About 15 years ago I wrote a very niche, specialized book about library automation. Most of the time since then I've had the feeling that I got that ticket punched and I could move on. Last winter, however, I had the feeling that there was another book in me. I started working up a treatment for a book about the dozens of small specialized libraries on the island of Manhattan. Just when I was ready to start contacting publishers about that I got an email from Chandos Publishing in Oxfordshire. They were interested in books of a practical nature written by librarians. I realized that the Manhattan book wasn't write for them, so I sent them two ideas. The first was to be a book about the world of discovery platforms. The second was a book about how libraries should get up to speed about using social media. This was to be a very personal book about how library automation changed my life the past 50 years. Bingo!
After seven months of writing, four months of editing, and a few weeks of last minute details, the book is printed and on its way to jobbers. "Google this: Putting Google and other social media sites to work for your library," may be the first book about libraries and social media that shouts "This stuff is really cool!" I've interviewed dozens of librarians who have shown the brightest in social media, finishing with an automated library cat, and peppered the thing with practical advice about things like IGoogle gadgets and custom search. The best part was that I was invited to the Googleplex and met with teams of project managers there. Much more information is available at http://googlethisforlibraries.com