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Writing: Clips & Samples

Literary essays:

“The Outlaw Bride,” The Best American Nonrequired Reading, October 2009 (originally published in Ninth Letter, Winter 2008)

“Still Life on the Half-Shell,” an original essay about oysters and local food, Gastronomica, 2010

(Pushcart Nominee) “Falling In,” published in Powder: Writing from Women in the Ranks (Kore Press, 2008)

Chow,” Gastronomica, Fall 2007

Range of Desire,” Nerve, September 2007, republished in The Best Creative Nonfiction, Volume 2 (Lee Gutkind, ed.),  July 2008

David, Just as he was,” White Crane, Issue 73, 2007

Technology writing:

I have written about technology for, IT Managers Journal, American Libraries, Library Journal, The Bottom Line,, and other publications.

Here’s more about my technology writing:

Column: “Techsource,” American Library Association, 2005 – 2007

A wide–ranging online column written by a team of five contributors; topics included the fundamentals of search technologies, folksonomies, technology lessons from Hurricane Katrina, and the author’s technology peeves. Resigned after a strong two-year run to pursue other writing.

Column: “Internet Librarian,” American Libraries, 1995 – 2002

Over eighty monthly columns on technology topics, including E–Rate, filtering, intellectual freedom, new technologies, dead technologies, interviews, the Patriot Act, humor, and much more. Resigned after a strong seven-year run to pursue other writing.

Book: A Practical Guide to Internet Filters, Neal Schuman, 1997

This book, based on an six–month team–led evaluation of Internet software filters, received positive reviews and was instrumental to the author’s selection as an expert witness for the Mainstream Loudoun First Amendmentcase.

Book: The Internet Access Cookbook, Neal Schuman, 1996

A librarians’ guide for connecting personal computers to the newfangled Internet.

Articles: American Libraries, Library Journal, The Bottom Line, Wilson Library Bulletin, etc.

At least one dozen articles (beyond the two columns noted above) in sundry publications

Guest editor, American Libraries, special issue on library finances

Other writing

Thesis: “Departments of Defense,” University of San Francisco, 2006

Short “reader” piece: “The Librarian’s Image, Unrevised: A profession without a trace of six-figure angst.”” The New York Times, Oct 29, 2000

Nonfiction film reviewer, Video Librarian, ca. 1999

Short humor piece: “Yo! Guys! Great Shopping!” The New York Times, Jul 21, 1996