Happy National Libraries Day

Posted in TechComm on 4/16/20184 min read

National Libraries Day - Books

National libraries day is celebrated on April 16, 2018. It’s an annual event that honors librarians and libraries. Celebrations during National libraries day include different events, meetings with authors and competitions that are organized by universities, community groups, library vendors and service suppliers.


In the mid-1950s people spent their time more on television and on radio, and started to read books less. That’s why the ALA (American Library Association) and the American Book Publishers created an organization in 1954, and called it the National Book Committee. Members of this organization had ambitious goals. They wanted to "encourage people to read in their increasing leisure time", "improve incomes and health" and "develop strong and happy family life".

In 1957, the National Book Committee came up with an idea - if people wanted to read, they would use libraries. In a year ALA and the Advertising Council opened the first National Library Week with the "Wake Up and Read!" theme.

The National Library Week was celebrated again in 1959. It had been agreed to continue the annual celebration.

Best Technical Writing Books - Wake Up and Read!

In celebration of National libraries, day we’ve created a list of useful books in techwriting that will help you not only improve your skills, but also join the festival community.

Technical Writing: Process and Product (5th Edition), by Sharon J. Gerson and Steven M. Gerson

This full color 5th edition of the book guides readers through the entire writing process—prewriting, writing, and rewriting—developing an easy-to-use, step-by-step technique for writing the types of documents they will encounter on the job. The authors' reader-friendly style engages readers in the writing process and encourages hands-on application. Discusses prewriting, writing, and rewriting in relation to ethics, audience identification, electronic communication, and the role of technical writing in the workplace. For anyone looking to utilize more effective written communication in their jobs.

Technical Writing 101: A Real-World Guide to Planning and Writing Technical Content

To succeed in technical writing, you need a lot more than just writing ability. Technical Writing 101: A Real-World Guide to Planning and Writing Technical Content details the skills you need as a technical writer to create both printed and online content. This valuable reference describes the entire development process-planning, writing, visual design, editing, indexing, and production. You also get tips on how to write information that is more easily translated into other languages.

You'll learn about the importance of following templates and about how structured authoring environments based on Extensible Markup Language (XML) streamline the content development process. This updated third edition features new information on the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) standard for structured authoring, and it explains the impact of Web 2.0 technologies - blogs, wikis, and forums - on technical communication.

The Insider's Guide to Technical Writing, by Krista Van Laan

Every complex product needs to be explained to its users, and technical writers, also known as technical communicators, are the ones who do that job. A growing field, technical writing requires multiple skills, including an understanding of technology, writing ability, and great people skills.

Whether you're thinking of becoming a technical writer, just starting out, or you've been working for a while and feel the need to take your skills to the next level, The Insider's Guide to Technical Writing can help you be a successful technical writer and build a satisfying career.

Technical Editing (5th Edition) (The Allyn & Bacon Seriesin Technical Communication), by Carolyn D. Rude

This market-leading text, which reflects recent changes in technology, workplace practices and the global marketplace, progresses from concepts and basic copyediting to comprehensive editing, management and production issues. The addition of Angela Eaton of Texas Tech University brings a fresh tone to her updates of content and pedagogy while retaining the authoritative voice of Carolyn Rude. Examples about editing websites are found throughout the text to support the increased role of online resources in every aspect of communication.

How To Write Usable User Documentation (2nd Edition), by Edmond H. Weiss

This popular handbook presents a step-by-step method for clearly explaining a product, system, or procedure. The easy-to-follow text - packed with examples and illustrations - explains the unique demands of this form of writing and shows how to set up the best user model. The book covers developing a modular outline and storyboard, generating the draft, revising, developing a formal usability test, and supporting and updating user documentation. Also included are a glossary of terms, a listing of books and periodicals for additional information, and an index.

Our Technical Writing Library at ClickHelp

Moreover we laid the foundation of our own library! Let us present our own book for technical writers - the Technical Writer Career Guide.

Whether you only consider becoming a technical writer and not sure where to start, or already have a job and look for ideas and inspiration to develop further in this direction, you may benefit from some tips and guidance which can help you build your technical writing career.

This ebook covers a wide range of questions, from the history of technical writing in antiquity (yes, it's that old!) to technical writing skills, modern tools, workflows and documentation design, specifically:

  • What industries use technical writing?
  • What technical writers really do?
  • Freelance vs. a 9-5 job.
  • Essential skills of a good technical writer.
  • Technical writer career path.
  • Technical writing job challenges.
  • Free tools for technical writers.
  • Tips for documentation design.
  • How to optimize documentation team workflow?
  • Cross-team communication for technical writers.
  • and much more!

More importantly you can get this e-book totally free of charge! Just follow the link - download free e-book on technical writing.

Happy National Libraries Day!
ClickHelp Team
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