April 17, 2014

Discount on classes at Library Juice Academy

Here’s a little Spring promotion… Get a 10% discount on any classes offered at Library Juice Academy if you register before May 2nd – just use the discount code SPRINGTIME at checkout. This is good for classes offered next month or in the future. Classes offered in May:

Introduction to Drupal for Libraries
Instructor: Cody Hennesy

Getting More Active Learning Into Your Teaching
Instructor: Andrew Walsh

Assessing and Improving Your Library’s Social Media Presence
Instructor: Julia Skinner

RDFa1.1 (RDFa and RDFa Lite) and RSS
Instructor: Robert Chavez

Describing Photographs for the Online Catalogue
Instructor: Beth Knazook

Bilingual Storytime at Your Biblioteca
Instructor: Katie Scherrer

Working Faster, Working Smarter: Productivity Strategies for Librarians
Instructor: Emily Drabinski

Information Literacy, Composition Studies and Higher Order Thinking
Instructor: Andrea Baer

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April 15, 2014

Excerpt from Svetlana Mintcheva’s chapter on art censorship

Here is an excerpt from Svetlana Mintcheva’s chapter in The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom, which is titled, “Art Censorship and Intellectual Freedom.” It’s just an excerpt, but it’s very interesting nonetheless. Svetlana Mintcheva is the Director of Programs at the National Coalition Against Censorship.

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Assorted chapters from Informed Agitation

Just a heads-up: There are assorted chapters from Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond now available for free online, linked from the authors’ bios on the book’s website. Check it out

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April 11, 2014

Radical Archives and Index of the Disappeared

Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani are artists, archivists, and activists. Both have been involved in immigration rights activism, especially after 9/11, and they created the shifting exhibition Index of the Disappeared, now in its 10th year, to address the insidious surveillance, false narratives, and criminalization of dissent perpetrated by the U.S. government.

I saw the “Secrets Told” version of the archive at New York University last month. During a tour of the exhibit, Ghani spoke about her and Ganesh’s idea of “exploding the archive” and putting the fragments elsewhere. The information they’ve collected is all in the public domain, but what their project does is make the connections of disparate data more visible.

(If you want to read more, a previous incarnation of Ganesh and Ghani’s work was the subject of the essay Warming up Records: Archives, Memory, Power and Index of the Disappeared. As Alice Royer puts it, “Their project makes visible that which has been rendered invisible, re-politicizes that which has been deemed natural, and names the government as the perpetrator.” [Emphasis in original.])

The Q&A at the “Secrets Told” tour brought up the question of the line between the activist and the archivist, which is something Ganesh and Ghani want us all to grapple with. Today is the start of the two-day Radical Archives conference at NYU. The hashtag is #radarcs—follow along!


“Reasonable Articulable Suspicion,” redactions, and Benjamin Franklin.


One of the many binders of articles, government documents, court cases, and other materials collected and organized for researchers’ use.


Files arranged by topic, with connections drawn between them.


The pivotal 1979 Smith v. Maryland decision, which led to the legalization of personal metadata collected via (land) phone calls.

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April 10, 2014

The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom: Concepts, Cases, and Theories

The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom: Concepts, Cases, and Theories

Editors: Mark Alfino and Laura Koltutsky
Price: $50.00
Published: April 2014
ISBN: 978-1-936117-57-4

Available from Amazon.com

The existing reference literature on intellectual freedom tends to focus on topics such as government censorship of books, the internet, and political speech. This has also been the focus of intellectual freedom scholars among professional librarians in the United States and Canada. There has been a shift in recent years, and intellectual freedom is now being looked at from a wider range of theoretical perspectives and in connection with a wider range of cultural topics. The Handbook of Intellectual Freedom is a reference work that captures this recent growth in the field. It provides a grounding in the philosophical, historical, and legal development of the concept of intellectual freedom by providing current thinking on a wide range of intellectual freedom concepts, cases, and controversies.

