Community and Fundamentals

Writing Series: Librarians as Authors

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One of the most fundamental skills a librarian can have, no matter their work setting, is writing. Writing itself is such a broad topic that DC/SLA is handling this skill with our Writing Series!

Join us at Teaism in Penn Quarter for an evening of networking, refreshments, and fun in our second installment, Writing Series: Librarians as Authors. Librarians deal with acquiring, curating, and weeding books and ebooks all the time, but how many of us have made the leap into writing a book? Longtime DC/SLA members Kee Malesky and Bruce Rosenstein have taken the plunge, so we’ll be spending the evening learning from them and celebrating their success! We’ll provide snacks as both librarians speak briefly about their experiences as an author. They’ll then be available for networking and book signings. They won’t have hard copies of their books for sale at the event but you can purchase them from the links below:

To buy Kee’s books before the event:

To buy Bruce’s books before the event:

But that’s not all! Since this  year our focus is on Community and Fundamentals we’ll also be hosting a book drive for the US Tribal Libraries. There are over 280 tribal libraries throughout the United States, including 37 tribal college libraries.  They serve as community centers, tribal archives, reading rooms, and homework centers for specific American Indian tribes.  Many of these libraries are supported by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, but are in great need of materials to share with their communities.

Topics of Interest:

1. Children's literature

2. Fiction - Westerns

3. American Indian/Native American literature - Fiction and Non-fiction

4. Non-fiction - related to outdoor activities (i.e. gardening, hiking, camping, etc.)

We’ll have a donation box at the event for people to leave their books. As a reward for your generosity, people registering as a book donor get FREE registration to the event! For questions about the US Tribal Book Drive please contact Asheleigh Perry [log in to unmask]

Don't worry if you can't make it to the event you can still participate in the book drive by purchasing books for the US Tribal Library Wishlist:

When: Monday, August 12th, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Location: Teaism at Penn Quarter 400 8th St. NW, Washington DC 20004

Closest Metro Station:  Archives/Navy Memorial (Green/Yellow line) -

Price:  General Admission: $10

Book Donor Registration: FREE!

Questions contact: Chris Vestal at [log in to unmask]

About the Authors:

Kee Malesky has been answering questions for NPR reporters, editors, and hosts since 1984. Her brain became stuffed with so many bits of information, that she has published two collections – All Facts Considered (2010) and Learn Something New Every Day (2012). More about Kee and her books at

Bruce Rosenstein is Managing Editor of Leader to Leader and a lecturer at The Catholic University of America Department of Library and Information Science. He is the author of Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker's Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life (Berrett-Koehler, 2009) and Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way (McGraw-Hill, November, 2013).

Christopher M. Vestal
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