June 30, 2012

Call for Chapters: Class and Librarianship

Class and Librarianship: Essays at the Intersection of Information, Labor and Capital.
Edited by Erik Sean Estep (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) and Nathaniel F Enright (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology). To be published by Library Juice Press in 2013.

The current crisis of capitalism has led to the renewed interest in Marxism and its core categories of analysis such as class and exploitation. In our own discipline—Library and Information Science—voices and ideas that have long been confined to the critical margins have been given buoyancy as forms of critique have gained traction.. Our volume will allow for a fresh look at at the interaction of information, labor, capital,class, and librarianship.

Questions that can be explored in contributions include, but are not limited to: class differences in the workplace, faculty and staff relations at libraries, poverty and public libraries, information science pedagogy and class, the commodification of information, information and class struggle, class bias in classification systems and the class politics of mental or digital labor.

We welcome contributions from scholars and practitioners alike. If you wish to discuss your contribution with us please feel free to do so by contacting Erik Estep (hobsbawm17 at gmail.com) or Nathaniel Enright (natenright at gmail.com).

Abstracts of no longer than 500 words are due on August 30. We will let you know if you make the cut by September 30. Final papers due February 1 2013.

June 29, 2012

CfP: Identity Palimpsests: Ethnic Archiving in the U.S. and Canada

Call for Papers: Identity Palimpsests: Ethnic Archiving in the U.S. and Canada

Forthcoming volume in the series Archives, Archivists, and Society.

Series editor: Richard J. Cox. Publisher: Litwin Books, LLC, Los Angeles, CA Volume editors: Dr. Dominique Daniel, Assistant Professor, Humanities Librarian for History and Modern Languages, Kresge Library, Oakland University (daniel [at] oakland.edu) and Amalia S. Levi, Ph.D. student (2014), iSchool, University of Maryland (amaliasl [at] umd.edu).

Deadline for submission of abstracts: August 30, 2012

Format: Contributions should be approximately 7,000 words (for theoretical contributions), and approximately 3,500 words (for practical contributions), prepared in Word, and should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, notes and bibliography documentation system.


Litwin Books invites original papers for a new volume in its Archives, Archivists, and Society series. The book?s main objective is to assess the ways ethnic identities and other forms of belonging are affected by, and also affect, current practices in ethnic archiving. The book will both provide a historical overview of the ways ethnic organizations and communities have collected, preserved and provided access to their heritage; and examine contemporary practices and theories in the context of a cultural heritage sector that is today defined by the digital medium and the Web. For the purpose of this book institutions involved in ethnic archiving may include libraries, archives, historical societies and museums that document the history of immigration and ethnicity in the United States and Canada. The book will contain both theoretical and practical contributions by practitioners in the field and scholars in history and archival science.

Archives shape the way we understand the past and we see the future. This has repercussions for the construction, writing, and representation of minority and diaspora histories in the North American context. Considering the variety and diversity of ethnic populations in North America, these repercussions reach beyond the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans as well. In an age of citizen-archivists, and citizen-historians, the changing ways we understand authority in archival settings signal a paradigm shift. Archivists and historians are called to reexamine and redefine their roles and professions in this process, while ethnic minorities have explored new, culturally specific and technology-rich ways to preserve, promote and display their heritage.

Archival science has long challenged the image of the archivist as a neutral guardian of the historical record and recognized her role as an active shaper of archives, but historians have yet to discuss implications for historical research. We invite contributions that bring new theoretical insight into the impact of the “archival turn” on ethnic archiving, that suggest ways historical research may be affected, and that begin to outline implications for the archivists? practice. Contributions that explore the impact that archivists have on the very ethnic identities they are trying to preserve are particularly welcome.

Theoretical contributions

At the theoretical level, the contributions can adopt a contemporary or historical perspective. Topics can include, but are not limited to:

– the impact of ethnic studies and evolving theories of ethnicity on archiving practices
– new developments in archival theory that have or could have implications for ethnic
– the effects of ethnic archiving on historical research, and ? the emergence of memory and postcolonial studies as lenses for understanding identity formation, and diversity in a post-9/11 world.

Practical contributions

For practical contributions, essays that do not only focus on particular institutions, but also provide comparative studies among cultural heritage institutions will be preferred. Practical contributions could deal with heritage institutions run by minorities themselves, and also others run through mainstream or official channels (government, academic, etc.). Topics include, but are not limited to:

– what is „ethnic archiving? today and who should be entrusted with the curation of ethnic collections in heritage institutions
– the purposes of archiving for ethnic minorities
– methods of ethnic archiving, and
– web and digital technologies that have been used in innovative ways for ethnic archiving.


Please send 500-word abstracts and a brief CV with relevant publications by August 30. Notification of acceptance will be sent by September 30, 2012. Accepted authors should submit articles for review by January 30, 2013. Deadline for submission of final articles with revisions is March 30, 2013.

For more information or questions, please contact Dominique Daniel (daniel [at] oakland.edu) or Amalia S. Levi (amaliasl [at] umd.edu).

New Book Series: Critical Multiculturalism in Information Studies

Litwin Books and Library Juice Press are announcing a new book series, to be edited by Miguel Juarez and Rebecca Hankins. The series is titled Critical Multiculturalism in Information Studies. Miguel and Rebecca are now seeking proposals for this series. They can be reached at migueljuarez.soha at gmail.com and rhankins at library.tamu.edu

June 27, 2012

New Book: Greening Libraries

Greening Libraries

Editors: Monika Antonelli and Mark McCullough
Price: $32.00
Published: June 2012
ISBN: 978-1-936117-08-6

It is difficult to turn on the television or read a news story today without learning about how green and sustainable practices are being implemented throughout society. Libraries are not exempt from these broader trends. In some cases, libraries and librarians have been at the forefront of these efforts. Greening Libraries provides library professionals with a collection of articles and papers that serve as a portal to understanding a wide range of green and sustainable practices within libraries and the library profession.

The book’s articles come from a variety of perspectives on a wide range of topics related to green practices, sustainability and the library profession. Greening Libraries offers an overview of important aspects of the growing green library movement, including, but not limited to, green buildings, alternative energy resources, conservation, green library services and practices, operations, programming, and outreach.

June 22, 2012

Thank you Anna Heim!

So glad Anna Heim is helping us out at ALA Annual 2012 (exhibitor's badge)

So glad that Anna Heim is helping us out at our booth at ALA Annual this year…

June 21, 2012

20% conference discount on Library Juice Press and Litwin Books

If you’re at the ALA conference in Anaheim this weekend, stop by the Library Juice Press/Litwin Books booth in the exhibits hall to pick up a discount order form, which gives you 20% off on all of our titles. The booth is at the end of the hall, #2769. We have examples of all 34 titles, plus the first title from Auslander & Fox. We are also providing information about the electronic resource Alternatives in Print, and the new course offerings from Library Juice Academy. Stop by and say hi!

June 19, 2012

Make Your Own History: Documenting Feminist and Queer Activism in the 21st Century

Make Your Own History: Documenting Feminist and Queer Activism in the 21st Century

Editors: Lyz Bly and Kelly Wooten
Price: $30.00
Published: June 2012
ISBN: 978-1-936117-13-0
Printed on acid-free paper

Number 2 in the Litwin Books Series on Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, Emily Drabinski, series editor.

Make Your Own History: Documenting Feminist and Queer Activism in the 21st Century addresses the practical and theoretical challenges and advantages of researching, documenting, and archiving recent and contemporary activists in the feminist and queer movements. In the last few decades, the place and practice of activism has shifted from a physical “headquarters” where activists convene to plan and strategize, to the reality where planning happens at various desks and kitchen tables across the country (or world) and activists then convene at one site for an action (the prime example of this being the WTO protest in Seattle in 1999). So much of the work is taking place in the digital environment and/or within smaller do-it-yourself (DIY) and anarchist subcultures where ideas are often shared via zines and other ephemeral materials. The challenge of the archivist and the scholar, whose work is traditionally paper-based, is to keep up with the changing modes of communication of these individuals and organizations and to make sure these activists’ work is not left out of the historical record.

Activists, archivists, librarians, and scholars address the following issues and topics: the practical material challenges of documenting and archiving contemporary activism; theoretical perspectives and conversations; online communities and communications; “third wave” feminism/youth and queer cultures/subcultures; the move from paper to digital archives and documents; zines; and the work of activists who employ creative/artistic/cultural approaches to work for social justice.

June 11, 2012

Library Juice Press and Litwin Books 2012 Catalog

The 2012 Catalog for Library Juice Press and Litwin Books, with additional information about Auslander & Fox, is now available. We will be doing a print mailing later this summer, and bringing copies to ALA in Anaheim, which will be available at our booth (2769). In the meantime, you can also download the catalog in PDF form.

June 1, 2012

Censorship at Canadian Library Association Conference – Librarians Expelled by Security Guards for Leafletting

Take note of this outrageous situation at the Canadian Library Association conference yesterday. Librarians opposing cuts to the Canadian National Library and Archives were ejected from the conference by force for passing out leaflets. The Executive Director of CLA claimed that the library conference was “not the right venue” for such activism. Read all about it on the blog of the unionized librarians of the University of Ottawa.