December 20, 2012

Interview with Julie Edwards

I have just done an interview with Julie Edwards, instructor for our upcoming class, “Diversity Plans for Academic Libraries.” Julie is the Ethnic Studies Librarian and the Multicultural Coordinator at the Mansfield Library at the University of Montana. Her interview has insights about the organizational issues involved in promoting diversity in academic libraries. You can get a good sense from this interview of what you would have to gain from taking her class.

December 19, 2012

Give To Anyone You Like

Library Juice Academy’s “Sponsor a Librarian” program is now set up so that you can give to anyone you like, even if they have not chosen to set up a profile on the site advertising that they are looking for help. Think of it as philanthropy, or think of it as Christmas gifts. You can pay the cost of one or two two-week or four-week classes for anyone you choose. You can elect to be anonymous or share your identity with the recipient, and you can include a message for them too. Maybe you know someone who would like to take one of our classes but lacks the funds…

December 16, 2012

Year-End Message to Friends and Customers

We haven’t done this in the past, but I think I would like to begin a tradition of sending a “year-end update” to friends and customers. Why now? Probably because 2012 was a year that saw a lot of changes, and we are planning for 2013 to be a big year as well.

To begin with our major news of 2012, we started Library Juice Academy, which offers online courses to librarians and library workers for continuing education. We started lining up instructors in July and August, and started offering online classes beginning in October. We have a nice, diverse range of courses offered. These classes are skills-oriented, so that librarians can feel justified in asking for professional development funds to pay for them. It has been very exciting getting Library Juice Academy off the ground, and it has been successful so far. We are always looking for new instructors to offer online classes of two- or four-weeks in duration, so if there is something you would like to teach then please go ahead and contact us.

There is another activity into which to enlist your help regarding Library Juice Academy. In just the past few days we have launched the Sponsor a Librarian program, which is intended to help unemployed librarians pay for their continuing education, in order to keep their skill set fresh. Details about this are on the Library Juice Academy website, but to summarize, the way it works is that unemployed or underemployed librarians can create profiles on the Sponsor a Librarian site indicating what classes they want to take, and other librarians, or friends or family, can donate funds to pay for these classes. It’s premised on the sense that the library profession is a community that helps its members. You can participate in this by creating a profile, if you are unemployed, or by donating funds to sponsor an unemployed librarian to take classes (once the profiles have been posted to the site, which should be soon). We hope that this proves to be a helpful service.

In other Library Juice Academy news, soon into the new year we hope to begin offering one or more webinar series, the nature of which is currently under wraps. You can keep up to date on Library Juice Academy news by following the twitter feed mentioned later, or by subscribing to email updates on the website.

Also happening now are the last weeks and days of our campaign to “unglue” Lauren Pressley’s book, So You Want To Be a Librarian. We are working with to crowd-fund a creative-commons licensing of the ebook version of Lauren’s book, so that it can be freely accessible to college students, recent grads, and career-changers who are considering going into librarianship. Our goal for the campaign is to raise $9000, and we are only about 22% of the way there with a deadline of December 31st. That doesn’t seem very good, but this kind of campaign often has the bulk of its donations in the home stretch. We hope you will consider donating to this campaign. Donations will be acknowledged in the new e-version of the book, with generous donations earning more verbose and prominent thanks in the new acknowledgments section. Donating on behalf of someone else or on behalf of a cause that will be acknowledged might make a good holiday gift.

On the publishing side, an accomplishment in 2012 that we want to highlight is the long-awaited release of the electronic version of Alternative Publishers of Books in North America (APBNA), compiled by Byron Anderson. The book’s seven prior editions have been published by a number of publishing houses, including ours for the sixth edition. Many people who saw the book had the same question to ask: Why isn’t this on the web? In response to that question, we started working with Byron, and also with the Alternative Press Center, to create a new electronic resource. The Alternative Press Center (APC), cooperating with the Independent Press Association, published three editions of Annotations: A Guide to the Independent, Critical Press. Annotations was a guide to periodicals in the same way that APBNA was a guide to book publishers. Working with Byron Anderson and with Chuck D’Adamo of APC, we combined the two resources into a searchable database that lives on the Library Juice Press website, with the new title, Alternatives in Print. The database will be updated regularly by Byron and the APC, when we get the editing interface done (it is in the works, as I keep promising them). This is a very useful free resource, for collection development or for shopping your work if you are an author. We think you should list it in your catalog for your patrons to find.