21 invited articles focus on topics including threats to intellectual freedom, academic freedom, the arts, the Internet, censorship along with connections to contemporary social issues and institutions, and historical and cultural theories.

The members of the Editorial Board for the work are: Elizabeth Buchanan (School of Information Studies, UW Milwaukee), Robert Hauptman (Editor of the Journal of Information Ethics), Jim Kuhn (Head of Cataloging at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC), Mary Minow (Attorney specializing in Library Law), Laura Quilter (Attorney, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, University of California at Berkeley), Tara Robertson (British Columbia Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee), Toni Samek (School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta), Alvin Schrader (University of Alberta Libraries), Siva Vaidhyanathan (Law School at University of Virginia).

Mark Alfino, Professor of Philosophy at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
Laura Koltutsky, Associate Librarian at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Table of Contents


Part One: Theories from the Humanities and Politics

1. Philosophies of Intellectual Freedom, Mark Alfino
2. Gramsci, Hegemony, and Intellectual Freedom, Douglas Raber
3. Habermas and Intellectual Freedom: Three Paths, John Buschman
4. Feminism and Intellectual Freedom, Lauren Pressley
5. Neoliberalism and Intellectual Freedom, Laura Koltutsky

Part Two: Media, Access, and Property

6. Journalism for Justice: Discussing the alternative media and intellectual freedom, Susan Forde
7. Intellectual Property and Intellectual Freedom, Robert Tiessen
8. The Internet and Intellectual Freedom, Elizabeth A. Buchanan
9. The Open Access Movement, Olivier Charbonneau

Part Three: Laws, Rights, and International Intellectual Freedom

10. Intellectual Freedom within the International Human Right to Freedom of Thought, Conscience, and Religion, Leonard Hammer
11. Hate Speech: Legal and Philosophical Aspects, Tomas A. Lipinski and Kathrine Henderson
12. Intellectual Freedom and U.S. Government Secrecy, Susan Maret
13. Intellectual Freedom and Privacy, Neil Richards and Joanna Cornwell
14. Defamation and Intellectual Freedom, Dale Herbeck

Part Four: The Arts, Social, Cultural, and Professional Life

15. Religion and Intellectual Freedom, Emily Knox
16. Art Censorship and Intellectual Freedom, Svetlana Mintcheva
17. Sex and Intellectual Freedom, Robert P. Holley
18. Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression, James V. Carmichael
19. Libraries and Intellectual Freedom, Loretta Gaffney
20. Journalism and Intellectual Freedom, Joe Cutbirth
21. Academic Freedom, Mark Alfino


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April 9, 2014

Library Juice Press/Academy Attending ALA Annual in Las Vegas

Library Juice (Press, Academy) will be attending the American Library Association Annual Conference June 26th to July 1st in Las Vegas. We will have lots of books to show and will be able to answer your questions in person. You can find us at table number 1954 in the exhibits hall.

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April 4, 2014

New website for Informed Agitation

Melissa Morrone has announced a new website for her book, Informed Agitation.

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New book: Identity Palimpsests: Archiving Ethnicity in the U.S. and Canada

Identity Palimpsests: Archiving Ethnicity in the U.S. and Canada

Editors: Dominique Daniel and Amalia Levi
Price: $45.00
Published: April 2014
ISBN: 978-1-936117-85-7
Printed on acid-free paper

This book is a part of the Litwin Books Series on Archives, Archivists, and Society, Richard J. Cox, editor.

Identity Palimpsests assesses the ways ethnic identities and other forms of belonging are affected by, and also affect, current practices in ethnic archiving. The book begins with an overview of the evolution of the way ethnic organizations and communities have collected, preserved and provided access to their heritage. It then goes on to examine contemporary practices and theories in the context of a cultural heritage sector that is today defined by the digital medium and the Web. Institutions involved in ethnic archiving include libraries, archives and museums that document the history of immigration and ethnicity in the United States and Canada.

