November 1, 2013
Library Juice Press is happy to announce the winner of the First Annual Library Juice Paper Contest. Ryan Shaw’s paper, titled, “Information Organization and the Philosophy of History,” was judged by the award jury to be the best paper out of fifteen submitted in this year’s contest, in a blind process. Jury member Ron Day wrote,
“[The paper] is extremely well written and researched with a tight, but historically broad and interdisciplinary review of the literature and focus. It is theoretically important and it has very important implications for practices…”
Shaw’s paper was published in June of 2013 in JASIS, and can be read on the web at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.22843. Ryan Shaw is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science.
The jury selected one paper for an honorable mention: Julie Graves Krishnaswami’s paper titled, “Critical Information Theory: A New Foundation for Teaching Regulatory Research.” This paper is slated for publication in the forthcoming book, Boulder Statements on Legal Research Instruction: The Intersection of Intellectual & Practical Skills, to be published by William S. Hein & Co.
The Library Juice Paper Contest winner receives an award of $1000. The intention of this contest is to encourage and reward good work in the field of library and information studies, humanistically understood, through a monetary award and public recognition. Papers submitted may be unpublished, pending publication, or published in the year of the award. Any type of paper may be entered as long as it is not a report of an empirical study. Examples of accepted forms would be literature review essays, analytical essays, historical papers, and personal essays. The work may include some informal primary research, but may not essentially be the report of a study.
The critera for judgment are:
- Clarity of writing
- Originality of thought
- Sincerity of effort at reaching something true
- Soundness of argumentation (where applicable)
- Relevance to our time and situation
The jury for this year’s award consisted of Ron Day, Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at Indiana University; Toni Samek, Professor, School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alberta; and John Doherty, instructional designer with the Northern Arizona University’s e-Learning Center.
Entries in next year’s award are due September 1st, 2014.
Library Juice Press is an imprint of Litwin Books, LLC specializing in theoretical and practical issues in librarianship from a critical perspective, for an audience of professional librarians and students of library science.
October 31, 2013
Duties are to include document scanning, bibliographic research, possible social media marketing, research into addresses for review copies and offers of desk copies, possible tasks for Library Juice Academy (e.g. processing enrollments, sending certificates of completion), and help at conferences. We are also looking for someone to do book layout, and these jobs could be combined. The work will amount to a few hours a week with a lot of variation week-to-week, at $10/hr USD. So, it means a little extra income and a resume-builder.
The ideal person has an MLIS or is in progress, is familiar with our work, is interested in publishing and the vendor side of libraries. It would also nice if the person is a resident of the SF Bay Area or the Sacramento area.
If you are interested, please send an email to rory [at] libraryjuicepress.com.
October 2, 2013
Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader
Editors: Patrick Keilty and Rebecca Dean
Published: October 2013
Number 4 in the Litwin Books Series on Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, Emily Drabinski, series editor
In Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader, Keilty and Dean put the field of Information Studies into critical conversation with studies of gender, sexuality, race, and technology. In classic and original essays, renowned scholars from a range of disciplines think through a broad array of information and technology philosophies and practices. Conceiving of “information” in a broad sense, the contributors reevaluate conventional methods and topics within Information Studies to examine encounters with information phenomena and technology that do not lend themselves easily to the scientific and behaviorist modes of description that have long dominated the field. A Foreword, Introduction, and Afterword provide helpful context to the reader’s 27 essays, arranged around topics that include information as gendered labor, cyborgs and cyberfeminism, online environments, information organization, information extraction and flow, archives, and performance.
