Librarian’s Guide to Writing for Professional Publication
by Marta Mestrovic Deyrup
December 2018, 162pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-3768-5
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Whether you’re on the tenure track or not, this book gives you an additional avenue to success in today’s competitive environment: publishing.

Professional publication can take your career to the next level. Use this guide to learn the best ways to share your expertise and show commitment to the profession through publishing.

Even if you’re not yet confident about your experience, ideas, or writing skills, more than likely, you’re ready to consider publishing. This practical guide will supply the encouragement and direction for you to effectively communicate using the written word and start publishing, which will likely serve to boost your career. It explains the difference between traditional and self-publishing; supplies advice on picking a publisher and working successfully with a publisher; and provides useful information on copyright, open access publishing, and contract signing. While geared to all librarians, this book also includes text intended specifically for librarians on the tenure track and those who wish to experiment with new media.

The book supplies writing templates that make it simple to write various types of communication, such as a letter to the editor, effective emails and memos, or compelling letter of recommendation; a news release, newsletter, or feature story; and conference proceedings, peer-reviewed articles, technical manuals or brochures. You’ll also learn how to write a proposal for a book or journal article to submit to a publisher and how to turn your master’s thesis or doctoral thesis into a published work. Any librarian who is serious about advancing their career will find this an invaluable resource.


  • Presents a complete and up-to-date guide that covers all types of writing and publishing, intended specifically for librarians
  • Provides ready-made templates that greatly simplify the writing process and covers new writing and promotional opportunities, such as blogging and using social media
  • Helps librarians meet the challenge of "publish or perish"
Marta Mestrovic Deyrup is a head of technical services as well as liaison to modern and classical languages and English at Seton Hall University Libraries. She is the author/editor of nine books, including Creating the High-Functioning Library Space: Expert Advice from Librarians, Architects and Designers (Libraries Unlimited, 2016).


“Even those (librarians) who write well often don’t...This book can get you writing! In it, author Marta Deyrup shares insights about not only writing professionally—but publishing as well. Perhaps this book can provide just the nudge you or a co-worker needs to follow this potentially successful professional pathway."—Public Libraries, May 1, 2019

"Having published professionally as a librarian for over twenty-five years, this book is great for those just beginning their career and for those whose job duties include producing documents related to outreach, communication, and marketing."—ARBA, April 1, 2019

"The Librarian’s Guide to Writing for Professional Publication is an excellent primer for writing scenarios that librarians are likely to face across their career – from research focused writing to administrative and professional writing. Utilizing a systematic template method and speaking to common obstacles and challenges in the writing process Deyrup’s clear and accessible work is a valuable tool in enabling students, academics and professionals to communicate more effectively and efficiently."—Erik Mitchell, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian, University of California, San Diego

"As an editor of four LIS peer-reviewed journals, I am elated that such a comprehensive and thorough guide to professional writing for librarians is now available. From the basics and vagaries of professional writing to publication venues to peer-review submissions related to promotion and tenure, this guide provides everything necessary to enhance career aspirations through publication and name recognition."—Dr. Gary M. Pitkin, Dean of University Libraries (retired), University of Northern Colorado, International Consultant, Editor-in-Chief of four LIS journals

"For the hesitant and confident writer alike, Deyrup’s book will guide readers through the often-intimidating but nonetheless necessary process of writing in a variety of contexts. Numerous tips and tricks, communicated in an engaging and conversational style, provide readers with concrete strategies for success, no matter their point of departure. In this book, Deyrup thinks of everyone - young and old, native speakers and learners of English, writers of all variety of projects from wedding toasts to reports, from letters of recommendation to scholarly articles, from emails to tweets. In today’s technophilic society, where the emphasis can often be placed on the technologies themselves, the “craft” as Deyrup calls it, of effective written communication can seemingly be all but forgotten. Yet, as Deyrup shows by example, there’s a reason we should all think about practicing to be better writers and communicators. With her thorough content and patient voice, Deyrup demonstrates not only the importance of the form and the content of the message, but ultimately reminds us why we bother - because connecting with our audience is imperative, whatever our goal and regardless of context. Perhaps more so than ever before, in this time of information overload, learning to communicate well in writing is key. This charming, useful, authoritative, and imminently readable book should be required reading for all information professionals and aspiring information professionals."—Heather Moulaison Sandy, PhD, Associate Professor, iSchool at the University of Missouri Recipient, 2018 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Science
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