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

Remembering Informational Freedom: Clapping for the Wrong Things

by Nathaniel Enright “People always clap for the wrong things.” — J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye Award ceremonies have hit the headlines in recent days. Whilst Ursula Le Guin was honoured with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters (Arons 2014) and widely celebrated for her acceptance speech which took aim at … Read more Remembering Informational Freedom: Clapping for the Wrong Things

IFLA Internet Manifesto 2014

IFLA approved its first Internet Manifesto in 2002. This provided an early recognition of the vital role that the Internet plays in the work of library and information services, and ensuring that individuals and groups have free access to information and can freely express themselves. The world has changed significantly since 2002 both physically and … Read more IFLA Internet Manifesto 2014

SustainRT Sustainability Database

The Sustainability Round Table is collecting information on books, articles, websites, blogs, social groups, and projects that fall under the umbrella of Sustainable Libraries. Please use this form to suggest resources or projects that will become part of our SustainRT Sustainability Database. Please contact Eileen Harrington (eharring@umd.edu) for more information.

Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information

1. Nature of the Award 1.1 The award shall consist of $1,000, given annually to a graduate student who is working on a dissertation on the philosophy of information (broadly construed). As we see it, the range of philosophical questions relating to information is broad, and approachable through a variety of philosophical traditions (philosophy of … Read more Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information

Ursula K Le Guin’s speech at National Book Awards: ‘Books aren’t just commodities’

“To the givers of this beautiful reward, my thanks, from the heart. My family, my agents, my editors, know that my being here is their doing as well as my own, and that the beautiful reward is theirs as much as mine. And I rejoice in accepting it for, and sharing it with, all the … Read more Ursula K Le Guin’s speech at National Book Awards: ‘Books aren’t just commodities’

Lead Pipe starts Library Pipeline

This is pretty exciting. In the Library with the Lead Pipe, the library practice journal that started as a blog, is announcing their creation of a non-profit for developing library projects and librarians’ professional development. It is called Library Pipeline. They write: In Brief: We’re creating a nonprofit, Library Pipeline, that will operate independently from … Read more Lead Pipe starts Library Pipeline

Seeking an assistant or two for ALA Midwinter

Library Juice Academy/Library Juice Press is seeking one or more assistants to help us with our presence with our exhibit at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, January 30th through February 2nd, 2015. This will involve helping us set up and break down the booth, assisting us in staffing the booth, and ideally some help … Read more Seeking an assistant or two for ALA Midwinter

CFP: NASKO 2015

NASKO 2015: Producing Knowledge Organization Call for Participation Conference Venue: University of California, Los Angeles Conference Dates: June 18 – 19, 2015 “Producing Knowledge Organization” offers a provocation to examine the assumptions we – as scholars and practitioners – encounter, produce, and communicate through the theories and practice of knowledge organization. As a field with … Read more CFP: NASKO 2015

Should the United States Follow France and Declare Books an ‘Essential Good’?

The French Government has declared books an “essential good.” Daniel Mendelsohn and Mohsin Hamid in the NYT yesterday explore the idea of doing the same thing in the U.S. Here is a brief excerpt: Whatever the cultural reasons, books in France are indeed an “essential good” — the designation coined by the French government that … Read more Should the United States Follow France and Declare Books an ‘Essential Good’?

PLG’s 25th Anniversary – A Message to Members from Elaine Harger

Elaine Harger sent the following note to PLG members this morning… Dear PLGers, Yes, 25 years ago, about 20 librarians from up-and-down the east coast met in NYC for the first meeting of what became the Progressive Librarians Guild. We didn’t have a name until the midwinter conference of ALA in Chicago in 1990, but … Read more PLG’s 25th Anniversary – A Message to Members from Elaine Harger

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