March 3, 2015

Interview with Melissa Robinson

Melissa S. Robinson is the Senior Branch Librarian at the Peabody Institute Library’s West Branch in Peabody, Massachusetts. She is teaching a class for Library Juice Academy in April, titled Library Makerspaces: From Dream to Reality. Melissa agreed to do an interview for the LJA blog to tell us about her course on this hot topic.

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February 27, 2015

Let’s Split! A Complete Guide to Separatist Movements and Aspirant Nations, from Abkhazia to Zanzibar

Let’s Split!
A Complete Guide to Separatist Movements and Aspirant Nations, from Abkhazia to Zanzibar

Author: Christopher F. Roth
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-1-936117-99-4
Published: March 1st, 2015
634 pages
Printed on acid-free paper
Publisher: Litwin Books

This full color reference book is an entertaining and informative look at contemporary struggles for independence around the world. The separatist, nationalist, and independence movements described range from serious and violent to cheeky and imaginative, collectively revealing the passion that people feel about their identity and roots in a globalized world. This book will be a pleasure to anyone who is fascinated by geography and the world’s cultures. The author’s depth of knowledge and sense of humor are a unique combination. Includes maps and illustrations.

Chris Roth is a social-cultural and linguistic anthropologist with an interest in the symbolic politics of nationalism and ethnicity. He has worked extensively with indigenous groups in northern British Columbia and southeast Alaska and is the author of an ethnography of the Tsimshian Nation. He has also done research with and about New Age and paranormal subcultures in the U.S. and elsewhere.

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February 16, 2015

Roots and Flowers: The Life and Work of the Afro-Cuban Librarian Marta Terry González

Roots and Flowers: The Life and Work of the Afro-Cuban Librarian Marta Terry González

Authors: Abdul Alkalimat and Kate Williams
Price: $35.00
Published: February 2015
ISBN: 978-1-936117-64-2
Printed on acid-free paper

This book introduces North Americans and other general readers to 1) the role of Afro-Cubans in Cuban history and culture, particularly in the 20th century, and 2) librarianship in the context of the Cuban revolution. Considering these two related subjects through the life and work of Marta Terry, Cuba will serve as an example for other Africans in the Americas and for all library workers in times of social change.

Marta Terry directed three centrally important Cuban libraries. Beginning in 1961 she was Che Guevara’s librarian when he organized the National Planning Board (JUCEPLAN) that set the post-1958 course for Cuba’s development. From 1967-1987, she was library director at the Casa de Las Americas, the organization built and led by Haydee Santamaria that published and connected writers and their readers from across Latin America and set a model for combining liberation politics and innovative cultural production. From 1987-1997, she was director of the José Martí National Library, at which time the library was assigned responsibility for all public library development on the Island and then managed through the collapse of the Soviet Union, then Cuba’s #1 trading partner and source of hard currency. A participant in international library gatherings since the 1950s, Marta Terry was also the point person in establishing Cuba’s international library reputation and connections through IFLA, bringing their annual meeting to Latin America for the first time in Havana in 1994. She was then also point person in defending Cuba from the US-government sponsored attack that followed, under the guise of the so-called “independent libraries.”

Abdul Alkalimat is professor emeritus of African American studies and library and information science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Kate Williams is associate professor of library and information science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

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MUSICat

Just a brief note about the thing that stuck in my mind the most from ALA Midwinter. It is called MUSICat (i.e. “Music @” as well as Music Catalog, a logical name for what it is). They had a booth across from ours, and I chatted with Kelly Hiser about their service.

What they do is work with an area’s local musicians and local libraries to put them together, so that the local music is licensed and available for free to local library patrons. They provide an interface that libraries can us, and provide assistance to libraries in setting up license agreements with the musicians. The musicians get more local exposure, and library patrons get their local culture more easily. I haven’t seen it in action, but they have a service with the Madison Public Library (Madison, Wisconsin, where MUSICat is based), and they are working to get something launched with the Edmonton Public Library in a couple of months.

If you think this idea would work for your library, you should get in touch with them, via www.musicat.co.

