In the early 2000s, as Amazon was emerging as a major player in the book world, I understood them as the faceless evil that was killing off the independent bookstore, which by contrast represented (along with libraries) the individuality of human understanding, the knowledge of literature, independence of spirit, and the flickering candle of enlightenment; … Read more Why we like Amazon and generally don’t work with independent bookstores
Category: April 2016
The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship Call for Papers Editors: Karen P. Nicholson and Maura Seale Publisher: Library Juice Press Over the past fifteen years, librarians have increasingly looked to theory as a means to destabilize normative discourses and practices within LIS, to engage in inclusive and non-authoritarian pedagogies, and to … Read more CFP: The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship
The Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) and the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Alberta are helping bring together a conversation on Libraries, Archives, and Public Life from universities around the world, including speakers from Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Malta, Scotland and the United States: Paul Arthur, Professor, … Read more Around the World: Libraries, Archives and Public Life
As you may know if you read my interview with Mandy Henk a year ago, I am a big fan of hers. She is the author of Ecology, Economy, Equity: The Path to a Carbon-Neutral Library, published by ALA Editions, and an academic librarian now living in Auckland, New Zealand. A few days ago she … Read more Mandy Henk’s Hikuwai Event: What is Critical Librarianship?
Shaundra Walker is the Associate Director for Instruction and Research Services at Georgia College. She holds a B.A. in History from Spelman College, a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Clark Atlanta University and Ph.D. in educational leadership with a concentration in higher education administration from Mercer University. Her work and research in libraries … Read more Interview with Shaundra Walker
Call for Proposals Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene: A Colloquium May 13-14, 2017 New York University As stewards of a culture’s collective knowledge, libraries and archives are facing the realities of cataclysmic environmental change with a dawning awareness of its unique implications for their missions and activities. Some professionals in these fields are focusing … Read more CFP: Libraries and Archives in the Anthropocene
I was just asked on Twitter how Library Juice got its name, from someone who wondered why we don’t state it in our “about” pages. I think a lot of people wonder why a serious business has what some might consider a silly-sounding name, so I think I should address that. The first part of … Read more How Library Juice got started (and how it got its name)