Walt Crawford

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Disambiguation

This page and site belong to Walt Crawford (full name Walter C. Crawford), a Californian who's always been active in the library field.

If you're looking for Walt Crawford (full name Walter C. Crawford, Jr.--but no known relation), the founder and executive director of the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park, Missouri, you've come to the wrong place. While we both have a considerable fondness for raptors, he's actually doing something about it--and if you're interested, I encourage you to visit the WBS site.

Here's that Walt Crawford's email address. (Mine is waltcrawford at gmail dot com.) As I've noted elsewhere, in the overall scheme of things, I suspect that Walt Crawford is more important than I am--but I'm much more of a loudmouth on the internet.


Biographical Summary

Walt Crawford is an internationally recognized writer and speaker on libraries, technology, policy and media. He is open for opportunities in library-related research, writing, editing and speaking on a part-time or project-oriented telecommuting basis.

He is available to speak on a variety of topics, specifically those related to recent books and research projects. He could also prepare custom reports for states and groups of states based on the work done for $4 to $1: Public Library Benefits and Budgets.

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.

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).


Professional

Downloadable publicity photo:

Recent, informal (large version of picture above), taken July 2011, Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, California

Vita (selective) [5/2/13]

Vita (complete, updated annually: PDF) [10/11/13]

Background and current professional interests [2/21/12]

Speaking invitations: some notes [10/11/13]

Writing, consulting, etc.: some notes [1/30/12]

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.

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Cites & Insights Books

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 site-licensed 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


Contact

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

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

Updated October 11, 2013

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