Timothy Gorichanaz wins the 2017 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research

Press release 7/5/2017 Media contact: Rory Litwin, rory@litwinbooks.com We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information. We are granting this year’s award to Timothy John Gorichanaz of Drexel University, based on his dissertation project, “Understanding Self-Documentation.” In this work, Gorichanaz seeks … Read more Timothy Gorichanaz wins the 2017 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research

New issue of IRIE on Ethics for the Internet of Things

International Review of Information Ethics (IRIE) Issue 022, Volume 22, December 2014 Ethics for the Internet of Things edited by Hektor Haarkötter, Felix Weil [ Current issue ] Editors’ note: Many science fiction phantasies already claimed that one day machines will be superior to human beings and computers will finally take over. But unlike in … Read more New issue of IRIE on Ethics for the Internet of Things

CAPAL 15 Program Announced

Dear all, On behalf of the conference organizing committee, I’m pleased to present the preliminary program for CAPAL15: Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice, the second annual conference of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL). The program can be viewed in full online at bit.ly/CAPAL15program. The program features sessions on a wide range of … Read more CAPAL 15 Program Announced

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

CFP: The Big Deal: 3rd Milwaukee Conference on Ethics in Knowledge Organization

Call for Papers The Big Deal: 3rd Milwaukee Conference on Ethics in Knowledge Organization May 28-29, 2015 Milwaukee, WI The role of ethics in knowledge organization has moved from the background to the foreground. Objectivity and literary warrant alone have been shown to be insufficient for ethical knowledge organization. Ethical concerns have been demonstrated in … Read more CFP: The Big Deal: 3rd Milwaukee Conference on Ethics in Knowledge Organization

The Digital Future of Education – New Issue of the International Review of Information Ethics

International Review of Information Ethics Vol. 21 – July 2014 The Digital Future of Education edited by Johannes Britz, Michael Zimmer Contents: The Digital Future of Education: An Introduction by Johannes Britz, Michael Zimmer The Ethics of Big Data in Higher Education by Jeffrey Alan Johnson Student Privacy: Harm and Context by Mark MacCarthy The … Read more The Digital Future of Education – New Issue of the International Review of Information Ethics

U.S. sought to edit the historical record of a court proceeding

This news from the Electronic Freedom Foundation: UNSEALED: The US Sought Permission To Change The Historical Record Of A Public Court Proceeding A few weeks ago we fought a battle for transparency in our flagship NSA spying case, Jewel v. NSA. But, ironically, we weren’t able to tell you anything about it until now. On … Read more U.S. sought to edit the historical record of a court proceeding

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!

New Title: Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis

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 the discussion of information literacy and its social justice aspects begun by James Elmborg, Heidi L.M. Jacobs, Cushla Kapitzke, Maria T. Accardi, Emily Drabinski, and … Read more New Title: Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis

Two Statements in Support of Dale Askey and McMaster University

Dale Askey, a librarian at McMaster University in Canada, is the one who has been sued by Mellen Press for giving them a bad review. Here are two statements supporting him, one from the Association of Research Libraries and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, and the other from the British Columbia Library Association… ARL-CARL … Read more Two Statements in Support of Dale Askey and McMaster University

Critical Librarianship Symposium on the Activist Potential of Librarians

If you can make it to the Boston area on Saturday, November 17, head to the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. The wonderful Boston collective of Radical Reference is putting on a symposium called “Practical Choices for Powerful Impacts: Realizing the Activist Potential of Librarians.” It features a panel of “librarians who use … Read more Critical Librarianship Symposium on the Activist Potential of Librarians

The Secret Life of Retracted Articles

Phil Davis writes in The Scholarly Kitchen about “The Secret Life of Retracted Articles.” Scientific papers are frequently retracted, officially, by the journal’s publishers and editors if it is found that data was faked or for other reasons that invalidate the article’s conclusions. The problem is that the articles stay around, in libraries, on websites, … Read more The Secret Life of Retracted Articles

Call for Papers: Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond

Call for Papers TITLE: Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond (An Edited Collection) EDITOR: Melissa Morrone is a librarian at Brooklyn Public Library and has been involved in Radical Reference as well as other social justice groups. BOOK ABSTRACT: In librarianship today, we encourage voices from our field to … Read more Call for Papers: Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond

The New York Times, Compromise, and the Past

Arthur Brisbane is New York Times Public Editor, a position outside the regular editorial team that is supposed to act as the reader’s representative. Followers of this blog have probably already heard about his recent post, “Should the Times be a Truth Vigilante?, which many readers found maddeningly stupid. Brisbane was asking whether NYT reporters … Read more The New York Times, Compromise, and the Past

Interview with Jennifer Szunko, director of paid-review service Clarion Review

Rory Litwin: I’m talking with Jennifer Szunko, Clarion Services Director. Jennifer offered to be interviewed for Library Juice to talk about Clarion’s services in doing paid reviews for authors and publishers. Thanks for being willing to do this interview. Jennifer, can you explain a bit about what you do at Clarion, and how it is … Read more Interview with Jennifer Szunko, director of paid-review service Clarion Review