Publishing an article in an academic journal for the very first time can be an intimidating prospect. There are a variety of factors to consider including selection of an appropriate journal, the submission and review process, author agreements and permissions forms, and dealing with the emotional impact of potential rejection.
Kaetrena Davis Kendrick is a reference librarian at the University of South Carolina-Aiken and has recently published an article on African American men in librarianship in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Librarian. In this edition of The Newbie Dispatches, Kaetrena discusses her experience writing for an academic journal. She answers a wide range of questions from making the decision to publish original research to receiving a notice from the publisher that her work has been accepted for inclusion.
Kaetrena received her MSLS in 2004 from Clark Atlanta University. She is a member of ALA and ACRL, the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Her article “The Academic Librarian as Instructor: A Study of Teacher Anxiety” was recognized as one of the top 20 library instruction articles by the American Library Association’s Library Instruction Roundtable. She is also the recipient including an ACRL National Conference Librarian Scholarship and was a participant in the 2008 Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians. Kaetrena is an incoming member of the ALA Publications Committee, and the Vice-President/President Elect of the Atlanta Area Bibliographic Instruction Group. For a complete listing of her work experience, her scholarly and service activities, and her awards and honors, you can check out her CV (PDF) right here.
This podcast is part one of a two part interview with Kaetrena. The second podcast of this two part series, set to release here the week of May 25th, 2010, will discuss her specific research on African-American male librarians, published in 2009:
Davis-Kendrick, Kaetrena. (2009) ‘The African American Male Librarian; Motivational Factors in Choosing a Career in Library and Information Science’, Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 28:1,23-52.
Kaetrena will be presenting the results of her research as a poster session at the upcoming National Diversity in Libraries Conference. It will be titled “Deep History, Steep Climb: African American Male Librarians and LIS Recruitment and Retention.” She will also discuss her results at this year’s National Conference of African American Librarians under the title “Moving In, Moving Up: Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement of African American Male Librarians.”
Be sure to check back regularly for future casts on conference updates, research in progress, and professional development workshops.
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