March 5, 2014
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.
February 28, 2014
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
The public good
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
February 21, 2014
Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium
The University of Toronto, October 18, 2014
Gender and sexuality are two of the critical organizing axes of contemporary life. Alongside and intersecting with race, class, nation, and others, they constitute the ways through which we make ourselves known to ourselves and to one another: as men, women, or one of the 58 new gender options offered by Facebook, and as lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, and all the other varied and ever-changing linguistic markers of preferences of physical and emotional intimacy. Just as legal studies, the hard and social sciences, philosophy and literature, information studies is a discourse called to respond to the challenges posed by critical perspectives on gender and sexuality. Perhaps more than any other discipline, information studies confronts the theoretical with the material. How do both the “the archive” and the archive organize, and how are they organized by, gender and sexuality? From the collections we build to the access tools we design to the histories we collect, catalog, and preserve, information studies theorists and practitioners are always engaged in the projects of making and being made.
We invite proposals to join and extend these conversations during a one-day colloquium to be held at the University of Toronto on October 18, 2014. Presentations will consist of individual papers organized around themes that emerge from the submissions.
Suggested topics include:
- Information studies and its engagements with cross-disciplinary theories of gender and sexuality
- Practice-based responses to critical theories of gender and sexuality in information responses
- Critical approaches to cataloging and classification
- Feminist and queer library pedagogies, both in information studies schools and at the K-12 and undergraduate levels
- Queer and feminist archival practices, both theoretical and material
- Sexed and gendered labor in information environments
- Intersections of gender and sexuality with race, class, and other axes of social organization
- Critical feminist and queer critiques of the technologies of information production, organization, and dissemination
Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals due May 1, 2014. Notification June 1, 2014.
Thanks to the University of Toronto Faculty of Information for generously hosting this colloquium.
February 17, 2014
Print-on-demand from kiosks and electronic distribution of the news predicted in 1975…. Here is an excerpt from the 1975 book, Ecotopia, by Ernest “Chick” Callenbach. Thanks to Lincoln Cushing for sharing this with the PLG list…
Although the general picture of the Ecotopian media is one of almost anarchic decentralization, a jungle in which only the hardiest survive, here too we find paradoxes. For the newspapers, which are even smaller than our tabloids, are actually sold through electronic print-out terminals in the street kiosks, in libraries, and at other points; and these terminals are connected to central computer banks, whose facilities are “rented” by the publications. Two print-out inks are available, by the way: one lasts indefinitely, the other fades away in a few weeks so the paper can be immediately re-used.
This system is integrated with book publishing as well. Although many popular books are printed normally, and sold in kiosks and bookstores, more specialized titles must be obtained through a special print-out connection. You look the book’s number up in a catalogue, punch the number on a juke-box-like keyboard, study the blurb, sample paragraphs, and price displayed on a videoscreen, and deposit the proper number of coins if you wish to buy a copy. In a few minutes a print-out of the volume appears in a slot. These terminals, I am told, are not much used by city dwellers, who prefer the more readable printed books; but they exist in every corner of the country and can thus be used by citizens in rural areas to procure copies of both currently popular and specialized books. All of the 60,000-odd books published in Ecotopia since Independence are available, and about 50,000 earlier volumes. It is planned to increase this gradually to about 150,000. Special orders may also be placed, at higher costs, to scan and transmit any volume in the enormous national library at Berkeley.
This system is made possible by the same fact that enables Ecotopian book publication to be so much more rapid than ours: authors retype their edited final drafts on an electric typewriter that also makes a magnetic tape. This tape can be turned into printing plates in a few minutes, and it can simultaneously be fed into the central storage computer, so it is immediately available to the print-out terminals.
February 14, 2014
Gretchen McCord is an attorney-consultant and educator in the areas of copyright law, privacy law, and legal issues related to social media. Her practice specializes in assisting libraries, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations in transitioning into the ever-changing digital world. She was an academic librarian prior to becoming an attorney, and served as the President of the Texas Library Association. Gretchen is teaching her first class for Library Juice Academy next month, titled Fair Use In Depth. She has agreed to do an interview for the Library Juice Academy blog to give people a better idea of what this course will cover and whether it might be right for them.
