August 22, 2014

The Digital Future of Education – New Issue of the International Review of Information Ethics

International Review of Information Ethics
Vol. 21 – July 2014
The Digital Future of Education
edited by Johannes Britz, Michael Zimmer


The Digital Future of Education: An Introduction
by Johannes Britz, Michael Zimmer

The Ethics of Big Data in Higher Education
by Jeffrey Alan Johnson

Student Privacy: Harm and Context
by Mark MacCarthy

The Ethics of Student Privacy: Building Trust for Ed Tech
by Jules Polonetsky and Omer Tene

Teachers as nightmare readers: Estonian high-school teachers’ experiences and opinions about student-teacher interaction on Facebook
by Maria Murumaa-Mengel and Andra Siibak

Canadian University Social Software Guidelines and Academic Freedom: An Alarming Labour Trend
by Taryn Lough and Toni Samek

Digital Content Delivery in Higher Education: Expanded Mechanisms for Subordinating the Professoriate and Academic Precariat
by Wilhelm Peekhaus

Digital Education and Oppression: Rethinking the Ethical Paradigm of the Digital Future
by Trent M Kays

Book Review: Honorary Volume for Evi Laskari
by Herman T. Tavani

All content is free, here.

August 21, 2014

Message from Patrick Gavin to Litwin Books

Dear Rory Litwin and the entire Litwin Books team,

I am writing to express my gratitude for the opportunity to apply for the Dissertation Award. Having such a venue for doctoral students to share our work is important, if unfortunately rare. It is with great honor and happiness that I have accepted the 2014 award. Thanks to all of you at Litwin Books! Please also pass on my appreciation to anyone else involved, most especially the members of the advisory board, Jonathan Furner, John Budd, and Ron Day. Indeed, it was a wonderful opportunity to have been able to share my writing with scholars of such pedigree. Please also extend my gratitude to Ron Day for his kind words regarding my project.

Work on the project continues. As it wraps up over the course of this academic year, I will certainly keep Litwin Books in the front of my mind as a potential venue for its publication.


Patrick Gavin, MA, MLIS
Doctoral Candidate, LIS
Faculty of Information and Media Studies
University of Western Ontario

August 18, 2014

Call for Submissions: Series on Critical Race Studies and Multiculturalism in LIS

Series on Critical Race Studies and Multiculturalism in LIS

Sujei Lugo, Series Editor

Litwin Books and Library Juice Press seek book proposals and manuscripts for a new series, Critical Race Studies and Multiculturalism in Library and Information Studies, edited by Sujei Lugo. This series aims to collect and publish works from theoretical, practical and personal perspectives that critically engage issues of race, ethnicity, cultural diversity and equity in library and information science (LIS).

Potential topics include:

  • Historical understandings and current explorations of race, racism and whiteness in LIS and LIS education
  • Critical race and multicultural approaches to LIS and their relation to: anti-racism, censorship, immigration, information access, institutional and systemic racism, intellectual freedom, gender inequities, language, post-colonialism and settler colonialism, power structures, social justice, structural oppression, transnationalism, and white privilege
  • Analysis and exploration of race and ethnicity and its intersections with ability, age, class, gender, nationality, sexuality, etc.
  • Theoretical perspectives and practical strategies for promoting racial equity and addressing racial oppression in the profession, including cataloging, collection development, community outreach, funding, instruction, Internet, library schools, management, programs, technology, and the workplace
  • Practical approaches and examples of developing collections and archives in nonprofits grassroots, and other community-based organizations that work for/with historically marginalized racial communities
  • Works that address library and information needs of African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, Chicano/as, Latino/as, etc.
  • Explorations of issues of race and whiteness in children’s and young adult librarianship, school librarianship, and prison librarianship
  • Historical perspectives on racial, ethnic and cultural issues in librarianship and the role of activists, archivists, librarians, social movements, and library associations, organizations or groups have played in promoting racial equity and challenging racism and oppression in the profession
  • Works that explore and discuss race and librarianship in countries outside the United States are also welcome

Please submit queries, proposals, and manuscripts to Sujei Lugo,

August 7, 2014

U.S. sought to edit the historical record of a court proceeding

This news from the Electronic Freedom Foundation:

UNSEALED: The US Sought Permission To Change The Historical Record Of A Public Court Proceeding

A few weeks ago we fought a battle for transparency in our flagship NSA spying case, Jewel v. NSA. But, ironically, we weren’t able to tell you anything about it until now.

On June 6, the court held a long hearing in Jewel in a crowded, open courtroom, widely covered by the press. We were even on the local TV news on two stations. At the end, the Judge ordered both sides to request a transcript since he ordered us to do additional briefing. But when it was over, the government secretly, and surprisingly sought permission to “remove” classified information from the transcript, and even indicated that it wanted to do so secretly, so the public could never even know that they had done so.


Library Juice Press Annual Paper Contest

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 3000 words. The maximum length is 10,000 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

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.

Past winners

2013 – Ryan Shaw, for “Information Organization and the Philosophy of History”, published in JASIST in June 2013.

Letter from Don Lash to NYPL on one-sided “controversial” labeling of Israel/Palestine studies

Letter from Don Lash to New York Public Library President, on one-sided “controversial” labeling of books on Israel/Palestine:

Dear President Marx,

I previously communicated with your office in an e-mail on August 5, during which I expressed concern that access to important work by the prominent academic historian Ilan Pappe was restricted to a non-circulating research collection and could only be viewed by appointment. It was also given a “trigger warning” in the form of a categorization as “controversial literature.” I informed you that I had made an offer through AskNYPL to arrange donation of copies of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine to circulate. I have since received a response, and I was pleased that this offer was accepted.

My remaining concern is over the fact that the Dorot Jewish Division, the research collection that as of now has the only copy of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, is permitted to to characterize work critical of Zionism and Israel as “controversial,” a designation that is not used for pro-Israel, anti-Palestinian literature in its collection or elsewhere in the NYPL catalog. The designation is used for a range of historical and political works beyond those of Pappe. More troublingly, in effect such works are associated with other literature given trigger warnings by the collection, most notably virulently anti-Semitic literature and Holocaust denial literature. The implicit suggestion is that these categories are somehow akin, which is not only offensive but indefensible on the merits. In addition to the content-based stigmatization of one perspective on the history of Palestine/Israel, the trigger warning is a disservice to students and scholars, who may be misled by the characterization into thinking the work is of dubious quality. This is particularly likely when access is restricted and library patrons would have to make an extraordinary effort even to see the work.
I suggest that you or a designee look at how the collection is applying these trigger warnings, what criteria is used, and whether the effect of this practice is to privilege work promoting one viewpoint and disadvantage work promoting others. While these practices appear to be limited to the Dorot collection, I think this matter affects the integrity of NYPL as a whole.

Thank you for your careful consideration of this matter.

Don Lash

August 3, 2014

Conference Agenda – Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies

Litwin Books has organized a colloquium to take place this October at the University of Toronto, based on our book, Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader.

The colloquium is called Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies (named after Emily Drabinski’s series with Litwin Books). We have recently posted the schedule of presentations, so you can see what will be going on there.

The deadline for abstracts is passed and all the papers have been selected, but there is still room for more people to attend. You can register here.