Archives shape the way we understand the past and see the future. This has repercussions for the construction, writing, and representation of minority and diaspora histories in the North American context. Considering the variety and diversity of ethnic populations in North America, these repercussions reach beyond the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans as well. In an age of citizen-archivists, and citizen-historians, the changing ways we understand authority in archival settings signal a paradigm shift. Archivists and historians are called to reexamine and redefine their roles and professions in this process.

The book contains both theoretical and practical contributions by practitioners in the field and scholars in history and archival science. Practical contributions not only focus on particular institutions, but also provide comparative studies among cultural heritage institutions. They also debate about what is “ethnic archiving” today and who should be entrusted with the curation of ethnic collections in heritage institutions. The book’s chapters cover heritage institutions run by minorities themselves, and also others run through mainstream or official channels (government, academic, etc.).

At the theoretical level, the chapters discuss the impact of ethnic studies and evolving theories of ethnicity on archiving practices; the effect of ethnic archiving on historical research; and the emergence of memory studies as a lens for understanding identity. Both contemporary and historical perspectives are included.

Archival science has long challenged the image of the archivist as a neutral guardian of the historical record and recognized her role as an active shaper of archives, but historians have yet to discuss implications for historical research. This book is designed to bring new theoretical insight into the impact of this challenge on ethnic archiving, to suggest ways historians are affected, and to begin to study implications for the archivist? practice. The book also innovates by exploring the impact that archivists have on the very ethnic identities they are trying to preserve. The book’s intended audience is cultural heritage professionals; iSchools and Library Science schools’ students and faculty; and historians. While the book deals with heritage institutions in the U.S. and Canada, it appeals to an international audience.

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April 1, 2014

New book: Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archive

Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archive

Author: Alana Kumbier
Price: $35.00
Published: April 2014
ISBN: 978-1-936117-51-2

Number five in the Litwin Books Series on Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, Emily Drabinski, Series Editor

Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archive articulates a queer approach to archival studies and archival practice, and establishes the relevance of this approach beyond collections with LGBTQ content. Kumbier argues that queering the archive (thinking through queer interests, experiences, explanatory frameworks, and cultural practices) allows us to think critically about established archival principles and practices. This project describes — and supports — the work of archivists, community documentarians, activists, and scholars seeking to preserve materials documenting queer lives and experiences, and imagines how we might respond to the particular demands of archiving queer lives. Further, this project intervenes in the repetition of practices that may exclude LGBTQ constituencies, render our experiences less-visible/less-legible, or perpetuate oppressive power relations between archivists and users or documented subjects. The project aims to make work by scholars in history, performance studies, queer studies, and other areas of the humanities who are encountering the limits of archives — and are developing strategies for working with them — legible and relevant to archivists and librarians. The book supports its conceptual work with concrete examples of collecting and documentation projects, a research ethnography, and analyses of popular media that represent — and critique — archival spaces and practices.

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March 31, 2014

CFP: Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize

Calling all Activist-Librarians-to-be!!

The MIRIAM BRAVERMAN MEMORIAL PRIZE, a presentation of the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG), is awarded each year for the best paper about some aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries, or librarianship. Papers related to archivists, archives, and archival work are also eligible.

The winning paper will be published in the Summer 2014 issue of Progressive Librarian. The winner of the contest will also receive a $500 stipend to help offset the cost of travel to and from the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV from June 26- July 1. The award will be presented at the annual PLG dinner at ALA. In addition, the winner will be provided a press pass for the conference, allowing for free entry to sessions and the exhibition floor, with the expectation that they will write a short reflection regarding the conference for publication by PLG.

Think you might be interested? Here’s the fine print.

Contestants must be Library and/or Information Science students attending a graduate-level program in the United States or Canada. Contestants may not have finished their coursework earlier than December 2013.

