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Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124
Incorporates: Librarian Career Development

Online from: 1979

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Writing for the profession: the experience of new professionals

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Title:Writing for the profession: the experience of new professionals
Author(s):Fiona Bradley, (University of Technology Sydney, Lindfield, Australia)
Citation:Fiona Bradley, (2008) "Writing for the profession: the experience of new professionals", Library Management, Vol. 29 Iss: 8/9, pp.729 - 745
Keywords:Australia, Authorship, Career development, Mentors, Presentations, Professional services
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/01435120810917332 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The purpose of this article is to explore barriers and motivators for new professionals who write and present for the professional literature.

Design/methodology/approach – Authors from the ALIA New Librarians' Symposium held in December 2006 in Sydney, Australia were surveyed about their experiences of writing and presenting early in their career. The author of this paper was the symposium's programme coordinator.

Findings – The majority of authors were working in Australia, and few were required to write or present as part of their work role. In the absence of this requirement, factors that motivate new professionals to write can be difficult to define. Barriers to writing include time, skills, and responsibilities outside work.

Originality/value – The paper discusses a publishing opportunity aimed at new professionals and other strategies to reduce barriers to writing and presenting.

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