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, … Read more Around the World: Libraries, Archives and Public Life
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Nicolas Beudon reports that last night there were cyberattacks against numerous French library websites, evidently by Islamist groups. They hacked into these sites using vulnerabilities in Drupal, WordPress, and ISS, … Read more Cyberattacks against numerous French library websites
As former editors and writers for The New Republic, we write to express our dismay and sorrow at its destruction in all but name. From its founding in 1914, The … Read more Statement by Former New Republic Editors and Writers
“To the givers of this beautiful reward, my thanks, from the heart. My family, my agents, my editors, know that my being here is their doing as well as my … Read more Ursula K Le Guin’s speech at National Book Awards: ‘Books aren’t just commodities’
The French Government has declared books an “essential good.” Daniel Mendelsohn and Mohsin Hamid in the NYT yesterday explore the idea of doing the same thing in the U.S. Here … Read more Should the United States Follow France and Declare Books an ‘Essential Good’?
QUIET, PLEASE from Quincy J. Walters on Vimeo. About homeless people who use the library….
There’s a passage from the first part of Jean Baudrillard’s In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities that always resonated with my more pessimistic moments of doing library instruction. There … Read more Baudrillard on the futility of information
Vincent Mosco is Professor Emeritus, Queen’s University, Canada. In his career he has focused on the political economy of information, communication, and the media. Back in the 80s he co-edited … Read more Interview with Vincent Mosco about his new book
An interesting, overlapping discussion about the recent Google Books copyright decision took place on the Progressive Librarians Guild email discussion list and the Social Responsibilities Round Table discussion list over … Read more Email discussion on the recent Google Books copyright decision
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 … Read more New NYC Library Curated by and for the Homeless
Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis Editors: Shana Higgins and Lua Gregory Price: $32.00 Published: September 2013 ISBN: 978-1-936117-56-7 Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis extends … Read more New Title: Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis
This great response to an illegitimate takedown notice is going around on Facebook. It’s funny because of how it shows just how unjust these robo-generated takedown notices can be, but … Read more Great Response to an Illegitimate Takedown Notice