September 27, 2017

Call for Assistance — Interference Archive

Message from Jen Hoyer of the Interference Archive in NYC:

Hi all,

I thought some on this list might be interested in recent updates from Interference Archive — a project near and dear to my heart.

Located in Brooklyn, NY, since 2011 Interference Archive ( has collected and provided open stacks access to material produced by social movements around the globe — posters, stickers, buttons, zines, periodicals, newspapers, t-shirts, and more. Run 100% by volunteers, Interference puts on over 80 free public events each year, in addition to regular open hours, exhibitions, and educational visits for local schools.

In the summer of 2017, the archive was evicted from its original home after the sale of its building. We’ve found an amazing new space in an even better location and we’ve signed a long-term lease that will let us really settle into our new home, but rent has increased since our 2011 lease was signed, and the costs of moving and building out a new space are really high.

Please help! We’ve launched a fundraising campaign to support the expenses of our move and buildout, and we’d be so grateful if you have a few dollars to give:

There are other ways you can help as well! I know that all of you are connected with other networks of folks who care deeply about community archives and social movements. We’d love if you could share our news and our fundraising drive with them, or connect us ( with anyone you think may be able to lend us a hand. We have handy links to this on Facebook and Twitter as well.

Thank you so much!

Jen Hoyer

September 23, 2017

JCLIS Call for Papers: Evidences, Implications, and Critical Interrogations of Neoliberalism in Information Studies

Call for Papers: Evidences, Implications, and Critical Interrogations of Neoliberalism in Information Studies

Download a PDF version of the Call for Papers for the issue on Evidences, Implications, and Critical Interrogations of Neoliberalism in Information Studies

Guest Editors: Marika Cifor and Jamie A. Lee

Neoliberalism, as economic doctrine, as political practice, and even as a “governing rationality” of contemporary life and work, increasingly encroaches on the Library and Information Studies field. The shift towards more conscious grappling with social justice and human rights debates and concerns has led to LIS scholarship that opens the possibility for addressing neoliberalism and the visible and often hidden roles it plays.

Simultaneously practitioners and scholars across LIS regularly face the material realities of such delimiting neoliberal encroachments through continued and largely unquestioned practices that continue to uphold inequities. Despite its far-reaching impact, neoliberalism has yet to be substantively addressed in LIS. This special issue will provide a much-needed transnational forum to critically engage the genealogical threads that constitute the LIS field by interrogating the discursive and material evidences and implications of neoliberalism.

Through its myriad definitions and instantiations throughout Information Studies and its associated domains (including archives, libraries, information policy, digital humanities, communication, media studies) and critical theory more broadly, this special issue will offer new ways to think about praxis as both practice and theory critically inform one another. Addressing neoliberalism provides a vital forum for international scholars and practitioners to come together to explore cross-cutting issues, such as: human rights frameworks as situated locally and globally, economic (in)justices, postcoloniality, decolonization, agency, access, ethics, Nation-State identities and citizenship, and belonging.

The scope of this issue might include research on:

– Increasing challenges to information ethics;
– Shifting practices among community and institutional information environments;
– The use of private contractors in government archives and public libraries;
– The entanglement of governmental and educational institutions, libraries and neoliberal policies, worldviews, and values;
– Information’s relationship to the economic market/political economy of information more broadly;
– Neoliberal conceptions of information and knowledge;
– Intellectual and affective labor in contemporary LIS environments;
– Libraries and archives as sites of resistance;
– The prevalence of neoliberal discourse in LIS research;
– The influence of neoliberalism on labor practices in libraries, archives, museums or other information centers; and
– Economic inequalities and global justice.

Deadline for Submission: April 30, 2018

Types of Submissions

JCLIS welcomes the following types of submissions:

Research Articles (no more than 7,000 words)
Perspective Essays (no more than 5,000 words)
Literature Reviews (no more than 7,000 words)
Interviews (no more than 5,000 words)
Book or Exhibition Reviews (no more than 1,200 words)
Research articles and literature reviews are subject to peer review by two referees. Perspective essays are subject to peer review by one referee. Interviews and book or exhibition reviews are subject to review by the issue editor(s).


