Walt Crawford

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Walt Crawford is an internationally recognized writer and speaker on libraries, technology, policy and media. He is mostly retired but open for opportunities in library-related and OA-related  research, writing, editing and speaking.

From October 2007 through March 2010, Crawford was Editorial Director of the Library Leadership Network (since abandoned by LYRASIS). For many years before that, he was a Senior Analyst at RLG, focusing on user interface design and actual usage patterns for end-user bibliographic search systems, finally working on RLG-OCLC transition and integration issues through September 2007.

Crawford is the creator, writer and publisher of Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large, an occasional ejournal on the intersections of libraries, policy, technology and media published since December 2000. He also maintains a blog on these and other issues, Walt at Random.

Crawford's books include Successful Social Networking in Public Libraries (ALA Editions, 2014), The Librarian's Guide to Micropublishing (Information Today, Inc, 2012), Open Access: What You Need to Know Now (ALA Editions, 2011), First Have Something to Say: Writing for the Library Profession (ALA Editions, 2003), Being Analog: Creating Tomorrow's Libraries (ALA Editions, 1999), Future Libraries: Dreams, Madness & Reality (with Michael Gorman, ALA Editions, 1995), and eleven others (mostly from G.K. Hall and Knowledge Industry Publications) going back to MARC for Library Use: Understanding the USMARC Formats (1984).

Self-published books (through Lulu) appear at the bottom of this page. All books and datasets related to the SPARC-sponsored Gold Open Access Journals project may be found at the GOAJ project page.

A list of Crawford's essays on open access is available.

Crawford has written columns for American Libraries, EContent, ONLINE Magazine and Library Hi Tech. In all, he has written more than 500 library-related articles and columns appearing in a range of library publications. Crawford was cited as one of the 31 most frequently cited authors in library literature 1994-2004 (the only American writer on that list outside academic libraries and library schools). In 1995, he received the American Library Association's LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Excellence in Communication for Continuing Education, followed by the ALCTS/Blackwell Scholarship Award in 1997. He was president of the Library and Information Technology Association in 1992/93.

More information is available: selective vita, complete vita (PDF), professional background and interests (informal).


Downloadable publicity photo:

Recent, informal (large version of picture above), taken August 20, 2014, Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, California

Vita (selective) [5/2/13]

Vita (complete, updated more-or-less annually: PDF) [November 19, 2018]

Background and current professional interests [November 19, 2018]

Speaking invitations: some notes [November 19, 2018]

Writing, consulting, etc.: some notes [November 19, 2018]

Blog: Walt at Random [4/1/05]

If you got here looking for the spreadsheets that accompany Cites & Insights 5:10, they're here (raw data) and here (expanded 60 blogs) respectively.

The set of liblogs included in The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008: A Lateral Look is available here (and here, with Technosophia in its proper Greek form)

I'm looking for sponsors for Cites & Insights: See details here.


Cites & Insights Books

The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014
The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014
paperback: $60.00, ISBN 978-1-329-54762-9

also ebook* $55.00, ISBN 978-1-329-54713-1
Your Library 
Is... A Collection of Public Library Sayings
Your Library Is... A Collection of Public Library Sayings
[paperback: $16.99]

also ebook* $8.99
New 5/28/14:

Beyond the Damage: Circulation, Coverage and Staffing
($45 color paperback)
or $45 ebook*
Also available:
Cites & Insights Annuals
(annually since 2006)
Open Access and Libraries

Library 2.0: A Cites & Insights Reader
Balanced Libraries:
Thoughts on Continuity and Change
*All Cites & Insights PDF ebooks are explicitly site-licensed for mounting on a library's server and providing to authenticated users. That includes The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014, A Library Is..., Beyond the Damage and any others.


Username: waltcrawford Domain: gmail.com [checked several times a day]. I'm also on Twitter frequently and Facebook, Mokum (LSW) once or twice a day, maybe.

I don't check email when I'm on the road. I'll get back to you.

Updated November 19, 2018