Table of Contents
Foreword – Sandy Stone
Introduction – Patrick Keilty
Information as Gendered Labor
The Bride Stripped Bare to Her Data: Information Flow + Digibodies – Mary Flanagan
Essentialism and Care in a Female-Intensive Profession – Melodie Fox and Hope Olson
Reflections on Meaning in Library and Information Studies: A Personal Odyssey through Information, Sexuality, and Gender – Alvin Schrader
Cyborgs and Cyberfeminism
Feminist Theories of Technology – Judy Wajcman
Cyborg Feminism and the Methodology of the Oppressed – Chela Sandoval
Developing a Corporeal Cyberfeminism: Beyond Cyberutopia – Jessica Brophy
Going On-Line: Consuming Pornography in the Digital Era – Zabet Patterson
Avatars and the Visual Culture of Reproduction on the Web – Lisa Nakamura
“OH NO! I’M A NERD!” : Hegemonic Masculinity on an Online Forum – Lori Kendall
How We Construct Subjects: A Feminist Analysis – Hope Olson
Queer Theory and the Creation of Contextual Subject Access Tools for Gay and Lesbian Communities – D. Grant Campbell
Paraphilias: The Perversion of Meaning in the Library of Congress Catalog – Melissa Adler
Administrating Gender – Dean Spade
Information Extraction, Information Flow
On Torture: Abu Ghraib – Jasbir Puar
Tacit Subjects – Carlos Ulises Decena
A Tapestry of Knowledge: Crafting a New Approach to Information Sharing – Sherilyn M. Williams and Pamela McKenzie
Sharing Economies and Value Systems on the Nifty Archive – Mica Ars Hilson
Police / Archives – Steven Maynard
The Brandon Archive – Judith Halberstam
Love and Lubrication in the Archives, or rukus!: A Black Queer Archive for the United Kingdom – Ajamu X, Topher Vampbell, and Mary Stevens
Welcome Home: An Exploratory Ethnography of trhe Information Context at the Lesbian Herstory Archives – Danielle Cooper
Accessing Transgender // Desiring Queer(er?) Archival Logics – K. J. Rawson
In the Archive of Lesbian Feeling: Documentary and Popular Culture – Ann Cvetkovich
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Rape Kit – Aliza Shvarts
Joe Orton, Kenneth Halliwell, and the Islington Public Library: Defacement, Parody and Mashups – D. Grant Campbell
Becoming Dragon: A Transversal Technology Study – Micha Cárdenas
GRIDs, Gay Bombs, and Viral Aesthetics – Zach Blas
Afterword – Leah Lievrouw
September 26, 2013
Malise Ruthven, frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, wrote the preface to the recent Litwin Books publication, Voltaire’s Fanaticism, or Mahomet the Prophet: A New Translation. His preface is titled Voltaire and Islam, and provides an insightful picture of the great 18th century liberal’s relationship with the religion of the region Europe called “the Orient.”
Voltaire’s play has been translated into English several times, but this prose translation is less archaic-sounding, and captures the intensity of the melodramatic passions among the characters. The play itself is an enjoyable, light read. Ruthven’s preface and the translator’s introduction, which focuses on the reception that the play received among contemporaries and how it was viewed by later critics, illuminate some of the background to the way Islam is understood in the West.
September 25, 2013
September 15, 2013
Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis
Editors: Shana Higgins and Lua Gregory
Published: September 2013
Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis extends the discussion of information literacy and its social justice aspects begun by James Elmborg, Heidi L.M. Jacobs, Cushla Kapitzke, Maria T. Accardi, Emily Drabinski, and Alana Kumbier, and Maura Seale. Chapters address the democratizing values implicit in librarianship’s professional ethics, such as intellectual freedom, social responsibility, and democracy, in relation to the sociopolitical context of information literacy. Contributors, ranging from practicing librarians to scholars of related disciplines, demonstrate how they construct intentional connections between theoretical perspectives and professional advocacy to curriculum and pedagogy. The book contributes to professional discourse on libraries in their social context, through a re-activation of the library neutrality debate, as well as through an investigation of what it means for a global citizen to be information literate in late capitalism.
This book is available through Amazon.com or your library’s book jobbers.
Download a PDF of the front matter, including the title page, copyright page, table of contents, acknowledgments, foreword, and introduction.
August 31, 2013
Voltaire’s Fanaticism, or Mahomet the Prophet:
A New Translation
Translation and Introduction: Hanna Burton
Preface: Malise Ruthven
Published: September 2013
Printed on acid-free paper.
Voltaire’s play Fanaticism, or Mahomet the Prophet was controversial in its own day, and has stirred up controversy in recent decades as attempts to mount stage productions have been met with protests. Originally intended as an oblique criticism of the Catholic Church and religious fanaticism in general (as Voltaire understood it), the play stands today as an entertaining melodrama marked by gleeful irreverance and historical imagination. This new prose translation into English by Hanna Burton brings the text to modern English-speaking audiences. The translator’s extensive introduction sheds light on the history of the work and its reception by Voltaire’s contemporaries.
July 30, 2013
Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction
Author: Maria T. Accardi
Published: July 2013
Number 3 in the Litwin Books Series on Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, Emily Drabinski, Series Editor
Providing both a theoretical framework and practical guidance, this title introduces feminist pedagogy to librarians seeking to enrich their teaching practices in feminist and progressive ways. Drawing heavily upon the women’s studies literature where the concept first appears, Accardi defines and describes recurring themes for feminist teachers: envisioning the classroom as a collaborative, democratic, transformative site; consciousness raising about sexism and oppression; ethics of care in the classroom; and the value of personal testimony and lived experience as valid ways of knowing. Framing these concepts in the context of the limits of library instruction–so often a 50 minute one-shot bound by ACRL-approved cognitive learning outcomes–Accardi invites a critical examination of the potential for feminist liberatory teaching methods in the library instruction classroom.