Entries must be the original, unpublished work of the contestant, and must be written in English. Entries may not exceed 3,000 words and must conform to MLA in-text citation style.

To facilitate the blind review process, each entry must include a cover sheet providing the contestant’s name, full contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address), name of the institution where the contestant is enrolled, and the title of the paper. No identifying information other than the title should appear on the paper itself.

Entries must be submitted electronically, in Microsoft Word or RTF format, to bravermansubmissions@gmail.com. Entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on International Workers’ Day or May Day, Wednesday, May 1, 2014.

The $500 stipend is available only to help defray the cost of ALA conference attendance in 2013; if the winner of the contest is unable to attend, the money will remain in the Braverman Prize endowment fund. The winner will still be offered publication in Progressive Librarian.

Any questions regarding the contest or the selection process can be directed to the chairs of the selection committee, Megan Browndorf at margaret.a.browndorf@gmail.com or Kelly McElroy at kellymce@gmail.com. More information about Miriam Braverman and about the Progressive Librarians Guild, including winning papers from previous years, is available at http://progressivelibrariansguild.org/content/award.shtml.

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March 29, 2014

Call for Chapter Abstracts: Critical Theory and Social Justice in Library and Information Science

Call for chapter abstracts for the forthcoming monograph:

Mehra, B., & Rioux, K. (Eds.). (2015). Progressive community action: Critical theory and social justice in library and information science. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.

Editors Bharat Mehra and Kevin Rioux invite you to submit a 500-word abstract proposing a chapter for this edited volume by July 1, 2014.

We seek original scholarship on the intersections of critical theory and social justice in library and information science, with a particular focus on progressive community action and community development outcomes. The frame of inquiry includes all types of libraries, museums, archives and other information settings. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

• The role of the progressive LIS professional in bringing about positive community changes;
• Social justice and critical theory as a guide for policy and action in education, information service design, ICT development, and programming;
• Social justice and librarianship in international contexts;
• The use of social justice and critical theory concepts in assessment to demonstrate relevance and accountability;
• Social and community impacts made by LIS research and practice;
• Development of social justice as a critical theoretical approach for the LIS professions;
• Other related topics.

For a broad scholarly review of social justice in the information professions, see
• Mehra, B., Rioux, K., & Albright, K. (2009). Social justice in library and information science. In Bates, M., & Maack, N. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of library and information sciences (3rd ed.), 4820-4836. New York: Taylor & Francis.

More information about the monograph and the editors can be found at the Library Juice site: http://libraryjuicepress.com/pca.php.

• July 1, 2014: Deadline for 500-word abstracts proposing a chapter.
• September 5, 2014: Notification of acceptance of proposal.
• May 1, 2015: Deadline for submitting full chapter manuscripts. Authors should strive for 20-30 pages (5,000 to 7,500 words).
• August 1, 2015: Feedback from editors
• September 1, 2015: Deadline for revised chapter manuscripts

About the Editors:
Bharat Mehra, PhD, is Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee. His research furthers diversity and intercultural communication and addresses social justice and social equity agendas to meet the needs of minority and underserved populations (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people; racial and ethnic minorities; international communities; low-income families; rural residents; amongst others). [More information about Mehra can be found at URL: www.sis.utk.edu/users/bharat-mehra].

Kevin Rioux, PhD, is Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at St. John’s University, New York. In his teaching and research, he uses social justice metatheory, information behavior frameworks, and integrated human development models to explore issues related to information access and information technologies as tools of social and economic development in both local and international contexts. [More information about Rioux can be found at URL: www.stjohns.edu/academics/bio/kevin-rioux].

Please direct submissions and inquiries to Bharat Mehra (bmehra@utk.edu) and Kevin Rioux (rioux.kevin@gmail.com).

