CFP: 9th National Conference of African American Librarians

*Call for Poster Session Proposals* 9th National Conference of African American Librarians St. Louis, Missouri August 4-8, 2015 Please submit a poster proposal for the 9th NCAAL Conference, “Meet at the Gateway: Reimagining Communities, Technologies, and Libraries.” The poster session committee is particularly interested in proposals related to: Advocacy/Marketing Assessment Emerging Technologies Health Information Information … Read more CFP: 9th National Conference of African American Librarians

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

What ALA should REALLY do if they want to engage members

The American Library Association has increasingly received feedback from members saying that it’s unclear how to get involved. Over the past couple of years the association has made an effort to deal with this problem by setting up what are called Virtual Town Halls and Kitchen Table Conversations, which are opportunities for members to share … Read more What ALA should REALLY do if they want to engage members

Program at Midwinter: The Social Justice Collaboratorium: Illuminating Pathways between Social Justice Issues and LIS

I don’t often post news about programs happening at ALA conferences, since most people reading this won’t be attending, but this one is kind of flying under the radar, especially from the point of view of people in SRRT, so it deserves highlighting. It is called The Social Justice Collaboratorium: Illuminating Pathways between Social Justice … Read more Program at Midwinter: The Social Justice Collaboratorium: Illuminating Pathways between Social Justice Issues and LIS

Barnard plans to remove 40,000 books from library

More “right-sizing” bullshit. Barnard faculty frustrated by plans to remove 40,000 books from library Barnard’s faculty and staff claim they were shut out of the decision-making process for the new library, which faculty say also led to the resignation of the Dean of Barnard Library and Information Services Lisa Norberg. Administrators outlined the plan for … Read more Barnard plans to remove 40,000 books from library

Inland Editions

Inland Editions is a new publisher out of London that is particularly interested in libraries. They are preparing to publish their first book, which appears to be a beautifully designed art book primarily about library architecture. It’s called Bookspace, and they are running a Kickstarter campaign to fund its production. That seems a little bit … Read more Inland Editions

Statement by Former New Republic Editors and Writers

As former editors and writers for The New Republic, we write to express our dismay and sorrow at its destruction in all but name. From its founding in 1914, The New Republic has been the flagship and forum of American liberalism. Its reporting and commentary on politics, society, and arts and letters have nurtured a … Read more Statement by Former New Republic Editors and Writers

CFP: Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award

Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award: Call for Papers The Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award is presented by the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association annually to recognize the best essay written in English on library history. The award is named in honor of the distinguished nineteenth-century librarian, historian, and bibliographer … Read more CFP: Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award

CFP: Radical Archives (Archive Journal)

Archive Journal Special issue: Radical Archives Deadline: April 15, 2015 “Radical archives” and “radical archiving” are concepts that continue to gain currency among archivists, artists and cultural theorists alike, but to date, discussions of “radical archives” and “radical archiving” often appear to rest on an assumed rather than articulated understanding of what these concepts mean. … Read more CFP: Radical Archives (Archive Journal)

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

CFP: IFLA Call for Papers Reference and Information Services Section: Reference as Service and Place

Call for Papers IFLA Reference and Information Services Section Theme: Reference as Service and Place 11-13 August 2015 University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana Reference and Information Services Section IFLA’s theme for the 2015 congress in Cape Town is “Dynamic Libraries: Access, Development and Transformation” and the Reference and Information Services Section is pleased to announce … Read more CFP: IFLA Call for Papers Reference and Information Services Section: Reference as Service and Place