April 30, 2014

New: The Book Collecting Practices of Black Magazine Editors

The Book Collecting Practices of Black Magazine Editors

Author: Thomas Weissinger
Price: $16.00
Published: May 2014
ISBN: 978-1-936117-63-5
Printed on acid-free paper
Published by Litwin Books

The Book Collecting Practices of Black Magazine Editors focuses on the collecting habits and personal libraries of three black magazine editors. Ben Burns and Era Bell Thompson were editors of important popular magazines, the Negro Digest, Ebony, and Jet. Tom Dent edited Umbra and Nkombo, two important black literary magazines.

This study is of interest to librarians, library educators, bibliophiles, historians, laypersons, and students of American culture. Building upon prior research in black bibliography, the study examines the reasons why certain black press editors sought to assemble personal libraries of their own. It focuses on the minds of the persons who assembled these collections. It considers the effect of racial ideology on their collection building activities. The study also takes a look at how their collections are configured and what makes them useful.

A mixed-methods approach is used for data analysis. Historical analysis based on primary and secondary sources is used to discern the racial ideologies and personal experiences of the three bibliophiles. Text network analysis is used to analyze the structure and configuration of their personal libraries. Uncovered are the relations between important subjects and various forms and genre styles. These are prescriptive in nature and offer practical guidance in terms of how to build functional African American personal libraries.

Available from Amazon

April 17, 2014

Discount on classes at Library Juice Academy

Here’s a little Spring promotion… Get a 10% discount on any classes offered at Library Juice Academy if you register before May 2nd – just use the discount code SPRINGTIME at checkout. This is good for classes offered next month or in the future. Classes offered in May:

Introduction to Drupal for Libraries
Instructor: Cody Hennesy

Getting More Active Learning Into Your Teaching
Instructor: Andrew Walsh

Assessing and Improving Your Library’s Social Media Presence
Instructor: Julia Skinner

RDFa1.1 (RDFa and RDFa Lite) and RSS
Instructor: Robert Chavez

Describing Photographs for the Online Catalogue
Instructor: Beth Knazook

Bilingual Storytime at Your Biblioteca
Instructor: Katie Scherrer

Working Faster, Working Smarter: Productivity Strategies for Librarians
Instructor: Emily Drabinski

Information Literacy, Composition Studies and Higher Order Thinking
Instructor: Andrea Baer

April 15, 2014

Excerpt from Svetlana Mintcheva’s chapter on art censorship

Here is an excerpt from Svetlana Mintcheva’s chapter in The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom, which is titled, “Art Censorship and Intellectual Freedom.” It’s just an excerpt, but it’s very interesting nonetheless. Svetlana Mintcheva is the Director of Programs at the National Coalition Against Censorship.

Assorted chapters from Informed Agitation

Just a heads-up: There are assorted chapters from Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond now available for free online, linked from the authors’ bios on the book’s website. Check it out

April 11, 2014

Radical Archives and Index of the Disappeared

Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani are artists, archivists, and activists. Both have been involved in immigration rights activism, especially after 9/11, and they created the shifting exhibition Index of the Disappeared, now in its 10th year, to address the insidious surveillance, false narratives, and criminalization of dissent perpetrated by the U.S. government.

I saw the “Secrets Told” version of the archive at New York University last month. During a tour of the exhibit, Ghani spoke about her and Ganesh’s idea of “exploding the archive” and putting the fragments elsewhere. The information they’ve collected is all in the public domain, but what their project does is make the connections of disparate data more visible.

(If you want to read more, a previous incarnation of Ganesh and Ghani’s work was the subject of the essay Warming up Records: Archives, Memory, Power and Index of the Disappeared. As Alice Royer puts it, “Their project makes visible that which has been rendered invisible, re-politicizes that which has been deemed natural, and names the government as the perpetrator.” [Emphasis in original.])

The Q&A at the “Secrets Told” tour brought up the question of the line between the activist and the archivist, which is something Ganesh and Ghani want us all to grapple with. Today is the start of the two-day Radical Archives conference at NYU. The hashtag is #radarcs—follow along!


“Reasonable Articulable Suspicion,” redactions, and Benjamin Franklin.


One of the many binders of articles, government documents, court cases, and other materials collected and organized for researchers’ use.


Files arranged by topic, with connections drawn between them.


The pivotal 1979 Smith v. Maryland decision, which led to the legalization of personal metadata collected via (land) phone calls.

April 10, 2014

The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom: Concepts, Cases, and Theories

The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom: Concepts, Cases, and Theories

Editors: Mark Alfino and Laura Koltutsky
Price: $50.00
Published: April 2014
ISBN: 978-1-936117-57-4

Available from Amazon.com

The existing reference literature on intellectual freedom tends to focus on topics such as government censorship of books, the internet, and political speech. This has also been the focus of intellectual freedom scholars among professional librarians in the United States and Canada. There has been a shift in recent years, and intellectual freedom is now being looked at from a wider range of theoretical perspectives and in connection with a wider range of cultural topics. The Handbook of Intellectual Freedom is a reference work that captures this recent growth in the field. It provides a grounding in the philosophical, historical, and legal development of the concept of intellectual freedom by providing current thinking on a wide range of intellectual freedom concepts, cases, and controversies.

21 invited articles focus on topics including threats to intellectual freedom, academic freedom, the arts, the Internet, censorship along with connections to contemporary social issues and institutions, and historical and cultural theories.

The members of the Editorial Board for the work are: Elizabeth Buchanan (School of Information Studies, UW Milwaukee), Robert Hauptman (Editor of the Journal of Information Ethics), Jim Kuhn (Head of Cataloging at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC), Mary Minow (Attorney specializing in Library Law), Laura Quilter (Attorney, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, University of California at Berkeley), Tara Robertson (British Columbia Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee), Toni Samek (School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta), Alvin Schrader (University of Alberta Libraries), Siva Vaidhyanathan (Law School at University of Virginia).