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CFP in celebration of Miriam Braveman’s “Mississippi Summer”

Dear Colleagues,

The *Progressive Librarian* editors’ cooperative is planning an issue to
commemorate the Freedom Libraries of Freedom Summer 1964 which is being
done in conjunction with reprinting Miriam Braverman’s 50 year old *SLJ*
work “Mississippi Summer” November 1965 *School Library Journal*, pages 31
– 33.

In a message from one of the editors, (Elaine Harger ) “Progressive
Librarian has an annual LIS student essay contest named in honor of Miriam
Braverman, and so the editors have been thinking that we’d like the next
issue to have articles reflecting on the civil right movement and where
librarianship stands today in relation to the history and present of the
movement.

We’d [*Progressive *Librarian] be happy to have essays, poems, reflection
pieces, academic articles, letters from elders to the next generation of
librarians, images, drawings, graphics, bibliographies, book reviews.

We haven’t yet set a deadline, but it would likely be July/August.”

Here are links to PLG’s website with information about Miriam Braverman
and the essay contest named in her honor

http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/content/bravermanbio.shtml

http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/content/award.shtml

For more on Freedom Summer see: http://crdl.usg.edu/events/freedom_summer/?Welcome

http://www.loc.gov/folklife/civilrights/survey/view_collection.php?coll_id=2501

and Freedom Libraries: http://littleknownblacklibrarianfacts.blogspot.com/2011/07/freedom-libraries.html

Questions? Please contact Elaine Harger
eharger at drizzle dot com

thanks all,
lp

Lorna Peterson
lorna.peterson2401@gmail.com

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February 12, 2015

(Extended) Call for Papers: The Big Deal: 3rd Milwaukee Conference on Ethics in Knowledge Organization

(Extended) 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 the roles of exclusivity and point-of-view, the relationship between literary and cultural warrant, in the creation of knowledge organization systems that embrace socio-political symbolism, and in the evolution of standards and professional best practices for the implementation of knowledge organization. Following the success of conferences held in 2009 and 2012, The Knowle?dge Organization Research Group joins with the Center for Information Policy and Research of the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to present the Third Milwaukee Conference on Ethics in Knowledge Organization. We welcome papers and posters on any aspect of ethics and knowledge organization including but not limited to: bibliographic standards, cataloging and indexing best-practices, classification, controlled vocabulary, technology, the professions, cultural, economic, political, corporate, international, multicultural and multilingual aspects of knowledge organization.

Keynote Speakers:
Tina Gross, Catalog Librarian/Associate Professor, St. Cloud State University
Joe Tennis, Associate Professor, University of Washington, and President, International Society for Knowledge Organization

Call for Papers

We invite submission of proposals which will include name(s) of presenter(s), title(s), affiliation(s), contact information and an abstract of 750 words for papers; 300-500 words for posters.

All abstracts will be published on the website of the UWM, Knowledge Organization Research Group (KOrg). Full papers will be published in a special issue of Knowledge Organization.

Submit proposals via email to Inkyung Choi: ichoi@uwm.edu

Abstracts due: February 16 (extended to 28), 2015
Notification of acceptance by: March 16, 2015
Full papers due: July 16, 2015

The Program Committee:

Melissa Adler, University of Kentucky, USA
Jihee Beak, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Allyson Carlyle, University of Washington, USA
José Augusto Chaves Guimarães, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil
Jane Greenberg, Drexel University, USA
Birger Hjørland, The Royal School of Library and Information Science in Denmark
Lynne C Howarth, University of Toronto, Canada
Joyce Latham, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Patrick Keilty, University of Toronto, Canada
Hur-Li Lee, Conference Co-Chair, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Jens-Erik Mai, The Royal School of Library and Information Science in Denmark
Steven J. Miller, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Hope A Olson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Sandra Roe, Milner Library, Illinois State University, USA
Richard Smiraglia, Conference Co-Chair, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Joe Tennis, University of Washington, USA
Michael Zimmer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Sponsored by:
UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies
The Center for Information Policy Research
The Knowledge Organization Research Group

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February 11, 2015

Carmen D’Avino’s “Library” short

Carmen D’Avino created a lot of recognizeable animation in the 60s and 70s, some of it for The Electric Company, a PBS show for graduates of Sesame Street that I remember well. Here’s his animated bit about Libraries for The Electric Company:

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February 7, 2015

CAPAL 15 Program Announced

Dear all,

On behalf of the conference organizing committee, I’m pleased to present the preliminary program for CAPAL15: Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice, the second annual conference of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL). The program can be viewed in full online at bit.ly/CAPAL15program.

