Category: American Library Association

Our booth at ALA Midwinter

We’re attending ALA Midwinter 2015 in Chicago, and we hope to meet you there. You can find us in the exhibits hall at booth 1532. This is Litwin Books, Library Juice Press, and Library Juice Academy. And Auslander & Fox, too – let’s not forget that fun imprint. See you in Chicago! #alamw15

What ALA should REALLY do if they want to engage members

The American Library Association has increasingly received feedback from members saying that it’s unclear how to get involved. Over the past couple of years the association has made an effort to deal with this problem by setting up what are called Virtual Town Halls and Kitchen Table Conversations, which are opportunities for members to share … Read more What ALA should REALLY do if they want to engage members

Program at Midwinter: The Social Justice Collaboratorium: Illuminating Pathways between Social Justice Issues and LIS

I don’t often post news about programs happening at ALA conferences, since most people reading this won’t be attending, but this one is kind of flying under the radar, especially from the point of view of people in SRRT, so it deserves highlighting. It is called The Social Justice Collaboratorium: Illuminating Pathways between Social Justice … Read more Program at Midwinter: The Social Justice Collaboratorium: Illuminating Pathways between Social Justice Issues and LIS

CFP: Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award

Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award: Call for Papers The Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award is presented by the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association annually to recognize the best essay written in English on library history. The award is named in honor of the distinguished nineteenth-century librarian, historian, and bibliographer … Read more CFP: Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award

Remembering Informational Freedom: Clapping for the Wrong Things

by Nathaniel Enright “People always clap for the wrong things.” — J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye Award ceremonies have hit the headlines in recent days. Whilst Ursula Le Guin was honoured with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters (Arons 2014) and widely celebrated for her acceptance speech which took aim at … Read more Remembering Informational Freedom: Clapping for the Wrong Things

Seeking an assistant or two for ALA Midwinter

Library Juice Academy/Library Juice Press is seeking one or more assistants to help us with our presence with our exhibit at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, January 30th through February 2nd, 2015. This will involve helping us set up and break down the booth, assisting us in staffing the booth, and ideally some help … Read more Seeking an assistant or two for ALA Midwinter

An ironic concern over net neutrality

In her January piece on net neutrality in Wired Magazine that I have just now seen, former ALA President Barbara Stripling says, “…[W]ithout net neutrality, we are in danger of prioritizing Mickey Mouse and Jennifer Lawrence over William Shakespeare and Teddy Roosevelt. This may maximize profits for large content providers, but it minimizes education for … Read more An ironic concern over net neutrality

Philosopher Librarians on ALA Connect (to meet at ALA)

“Philosopher Librarians,” the erstwhile Facebook group, is now a group on ALA Connect, the point being to organize a lunchtime get together at ALA Annual in San Francisco next year, and to have any discussions in the meantime that people feel like having. To join you are supposed to have a degree in philosophy, whether … Read more Philosopher Librarians on ALA Connect (to meet at ALA)

Bibliography of Scholarship on Women and Gender Studies Librarianship

From: Jennifer Gilley Subject: [WGSS-L] Updated Bibliography of Women and Gender Studies Scholarship Date: June 2, 2014 12:42:04 PM PDT To: wgss-l@ala.org The WGSS Research Committee [Women and Gender Studies Section of ACRL] is pleased to announce that the Bibliography of Scholarship on Women and Gender Studies Librarianship has now been updated through early 2014! … Read more Bibliography of Scholarship on Women and Gender Studies Librarianship

Free exhibits pass to visit our booth at ALA

We’re exhibiting at ALA in Las Vegas later this month, showing our books and talking to people about Library Juice Academy. We want to give you a free pass to the exhibits hall if you want to come visit us there. If you’re already registered for the conference you won’t need an exhibits pass, but … Read more Free exhibits pass to visit our booth at ALA

Commentary on The Speaker – Al Kagan, Pat Schuman, Mitch Freedman

The SRRT discussion list has been alive recently with comments – objections, to be accurate – to ALA’s decision to present a screening and discussion of the controversial 1977 film, The Speaker. Here is a sampling of some of the better ones, from Al Kagan, Pat Schuman, and Mitch Freedman, followed by a link to … Read more Commentary on The Speaker – Al Kagan, Pat Schuman, Mitch Freedman

Historical context of The Speaker, to screen at ALA, and now also on the web

ALA has announced that there will be a screening and discussion of the controversial 1977 film, The Speaker, produced by ALA to educate people about intellectual freedom. ALA has now also made the film available on the web (details at the above link). The film was perceived by many to advocate an unacceptable tolerance of … Read more Historical context of The Speaker, to screen at ALA, and now also on the web

Edward Snowden for James Madison Freedom Award

The American Library Association has given the James Madison Award annually since 1986, “to honor individuals or groups who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know.” It is hard to think of anyone as deserving of this year’s award as Edward Snowden. Champions of the public’s … Read more Edward Snowden for James Madison Freedom Award

Find us at ALA Midwinter

We will have a booth in the Exhibits Hall at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia, January 24-27, 2014. At the booth we will have copies of all of our books, as well as catalogs, a brochure about Library Juice Academy, and pens and notepads. Staffing the booth will be Emily Drabinski, editor of the Series on … Read more Find us at ALA Midwinter

Libraries and the Alternative Press (Against the Grain Podcast)

An Against the Grain Podcast with Alycia Sellie, published 11/05/2013 Libraries and the Alternative Press Unique and vital perspectives are and have been offered up by underground newspapers, zines, and other radical publications. But alternative materials are for the most part not carried by libraries. Alycia Sellie comments on the value of alternative publications and … Read more Libraries and the Alternative Press (Against the Grain Podcast)

Help shape the future of SustainRT, ALA’s new Sustainability round table!

SustainRT Virtual Discussion Free; Open to the whole library community Help shape the future of SustainRT, ALA’s new Sustainability round table! Dec. 11, 2013 12:00-1:00 pm (EST) To register: http://bit.ly/HtTNrt The discussion will be recorded and available later to those who register. Objectives of this open meeting: 1) Provide a brief history and status update … Read more Help shape the future of SustainRT, ALA’s new Sustainability round table!

Find us at Booth 144 at ALA in Chicago

Library Juice Press, Litwin Books, Library Juice Academy, and Auslander & Fox will have a table in the exhibits hall at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. The exhibits open on Friday, June 28th at 5:30pm, and close on Monday, July 1st, at 2pm. We won’t be selling any books, but we will … Read more Find us at Booth 144 at ALA in Chicago

Monday night at ALA in Chicago – Library Juice Press Reception/Party

If you’ve started your planning for ALA Annual, here’s something to consider for Monday night, July 1st. Library Juice Press is having a reception/party kind of thing at 7pm. There will be drinks and some things to nosh. We created a Facebook event with details. This will also be for Litwin Books, Library Juice Academy, … Read more Monday night at ALA in Chicago – Library Juice Press Reception/Party