Bibliographic and Web Tools for Alternative Media – December 2009 update

Byron Anderson’s Bibliographic and Web Tools for Alternative Media has just been updated. This is a good collection development resource for librarians and others who want tools for going beyond the usual lists and collection development resources, especially for finding books on the political fringes or otherwise outside of the usual academic or corporate channels.

SRRT Newsletter – Issue 169, December 2009

Just released: SRRT Newsletter – Issue 169, December 2009. This issue has messages from the editor and the SRRT AC Coordinator; articles about Banned Books Week and Operation Teen Book Drop; speeches from the 40th Anniversary Celebration; Task Force News, a proposed change to the Bylaws, and book reviews.

Google splits apart the search

Adorno and Horkheimer might have something to say about this, too. I thought I had noticed this beginning to happen and was actually planning to post something about it soon, but Danny Sullivan at Search Engine Land has the full story: “Google’s Personalized Results: The “New Normal” That Deserves Extraordinary Attention.” Read through this and … Read more Google splits apart the search

Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer will not be in attendance

Something is happening in Minnesota that is worth noting if you’re interested in the public sphere. There is a mining project in the Iron Range that is awaiting state approval. It would be the first mining project in the Iron Range that would mine copper and precious metals instead of the usual iron that has … Read more Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer will not be in attendance

Nominations for the 2009 Izzy Award are officially open

ITHACA, NY — Nominations for the 2009 Izzy Award are officially open. The annual award for special achievement in independent media — named after legendary muckraker I. F. “Izzy” Stone — is a project of the Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) at Ithaca College. Last year’s inaugural award was shared by blogger Glenn Greenwald … Read more Nominations for the 2009 Izzy Award are officially open

New book: Humanism and libraries: An essay on the philosophy of librarianship

Humanism and Libraries: An Essay on the Philosophy of Librarianship Author: André Cossette Translator and Editor: Rory Litwin Price: $15.00 Published: December 2009 ISBN: 978-1-936117-17-8 Printed on acid-free paper André Cossette’s Humanism and Libraries is a concise but rigorous investigation into the foundations of librarianship—its definition and its aims. Philosophical and logical in its approach, … Read more New book: Humanism and libraries: An essay on the philosophy of librarianship

Baker & Taylor Acquires Blackwell North America

Press Release Baker & Taylor Acquires Blackwell North America and James Bennett – Blackwell U.K. Acquires B&T’s Lindsay and Croft in the U.K. As Part of Deal. Customers to Benefit from More than 300 Years of Bookselling Excellence – CHARLOTTE, N.C. – December 7, 2009 – Baker & Taylor Inc. today announced it has acquired … Read more Baker & Taylor Acquires Blackwell North America

New OIF Director Announced

ALA has announced that they have chosen Barbara M. Jones to be the new head of the Office for Intellectual Freedom, replacing the long-serving Judith Krug, who passed away in April. The ALA Press Release quotes Jones describing the present day context of intellectual freedom in her letter of application: Twenty-first century IF issues are … Read more New OIF Director Announced

New Book: Rebel Literacy: Cuba’s National Literacy Campaign and Critical Global Citizenship

Rebel Literacy: Cuba’s National Literacy Campaign and Critical Global Citizenship Author: Mark Abendroth Price: $25.00 Published: December 2009 ISBN: 978-1-936117-06-2 Printed on acid-free paper Rebel Literacy is a look at Cuba’s National Literacy Campaign of 1961 in historical and global contexts. The Cuban Revolution cannot be understood without a careful study of Cuba’s prior struggles … Read more New Book: Rebel Literacy: Cuba’s National Literacy Campaign and Critical Global Citizenship