Roots and Flowers: The Life and Work of the Afro-Cuban Librarian Marta Terry González Authors: Abdul Alkalimat and Kate Williams Price: $35.00 Published: February 2015 ISBN: 978-1-936117-64-2 Printed on acid-free paper This book introduces North Americans and other general readers to 1) the role of Afro-Cubans in Cuban history and culture, particularly in the 20th … Read more Roots and Flowers: The Life and Work of the Afro-Cuban Librarian Marta Terry González
Inland Editions is a new publisher out of London that is particularly interested in libraries. They are preparing to publish their first book, which appears to be a beautifully designed art book primarily about library architecture. It’s called Bookspace, and they are running a Kickstarter campaign to fund its production. That seems a little bit … Read more Inland Editions
Here’s the press release for the latest project from Librarians and Archivists with Palestine, and we are looking for librarians and their friends to get involved! —- This winter, Librarians and Archivists with Palestine (LAP) is coordinating an exciting international reading campaign: “One Book, Many Communities: Mornings in Jenin.” The project draws inspiration from the … Read more Librarians and Archivists with Palestine launches “One Book, Many Communities: Mornings in Jenin”
Critical JourneysHow 14 Librarians Came to Embrace Critical Practice Author/Editor: Robert Schroeder Price: $28.00 Published: September 2014 ISBN: 978-1-936117-92-5 A growing number of librarians are engaged with critical theories such as critical pedagogy, feminist theory, queer theory, critical race theory, or post-colonialism. Because librarians have backgrounds in all disciplines and inhabit a uniquely central space … Read more New book: Critical Journeys: How 14 Librarians Came to Embrace Critical Practice
Piracy: Leakages from Modernity Editors: Martin Fredriksson and James Arvanitakis Price: $40.00 Published: July 2014 ISBN: 978-1-936117-59-8 Printed on acid-free paper Available on Amazon “Piracy” is a concept that seems everywhere in the contemporary world. From the big screen with the dashing Jack Sparrow, to the dangers off the coast of Somalia; from the claims … Read more Piracy: Leakages from Modernity
Andrew Salvati of H-Net has written a review of the Litwin Books title, Prophets of the Fourth Estate: Broadsides by Press Critics of the Progressive Era, by Amy Reynolds and Gary Hicks. His review starts like this: Comcast, Disney, NewsCorp, TimeWarner–in the second decade of the twenty-first century, the corporate parentage and commercialization of American … Read more H-Net review of Prophets of the Fourth Estate: Broadsides by Press Critics of the Progressive Era
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
The Book Collecting Practices of Black Magazine Editors Author: Thomas Weissinger Price: $16.00 Published: May 2014 ISBN: 978-1-936117-63-5 Printed on acid-free paper Published by Litwin Books The Book Collecting Practices of Black Magazine Editors focuses on the collecting habits and personal libraries of three black magazine editors. Ben Burns and Era Bell Thompson were editors … Read more New: The Book Collecting Practices of Black Magazine Editors
Here is an excerpt from Svetlana Mintcheva’s chapter in The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom, which is titled, “Art Censorship and Intellectual Freedom.” It’s just an excerpt, but it’s very interesting nonetheless. Svetlana Mintcheva is the Director of Programs at the National Coalition Against Censorship.
Just a heads-up: There are assorted chapters from Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond now available for free online, linked from the authors’ bios on the book’s website. Check it out…
The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom: Concepts, Cases, and Theories Editors: Mark Alfino and Laura Koltutsky Price: $50.00 Published: April 2014 ISBN: 978-1-936117-57-4 Available from Amazon.com The existing reference literature on intellectual freedom tends to focus on topics such as government censorship of books, the internet, and political speech. This has also been … Read more The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom: Concepts, Cases, and Theories
Melissa Morrone has announced a new website for her book, Informed Agitation.
Identity Palimpsests: Archiving Ethnicity in the U.S. and Canada Editors: Dominique Daniel and Amalia Levi Price: $45.00 Published: April 2014 ISBN: 978-1-936117-85-7 Printed on acid-free paper This book is a part of the Litwin Books Series on Archives, Archivists, and Society, Richard J. Cox, editor. Identity Palimpsests assesses the ways ethnic identities and other forms … Read more New book: Identity Palimpsests: Archiving Ethnicity in the U.S. and Canada
Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archive Author: Alana Kumbier Price: $35.00 Published: April 2014 ISBN: 978-1-936117-51-2 Number five in the Litwin Books Series on Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, Emily Drabinski, Series Editor Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archive articulates a queer approach to archival studies and archival practice, and establishes the relevance of this approach … Read more New book: Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archive
Life as Activism: June Jordan’s Writings for The Progressive Author: June Jordan Editor: Stacy Russo Foreword: Angela Davis Preface: Matthew Rothschild Price: $28.00 Published: February 2014 ISBN: 978-1-936117-90-1 This volume is a complete collection of June Jordan’s columns for The Progressive, published between 1989 and 2001. Jordan (1936-2002) was a poet and UC Berkeley professor … Read more New book: Life as Activism: June Jordan’s Writings for The Progressive
Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond Editor: Melissa Morrone Price: $35.00 Published: February 2014 ISBN: 978-1-936117-87-1 In librarianship today, we encourage voices from our field to join conversations in other disciplines as well as in the broader culture. People who work in libraries and are sympathetic to, or directly … Read more New book: Informed Agitation
Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries Editor: Maria A. Jankowska Price: $32.00 Published: February 2014 ISBN: 978-1-936117-61-1 Printed on acid-free paper In the last ten years, literature on greening libraries has expanded considerably. Furthermore, by signing the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, university presidents and chancellors committed their institutions to finding new solutions to … Read more New book: Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries
André Schiffrin, Publishing Force and a Founder of New Press, Is Dead at 78 (New York Times obituary). I will take this as yet another occasion to recommend his very good book on the publishing industry, which he wrote in the 90s in part as a memoir, The Business of Books. He was an influence … Read more NY Times obituary for André Schiffrin
A few weeks ago, I attended the opening dedication of the Jean Rice Homeless Liberation Reference Library in the Fordham area of the Bronx. (I’ve written before about Picture the Homeless [PTH], a grassroots organization of currently and formerly homeless people and allies that does advocacy and data collection, among other campaigns.) By the time … Read more New NYC Library Curated by and for the Homeless
Japanese translation of Questioning Library Neutrality: Essays from Progressive Librarian. Translation published by the Kyoto University Graduate School of Education. ISBN 978-4-8204-1308-0.