March 31, 2014

CFP: Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize

Calling all Activist-Librarians-to-be!!

The MIRIAM BRAVERMAN MEMORIAL PRIZE, a presentation of the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG), is awarded each year for the best paper about some aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries, or librarianship. Papers related to archivists, archives, and archival work are also eligible.

The winning paper will be published in the Summer 2014 issue of Progressive Librarian. The winner of the contest will also receive a $500 stipend to help offset the cost of travel to and from the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV from June 26- July 1. The award will be presented at the annual PLG dinner at ALA. In addition, the winner will be provided a press pass for the conference, allowing for free entry to sessions and the exhibition floor, with the expectation that they will write a short reflection regarding the conference for publication by PLG.

Think you might be interested? Here’s the fine print.

Contestants must be Library and/or Information Science students attending a graduate-level program in the United States or Canada. Contestants may not have finished their coursework earlier than December 2013.

Entries must be the original, unpublished work of the contestant, and must be written in English. Entries may not exceed 3,000 words and must conform to MLA in-text citation style.

To facilitate the blind review process, each entry must include a cover sheet providing the contestant’s name, full contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address), name of the institution where the contestant is enrolled, and the title of the paper. No identifying information other than the title should appear on the paper itself.

Entries must be submitted electronically, in Microsoft Word or RTF format, to Entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on International Workers’ Day or May Day, Wednesday, May 1, 2014.

The $500 stipend is available only to help defray the cost of ALA conference attendance in 2013; if the winner of the contest is unable to attend, the money will remain in the Braverman Prize endowment fund. The winner will still be offered publication in Progressive Librarian.

Any questions regarding the contest or the selection process can be directed to the chairs of the selection committee, Megan Browndorf at or Kelly McElroy at More information about Miriam Braverman and about the Progressive Librarians Guild, including winning papers from previous years, is available at

March 29, 2014

Call for Chapter Abstracts: Critical Theory and Social Justice in Library and Information Science

Call for chapter abstracts for the forthcoming monograph:

Mehra, B., & Rioux, K. (Eds.). (2015). Progressive community action: Critical theory and social justice in library and information science. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.

Editors Bharat Mehra and Kevin Rioux invite you to submit a 500-word abstract proposing a chapter for this edited volume by July 1, 2014.

We seek original scholarship on the intersections of critical theory and social justice in library and information science, with a particular focus on progressive community action and community development outcomes. The frame of inquiry includes all types of libraries, museums, archives and other information settings. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

• The role of the progressive LIS professional in bringing about positive community changes;
• Social justice and critical theory as a guide for policy and action in education, information service design, ICT development, and programming;
• Social justice and librarianship in international contexts;
• The use of social justice and critical theory concepts in assessment to demonstrate relevance and accountability;
• Social and community impacts made by LIS research and practice;
• Development of social justice as a critical theoretical approach for the LIS professions;
• Other related topics.

For a broad scholarly review of social justice in the information professions, see
• Mehra, B., Rioux, K., & Albright, K. (2009). Social justice in library and information science. In Bates, M., & Maack, N. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of library and information sciences (3rd ed.), 4820-4836. New York: Taylor & Francis.

More information about the monograph and the editors can be found at the Library Juice site:

• July 1, 2014: Deadline for 500-word abstracts proposing a chapter.
• September 5, 2014: Notification of acceptance of proposal.
• May 1, 2015: Deadline for submitting full chapter manuscripts. Authors should strive for 20-30 pages (5,000 to 7,500 words).
• August 1, 2015: Feedback from editors
• September 1, 2015: Deadline for revised chapter manuscripts

About the Editors:
Bharat Mehra, PhD, is Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee. His research furthers diversity and intercultural communication and addresses social justice and social equity agendas to meet the needs of minority and underserved populations (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people; racial and ethnic minorities; international communities; low-income families; rural residents; amongst others). [More information about Mehra can be found at URL:].

Kevin Rioux, PhD, is Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at St. John’s University, New York. In his teaching and research, he uses social justice metatheory, information behavior frameworks, and integrated human development models to explore issues related to information access and information technologies as tools of social and economic development in both local and international contexts. [More information about Rioux can be found at URL:].

Please direct submissions and inquiries to Bharat Mehra ( and Kevin Rioux (

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March 16, 2014

Interview with Mimi O’Malley

Mimi O’Malley oversees development and delivery of professional development courses and workshops through The Learning House, focusing on higher education faculty and administrators. She has also presented workshops on online learning topics like faculty assessment, ADA, copyright, and curriculum trends. Next month she will be teaching a course for Library Juice Academy, called Embedded Librarianship in Online Courses. Mimi agreed to be interviewed on the Library Juice Academy blog, to give people more of an idea of what her course will cover, and a bit about her background as an instructor.

March 13, 2014

Interview with Robin Hastings

Robin Hastings is the Director of Technology Services for the North East Kansas Library System. She manages the library’s network, social media, and staff training initiatives there. She has taught a course for Library Juice Academy on project management, and will be teaching it again next month. Robin agreed to be interviewed for the Library Juice Academy blog, to give people more of a sense of what they can expect to learn from the class, and a little bit about her.

March 5, 2014

The New Yorker looks at Amazon and the publishing industry

Just very quickly noting a great article in the New Yorker recently, by George Packer: Cheap Words: Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books?

The article covers the history of Amazon as a firm and the complexities of their relations with the publishing industry. Good reading if you’re interested in what is happening in the book world.