Jamie A. Lee, University of Arizona:
Marika Cifor, Bowdoin College:

Submission Guidelines for Authors

The Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies welcomes submissions from senior and junior faculty, students, activists, and practitioners working in areas of research and practice at the intersection of critical theory and library and information studies.

Authors retain the copyright to material they publish in the JCLIS, but the Journal cannot re-publish material that has previously been published elsewhere. The journal also cannot accept manuscripts that have been simultaneously submitted to another outlet for possible publication.

Citation Style

JCLIS uses the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition as the official citation style for manuscripts published by the journal. All manuscripts should employ the Notes and Bibliography style (as footnotes with a bibliography), and should conform to the guidelines as described in the Manual.

Submission Process

Manuscripts are to be submitted through JCLIS’ online submission system ( by April 30th, 2018. This online submission process requires that manuscripts be submitted in separate stages in order to ensure the anonymity of the review process and to enable appropriate formatting.

Abstracts (500 words or less) should be submitted in plain text and should not include information identifying the author(s) or their institutional affiliations. With the exception of book reviews, an abstract must accompany all manuscript submissions before they are reviewed for publication.
The main text of the manuscript must be submitted as a stand-alone file (in Microsoft Word or RTF)) without a title page, abstract, page numbers, or other headers or footers. The title, abstract, and author information should be submitted through the submission platform.

ISSN: 2572-1364

September 21, 2017

CFP: Urban Library Journal

Call for Papers

Urban Library Journal (ULJ) is an open access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal of research that addresses all aspects of urban libraries and urban librarianship.

Urban Library Journal invites submissions in broad areas such as public higher education, urban studies, multiculturalism, library and educational services to immigrants, preservation of public higher education, and universal access to World Wide Web resources. We welcome articles that focus on all forms of librarianship in an urban setting, whether that setting is an academic, research, public, school, or special library.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
– Reference and instruction in diverse, multicultural urban settings
– Radical librarianship, social justice issues, and/or informed agitation
– Intentional design / “library as space” in an urban setting
– Physical and/or virtual accessibility issues
– Open access / open education resources in urban systems
– Innovative collaboration between academic departments, other branches, or community partnerships
– More!

Completed manuscript length should fall between 2,500 and 5,000 words. Full author guidelines can be found on the ULJ website:

The submission period is open! We publish articles on a rolling basis and close issues twice per year (Oct / May). For more information about ULJ and to see the latest issue:

If you have questions about whether your paper topic is within the journal’s scope, please email the editors,, and/or Cheryl Branch

September 14, 2017

New book: Topographies of Whiteness: Mapping Whiteness in Library and Information Science

Topographies of Whiteness: Mapping Whiteness in Library and Information Science (cover)

Topographies of Whiteness: Mapping Whiteness in Library and Information Science

Editor: Gina Schlesselman-Tarango
Price: $35.00
Published: September 2017
ISBN: 978-1-63400-022-2
350 Pages

Exploring the diverse terrain that makes up library and information science (LIS), this collection features the work of scholars, practitioners, and others who draw from a variety of theoretical approaches to name, problematize, and ultimately fissure whiteness at work. Contributors not only provide critical accounts of the histories of whiteness – particularly as they have shaped libraries and archives in higher education – but also interrogate current formations, from the policing of people of color in library spaces to imagined LIS futures. This volume also considers possibilities for challenging oppressive legacies and charting a new course towards anti-racist librarianship, whether in the classroom, at the reference desk, or elsewhere.

Gina Schlesselman-Tarango is an Instructional Services and Initiatives Librarian at California State University, San Bernardino. She facilitates critical information literacy opportunities for students and faculty, teaches a first-year seminar course, provides reference services, and is a collection development liaison to sociology, criminal justice, and gender and sexuality studies programs. She holds a BA in sociology/anthropology, a master’s of social sciences, and an MLIS. Her research interests include gender and race in LIS, critical information literacy, and feminist navigations of infertility.

This book is number two in the Litwin Books/Library Juice Press Series on Critical Race Studies and Multiculturalism in LIS, Rose L. Chou and Annie Pho, series editors.

Available from Amazon.