2017 Call for 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 purposeful community of writers and readers. We are a blog by and for students, and 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 new writers who would like to be regular contributors here.

We’re looking for people who are skilled, enthusiastic writers with backgrounds and interests that we’re currently lacking at HLS.  We’re looking for a diverse group of writers: diversity of experience, professional aspirations, and opinions. Underrepresented, international and non-traditional students are strongly encouraged to apply. We strive to critically engage with topics. We’re not afraid of “stirring the pot” and we hope you aren’t either!

We are first and foremost an actively engaged community. We bounce ideas off one another, we read each other’s drafts, and we provide each other with professional support. New writers will be paired with a mentor (a current HLS writer or alum) to help with your first few posts and generally ease your nerves.

As a writer, you can expect to write about one post per month on the topics of your choice. As a writer the time commitment is three to five hours a month. We are an online publication and we use Slack, Google, and WordPress to virtually collaborate as a team. Familiarity with these online tools isn’t necessary, but you should be willing to learn.

We ask that students who are graduating in May 2018 or later should apply. New writers should be prepared to commit to at least one academic year with Hack Library School. Many of our writers stay with us until they graduate.

If you’re interested in joining Hack Library School, please send us an email at hacklibschool[at]gmail[d0t]com with the subject heading, “HLS Application 2017” by 11:59pm February 15, 2017. Please include:

  • 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 of no more than 1,000 words, 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 graduate before March 2018 or can’t commit to being a regular contributor, no worries! Please consider writing for us as a guest author! Just indicate that you are interested in a guest post in your email.

We look forward to hearing from you!