Category: Theory

Elliott Hauser wins 2019 Dissertation Research Award

Press release 8/12/2019 Media contact: Rory Litwin, rory@litwinbooks.com We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information. We are granting this year’s award to Elliott Hauser of the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science, based on his dissertation … Read more Elliott Hauser wins 2019 Dissertation Research Award

Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information

1. Nature of the Award 1.1 The award shall consist of $1,000, given annually to a graduate student who is working on a dissertation on the philosophy of information (broadly construed). As we see it, the range of philosophical questions relating to information is broad, and approachable through a variety of philosophical traditions (philosophy of … Read more Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information

CFP: GSISC18: Work

WORK: GSISC 18 #gsisc18 How do gender and sexuality WORK in library and information studies? Gender and sexuality play various roles in the production, organization, dissemination, and consumption of information of all kinds. As categories of social identity, they do not act alone but in interaction and intersection with race, class, nation, language, ability and … Read more CFP: GSISC18: Work

Robert Montoya wins the 2016 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information. We are granting this year’s award to Robert Montoya of the UCLA Department of Information Studies, based on his dissertation project, tentatively titled, “Articulating Composite Taxonomies: Epistemology and the Global Unification of Biodiversity … Read more Robert Montoya wins the 2016 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information

2015 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information. We are granting this year’s award to Quinn DuPont of the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, based on his dissertation project, tentatively titled, “Plaintext, Encryption, and Ciphertext: A History of … Read more 2015 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information

New book: The Dialectic of Academic Librarianship: A Critical Approach

The Dialectic of Academic Librarianship: A Critical Approach Author: Stephen Bales Price: $35.00 Published: May 2015 ISBN: 978-1-936117-89-5 200 pages Printed on acid-free paper Publisher: Library Juice Press Available on Amazon Oftentimes, academic librarians are not fully conscious of the role that their libraries play in late-capitalist society or how they, as information professionals, help … Read more New book: The Dialectic of Academic Librarianship: A Critical Approach

Call for Papers: Why is the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies needed today?

Call for Papers: Why is the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies needed today? The Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies is a peer-reviewed open access journal which addresses the need for critical discourse in library and information science and associated domains such as communication and media studies. It critically engages the cultural … Read more Call for Papers: Why is the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies needed today?

CFP – Interactions, Special Issue on Gender in Education and Information Studies: Interrogating Knowledge Production, Social Structures and Equitable Access

Interactions Journal Call For Papers 2015-2016 Special Issue on Gender in Education and Information Studies: Interrogating Knowledge Production, Social Structures and Equitable Access Submission must be received by September 1, 2015 Please feel free to email the editors with abstracts or questions about your project: interactions@gseis.ucla.edu This special issue is a direct outgrowth of a … Read more CFP – Interactions, Special Issue on Gender in Education and Information Studies: Interrogating Knowledge Production, Social Structures and Equitable Access

Call for Papers: Affect and the Archive

Special Issue of Archival Science Call for Papers: Affect and the Archive Guest editors: Anne J. Gilliland (Gilliland@gseis.ucla.edu) and Marika Cifor (mcifor@ucla.edu), UCLA Department of Information Studies. Building upon the momentum generated by the Symposium on Affect and the Archive held at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in November 2014 and the enthusiastic … Read more Call for Papers: Affect and the Archive

Statement from Information Studies Academics and Professionals on Documentary Evidence and Social Justice

There is a new open statement circulating, written by UCLA Information Studies faculty, led by Safiya Noble. Written in response to the events in Ferguson and the crisis that it has opened up, it expresses the political orientation of members of the LIS field. It is titled, “Statement from Information Studies Academics and Professionals on … Read more Statement from Information Studies Academics and Professionals on Documentary Evidence and Social Justice

Emily Drabinski reports on the recent Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium

Emily Drabinski, co-organizer of the recent Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium at the University of Toronto, has done a nice writeup about the event for the Metropolitan New York Library Council: DECIDING WHAT GOES WHERE AND WHY: GENDER STUDIES AND LIBRARIANSHIP By Emily Drabinski, Coordinator of Library Instruction, Long Island University, Brooklyn At … Read more Emily Drabinski reports on the recent Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium

Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information

1. Nature of the Award 1.1 The award shall consist of $1,000, given annually to a graduate student who is working on a dissertation on the philosophy of information (broadly construed). As we see it, the range of philosophical questions relating to information is broad, and approachable through a variety of philosophical traditions (philosophy of … Read more Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information

New book: Critical Journeys: How 14 Librarians Came to Embrace Critical Practice

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

Conference Agenda – Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies

Litwin Books has organized a colloquium to take place this October at the University of Toronto, based on our book, Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader. The colloquium is called Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies (named after Emily Drabinski’s series with Litwin Books). We have recently posted the schedule of presentations, so you can … Read more Conference Agenda – Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies

Patrick Gavin Receives the 2014 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information

Award Announcement July 1, 2014 We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information. We are granting this year’s award to Patrick Gavin of the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario, based on his dissertation proposal, … Read more Patrick Gavin Receives the 2014 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information

Baudrillard on the futility of information

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 is a faith involved in pursuing information literacy, a passionate belief in the empowerment of people, especially students, though teaching them to find, filter, and … Read more Baudrillard on the futility of information

Dalton and Thatcher commentary – “There is a need for a critical data studies”

Craig Dalton and Jim Thatcher’s provocative piece “What does a critical data studies look like, and why do we care? Seven points for a critical approach to ‘big data’” begins like this: As the public discourse around data turns from hubristic claims to existing, empirical results, it’s become nearly as easy to bash ‘big data’ … Read more Dalton and Thatcher commentary – “There is a need for a critical data studies”

Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium

Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium The University of Toronto, October 18, 2014 Gender and sexuality are two of the critical organizing axes of contemporary life. Alongside and intersecting with race, class, nation, and others, they constitute the ways through which we make ourselves known to ourselves and to one another: as men, women, … Read more Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium

2013 Library Juice Paper Contest Winner: Ryan Shaw

Library Juice Press is happy to announce the winner of the First Annual Library Juice Paper Contest. Ryan Shaw’s paper, titled, “Information Organization and the Philosophy of History,” was judged by the award jury to be the best paper out of fifteen submitted in this year’s contest, in a blind process. Jury member Ron Day … Read more 2013 Library Juice Paper Contest Winner: Ryan Shaw

New Book: Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader

Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader Editors: Patrick Keilty and Rebecca Dean Price: $60.00 Published: October 2013 ISBN: 978-1-936117-16-1 Number 4 in the Litwin Books Series on Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, Emily Drabinski, series editor In Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader, Keilty and Dean put the field of Information Studies into critical … Read more New Book: Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader