September 30, 2012

Jesse Shera on Library Education

Over at the Library Juice Academy Updates blog I have posted a paragraph by Jesse Shera about the importance of continuing education in librarianship. It’s from a 1967 lecture that was published as Sociological Foundations of Librarianship in 1970.

Have I mentioned that I hope we can bring Shera back?

September 20, 2012

New Bloggers at Library Juice

I’ve just added four new people to share in the blogging responsibilities here at Library Juice: Aliqae Geraci, Maria Accardi, Lua Gregory, and Shana Higgins. This adds to the five bloggers I added a year or so ago: Erik Estep, Melissa Morrone, Alison Lewis, Alan Mattlage, and Terry Epperson. Here is who the new bloggers are:

Aliqae Geraci is the Industrial and Labor Relations Research Librarian at Cornell University’s Hospitality, Labor and Management Library. A former public librarian and labor researcher, she is a co-founder of Save NYC Libraries and serves on the Board of Directors of Urban Librarians Unite. Aliqae speaks and writes about library advocacy and library workers’ organizations, and is the co-author of the book Grassroots Library Advocacy (ALA Editions, 2012).

Maria T. Accardi is Assistant Librarian and Coordinator of Instruction at the Library at Indiana University Southeast. Maria holds a BA in English from Northern Kentucky University, an MA in English from the University of Louisville, and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. She served as a co-editor of and contributor to Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods (Library Juice Press, 2010), and is the author of the forthcoming Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction (Library Juice Press, 2013).

Lua Gregory is the Instruction and Educational Technologies Librarian at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and holds an MLIS degree from University of California, Los Angeles. Before moving to Boston, she was an Assistant Librarian at the University of Redlands for several years where she met Shana Higgins and together, began teaching, presenting and researching issues such as censorship, free speech, and the social justice undercurrents of information literacy. She is co-editor of Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis (Library Juice Press, 2013). Lua can be reached at lua.gregory@mcphs.edu.

Shana Higgins is currently the Education, and Area & Interdisciplinary Studies Librarian at University of Redlands. She earned an MLS degree, as well as an MA in Latin American & Caribbean Studies, from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has had the great fortune to work with Lua Gregory, a remarkable partner in teaching, presenting, and researching issues such as censorship, free speech, and aspects of social justice inherent in information literacy. She is co-editor of Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis (Library Juice Press, 2013). Shana can be reached at shana_higgins@redlands.edu.

I’m very happy to be adding Aliqae, Maria, Lua, and Shana as fellow bloggers here, so join me in welcoming them. 🙂

September 19, 2012

Library Professional Development Blog is Back

Courtney Mlinar has taken over the Library Professional Development Blog from its founder Ellie Collier, who left it idle when she left her previous institution, which was the blog’s original sponsor. Courtney will continue to use the blog to share information about a wide range of professional development opportunities available to librarians and other library staff.

September 18, 2012

Political Repression and Illegal Books in Portland

Just in time for Banned Books Week, here is a bit of news that I hope comes to your attention if you are concerned with civil liberties and the freedom to read.

A couple of young people in Portland, fresh faced college students who like to say that they’re anarchists, have been arrested as part of an investigation of vandalism of a courthouse in Seattle. It doesn’t seem that they were involved, but the FBI regards anarchists not as a tribe of harmless bohemian-ish young intellectuals with a vague, semi-coherent political philosophy and taste for history, but as “criminals seeking an ideology to justify their actions” who are “not dedicated to a particular issue” (according to the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Guide). The FBI’s search warrant that ordered the raid on their house specified that they were looking for “anarchist literature”…. which seems to imply that books containing anarchist political philosophy are considered illegal by the FBI.

In my opinion, this is a matter that deserves our attention during Banned Books Week. Not to minimize the importance of protecting the rights of teens to read novels that have mature themes that some members of their communities believe they are not ready to be exposed to yet (or the importance of questions about what teens are in fact ready to be reading), but this seems to be a case of political repression based in part on what books these young idealists may own. Raising further red flags about civil liberties questions is the fact that their subpoenas have been to appear before secret grand juries where the proceedings can’t be monitored by the press.

I read about this issue at Sound and Noise.

September 10, 2012

New international trade agreements undermining copyright balance

This is a couple of months old now but has just reached my attention. It is a statement from IFLA, cosigned by some of its member associations, including ALA and ARL, raising alarm about a new multi-lateral trade agreement that establishes new intellectual property rules that bypass essential balancing user rights such as Fair Use. The agreement is called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Please read the IFLA statement for a good explanation of what is happening in this area.