The program features sessions on a wide range of topics, from open access to critical pedagogy and information literacy to digitization to philosophy to academic freedom to corporatization and neoliberalism, and much more. We are also excited to welcome our keynote speakers, renowned cultural critic and public intellectual Henry Giroux (McMaster University) and critical LIS scholar Sarah T. Roberts (Western University). We hope you enjoy this exceptional program.

Registration for the conference is now open and available at the following link: http://congress2015.ca/register. Note that Congress fees are cheaper if you register before March 31st.

Please visit our website for further information and updates:
http://capalibrarians.org/capal-conference-2015

Also, join our Facebook event page at bit.ly/CAPAL15Facebook to connect with others attending, as well as following us on Twitter at #CAPAL15.
Warmth,

Dave Hudson, CAPAL15 Program Chair

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February 6, 2015

Call for Papers: Affect and the Archive

Special Issue of Archival Science

Call for Papers: Affect and the Archive

Guest editors: Anne J. Gilliland (Gilliland@gseis.ucla.edu) and Marika Cifor (mcifor@ucla.edu), UCLA Department of Information Studies.

Building upon the momentum generated by the Symposium on Affect and the Archive held at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in November 2014 and the enthusiastic critical reception of the work it profiled, this special issue of Archival Science on Affect and Archive will further explore and expose scholarly and professional understandings of and encounters with affect in the archive as well as in broader record- and memory-keeping contexts. Responding to the affective turn in scholarship and calls for scholarship regarding the archive and archival practice to engage more directly with affective aspects such as intimacy, sexuality, love, trauma, hope, fear and credulity, this special issue will have three main objectives:

to expose a range of conceptualizations, spaces and approaches relevant to this topic, for example, those relating to gender and sexuality or to conflict and other forms of violence, or in healthcare, the arts and humanities;

to generate dialogue between disciplinary (e.g., literature, art, gender studies, anthropology) and the professional archival and curatorial fields relating to affect and the archive/archives;

and,mto identify potential contributions that might be made by archival studies and records theory to the field of affect studies or vice versa.

The Affect and the Archive Symposium included innovative research on the intersections of affect and the archive relating particularly to human rights, migration and diaspora, sexuality, labor, bodies and embodiment, and visual art. However, in addition to such themes, there are many other aspects of affect that might also be addressed. In order for this special issue to be as representative as possible of state-of-the-art research we are soliciting relevant work being undertaken in fields as diverse as anthropology, sociology, literature, art, cultural studies, gender studies and post-colonial studies, as well as archival studies. Papers addressing affective aspects associated with Indigeneity, place and displacement, performance, sports and leisure, literature, belief and faith, (post)colonialism, and health and wellbeing are especially encouraged. If you have any questions about whether a paper would be a good fit for this issue, please email the editors: Gilliland@gseis.ucla.edu and mcifor@ucla.edu.

Archival Science is an independent, international, peer-reviewed journal on archival science, covering all aspects of theory, methodology and practice, with appropriate attention to the non-anglophone world.

Paper submission due date: April 30, 2015. Papers are to be submitted for review online. Please select Article Type: SI: Affect. Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute where the work has been carried out. (Full instructions for authors)

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February 5, 2015

Litwin Books Travel Grants

Litwin Books provides financial support to scholars in LIS and related fields for travel to conferences they attend, domestically or internationally. Travel grants are limited to $500 for domestic conferences and $1000 for travel to a conference outside the recipient’s home country. No more than one grant is available per recipient per year, and grants over the course of the year are limited to available funds.