February 13, 2014
Jillian Wallis is a PhD student in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA. Her research addresses the data practices of researchers at the Center for Embedded Network Sensing, and developing systems for the effective distribution and use of sensor data. She will be teaching a class for Library Juice Academy next month, titled, “Data Management.” Jillian agreed to do an interview on the Library Juice Academy blog, to give people a better idea of what the course is about and what it might do for them, as well as a bit more about herself.
Scott Piepenburg is Head of Cataloging at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. He has previously played lead roles in the establishment of regional union catalogs and development of catalog software. He is the author of the popular Easy MARC series, and has lectured around the United States on the topics of cataloging in general and authority control in particular. Scott is going to be teaching a series of classes for Library Juice Academy, titled Certificate in Library Cataloging, as well as a class on cataloging for non-catalogers who just want to know more about the subject. He has graciously agreed to do an interview for the Library Juice Academy blog, to give people more of an idea of what his series of courses will cover, who can benefit from them, and a little bit about his own background.
February 12, 2014
Scott La Counte is the head librarian for the Southern California Institute of Technology. He has given presentations on mobile application development at several different conferences, and is the author of Going Mobile: Developing Apps for Your Library Using Basic HTML Programming (ALA Editions Special Reports, 2011), and Build Your Own App for Fun and Profit (Huron Street Press, 2012). Scott will be teaching a course for Library Juice Academy next month called Bringing Library Services to Mobile Devices. He has graciously agreed to do an interview for the Library Juice Academy blog, to give people a better idea of what will be covered in the class.
February 11, 2014
Life as Activism: June Jordan’s Writings for The Progressive
Author: June Jordan
Editor: Stacy Russo
Foreword: Angela Davis
Preface: Matthew Rothschild
Published: February 2014
This volume is a complete collection of June Jordan’s columns for The Progressive, published between 1989 and 2001. Jordan (1936-2002) was a poet and UC Berkeley professor who is celebrated as a great human rights activist and social critic. Through her work, she taught a concept of “life as activism,” based on inclusiveness, consistency, honesty, and identification with the oppressed. Far from being a purely idealistic and unsustainable approach to life, Jordan demonstrated that “life as activism” can be a way of engaging with the world that is accessible to all people who are committed to social justice. The writings collected here can be read as a road map to such a life of activism. These columns provide a critical study of important issues from the end of the twentieth century, as well as a clear illustration of the intersections of many forms of injustice and oppression, celebrating a movement away from single-issue politics to a far-reaching activism.
The publisher hopes that through this collection Jordan’s work will become more widely known.
February 7, 2014
Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond
Editor: Melissa Morrone
Published: February 2014
In librarianship today, we encourage voices from our field to join conversations in other disciplines as well as in the broader culture. People who work in libraries and are sympathetic to, or directly involved in, social justice struggles have long embodied this idea, as they make use of their skills in the service of those causes. From movement archives to zine collections, international solidarity to public library programming, oral histories to email lists, prisons to protests —and beyond —this book is a look into the projects and pursuits of activist librarianship in the early 21st century.
The target audience of this book consists of:
- People interested in going into librarianship who want an idea of nontraditional and activist areas in which librarians operate.
- Practicing library workers seeking inspiration for ways to combine their expertise with their political interests outside the library.
- Practicing library workers who want articulations of how their work fits into a broader context of power structures, politics, and social justice.
- Activists interested in collaborations with library workers and/or projects related to literature, information, education, and documentation in social movements.
- People in other fields who want to draw connections between their own work and social justice goals, and are looking for supportive literature.
February 3, 2014
For Immediate Release
CHICAGO – Maria T. Accardi, coordinator of library instruction at Indiana University Southeast, is the winner of the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Award for Significant Achievement in Woman’s Studies Librarianship. The WGSS award honors a significant or one-time contribution to women’s studies librarianship.