Mark Alfino, Professor of Philosophy at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
Laura Koltutsky, Associate Librarian at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Table of Contents


Part One: Theories from the Humanities and Politics

1. Philosophies of Intellectual Freedom, Mark Alfino
2. Gramsci, Hegemony, and Intellectual Freedom, Douglas Raber
3. Habermas and Intellectual Freedom: Three Paths, John Buschman
4. Feminism and Intellectual Freedom, Lauren Pressley
5. Neoliberalism and Intellectual Freedom, Laura Koltutsky

Part Two: Media, Access, and Property

6. Journalism for Justice: Discussing the alternative media and intellectual freedom, Susan Forde
7. Intellectual Property and Intellectual Freedom, Robert Tiessen
8. The Internet and Intellectual Freedom, Elizabeth A. Buchanan
9. The Open Access Movement, Olivier Charbonneau

Part Three: Laws, Rights, and International Intellectual Freedom

10. Intellectual Freedom within the International Human Right to Freedom of Thought, Conscience, and Religion, Leonard Hammer
11. Hate Speech: Legal and Philosophical Aspects, Tomas A. Lipinski and Kathrine Henderson
12. Intellectual Freedom and U.S. Government Secrecy, Susan Maret
13. Intellectual Freedom and Privacy, Neil Richards and Joanna Cornwell
14. Defamation and Intellectual Freedom, Dale Herbeck

Part Four: The Arts, Social, Cultural, and Professional Life

15. Religion and Intellectual Freedom, Emily Knox
16. Art Censorship and Intellectual Freedom, Svetlana Mintcheva
17. Sex and Intellectual Freedom, Robert P. Holley
18. Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression, James V. Carmichael
19. Libraries and Intellectual Freedom, Loretta Gaffney
20. Journalism and Intellectual Freedom, Joe Cutbirth
21. Academic Freedom, Mark Alfino


April 9, 2014

Library Juice Press/Academy Attending ALA Annual in Las Vegas

Library Juice (Press, Academy) will be attending the American Library Association Annual Conference June 26th to July 1st in Las Vegas. We will have lots of books to show and will be able to answer your questions in person. You can find us at table number 1954 in the exhibits hall.

April 4, 2014

New website for Informed Agitation

Melissa Morrone has announced a new website for her book, Informed Agitation.

New book: Identity Palimpsests: Archiving Ethnicity in the U.S. and Canada

Identity Palimpsests: Archiving Ethnicity in the U.S. and Canada

Editors: Dominique Daniel and Amalia Levi
Price: $45.00
Published: April 2014
ISBN: 978-1-936117-85-7
Printed on acid-free paper

This book is a part of the Litwin Books Series on Archives, Archivists, and Society, Richard J. Cox, editor.

Identity Palimpsests assesses the ways ethnic identities and other forms of belonging are affected by, and also affect, current practices in ethnic archiving. The book begins with an overview of the evolution of the way ethnic organizations and communities have collected, preserved and provided access to their heritage. It then goes on to examine contemporary practices and theories in the context of a cultural heritage sector that is today defined by the digital medium and the Web. Institutions involved in ethnic archiving include libraries, archives and museums that document the history of immigration and ethnicity in the United States and Canada.

Archives shape the way we understand the past and 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.

The book contains both theoretical and practical contributions by practitioners in the field and scholars in history and archival science. Practical contributions not only focus on particular institutions, but also provide comparative studies among cultural heritage institutions. They also debate about what is “ethnic archiving” today and who should be entrusted with the curation of ethnic collections in heritage institutions. The book’s chapters cover heritage institutions run by minorities themselves, and also others run through mainstream or official channels (government, academic, etc.).

At the theoretical level, the chapters discuss the impact of ethnic studies and evolving theories of ethnicity on archiving practices; the effect of ethnic archiving on historical research; and the emergence of memory studies as a lens for understanding identity. Both contemporary and historical perspectives are included.

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. This book is designed to bring new theoretical insight into the impact of this challenge on ethnic archiving, to suggest ways historians are affected, and to begin to study implications for the archivist? practice. The book also innovates by exploring the impact that archivists have on the very ethnic identities they are trying to preserve. The book’s intended audience is cultural heritage professionals; iSchools and Library Science schools’ students and faculty; and historians. While the book deals with heritage institutions in the U.S. and Canada, it appeals to an international audience.

April 1, 2014

New book: Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archive

Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archive

Author: Alana Kumbier
Price: $35.00
Published: April 2014
ISBN: 978-1-936117-51-2

Number five in the Litwin Books Series on Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, Emily Drabinski, Series Editor

Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archive articulates a queer approach to archival studies and archival practice, and establishes the relevance of this approach beyond collections with LGBTQ content. Kumbier argues that queering the archive (thinking through queer interests, experiences, explanatory frameworks, and cultural practices) allows us to think critically about established archival principles and practices. This project describes — and supports — the work of archivists, community documentarians, activists, and scholars seeking to preserve materials documenting queer lives and experiences, and imagines how we might respond to the particular demands of archiving queer lives. Further, this project intervenes in the repetition of practices that may exclude LGBTQ constituencies, render our experiences less-visible/less-legible, or perpetuate oppressive power relations between archivists and users or documented subjects. The project aims to make work by scholars in history, performance studies, queer studies, and other areas of the humanities who are encountering the limits of archives — and are developing strategies for working with them — legible and relevant to archivists and librarians. The book supports its conceptual work with concrete examples of collecting and documentation projects, a research ethnography, and analyses of popular media that represent — and critique — archival spaces and practices.