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March 16, 2014

Interview with Mimi O’Malley

Mimi O’Malley oversees development and delivery of professional development courses and workshops through The Learning House, focusing on higher education faculty and administrators. She has also presented workshops on online learning topics like faculty assessment, ADA, copyright, and curriculum trends. Next month she will be teaching a course for Library Juice Academy, called Embedded Librarianship in Online Courses. Mimi agreed to be interviewed on the Library Juice Academy blog, to give people more of an idea of what her course will cover, and a bit about her background as an instructor.

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March 13, 2014

Interview with Robin Hastings

Robin Hastings is the Director of Technology Services for the North East Kansas Library System. She manages the library’s network, social media, and staff training initiatives there. She has taught a course for Library Juice Academy on project management, and will be teaching it again next month. Robin agreed to be interviewed for the Library Juice Academy blog, to give people more of a sense of what they can expect to learn from the class, and a little bit about her.

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March 5, 2014

The New Yorker looks at Amazon and the publishing industry

Just very quickly noting a great article in the New Yorker recently, by George Packer: Cheap Words: Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books?

The article covers the history of Amazon as a firm and the complexities of their relations with the publishing industry. Good reading if you’re interested in what is happening in the book world.

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February 28, 2014

CFP: Core Values in Theory and Practice: A Special Issue of Library Trends

Valuing Librarianship: Core Values in Theory and Practice: A Special Issue of Library Trends (February 2016)

Editors: Selinda A. Berg and Heidi LM Jacobs
Leddy Library, University of Windsor

In 2004, the American Library Association (ALA)’s Core Values of Librarianship statement identified eleven core values:

Confidentiality and privacy
Education and lifelong learning
Intellectual freedom
The public good
Social responsibility

As the ALA document explains, “the foundation of modern librarianship rests on an essential set of core values that define, inform, and guide our professional practice.These values reflect the history and ongoing development of the profession and have been advanced, expanded, and refined by numerous policy statements of the American Library Association.”

While the ALA is not the only national library association to articulate their core values, 2014 marks the ten-year anniversary of the ALA’s adoption of this statement. Such an anniversary offers us a useful opportunity to consider how core values have shaped, influenced, and informed libraries and librarianship in North America and around the world.

Individual values such as democracy, diversity, access, and social responsibility have been the subject of inquiry by prominent scholars in library studies. There has not, however, been a coherent collection of scholarship addressing these specific, individual values in the practice of librarianship. Valuing Librarianship, a special issue of Library Trends, is an attempt to redress this absence within the context of public, school, special, and academic libraries.

This proposed issue of Library Trends will invite practicing librarians and LIS scholars to address librarianship’s present and future in relation to its core values. Using the ALA Core Values of Librarianship statement as a framework, Valuing Librarianship will explore how these core values have informed, influenced, guided, and contextualized libraries and librarianship in the past ten years and consider how these values might guide our profession in the future.

Contributors are invited to select one specific core value and consider questions such as:

  • How has this value evolved over the last ten years?
  • How do librarians enact and advocate for this particular core value? Are librarians successful in their advocacy?
  • Where does this particular value emerge in librarianship or libraries? Is attention to this value changing libraries, the work we do in the profession, or the profession itself?
  • Other questions that look specifically at how one core value reflects, informs, guides, or challenges current practices and thought within libraries or librarianship.

Values are a key building block of one’s professional identity and librarians must define, describe, and enact these values daily. This special issue of Library Trends will work toward articulating these values in meaningful ways in order to build upon the foundations of librarianship and shape it for the future.

Submissions: For consideration in Valuing Librarianship, please submit the following to ValuingLibrarianship@gmail.com by June 15, 2014:

An abstract of 500 words that clearly identifies the selected core value
A 50-100 word biographical statement of author(s)
A list of author’s/authors’ selected and relevant publications and presentations with links as available.

Preliminary Publication Timeline:
June 15, 2014: Abstracts (500 words) due
September 1, 2014: Notification of acceptance decisions
January 15, 2015: Full papers due
June 15, 2015: Final revisions due
February, 2016: Publication

Printable version of this call

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