A plaque will be presented to Accardi at 8:30 a.m. on June 30, 2014, at the WGSS program during the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.
“The committee selected Maria T. Accardi based on her noteworthy accomplishment, the 2013 book ‘Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction,’ published by Library Juice Press,” said award Chair Jennifer Mayer, associate librarian at the University of Wyoming. “The committee was impressed by her book-length treatment of the intersection of information literacy and feminist theory, which is unique, important and fills a gap in the literature.”
“While theoretical, the book is also an accessible, practical handbook including exercises and assessment strategies,” noted Mayer. “Accardi’s work also helps readers apply and integrate feminist pedagogical approaches in less-likely places—across the curriculum, in online classes, and with students who may not identify with feminism or understand the relevance in their lives. Committee members valued the wide appeal of Accardi’s book. ‘Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction’ is a must-read for any librarian with interests in feminist issues, pedagogy, and library instruction.”
Accardi received her M.L.I.S. from the University of Pittsburgh and her M.A. in English from the University of Louisville.
For more information regarding the ACRL WGSS Award for Significant Achievement in Woman’s Studies Librarianship, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at www.acrl.org, Facebook at www.facebook.com/ala.acrl and Twitter at @ala_acrl.
January 31, 2014
Focus on Educating for Sustainability:
Toolkit for Academic Libraries
Editor: Maria A. Jankowska
Published: February 2014
Printed on acid-free paper
In the last ten years, literature on greening libraries has expanded considerably. Furthermore, by signing the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, university presidents and chancellors committed their institutions to finding new solutions to environmental, economic, and social issues through their teaching, research, and service operations. Since 2007, higher education has observed exponential growth of programs integrating sustainability literacy into teaching and research. Academic libraries must respond to this increasing focus on educating for sustainability and go beyond greening libraries to become active partners in advancing education and research for sustainability.
This edited collection captures the current status and future direction of libraries’ commitment to advance the focus of educating for sustainability. It is designed as a toolkit offering a wide range of best practices, case studies, and activities ready for implementation within academic libraries.
January 22, 2014
Two certificate programs at Library Juice Academy are starting in February: The Certificate in User Experience (UX) and the Certificate in XML and RDF-Based Systems. Both of these programs are six courses in length, and both have been taught once already in the past year.
The first class in each of these programs starts February 3rd, and enrollment is possible through February 10th. Through February 10th, you can also register for an entire series and get a 10% discount.
We interviewed instructor Robert Chavez about his series, if you’d like to learn more about what is covered in it and why it might be right for you. (The main goal of the program is to give you you competency as a coder in XML and RDF-based systems that create, transform, manage, and disseminate content and metadata.)
The UX series is designed to teach you the fundamentals of user experience (UX) and how to apply user-centered strategies to library websites and beyond. We interviewed Rebecca Blakiston, who organized the series, so that she could describe it more fully to people who may be interested. In December, the instructors for these courses got together and put on an “Unconference” at the University of Arizona, where they discussed the topics of their courses. Their presentations are available online.
January 14, 2014
Debra Lucas-Alfieri has been the Head of Reference and Interlibrary Loan at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, since 2002. She has taught for Library Juice Academy a couple of times before, and next month she is going to be teaching a class called “How ILL Works.” ILL is more and more central to librarianship, yet many librarians only have vague knowledge of how the systems work, so we are very pleased that we are offering this class. Debra agreed to do interview for the Library Juice Academy blog, to talk about the class and her background for teaching it.
January 10, 2014
Eva Dodsworth is the Geospatial Data Services Librarian at the University of Waterloo Library, where she works with geospatial data services. Eva is also a part-time instructor at a number of Library and Information Science schools where she teaches users GIS and how to apply GIS technology in library services. We are happy to say that she will be teaching a course on GIS and GeoWeb Technologies for Library Juice Academy next month. Eva agreed to be interviewed for the LJA blog, to give people a better idea of what they will learn in her course, and a bit about her background.