Jason Puckett With great power comes great bibliography.


ALI podcast episode 30 “Let the Games Begin”

For episode 30 of  Adventures in Library Instruction we were joined by guests Theresa McDevitt andRyan Sittler, editor of and contributor the book Let the games begin!: Engaging students with field-tested interactive information literacy instruction. We talked about the role of games in the library classroom and their value as a teaching tool. Thanks, Ryan and Theresa!



Zotero book now available

I'm pleased and proud to announce that my book is now officially available from ACRL Publications! You can buy it on Amazon or from the ALA Store, in print or ebook editions. It will be available at the bookstore at ALA Annual in New Orleans this week.

If you're considering an ebook edition, I recommend buying it from the ALA Store: you'll get DRM-free PDF, ePub, and Kindle/Mobipocket files that will work on just about any device out there. ALA also sells a print/ebook bundle. (As is unfortunately always the case, the Kindle edition sold by Amazon is encumbered with Amazon's DRM.)

Here's the ACRL press release:

ACRL announces the publication of  Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators. Authored by Jason Puckett of Georgia State University. Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators is the first book-length treatment of this powerful research tool developed by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

Written for end users, librarians and teachers, the book introduces Zotero and presents it in the context of bibliography managers and open source software. Puckett then provides detailed instructions on using the software in research and writing, along with a wealth of useful information including instructional best practices, examples, support tips and advanced techniques for those who teach and support Zotero.

"Puckett draws on his deep understanding of Zotero's technology to provide clear, concise
guidelines and tips for beginners and experts alike," says Sean Takats, co-director of Zotero, assistant professor of History at George Mason University and director of research projects at the Center for History and New Media. "As a bonus, he convincingly argues why you -- yes, you -- need to be using research software and why Zotero is the best choice."

A perfect guidebook to a robust open access research tool that allows the user to manage all aspects of bibliographic data, Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators is essential for librarians, classroom faculty and students alike.

Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators will be available at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans and is available for purchase in print and as an ePub, Kindle or PDF e-book through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8589-2
Price: $36
E-Book Price: $12


Bibliography of Zotero book

I've posted the bibliography and chapter titles of my upcoming book on my Zotero page. (Edited to add: Also available in a shared Zotero library.)

No firm release date yet, but we're still expecting it to be available by ALA Annual.


Zotero book updates

Look at all this stuff I wrote!I talked to my editor Kathryn Deiss at ACRL yesterday, and I can say the following things about my upcoming Zotero book with a reasonable amount of confidence:

I'll be rewriting and editing through the end of March and maybe a bit into April.

The book will probably be available for purchase in May or June. We expect it to be on the shelves of the bookstore at ALA Annual.

The cover will be designed by Christian Steinmetz, our library's Creative Manager and (in his spare time) comics creator extraordinaire.

There will be e-book editions available from Amazon (with the usual non-optional Kindle DRM) and directly from ACRL (without DRM), hopefully simultaneous with the print release.

The table of contents consists of:

  • Introduction (how I became so invested in using Zotero)
  • 1. About Zotero (what it is, a bit about open source software, why I think Zotero rocks)
  • 2. Setting up (installing the Firefox and Standalone versions)
  • 3. Creating your library (putting stuff into Zotero, organizing and so on)
  • 4. Creating bibliographies and writing with Zotero (using Zotero with Word and other word processors, citing and writing and related topics)
  • 5. Zotero online (syncing, using group libraries, and using Zotero for collaborative work)
  • 6. Teaching Zotero (using Zotero with classes, teaching workshops in person and online, lots of real-world examples)
  • 7. Supporting Zotero (Zotero "champions," Zotero outreach on your campus, providing staff training, what your IT staff might need to know)

I'm using the rough draft as a text for my Zotero class for Simmons SLIS this month.

Thanks to everyone who's provided input and suggestions so far. I'll be really excited to see this thing go out into the world this summer.


I’m writing a Zotero book

"1947 Continental" by Olivander

I'm really pleased and excited to announce that I'm writing a book about Zotero for ACRL Publications. (This is one reason I've been all "Zotero Zotero Zotero" on the blog lately. ...More than usual, I mean.)

The working title is Zotero: A guide for librarians, teachers and researchers. It will be part how-to guide for Zotero users and partly about supporting, promoting and teaching Zotero.

For my research, I'm really interested in hearing from:

  • librarians and educators who are incorporating Zotero into teaching, from high school through grad classes
  • campus Zotero advocates who are engaging in interesting promotional and outreach activities
  • Zotero users who are using it in interesting or unusual ways

If you're doing any of those things please email me or leave a comment! I'm writing through the beginning of 2011 and I'm expecting it to go to print in the spring. I'm sure I'll be posting about it here as it progresses.

A big thank you to Kathryn Deiss at ACRL Publications for working with me on this!