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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informations­wissen­schaft

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informations­wissen­schaft | Forschung | Publikationen am IBI | weitere Publikationen von IBI-Angehörigen | Turning an idea into a book: A hands-on seminar introduces students to the real-world book publication

Petra Hauke (2007)

Turning an idea into a book: A hands-on seminar introduces students to the real-world book publication

New Library World, 108(3/4):151–164.

Purpose ? The paper seeks to encourage both LIS teachers and LIS students to
experiment with more interactive methods of teaching and learning. The
example is taken from a series of seminars at Humboldt Universität Berlin,
Department for Library and Information Science. Design/methodology/approach
? The paper takes the form of a report about a practical seminar, which
involves students in the making of a book on a subject related to library
science. It starts with the submission of an idea and sees the process
through until the final hardcover book. In the seminar, students learn how
to edit and prepare submitted articles for publication, how to secure
financing and how to find a publisher. Findings ? LIS students are highly
enthusiastic about these so-called project seminars as they offer valuable
practical experience that complements skills acquired in other more
theoretical courses. In these seminars, they develop an in-depth
understanding of the subject of the volume they edit ? through direct
exposure to professional articles written by authors in their respective
area of expertise in library science as well as in related fields.
Originality/value ? These practical seminars prepare students for an
academic career, including the skills needed for publishing or editing
scientific books or articles. Further, they develop their understanding of
quality aspects in the world of publishing. In addition to their role as
editors of an anthology, they are exposed to professional librarians and
authors outside the university, which is an additional bonus for their
professional career prospects."