Jason Puckett With great power comes great bibliography.


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.


DRM article in Progressive Librarian

"Steal This Comic," xkcd.com, by Randall Munroe

Just a quick post to mention that I've published my first peer-reviewed article!

Puckett, J. (2010). Digital Rights Management as information access barrier. Progressive Librarian, (34-35), 11-24.

"Digital Rights Management as information access barrier" is in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Progressive Librarian. It's a small journal and recent issues aren't online yet, but it's available under a Creative Commons license so I can share it here (PDF link). Open access FTW. Also, spoiler alert: turns out I think DRM is bad.

Scholarly publishing being what it is, some of the research is already a bit out of date. Notably, there have been some new DMCA exemptions passed that have created some new classes of legitimate use for circumventing DRM. If I've got to be outdated, that's a good reason in my books.

Also: If you're interested in DRM, and if you can get your hands on the print issue of Progressive Librarian (#34-35, Fall-Winter 2010), my article precedes a great related essay by Ted Striphas, pp. 39-45, "E-books in the classroom: Implications for teaching, learning and research," all about the Amazon Kindle.

Also also: I'll be presenting on DRM online for ACRL on March 1. Still time to register.

Do you teach Zotero?

I'm closing in on the second half of my Zotero book, getting out of the how-to chapters and into the (more interesting, I think) best practices stuff.

If you teach Zotero, either as a one-off workshop or a credit course, I'd really like to hear from you as I prepare to write the chapters on teaching and support. Please post here or email me (jason at librarianX dot net).

These are the standard questions I've been asking teachers. They're meant to elicit as much or as little commentary as you care to contribute. If I use anything you send me, of course I'll mention your name with gratitude in the acknowledgments!

  • How do you use Zotero in your classes?
  • Why did you choose to incorporate Zotero into your classwork?
  • How have your students taken to it? Any problems? Any notable student feedback?
  • What do you think your students have gotten out of using it?
  • I’d like to show some real-world examples of class assignments or teaching activities that incorporate Zotero. Do you have any you could share, and may I quote from your assignment in my book?
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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!