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