Occupying the First Amendment

The recent assaults by the police on various Occupy movement encampments highlight the tenuousness of our right to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances. Certainly, there is good reason for municipal ordinances against permanently occupying public spaces. Under many circumstances, this would amount to appropriating public spaces for private use, but the … Read more Occupying the First Amendment

Local Indie Bookstores

We’re intimately familiar with the pressures on public libraries, and worried about closures and reductions of service. Independent bookstores have it worse, for a number of reasons. Indie bookstores’ fortunes decline as online retailers thrive, and as people move from print books to e-readers and non-literary, screen-based reading in general, while public libraries are able … Read more Local Indie Bookstores

Books Don’t Take You Anywhere

Great Onion article lampooning those among us who lack imagination: “Books Don’t Take You Anywhere” WASHINGTON, DC—A study released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education revealed that, contrary to the longtime claims of librarians and teachers, books do not take you anywhere. “For years, countless educators have asserted that books give readers a chance … Read more Books Don’t Take You Anywhere

Podcast: Archives and Activism: The Contemporary Turn

Podcast on “Archives and Activism: The Contemporary Turn,” from a panel discussion moderated by Emily Drabinski and featuring some others you may know. From the site: Over the past two decades, the archive has emerged as a central site of feminist knowledge production and activism. Feminist archives and special collections have been able to document … Read more Podcast: Archives and Activism: The Contemporary Turn

Alison Lewis Honored at National Distance Education Week

Just a tip of the hat to our friend and fellow Library Juice blogger Alison Lewis, who was honored at the National Distance Learning Week Awards Ceremony as an outstanding online instructor. Alison is the author of Literary Research and British Modernism, from Scarecrow Press, and the editor of Questioning Library Neutrality: Essays from Progressive … Read more Alison Lewis Honored at National Distance Education Week

Call for Chapters: Piracy: Leakages from Modernity

Call for Chapters Piracy: Leakages From Modernity Edited by Martin Fredriksson (Linköping University) and James Arvanitakis (University of Western Sydney) Published by Litwin Books We are inviting proposals for chapters for an anthology on Piracy planned to be published by the end of 2012. ‘Piracy’ is a concept that seems everywhere in the contemporary world. … Read more Call for Chapters: Piracy: Leakages from Modernity