Academic journal article Partnership : the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research

Editorial

Academic journal article Partnership : the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research

Editorial

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I admire anyone who has ever submitted a manuscript to Partnership or any one of the other 2,991 active library and information sciences journals currently listed ¡n Ulrich's Serials Directory. I would like to use this, my last editorial as Editor-in-Chief, to salute you, the contributors.

Publishing takes time, energy, and focus. More than that, it takes guts. It takes guts to decide that library scholarship matters enough to devote your time, energy, and focus to it. It takes guts to stay engaged with a research question from conception to completion. It takes guts to do the hard work of research and writing. It takes guts to believe that you have something worthwhile to contribute. It takes guts to risk rejection.

We all struggle with different parts of the research and writing process. For me, research and writing itself is a joy; reckoning with the question of whether or not I have anything meaningful to contribute is the part that paralyzes me. No sooner does a research idea occur to me, I find reasons to dismiss it as trivial, tired, or too ambitious for my talents and time. When I read other people's research my reaction is often either "Why didn't I think of that?" or "I've thought about that! Why didn't I have the guts to explore it?"

I recently experienced the same paralysis of self-doubt in an improv class. There is a strange paradox in the art of improvising. …

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