This book is available from online booksellers and vendors to libraries and bookstores. Litwin Books and Library Juice Press no longer do direct retail sales to the public.
July 4, 2013
July 1, 2013
We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information. Out of a field that included some highly interesting and solid work, one applicant’s submission stood out strongly. We are granting this year’s award to Steve McKinlay of Charles Sturt University, New South Wales, Australia, based on his dissertation proposal, titled, “Information Ethics and the Problem of Reference.” McKinlay’s dissertation argues that information is best understood through a concept of reference, as opposed to Floridi’s notion of information as a category of reality, and that this conception has important implications for information ethics, especially regarding the treatment of “information objects.” We admire the clarity of McKinlay’s writing and find his statement to be an important one, and are pleased to grant him the award. The award consists of a certificate suitable for framing and $1000 check.
Since this award is for ongoing research, other applicants who are still working on their dissertations will be eligible to enter their work next year, and we strongly encourage them to do so.
For more information about the award, please visit http://litwinbooks.com/award.php.
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June 6, 2013
Library Juice Press, Litwin Books, Library Juice Academy, and Auslander & Fox will have a table in the exhibits hall at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. The exhibits open on Friday, June 28th at 5:30pm, and close on Monday, July 1st, at 2pm. We won’t be selling any books, but we will be giving away our display stock at our reception on Monday night (ask at the booth for details).
Our booth is number 144 in the exhibits hall.
We’ve got a Facebook Event set up – feel free to add yourself.
Looking forward to seeing you…
June 2, 2013
The intention of this contest is to encourage and reward good work in the field of library and information studies, humanistically understood, through a monetary award and public recognition.
The contest is open to librarians, library students, academics, and others.
Acceptable paper topics cover the full range of topics in the field of library and information studies, loosely defined.
Papers submitted may be unpublished, pending publication, or published in the year of the award.
Single and multiple-authored papers will be accepted.
Any type of paper may be entered as long as it is not a report of an empirical study. Examples of accepted forms would be literature review essays, analytical essays, historical papers, and personal essays. The work may include some informal primary research, but may not essentially be the report of a study.
Submitted papers may be part of a larger project.
The minimum length is 4000 words. The maximum length is 15,000 words.
Criteria for judgment:
Clarity of writing
Originality of thought
Sincerity of effort at reaching something true
Soundness of argumentation (where applicable)
Relevance to our time and situation
The award shall consist of $1000 and a certificate suitable for framing.
Entries must be submitted in MS Word format by September 1st. Entries may be submitted to email@example.com.
The winning paper, and possibly a number of honorable mentions, are announced on November 1st.
Papers will be judged by a committee selected for their accomplishments in the field, and in order to represent a range of perspectives.
Although we are a publisher, submission of a paper for this award in itself does not imply any transfer, licensing, or sharing of your publication rights.
June 1, 2013
We have set up something called Library Juice membership, where you can pay a small annual fee to get benefits related to what we are doing here at Library Juice Academy and Library Juice Press, as well as networking and communication opportunities. Memberships are open to individuals and institutions. This is all set up and ready to go. I am excited about where it might lead. Collaboration anyone?
May 29, 2013
From Litwin Books, LLC
As an academic publisher, we understand our role in the information ecology, and respect the roles of academics and librarians in the same ecological system. To clarify our understanding of our place in that system, we offer the following pledge to the library community:
1. We recognize the free speech rights of librarians, and respect the fact that criticizing a publisher is sometimes part of a librarian’s professional duty. We will not sue librarians for criticizing us.
2. We will attempt to make money by selling books, not by charging authors fees to publish.
3. We will price our titles reasonably, so that individuals as well as institutions can afford to buy them.
4. We will always use acid-free, sustainably-sourced paper.
5. Our books will include bibliographic references and indexes where appropriate.
6. Contributors of chapters in edited volumes will maintain all their rights (the rights we license from them will be non-exclusive).
7. We pledge to balance timeliness, quality, and “timelessness” in our choice of book projects and our processes for bringing them to publication.
8. We pledge to make our full backlist available as DRM-free PDF files to personal and institutional members of Library Juice.
9. We will explore e-book publishing models with a creative approach and an effort to respond to the new logics of changing media, with the interests of scholars and librarians in mind.
Litwin Books is an independent academic publisher of books about media, communication and the cultural record. We are interdisciplinary in scope and intention, and gather together works from a range of disciplines, including media studies, communication studies, cultural studies, information studies, philosophy of technology, archival studies, communications history, history of archives and libraries, and related fields. Our independence from larger institutions gives us the freedom to offer critical perspectives that cut against the grain, as well as occasionally to give a scholar free rein with a work that is outside his or her usual publishing stream.
