June 26, 2013

Librarians and Archivists to Palestine Are on the Move

Librarians and Archivists to Palestine is underway! The first of its kind, this delegation is 16 information workers from the West who are spending time in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories to meet with archivists and librarians at a wide range of organizations and institutions. We’re discussing issues (some of which we all face, even in our different contexts), exchanging ideas, considering skillshares, and building relationships.

Want to follow LAP’s activities? There’s an email announcement list that you can join by sending a blank message to lapannounce-subscribe@lists.riseup.net. Most of our delegation’s regular updates during our travels will actually not be on the email list, but through three main venues:

Once we are back, we will also send updates about possible work moving forward based on our conversations on the ground. So far, four days in, there’s a lot of food for thought.

June 24, 2013

July classes and the new fiscal year

I just want to get the word out that if you’re interested in taking a class with Library Juice Academy next month, and you want the charges to go on the next fiscal year starting July 1st, it will not be a problem. Just send us an email to reserve your spot, and then make the transaction after the first.

Rory Litwin
Library Juice Academy

June 21, 2013

Interview with Susan Teague-Rector

Susan Teague-Rector works at the University of Colorado, specializing in information architecture (IA) and UX design for University Web Services. Previously Susan led the IA, design and implementation of a new website for NCSU Libraries in 2010; and led IA, design, web programming and usability testing as Web Applications Manager at VCU Libraries. She is the instructor for a Library Juice Academy course next month titled Information Architecture: Designing Navigation for Library Websites. This course is a part of the six-course Certificate in User Experience that Library Juice Academy offers. I interviewed Susan recently, to give people a clear idea of what her course will cover and a bit about her background as the instructor and her other interests.

Interview with Samantha Hines

Samantha Schmehl Hines is the Social Science Librarian for the Mansfield Library at The University of Montana-Missoula. She writes and presents widely on issues of online library services, information literacy instruction, and library middle management, and is the author of Productivity for Librarians (2010, Chandos). She is the instructor for a class coming up with Library Juice Academy next month, Weeding the Academic Library with Confidence. I did an interview with Samantha about what will be covered in the class, what her background is that qualifies her to teach it, and a bit about her other interests.

June 19, 2013

Timely in light of the Urbana scandal now unfolding: online course in weeding

Weeding the Academic Library With Confidence

Instructor: Samantha Hines
Dates: July 1-28, 2013
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Price: $175

All libraries need some regular weeding, but many of us don’t know where to start. An important but often overlooked part of collection development, deaccessioning materials is a vital way to keep your library’s collection useful for your institution. This four-week, asynchronous online course will provide, through readings and exercises, guidance on how to focus a library’s collection and identify where to prune and what to keep. We will explore how to keep faculty (moderately) happy during the weeding process, and what to do with the downsized materials once the decision to deaccession has been made. Students will develop principles on maintaining a manageable library collection during the course which will guide their institution well into the future, while also learning about the mechanics involved in a weeding project.

Samantha Schmehl Hines received her MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2003. In 2004 she was hired as the Social Science Librarian by the Mansfield Library at The University of Montana-Missoula and is currently the Distance Education Coordinator and Head Librarian for the Missoula College campus of The University of Montana. She writes and presents widely on issues of online library services, information literacy instruction, and library middle management, and is the author of Productivity for Librarians (2010, Chandos).

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Great Response to an Illegitimate Takedown Notice

This great response to an illegitimate takedown notice is going around on Facebook. It’s funny because of how it shows just how unjust these robo-generated takedown notices can be, but it also reveals a problem that deserves serious discussion. These kind of takedown notices go out by the thousands, and not many people who receive them have access to a pro-bono attorney who can respond in this way. As far as I am aware, there is no system of monitoring and penalties for companies that abuse the law by intimidating people with baseless legal threats like this. I would love it if someone with more knowledge of the relevant law and the relevant aspects of the legal system would take this up, and comment here informatively, if not actually try to do something about this problem.

June 18, 2013

Interview with Andrew Walsh

Andrew Walsh is a well-known academic librarian who is the author of numerous publications relating to library instruction. He is the instructor for a Library Juice Academy course offered next month, called “Getting More Active Learning Into Your Teaching.” Andrew agreed to be interviewed here to give people more of an idea of what the course will cover, his background as an instructor, and a little bit about his other interests.

June 6, 2013

Find us at Booth 144 at ALA in Chicago

Library Juice Press, Litwin Books, Library Juice Academy, and Auslander & Fox will have a table in the exhibits hall at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. The exhibits open on Friday, June 28th at 5:30pm, and close on Monday, July 1st, at 2pm. We won’t be selling any books, but we will be giving away our display stock at our reception on Monday night (ask at the booth for details).

Our booth is number 144 in the exhibits hall.

We’ve got a Facebook Event set up – feel free to add yourself.

Looking forward to seeing you…

June 2, 2013

The Library Juice Press Annual Paper Contest

The intention of this contest is to encourage and reward good work in the field of library and information studies, humanistically understood, through a monetary award and public recognition.

The contest is open to librarians, library students, academics, and others.

Acceptable paper topics cover the full range of topics in the field of library and information studies, loosely defined.

Papers submitted may be unpublished, pending publication, or published in the year of the award.

Single and multiple-authored papers will be accepted.

Any type of paper may be entered as long as it is not a report of an empirical study. Examples of accepted forms would be literature review essays, analytical essays, historical papers, and personal essays. The work may include some informal primary research, but may not essentially be the report of a study.

Submitted papers may be part of a larger project.

The minimum length is 4000 words. The maximum length is 15,000 words.

Criteria for judgment:

Clarity of writing
Originality of thought
Sincerity of effort at reaching something true
Soundness of argumentation (where applicable)
Relevance to our time and situation

The award shall consist of $1000 and a certificate suitable for framing.

Entries must be submitted in MS Word format by September 1st. Entries may be submitted to inquiries@libraryjuicepress.com.

The winning paper, and possibly a number of honorable mentions, are announced on November 1st.

Papers will be judged by a committee selected for their accomplishments in the field, and in order to represent a range of perspectives.

Although we are a publisher, submission of a paper for this award in itself does not imply any transfer, licensing, or sharing of your publication rights.

June 1, 2013

Library Juice Membership? What is that?

We have set up something called Library Juice membership, where you can pay a small annual fee to get benefits related to what we are doing here at Library Juice Academy and Library Juice Press, as well as networking and communication opportunities. Memberships are open to individuals and institutions. This is all set up and ready to go. I am excited about where it might lead. Collaboration anyone?