LLAMA and the Library Information and Technology Association (LITA) are interested in partnering on a new guide for administrators who need to manage technical staff.
LITA co-publishes with Neal-Schuman a series of guides (see http://www.neal-schuman.com/books/series/library-information-and-technology-association-lita-guides) that focus on technology innovation in libraries, and this new guide would focus on administrators who need to develop the technical and supervisory skills to manage technical staff. If you are interested in collaborating with LITA members on such a project, or would like further information, please contact LITA Acquisitions Editor Marta Deyrup at Marta.Deyrup@shu.edu by August 20. Both LLAMA and LITA are happy to explore ideas for additional collaborations, so please feel free to share other suggestions for joint publications or projects which might draw on LLAMA’s administrative and LITA’s technical expertise.
Ideas that move forward will generally follow this book proposal outline:
1. A general description of the book, including: why such a book is needed, how it will be written or compiled, the audience and market to which the book is directed, any possible secondary audiences and markets, and comparisons with other similar books.
2. A table of contents, even tentative, including an estimate of the length or number of pages for each chapter, as well as the length of the total manuscript. Please specify types and approximate sizes of indexes.
3. A tentative outline describing in detail the main topics to be dealt with (this will go into more detail than the table of contents).
4. Any chapter or sample pages available in draft form, which are representative of the elements of the book, including tabular material, illustrations, entries, etc.
5. A draft preface that tells your potential readers: who the book is for, the purpose of the book, how it was compiled or written, your reasons for writing the book, how the book is organized, (if applicable) how it can be used. (This differs from item 1 above in that you’re speaking here to your potential reader whereas item 1 speaks to us as a publisher.)
6. The projected date of manuscript completion.
7. A brief resume, including other publications, related activities, etc.