With our Library Juice Press imprint we follow the same philosophy, publishing books that examine theoretical and practical issues in librarianship from a critical perspective, for an audience of professional librarians and students of library science.
Auslander & Fox is our new imprint for general readers, featuring books characterized by originality, wit, and perspective.
We are accepting book proposals and manuscripts.
May 28, 2013
Import of the Archive: U.S. Colonial Rule of the Philippines and the Making of American Archival History
Author: Cheryl Beredo
Published: June 2013
Printed on acid-free paper
Published by Litwin Books
This book a part of the Series on Archives, Archivists, and Society, Richard J. Cox, editor.
Import of the Archive examines the role of archives in the United States’ colonization of the Philippines between 1898 and 1916. During this period the archives played a critical part in the United States’ entrenchment of a colonial state, exhibiting the flexibility and authority to enable arguments of the former colonial power’s incompetence and the native population’s incapacity.
Based on extensive research of and in archives in the Philippines and the United States, this book urges readers to consider archival history within the context of America’s imperial history. This book defines the archives broadly, as the accumulation material about a time proclaimed as “historic,” as well as the records of the Bureau of Insular Affairs and the United States’ Philippine Government, and the archives ceded by Spain per the treaty that ended the Spanish-American War.
Taking an historical approach to understanding the political function that archives played in this particular context, this book is intended for classroom use in archival studies curricula. A slim volume, it could be assigned with complementary books or articles on archives in other colonial contexts, critical analyses of libraries and archives, or any number of topics. It will also be of general interest to scholars of archival history and United States-Philippine relations.
May 26, 2013
Litwin Books and Library Juice Press have gone ahead and formally separated our frontlist and backlist titles. We’ve been going since 2006 and have quite a few books out, so we decided that the time had come to do that. Here is what is on the frontlist and backlist of the two imprints:
Library Juice Press frontlist:
Litwin Books frontlist:
Library Juice Press backlist:
- Out Behind the Desk: Workplace Issues for LGBTQ Librarians, edited by Tracy Nectoux
- Beyond Article 19: Libraries and Social and Cultural Rights, edited by Julie Biando Edwards and Stephan P. Edwards
- The Demise of the Library School: Personal Reflections on Professional Education in the Modern Corporate University, by Richard J. Cox
- She Was a Booklegger: Remembering Celeste West, edited by Toni Samek, Moyra Lang and K.R. Roberto
- The Great Depression: Its Impact on Forty-Six Large American Public Libraries, by Robert Scott Kramp
- Humanism and Libraries: An Essay on the Philosophy of Librarianship, by André Cossette
- The Politics of Professionalism: A Retro-Progressive Proposal for Librarianship, by Juris Dilevko
- So You Want To Be a Librarian, by Lauren Pressley
- Speaking of Information: The Library Juice Quotation Book, compiled by Rory Litwin and edited by Martin Wallace
- Information and Liberation: Writings on the Politics of Information and Librarianship, by Shiraz Durrani
- Questioning Library Neutrality: Essays from Progressive Librarian, edited by Alison Lewis
- Responsible Librarianship: Library Policies for Unreliable Systems, by David Bade
- Mrs. Magavero: A History Based on the Career of an Academic Librarian, by Jane Brodsky Fitzpatrick
- Barbarians at the Gates of the Public Library: How Postmodern Consumer Capitalism Threatens Democracy, Civil Education, and the Public Good, by Ed D’Angelo
- Alternative Publishers of Books in North America, 6th Edition, compiled by Byron Anderson under the auspices of the Alternatives in Publication Task Force, ALA/SRRT
- Library Daylight: Tracings of Modern Librarianship, 1874-1922, edited by Rory Litwin
- Library Juice Concentrate, edited by Rory Litwin
Litwin Books backlist:
- Vanishing Act: The Erosion of Online Footnotes and Implications for Scholarship in the Digital Age, by Michael Bugeja and Daniela Dimitrova
- A Space for Hate: The White Power Movement’s Adaptation into Cyberspace, by Adam Klein
- Rebel Literacy: Cuba’s National Literacy Campaign and Critical Global Citizenship, by Mark Abendroth
- Forty Years in the Struggle: The Memoirs of a Jewish Anarchist, by Chaim Leib Weinberg
- Library of Walls: The Library of Congress and the Contradictions of Information Society, by Samuel Gerald Collins
- Slow Reading, by John Miedema
- Personal Archives and a New Archival Calling: Readings, Reflections and Ruminations, by Richard J. Cox
- Restoring Order: The Ecole des Chartes and the Organization of Archives and Libraries in France, 1820-1870, by Lara Jennifer Moore
- Eugène Morel: Pioneer of Public Libraries in France, by Gaëtan Benoît