Have you had an idea for something you would like to write and share with other library school students, but aren’t quite ready to commit to a regular writing schedule on this site? Maybe there’s a topic or a perspective that you haven’t seen shared lately? Consider publishing a guest post with us! We welcome your ideas and conversation.
Every post is different, but here’s a basic idea of what we’ll be asking for:
- Current LIS student – Any current library & information science (LIS) student can request to write a guest post. Exceptions for non-LIS students or LIS professionals will be made on a case-by-case basis, but LIS student voices will always be the focus of HLS.
- A bio – We (the editors and readers) want to know who you are, what your interests are and how or if we can find you other places on the internet! When I read a bio, I connect more with the content and I am more likely to jump into the discussion in the comments area. Include your Twitter handle, if you have one, so we can promote your post!
- Your voice – A blog isn’t an essay or paper for class (thank goodness! and that’s why we also say shoot for 750 word max). Sure we may ask you to do a little “research” to provide other perspectives (see next on list) relating to your post, but we want YOUR voice. We want your I’m-sick-and-tired-of and your I’m-so-geeky-I-did and your my-classmates-rock-my-socks-off-cuz posts. That’s what being a student is about. Use your words. Use your voice to tell your story.
- Other perspectives – Bringing in (linking to, providing a short citation of an author, journal, etc.) an outside perspective (or 3) not only provides more information for the readers but also jump starts the conversation. Even linking back to previous HLS posts throws us back into the archives; you know we will always have something to say. It’s difficult to fully exhaust a topic.
- Visuals – If a visual (anything other than words) fits with your post, don’t be afraid to share it with us. Visuals make an impact. We have a diverse audience and some of them greatly appreciate the visual aspect of posts. If it’s a doodle you drew while you were supposed to be taking notes and were instead daydreaming about HLS (oh we know you do!), include it!
- Discussion – Take responsibility for your own opinion and respect other opinions. One way to do this: join in on the discussion on your post (and other people’s) by commenting and expressing your thoughts. Posts that raise questions are at the heart of HLS. We need the discussion and sometimes discomfort and disagreement in order to dig into the heart of (L)IS.
Are you ready? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s get you started! And when we hear your ideas, we’ll get a first draft from you, send you our comments (edits, revisions, etc.), and work toward scheduling your post in our calendar.
Here at Hack Library School, we acknowledge that timelines may change after you first contact us. That is okay! We are open to working with you to get your article(s) posted on our blog and establishing a timeline that works for you. Looking forward to hearing from you!