Call for New Writers!

Greetings readers!

Here at Hack Library School, we pride ourselves on providing engaging, thoughtful, and useful resources for Library and Information Science students. The best part of this experience, in my opinion, is the community the writers have with each other and our readers.  Unfortunately, because we’re a blog by and for students, eventually we have to move on to bigger and better things (like graduation and full-time professional gigs).  The good news for all of you is that we’re looking for a new group of dedicated students who would like to be regular contributors here.

We’re looking for people who are enthusiastic, skilled writers who have backgrounds and specialties that we’re currently lacking at HLS.  We’re looking for a diverse group of writers: diversity of experience, professional interests, and opinions.  We strive to critically engage with topics and we’re not afraid of “stirring the pot”–and we hope you aren’t either!

We have some exciting plans for Hack Library School this upcoming year, including formalizing our guest post criteria, making book and technology reviews a regular feature, and creating a journal specifically for library school students and recent graduates. We are seeking committed team members who will help Hack Library School accomplish these goals and realize its full potential.

We ask that only writers who are graduating in May 2015 or later should apply. We want our writers to have at least one academic year with Hack Library School so that everyone can have a positive and fulfilling experience.

The commitment is relatively low.  We try to post 3 times a week, including our weekly round-ups on Fridays.  As the schedule sits now, each writer contributes about a post a month on the topic of their choosing. New writers will get paired up with a mentor (an “original” Hack Library School writer) to help with your first few posts and generally ease your nerves.

If you’re interested in regularly contributing to the blog, please send us an email to hacklibschool [at] gmail [dot] com with the following “application materials” by September 25, 2014:

  • A brief bio about yourself.
  • Your school and anticipated graduation date.
  • Your professional interests and 2-3 topics that you would like to write about.
  • A writing sample, if possible.  This does not need to be formal.  Feel free to link us to a personal blog, a paragraph of a paper, etc. We just like to get a feel for your writing style.

If you are a recent graduate or can’t commit to being a regular contributor, please consider writing a guest post for us! Just indicate that you are interested in a guest post in your email.

We look forward to hearing from you!

4 replies

  1. How long does it take to get a reply when we email about contributing? Are you waiting till after the 25th to get back to everyone? Thanks!


    • Hi Annie – yes, we wait until after the application deadline to review applications. Since we only have a certain amount of spots, this helps us ensure that everyone who applies before the deadline gets a fair shot at those slots, and we get the very best candidates! It also helps us build a well-rounded and diverse team that will work well together. If you have any other questions, feel free to email the editor!


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