July 26, 2010

New Yorker article on WikiLeaks

There was a good article about WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Paul Assange, by Raffi Khatchadourian, in the June 7 issue of the New Yorker.

July 23, 2010

Question for readers

If Library Juice Press were to set up a symposium for reflections on Jesse Shera’s 1972 book Foundations of Education for Librarianship, who would you like to see participating? The end product would be a published book.

Please comment if you have any ideas concerning this.

July 17, 2010

2600 piece on the Voyager ILS

As technology is more and more the means of surveillance and control and not just information access and interaction, the role of the Hacker has become central to new scenarios of freedom and rebellion. That’s why I’ve always loved 2600: The Hacker Quarterly. I recently saw the Spring 2010 issue and was glad to see the journal is still being published.

I bring it to your attention now because that issue contains a one-page article (in print only) about the potential to hack Endeavor’s Voyager Library Information System. The article describes some of the data that should be accessible to a hacker with moderate skill. (The point of this article and many articles in 2600, and to a lot of what hackers do, is to point out security holes to the public, rather than to exploit them for private purposes, but it is conceivable that an ILS could be used by the state, and the PATRIOT Act certainly pushed in that direction.)

July 13, 2010

Podcast Interview with Alana Kumbier

There is a podcast interview with Alana Kumbier on the ACRL Residency Interest Group blog, as a part of their “Newbie Dispatches” podcast series. Alana is co-editor, with Emily Drabinski and Maria Accardi, of the Library Juice Press title Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods. She finished her Ph.D. in comparative studies last year from The Ohio State University.

July 12, 2010

New Book: Vanishing Act: The Erosion of Online Footnotes and Implications for Scholarship in the Digital Age

Vanishing Act: The Erosion of Online Footnotes and Implications for Scholarship in the Digital Age

Authors: Michael Bugeja and Daniela Dimitrova
Price: $18.00
Published: Summer 2010
ISBN: 978-1-936117-14-7
Printed on acid-free paper

A decade ago, most research was done in the library rather than through its Web site, and scholars, editors, graduate directors and librarians were meticulous about the integrity of footnotes. They knew that citation was the backbone of research, from agronomy to zoology in the sciences and from art history to Zen studies in the humanities. The footnote upheld standards because it allowed others to test hypotheses or replicate experiments. In sum, the footnote safeguarded scientific method and peer review upon which academe is based, from papers by first-year and transfer students to books by postdoc and professor.

Since 2003, authors Michael Bugeja and Daniela Dimitrova (Iowa State University of Science and Technology) have been at the forefront of research on the erosion of online footnotes and its implication for scholarship. Their research has been showcased in The Chronicle of Higher Education and a number of academic journals, including The Serials Librarian, portal: Libraries and the Academy, New Media and Society and Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, among others. Their book documents the vanishing act in flagship communication journals and provides readers with methods to mitigate the effect.

Michael Bugeja is director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University where he also serves on the board of the Institute of Science and Society. He is the author of 20 books, including the acclaimed Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age (Oxford Univ. Press, 2005) and Living Ethics across media platforms, and writes for several magazines, including The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed. His comments about ethics appear in Columbia Journalism Review, American Journalism Review, Quill, Editor & Publisher and other publications.

Dr. Dimitrova’s research focuses on Information and Communication Technologies, Internet Diffusion, and Political Communication (ICTs). Her dissertation examined Internet adoption in the post-communist countries and proposed a multidimensional framework to predict Internet diffusion globally. Another interest is online news coverage of conflict (wars and terrorist attacks).

July 9, 2010

Jaron Lanier against digital collectivism

Interview with Emily Drabinski on the Desk Set blog

There’s a good interview with Library Juice Press author and series editor Emily Drabinski by Julia West in The Desk Set blog. Emily is co-editor of Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods and series editor for Library Juice Press, with the Series on Gender and Sexuality in Librarianship.

July 8, 2010

Facebook Intellectual Freedom Issue (Political Repression)

Just a quick link without comment to an IF issue that I think deserves the ALA establishment’s attention. Rowland Keshena of the Speed of Dreams blog has posted an item about Facebook’s recent actions shutting down Left-oriented groups and freezing their group administrators’ accounts: “Cataloging Political Repression on Facebook.” Some of the groups that have been shut down will not be very sympathetic to some people (e.g., most recently, a group devoted to freeing a FARC political prisoner), but even the liberal IF establishment says IF is about “protecting the speech we hate.” (And I think many Library Juice readers might be sympathetic to a number of the facebook groups that have been shut down recently.) Thanks to Jim Madigan for posting this link to the PLG discussion list.

July 4, 2010

Sustainability at Library Juice Press

I’d like customers to know that books from Library Juice Press are printed by a company with “Chain of Custody” certifications aimed ensuring sustainable practices in paper production. The certifications come from The Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™), and The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®).

  • Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) The FSC® Council is a non-profit organization, promoting the environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. FSC® certification is recognized internationally as a rigorous environmental and social standard for responsible forest management.
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) The Sustainable Forestry Initiative is an independent, internationally recognized non-profit organization responsible for the SFI certification standard, the world’s largest single forest certification standard. The SFI program is based on the premise that responsible environmental behavior and sound business decisions can co-exist to the benefit of communities, customers and the environment, today and for future generations.
  • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™) The PEFC™ Council is an independent , non-profit, non-governmental organization, founded in 1999, which promotes sustainability-managed forests through independent third party certification. The PEFC™ provides an assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products ensuring they are promoting the sustainable management of forests.
July 3, 2010

John Miedema in Italy’s Europa newspaper, talking about Slow Reading

John Miedema, author of Slow Reading, was interviewed for the Italian newspaper, Europa. The interview is in Italian, but John has provided a rough translation.

Help me compile a list of quirky libraries

I am working on a list of quirky libraries. The criteria are as follows:

  1. Exists for a quirky, artistic, or demonstrative purpose – in other words, not a normal library intended mainly for study, even if it is about a quirky topic (like medical history)
  2. Not too serious or ambitious in intention or realization
  3. If serious, then about something small in scope
  4. Not considered too important
  5. Identifiable as a library in some way
  6. Must have either a physical location or a real-world exhibition series or other ongoing physical manifestation of some kind (otherwise too many things could qualify)

Emily Drabinski helped me gets started, and we came up with these:

Please comment to add your ideas, and share with art librarians who may be interested.

July 1, 2010

Slow Reading in Newsweek

Malcolm Jones has an article in Newsweek’s online version (June 23) titled, “Slow Reading: An Antidote for a Fast World?” John Miedema’s book Slow Reading is hotlinked and the author quoted. This is the biggest press event for one of our books so far. John’s work seems to be having an impact.

[Note added later: The July 12 print edition has another, similar article on slow reading that also quotes John.]