is about developing job skills. So long as it answers that basic question, pretty much everything is germane to this blog.

If you want to write a post for my blog (yes, please!), shoot me an email librarianjessica @ gmail dot com. Let me know why you're emailing me and give me an idea of your topic. I'll get back to you as quickly as I can.

Editorial Policies
What I do when I edit a post is slightly different in each case, but here are some general things I do:
  • The tone needs to be casual. This isn't an academic, refereed publication. It's a conversation. That means personal pronouns are encouraged and footnotes/endnotes/etc. are not allowed.
  • I like posts to be between 500 and 750 words, but that's not a hard rule. (Over 1000 will probably be a problem.)
  • I'll tighten your prose where possible, if necessary.
  • Posts need to be geared towards a general audience.
  • I dislike the term "Libraryland," so I will remove it.
  • I prefer .doc and .docx documents so I can track changes during the editing process, but a Google document could work, too.
  • I do give a [blank] about an Oxford Comma.