Applications should include a CV, the accepted abstract for the presentation, or the paper itself if available, as well as any information about the conference that may be helpful. Evaluation will be based in part on the paper’s “fit” with the publishing program of Litwin Books and its associated imprints.

Except in unusual circumstances, funds will be a reimbursement of travel and lodging expenses up to the award amount, based on documentation of the expense and evidence that you participated in the conference (nametag, program, tweets, etc.)

Applications may be sent to inquiries@litwinbooks.com any time prior to the conference. There are no other deadlines, and we accept applications throughout the year.

We ask that you acknowledge the travel grant in your presentation and on your CV.

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February 2, 2015

Barnard Library Research Awards

The Barnard Library will award two grants of $2,500 to researchers using its Archives, Zine Library or Barnard Center for Research on Women collection.

Undergraduate and graduate students, professors and independent scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area are encouraged to apply.

Particular strengths of the three collections are the history of the college, second and third wave feminist and LGBTQ print ephemera (1970s-present newsletters, pamphlets, zines, etc.), riot grrrl, late 20th century girlhood, 20th century women’s education, NYC modern dance history, representations of women’s sexuality and embodiment, contemporary zine culture, zines by women of color.

Award money may be used for whatever will facilitate the researcher’s work at Barnard, e.g., travel, housing, childcare.

Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2015. Award notifications will be sent to applicants by April 30, 2015 for research to be conducted at Barnard during the period July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.

Librarians at Barnard were inspired to create this program by similar awards at Columbia University and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture

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January 25, 2015

Updates and Upgrades for Library Juice Academy

Library Juice Academy has done some technical updates. We’ve upgraded to the latest version of Moodle, which makes for easier navigation among other improvements. We’ve also upgraded our servers to provide better responsiveness and to prevent hangups due to overloading. And we’ve also redone our website – Take a look…

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January 12, 2015

Cyberattacks against numerous French library websites

Nicolas Beudon reports that last night there were cyberattacks against numerous French library websites, evidently by Islamist groups. They hacked into these sites using vulnerabilities in Drupal, WordPress, and ISS, as well as by cracking simple passwords. The messages they left on homepages objected to the identification of Islam with the terrorists, referring to it as brainwashing. Beudon refers to a more general article by Damien Bancal, on his site Zataz, which reports on attacks to a broad range of French government institutions’ websites. He writes, “Despite the hashtag #Contre_Charlie, the hackers are not supportive of the attacks that took place in Paris. However, their cyber warfare operation is in competition with Anonymous, who posted their intention to tackle the jihadists on the internet.”

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January 8, 2015

Among the Disrupted (NYT Book Review Essay)

Among the Disrupted
By Leon Wieseltier
JAN. 7, 2015
New York Times Book Review

Amid the bacchanal of disruption, let us pause to honor the disrupted. The streets of American cities are haunted by the ghosts of bookstores and record stores, which have been destroyed by the greatest thugs in the history of the culture industry. Writers hover between a decent poverty and an indecent one; they are expected to render the fruits of their labors for little and even for nothing, and all the miracles of electronic dissemination somehow do not suffice for compensation, either of the fiscal or the spiritual kind. Everybody talks frantically about media, a second-order subject if ever there was one, as content disappears into “content.” What does the understanding of media contribute to the understanding of life? Journalistic institutions slowly transform themselves into silent sweatshops in which words cannot wait for thoughts, and first responses are promoted into best responses, and patience is a professional liability. As the frequency of expression grows, the force of expression diminishes: Digital expectations of alacrity and terseness confer the highest prestige upon the twittering cacophony of one-liners and promotional announcements. It was always the case that all things must pass, but this is ridiculous…

Read more…

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International Declaration of Independent Publishers 2014

From the website:

During the closing meeting of the International Assembly of Independent Publishers (Cape Town, South Africa, 18-21 September 2014), 400 independent publishers from 45 countries signed the International Declaration of Independent Publishers 2014.

Collectively drafted in three languages, on 20 September 2014, the Declaration 2014 is available in several languages (French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Farsi, Italian, etc.).

Read the declaration (PDF)

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