Walt Crawford
Biographical Summary

Walt Crawford is an internationally recognized writer and speaker on libraries, technology, policy and media.

Crawford is semi-retired, available for possible part-time or project work in writing, editing, research or speaking on library-related issues.

From October 2007 through March 2010, Crawford was editorial director for the Library Leadership Network. Previously, he was for several decades a Senior Analyst at RLG, focusing on user interface design and actual usage patterns for end-user bibliographic search systems, then at OCLC on RLG-OCLC transition and integration issues through September 2007.

Crawford is the creator, writer and publisher of Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large, an ejournal on the intersections of libraries, policy, technology and media published monthly since 2001. He also maintains a blog on these and other issues, Walt at Random.

Crawford's books include
Balanced Libraries: Thoughts on Continuity and Change (2007), First Have Something to Say: Writing for the Library Profession (2003), Being Analog: Creating Tomorrow's Libraries (1999), Future Libraries: Dreams, Madness & Reality (with Michael Gorman, 1995), and a dozen others going back to MARC for Library Use: Understanding the USMARC Formats (1984).

Crawford writes "Crawford at Large" for
ONLINE Magazine and has written columns for EContent, American Libraries 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 recently 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). 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).

Last updated 3/14/10