The 2013 LACUNY Institute: Libraries, Information, and the Right to the City

The 2013 LACUNY Institute – Libraries, Information, and the Right to the City April 5, 2013 John Jay College of Criminal Justice Keynote Speakers: Christine Pawley – Former director of the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison and historian of print culture in America. Jessa Lingel – Doctoral student at … Read more The 2013 LACUNY Institute: Libraries, Information, and the Right to the City

Interview with Maria Accardi

I have just done an interview with Maria Accardi for the Library Juice Academy news blog. Maria is teaching a class next month called, “Changing Lives, Changing the World: Information Literacy and Critical Pedagogy.” This course is based on part on work that she did leading up to her co-editing the book published by Library … Read more Interview with Maria Accardi

Interview with Christine D’Arpa

I have interviewed Chris D’Arpa for the News and Comment blog over at Library Juice Academy. Chris is in the instructor for a course being offered in November: “So Now I Am an Archivist, Too?! Introduction to Archives Administration and Management. Chris gave an informative interview that will provide some background about her to anyone … Read more Interview with Christine D’Arpa

Library Juice Press to “Unglue” a Book for Prospective Librarians

Library Juice Press to “Unglue” a Book for Prospective Librarians with Unglue.it October 15, 2012 LOS ANGELES Library Juice Press is announcing one of the latest campaigns to “unglue” an e-book so that it can be shared under a creative commons license, in partnership with Unglue.it. Unglue.it is an organization devoted to opening up access … Read more Library Juice Press to “Unglue” a Book for Prospective Librarians

Documentation and Narratives

The fourth session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) took place in New York City two weekends ago. According to an info sheet in the program folder, it was an “International People’s Tribunal” that “has no legal status, [but] like other Russell Tribunals on Vietnam, Chile and Iraq, its legitimacy comes from its universality … Read more Documentation and Narratives

Libraries, Marketing, and Popular Culture

Libraries are not businesses. They do not fare well when the majority of people in a society believe that the “free market” is the only viable economic model. However, there is much of value that libraries can learn from the business community and the concept of marketing is one example. Library leaders have been arguing … Read more Libraries, Marketing, and Popular Culture

Interview with Kelly Wooten

Michele Berger interviews Kelly Wooten, co-editor of Litwin Books’ recent publication, Make Your Own History: Documenting Feminist and Queer Activism in the 21st Century, which was the second volume in Emily Drabinski’s Series on Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies. Michele does a good interview that tells you quite a bit about Kelly Wooten and … Read more Interview with Kelly Wooten

Beta Phi Mu/LRRT Research Paper Award for 2013

Beta Phi Mu/LRRT Research Paper Award for 2013 This award is being jointly presented by The Beta Phi Mu International Honor Society and the American Library Association’s Library Research Round Table to recognize excellent research into problems related to the profession of librarianship. Any ALA member is eligible for this $500 award, and all methodologies … Read more Beta Phi Mu/LRRT Research Paper Award for 2013

ALA Annual from 2 points of view

ALA is now offering library vendors their “first round assignments for ALA 2013,” that is, their booth assignments in the exhibit hall. I want to juxtapose ALA’s two summaries of the Annual Conference, one for librarians and the other for vendors: Librarians get: The Annual Conference is the best place to expand your network, build … Read more ALA Annual from 2 points of view

So who exactly is ruling that “reference is dead”?

I liked this post from Hack Library School, written by Amy Frasier: “Whither Reference?” Amy notes with alarm that reference isn’t being taught as a standalone class at her library school. I want to note for the benefit of more senior and cynical readers that this is a current library student who is concerned about … Read more So who exactly is ruling that “reference is dead”?

Banned Books Week – Yeai Us? Not So Fast. Sandy Berman on Self-Censorship

Banned Books Week sometimes feels like National Library Week, in the sense that it is something that lets librarians shine a celebratory spotlight on our profession, since we are all about the freedom to read, always opposing small-minded censors. Feeling good about the heroic narrative at the core of our profession is a perk of … Read more Banned Books Week – Yeai Us? Not So Fast. Sandy Berman on Self-Censorship