2012 was relatively slow for releasing new titles, but the titles we did release were good ones. On the Library Juice Press imprint, we released Greening Libraries, which is a guide to green and sustainable practices in libraries, edited by Monika Antonelli and Mark McCullough. We also released Wayne Bivens-Tatum’s Libraries and the Enlightenment, which is an enlightening read, if I may say, about the history of libraries and the ideas surrounding their development, primarily in the 18th century.

Bivens-Tatum’s book is now under contract to be translated into Japanese and published by the Kyoto Institute for Library and Information Science. 2012 saw two other new translation agreements, both with Brazilian publishers and both on archival-studies topics. John Ridener’s From Polders to Postmodernism: A Concise History of Archival Theory, published by Litwin Books, is being translated into Brazilian Portuguese for publication by Editora da UFF, a university press. Richard J. Cox’s Personal Archives and a New Archival Calling: Readings, Reflections and Ruminations, also published by Litwin Books, is under contract to be translated into Portuguese by Brazilian university press Editora UFMG.

The Litwin Books imprint also released two new titles in 2012. Prophets of the Fourth Estate: Broadsides by Press Critics of the Progressive Era, by Amy Reynolds and Gary Hicks, was released at the beginning of the year. Make Your Own History: Documenting Feminist and Queer Activism in the 21st Century, edited by Lyz Bly and Kelly Wooten, was published mid-year, as the second entry in the Series on Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, with Emily Drabinski as series editor. A third Litwin Books title was canceled, unfortunately after we announced its publication. Richard Cox’s collection of essays about Lester J. Cappon will be published as separate articles in archival studies journals. Dr. Cox’s Series on Archives, Archivists, and Society has not suffered as a result of this, however, and planned titles within it are moving along well.

2012 also saw the launch of our imprint for general readers, Auslander & Fox, with the publication of two titles, the children’s book Allie and the Monster Who Said Blah Blah Blah, and the novella by Ian Stoba, titled, Walt.

Between these three imprints, we presently have 23 projects under contract at various stages of development, including a handful with expected release dates in the first half of 2013. These can be mentioned here, since they should be available fairly soon. We are republishing H. Curtis Wright’s biography of Jesse Shera, which I personally love and which I can say serves me as a personal touchstone. Also on the Library Juice Press imprint we will soon be publishing Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis, edited by Shana Higgins and Lua Gregory, and Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond, edited by Melissa Morrone. The most significant title to date from Library Juice Press may also reach press by mid year, a reference book titled, The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom: Concepts, Cases and Theories, edited by Mark Alfino and Laura Koltutsky. This book has been years in the works and is nearing completion. On the Litwin Books imprint we are also expecting titles in the first half of 2013. Also several years in the works is The Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader, edited by Patrick Keilty and Rebecca Dean. This will be a major work that we think will serve as a point of reference for the field. Also in the first half of the new year will be Piracy: Leakages from Modernity, edited by Martin Fredriksson and James Arvanitakis; Queers Online: LGBT Digital Practices in Libraries, Archives, and Museums, edited by Rachel Wexelbaum; Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archive, by Alana Kumbier; and Digital Identity Narratives, by Stacey Koosel. In the works on the Auslander & Fox imprint are a coffeetable/reference book about secessionist and nationalist separatist movements by Chris Roth, and a new translation of Voltaire’s play, Fanaticism, or Mahomet the Prophet, which we expect to be controversial and a conversation-starter.

As always, we invite book proposals and manuscript submissions within our editorial scope.

2012 saw another development that we did not announce to the extent that it warranted. We enlisted Alison Lewis as Chief Acquisitions Editor for the Library Juice Press imprint. We work closely with Alison regarding many aspects of the business, as well as with two others who deserve mention, Emily Drabinski and Martin Wallace.

