E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship


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Journal of Southern Academic and Special Librarianship (June 1999) 1(1). ISSN 1525-321X. Also available at http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/indexv1.html.


Copyright 1999, the author. Used by permission.


With an apparently increasing emphasis on research, writing and publication in tenure criteria for academic librarians who hold faculty status, illustrated in the study by Park and Riggs (1991), tenure-track academic librarians should not overlook book publication as a possible alternative to the publication of journal articles, as an outlet for their research.

Similarly, they should not overlook or minimize the importance of putting together an effective proposal package to sell their book ideas to publishers. While Buchman (1987) and others have acknowledged that there is not one way to put a proposal package together--and therefore no magic formula exists--there are a number of items the librarian/researcher must seriously consider before mailing off his or her completed proposal package to a publisher.

As Stewart (1993) noted, with more and more academic librarians engaging themselves in research and publication activities, it will not be long before their dossiers will look quite similar to the teaching faculty.