January 26, 2010

Introductions, Prefaces, Forewords, and Chapters online at the LJP site

We’ve put up a page linking to all of the Prefaces, Forewords, Introductions, and Chapters that we have made freely available from our books here at Library Juice Press. The goal of course is to inspire people to buy our books, but these items are good reads in themselves, too. So check out our free content

January 24, 2010

Introduction to Rebel Literacy

We have posted the Introduction to Mark Abendroth’s Rebel Literacy: Cuba’s National Literacy Campaign and Critical Global Citizenship to the web. It’s a good read, a little lengthy for the web. Of interest to anyone who follows Cuba-related issues or radical pedagogy.

January 22, 2010

A chemist on “trusted sources”

My friend Ramona Islam shared with me an interesting blog post by chemist Jean-Claude Bradley, discussing the reliability (or non-reliability) of scientific reference sources that are considered trusted within the discipline. I find it especially interesting in terms of implications for projects like Wolfram Alpha and other attempts to build automated reasoning systems around inconsistently-defined and questionable data.

January 15, 2010

ACLU sues Library of Congress in workplace speech case

Colonel Morris Davis was fired from his job at the Congressional Research Service for opinion pieces he wrote about the military commissions system (he is the former chief prosecutor for the Guantánamo military commissions). The ACLU is suing the Library of Congress on his behalf in this free-speech case.

This is the second time recently that the Library of Congress has been on the wrong side of a high-profile lawsuit. The other was transexual Diane Schroer’s lawsuit over not being hired to work at the Congressional Research Service after she announced that she would begin living as a woman. (Schroer won the lawsuit.)

January 14, 2010

Helpers needed to do book layout

At Litwin Books and Library Juice Press we are in need of some helpers to do book layout. We will provide instruction. Pay is negotiable, but we regard it primarily as an internship. Please contact rory at litwinbooks.com if you’re interested. Thanks!

January 12, 2010

Vancouver Public Library to enforce brand loyalty in sponsorships

This is an interesting tidbit coming from Vancouver, BC, site of history’s largest librarian’s strike in 2007.

Library management has sent branches a list of “do’s and don’t’s” concerning the upcoming Olympics. Branches must not allow Olympic-related library events to be sponsored by sponsors other than those with official relations with VANOC (Vancouver Olympic Committee). So, it has to be McDonalds, not Wendy’s, and it has to be Coke, and not Pepsi. Furthermore, there are audio-visual technology companies sponsoring the Olympics as well, so if you have a technician in from another company to help with the event, their company t-shirt must be covered.

Isn’t that just a little too much?

Here is the article: Librarians Told to Stand on Guard for 2010 Sponsors, The Tyee, January 12, by Geoff Dembicki.

SFPL adds a social worker to the staff

San Francisco Public Library has added a professional social worker to the staff to manage issues relating to library users who are homeless or in poverty. They’re paying her a lot more than they pay the librarians, which is annoying. However, it looks to me like they are addressing the needs of poor people in the community in a serious way, and what they are doing might really work. Worth thinking about in other urban public libraries.

January 11, 2010

Speaking at the U of Alberta Forum for Information Professionals

For those of you who in the Edmonton, Alberta area, I will be giving the keynote speech at the Forum for Information Professionals at the University of Alberta’s School of Library and Information Studies next month. I will be speaking in the morning on Friday, February 5th.

January 8, 2010

Preface and Intro to Humanism and Libraries

The Preface and Introduction to André Cossette’s Humanism and Libraries: An Essay on the Philosophy of Librarianship are now online. The Preface is my explanation of why I chose to publish the book and what makes it valuable, and the Introduction is by the author.

January 3, 2010

Fun instructional video that we made quickly and without a lot of planning