As a final bit of news, we now have someone handline Twitter posts. We had not been participating on Twitter the way a lot of librarians and academics like to do, and decided to rectify that. So, now we are twittering, with the help of Halsted Bernard, who is known to many on the librarian’s internet as “Cygnoir.” Halsted has run the “Library Lovers” Livejournal for over ten years, and has been following Library Juice and Library Juice Press throughout that time, so she is well placed to do this for us. We are using the @litwinbooks handle for the Litwin Books imprint now, instead of for everything, and we have added the handles @LibJuicePress and @LibJuiceAcademy in addition, so add those to your feed if you would like to be kept up to date in this way.

Some of you know that I started Library Juice Press and Litwin Books while I was working as a librarian at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and continued it as I entered the doctoral program in information studies at UCLA in the Fall of 2011. A major development in 2012, in my life anyway, has been that I left the phd program in order to devote all of my time to Litwin Books, Library Juice Press, and related endeavors. This was a difficult decision but in retrospect rather an obvious one, given the demands of the months ahead on the publishing front and with Library Juice Academy.

Watch our blog for news about a party in Chicago during ALA Annual, and stop by and say hello.

Rory Litwin
President, Litwin Books, LLC

December 15, 2012

Sponsor a Librarian

Library Juice Academy is starting a new thing: the Sponsor a Librarian program. If you are an unemployed librarian, you can set up a profile on the project website, which others can use to donate funds so that you can take classes with Library Juice Academy to keep your skills up to date. Ours is a profession based on mutual support, and we hope this system will facilitate the kind of mutual assistance that keeps our profession bound together. It depends on participation in order to work, so if you’re unemployed, please set up a profile, and if you’re willing to help someone else, check back in a week and there should be some profiles of unemployed librarians needing assistance for their continuing education…

Acknowledging donors to the campaign

The campaign for Lauren Pressley’s book, So You Want To Be a Librarian, is in its home stretch, which is where the most donations to these campaigns typically come in (so there is still a chance that we will reach our goal). I wanted to mention one thing about the campaign. The free, “unglued” e-book will have some pages where the donors are acknowledged, at the end. The structure for acknowledging donations is as follows:

  • $25 and up: Your name in the acknowledgements section of the unglued ebook under “Supporters”.
  • $50 and up: Your name & profile link in the acknowledgements section of the unglued ebook under “Benefactors”.
  • $100 and up Your name, profile link, & a dedication of your choice in the acknowledgements section of the unglued ebook under “Bibliophiles”.

This idea comes from Eric Hellman of the project, and I think it is a good idea. I hope we will have lots of acknowledgments to make….

December 14, 2012

Library Juice Press Gift Certificates

You can buy gift certificates from Library Juice Press and Litwin Books (and Auslander & Fox as well). You can pay for a gift certificate in an amount of your choosing with funds in your PayPal account or with a credit card.


December 12, 2012

Twitter Presence

We have enlisted a helper to handle our Twitter presence, so now we will be tweeting and responding at a decent clip, from @litwinbooks, @LibJuicePress, and @LibJuiceAcademy. For readers who don’t know what those three things are, Litwin Books is the publishing company and the imprint that handles mainly scholarly books in media studies, archives, information studies, library history, and related subjects; Library Juice Press publishes books for an audience of librarians and library students, i.e. professional reading, and Library Juice Academy offers online classes for professional development purposes for librarians and other library workers. Our Twitter specialist is Halsted Bernard, known for many years on the web as Cygnoir. Follow these feeds for updates on what we are doing and what we are interested in. You can also get questions answered and generally interact. Feel free to help us out with your suggestions and feedback. Thanks!

December 10, 2012

Call for Papers for Forthcoming Book: In Solidarity: Academic Librarian Labour Activism and Union Participation in Canada

Call for Papers for Forthcoming Book: In Solidarity: Academic Librarian Labour Activism and Union Participation in Canada

Jennifer Dekker, University of Ottawa (
Mary Kandiuk, York University (

PUBLISHER: Library Juice Press


With a focus on Canada, this collection will document the labour-related struggles and gains of academic librarians. It will provide historical and current perspectives regarding the unionization of academic librarians, an exploration of the major labour issues affecting academic librarians in both certified and non-certified union contexts, as well as case studies relating to the unionization of academic librarians at selected institutions. The volume will strive to include a broad representation of academic librarian labour activists and those who have rallied to the support of academic librarians in the workplace.

