The Write Stuff: Strategies and Tools for Staying On Track From Start to Finish

Tuesday, 9/18/2018 - Wednesday, 9/19/2018
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

Writing and publishing is an important aspect of librarianship. Whether you are writing to earn tenure or a promotion, writing to share your knowledge and experience with colleagues around your region or across the globe, documenting policies and procedures for your department, or a student writing to meet course requirements, writing is something that many of us do as part of our professional lives. The act of writing can be challenging or can stall for a number of reasons, and there are a variety of self-directed or group-directed ways to overcome the challenges many of us experience when we write. Join us to discuss tips, strategies, tools, or apps that people use to work through the writing process, and complete an article, book, or other writing project.

This e-Forum was presented on September 18-19, 2018. For a complete summary of this session, view The Write Stuff: e-Forum Summary.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this e-Forum, participants will have:
  • identified practical strategies for completing a writing project
  • an increased awareness of tools available to support their writing

Who Should Attend

Librarians from any type of institution who write and publish as a service to the profession or to maintain or advance their position; students, staff, or aspiring librarians looking for ways to become or remain productive in their writing projects.


Rebecca Nous is the Catalog Management Librarian at University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY). She writes and publishes essays, articles, and web content personally and professionally, and is continually experimenting with new strategies for staying productive in her writing. She has presented on this topic for the ALA ALCTS Research, Writing, and Publishing Fair.
Wendy West is the Head of Discovery Services at University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY). Her writing includes conference reports, conference proceedings and peer-reviewed articles. She participates in a local writing group at her campus that focuses on writing productivity. She has co-presented at the ALCTS Research, Writing, and Publish Fair at an ALA Annual Conference.
Stacey Marien is the Acquisitions Librarian at American University, Washington, DC. She has written many book reviews, articles, book chapters and edited a soon to be published book from Purdue University Press. She co-writes and edits a column called Let’s Get Technical for the publication Against the Grain. She has been published in several library-related journals and magazines including Against the Grain, Choice, Reference and Users Services Quarterly, and The Bottom Line.




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Tech Requirements

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