Reference Librarian Texas Tech Univ. HSC Texas Tech University Health Science Center Lubbock, Texas
Objective: Having effectively edited Life, Purpose, and Vision: A Fiftieth Anniversary History of the (INSTITUTION) University Health Sciences Center, this poster will present those activities and actions that are necessary to create a coffee-table book for a special institutional occasion.
Description: Librarians organize materials, books, citations, and provide in-depth research. This skill set is used to organize all parts needed to cover the institution's growth and development. The librarian/editor should treat the institution as a database. A table of contents is the backbone of any book. It gives direction for locating information which is then requested, gathered, coordinated and updated for retrieval purposes. An art-log is created for images.
These steps, skills and tools will be presented as will discussions with the publisher and printer. Politics, crisis management and meeting deadlines will also be addressed.
Conclusion: A celebratory institutional book is truly an interprofessional collaborative project. It certainly “takes a village” to produce such an important work for one’s institution. Our two-year project ended recently with delivery of the book just in time for an institutional gala celebration. The steps presented will assist others in the successful production of a celebratory book for their institution.
Librarians clearly have the necessary skill set to guide such a project from idea to published book.