This edited collection will gather the common experiences of Canadian academic librarians and situate them in a national framework with respect to unionization. It will examine the issues that have led to the formal organization of academic librarians, the gains that have been achieved, and the ramifications of those gains. A limited number of chapters exploring relevant issues from a non-Canadian perspective are also being sought in order to provide insight and comparisons in a broader context.

The editors invite chapters that describe activities undertaken by academic librarians, unions, and related associations that further the goals of librarians in the academy from a labour perspective. Examples of topics that would be of particular interest to the editors include:
• Academic freedom cases involving U.S. academic librarians, for the purpose of comparing these to the Canadian setting;
• Librarians and governance on Canadian and / or U.S .campuses;
• Faculty or academic status of librarians in the U.S., including a comparison with Canada;
• Successful mobilization or political strategies for unionization or labour actions of academic librarians;
• Case studies of academic librarians asserting their collective rights in such a way that might provide inspiration or guidance for other groups;
• Labour action or the experience of strike within the academic library environment.
In particular, the editors would like to encourage chapters that explore the experiences of academic librarians from a labour perspective using a methodological framework as appropriate. Proposals that examine the issues from a theoretical framework are also welcome.

The editors believe that this book will be of interest to academic librarians, labour historians, and those interested in academic labour or unionization of library workers.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts and proposals of 300-500 words to and by January 15, 2013. Notifications will be sent by February 1, 2013. A draft manuscript ranging from 1,500-7,000 words will be due by June 1, 2013. Submitted manuscripts must not have been published previously or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Following review, articles will be returned via e-mail for revision before final acceptance. All materials will be edited as necessary for clarity. All submissions should include at the beginning an abstract of no more than 150 words, highlighting the scope, methodology, and conclusions of the paper. Authors should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (2010). We welcome contributions from scholars and practitioners alike. If you wish to discuss your contribution please feel free to contact us.
Submission of proposals should include:
Name of author
Contact information
300-500 word abstract

Librarians and Archivists to Palestine: Summer 2013

As I mentioned at the end of my post about the most recent session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, I’ve been helping plan a delegation of librarians and archivists to Palestine during summer 2013. Word has been going out on email lists and social media, and I wanted to put out the call for applicants here as well:

A delegation of librarians, archivists, and other library workers will travel to Palestine in the summer of 2013. We will connect with our colleagues in library- and archive-related projects and institutions there, applying our experience in the form of skillshares and other types of joint work. We will travel as truth-seekers and information-skeptics, eager to dispense with the superficial and inaccurate portrayals of life in Israel/Palestine that we see in the west and to learn about the realities of life under occupation and apartheid. As library workers, we support access to information, and recognize that this goes in more than one direction. Our trip will shed light on how Palestinian voices and information about Palestine reach us (or do not) and how Palestinian people access (or cannot access) information. We will bear witness to the destruction and appropriation of information, and support efforts to preserve cultural heritage and archival materials in Palestine. Upon return to our communities, we will share what we have seen, apply what we have learned, publicize projects we have visited, and otherwise break down barriers to access in any way we can.

During the delegation, we will spend time in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and inside Israel. In all our travels, we will respect the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, and will not partner with any organization that violates this call.

For more information, to apply, or to donate to help make the delegation successful, please visit

Yes, unfortunately, the trip does conflict with ALA Annual, but the dates were chosen based on the organizers’ schedules and the timing of Ramadan and can’t be changed. Even if you’re unable to apply, we’re really excited about people following the delegation’s activities and connecting with the documentation and projects that will come out of our travels. If you’d like to apply or have any ideas for us, write to librarians2palestine AT gmail DOT com.

