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So, you are convinced that you are ready to take that first step toward writing for publication. As a first-time author, though, you likely have a number of questions and reservations before you are comfortable jumping right into creating your initial article, query, or proposal.
Always keep in mind that you are qualified to write for the profession merely by being part of the profession. Resist the notion that you must be able and willing to construct methodologically strict academic articles, must have universal name recognition, or must put 20 years into your position before being qualified to publish. Since there are so many publishing outlets, and since librarianship encompasses so many specialties and options, the health of our literature depends on the skills of all types of librarians writing at different levels, on different topics, and for different audiences. A diverse literature provides the breadth and uniqueness required for a thriving profession.
Many librarians "start small" by publishing short articles in online newsletters, writing letters to the editor, creating book reviews, or contributing to a local paper. This allows them to gradually build the confidence and the writing experience needed to tackle larger projects. Whether contributing to your library's newsletter, school's newspaper, or writing a grant application, every bit of writing you create helps you build the experience and the professional recognition you need to go on to do more advanced work. Further, the earlier you start writing and publishing, the earlier your activities will have an impact on your library career--and the more time and opportunity you will have to build your writing expertise and contribute to the literature.
The more writing you do, the more you will find that the mere act of putting words down on paper (or on the screen) helps you clarify your own thoughts and provides the opportunity for research into topics of interest--increasing your ability to contribute to the profession, not only through publication but via …