December 7, 2012

Interview with Madeleine Charney

I recently did an interview with Madeleine Charney, instructor for our upcoming class, “The Sustainability Movement on Campus: Forming a Library Action Plan for Engagement.” Madeleine has had success at UMass Amherst in getting the library involved in their campus-wide sustainability initiatives, and has a lot to teach regarding how to accomplish goals related to this. Besides furthering sustainability goals, being involved in such initiatives is helpful in further integrating the library with the rest of the campus, something that many in academic libraries want to do. Her interview is interesting, and the class promises to be useful.

December 6, 2012

All That Is Banned is Desired

This was Session 4 on Day 1 of the conference ‘All that is banned is desired’ which was held in Oslo, Norway, in October 2012.

Larissa Sansour, Visual Artist (Palestine/UK)
Nadia Plesner, Visual Artist (Denmark)
Fredrik Gertten, Film Director (Sweden)

December 4, 2012 updates: Instagram and Hack Library School

To updates to share with you on our campaign to Unglue Lauren Pressley’s book, So You Want To Be a Librarian:

First, there is the fun Instagram contest that Lauren Pressley and Andromeda Yelton devised, which is for sharing your pictures of your copy of the book. Andromeda will be compiling the entries using Storify. I look forward to seeing the results from this.

Second, there is the first in a series of two items at Hack Library School about the campaign. The follow-up to this is due out on December 6th.

Also, soon there should be something appearing at

More later…

December 3, 2012

Call for Papers: Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries

Call for Papers

TITLE: Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries
EDITOR: Maria A. Jankowska
PUBLISHER: Library Juice Press

BOOK ABSTRACT: In the last ten years literature on greening libraries has expanded considerably. Furthermore, by signing the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, university presidents and chancellors committed their institutions to finding new solutions to environmental, economic, and social issues through their teaching, research, and service operations. Since 2007, higher education has observed exponential growth of programs integrating sustainability literacy into teaching and research. Academic libraries must respond to this increasing focus on educating for sustainability and go beyond greening libraries to become active partners in advancing education and research for sustainability.

OBJECTIVE OF THE BOOK: This edited collection strives to capture the current status and future direction of libraries’ commitment to advance the focus of educating for sustainability. It will serve as a toolkit offering a wide range of best practices, case studies, and activities ready for implementation within academic libraries.

POSSIBLE TOPICS: With this call, the editor invites articles, essays, and case studies that describe specific activities undertaken by academic libraries or visions for future activities that support university sustainability research and teaching. Such activities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Integrating sustainability literacy into information literacy instruction and university courses
· Selecting materials in support of sustainability-related curriculum
· Creating effective research guides on sustainability topics related to social equity, economic practicality, and the environment
· Promoting open access content resources related to sustainability
· Partnering on university sustainability curriculum design and collaborative teaching
· Participating in university efforts to educate for sustainability across disciplines
· Supporting the university’s sustainability research, teaching, and outreach

TARGET AUDIENCES: The editor believes this book will be of interest to a large variety of audiences including the following:
· Librarians seeking inspiration for ways to combine their expertise with their passion for sustainability
· Library managers interested in leveraging and highlighting library services that support their institution’s focus on sustainability
· Teaching faculty collaborating with libraries on projects related to sustainability
· University administrators interested in the strategic role of libraries in educating for sustainability

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Authors are invited to submit abstracts and proposals of 300-500 words to by January 15, 2013. Notifications will be sent by February 26, 2013. A first draft ranging from 1,500-7,000 words will be due by April 2, and a final manuscript will be due by June 25, 2013.
Submitted manuscripts must not have been published previously or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Following review, articles will be returned via e-mail for revision before final acceptance. All materials are edited as necessary for clarity. Submissions should include an abstract of no more than 150 words (highlighting the scope, methodology, and conclusions of the paper) at the beginning of each manuscript. Authors should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. Examples are available at: (Research and Documentation Online by Diane Hacker).

Submission of proposals should include:
Name of author
Contact information
300-500 word abstract

Abstract submission: January 15, 2013
Notification of abstract acceptance: February 26, 2013
Full chapter submission: April 2, 2013
Communication of review results to authors: May 2, 2013
Final chapter submission: June25, 2013
Estimated publication date: 2013