October 1, 2018

CFP: Rethinking The Collector and the Collected: Perspectives on Decolonizing Area Studies Librarianship

We are inviting chapter proposals for the upcoming Library Juice Press publication tentatively titled Rethinking The Collector and the Collected: Perspectives on Decolonizing Area Studies Librarianship. This volume will explore the paradigm of “area studies” — a way of supporting regionally-focused collecting, processing, and liaison work — in the academic library through an explicitly anti-colonial lens. We will center debates on the politics and problems of area studies in libraries. Specifically, we ask how libraries are rethinking their approaches to collecting global resources and serving our constituencies in a contemporary and progressive manner. While libraries need to address the problematic nature of area studies, we see a larger academic trend in the push for “global” initiatives which ignore historically, linguistically, and culturally significant sites of difference, inequity, and asymmetrical power relations.

What does it mean to break down the artificial divide between “collectors” of knowledge and those of us who have these knowledges “collected” for use? What work is required to decolonize collections, collecting practices, and practices of access originally designed to help Euro-American scholars study “the other?”

Possible focuses for chapters include, but are not limited to:
– negotiating areas: the politics and history of delineating regions, places, and spaces;
– interdisciplinarity: exploring boundaries and relationships among academic disciplines and other interdisciplinary subjects such as women and gender studies, LGBT or queer studies, or environmental studies;
– funding and neoliberal history: looking at the relationship to governments, private funding, private capital, and the support of imperial and capitalist projects;
– collection development, acquisitions, and access: examining historical and current practices of acquiring materials and denying, limiting, or expanding the use of these materials through copyright, paywalls, or open access regimes;
– identity, professionalism, and training for library workers: centering the lived experiences of library workers, particularly librarians abroad, immigrants, and individuals from diaspora communities.

Accepted essays will offer a nuanced critique with solutions that go well beyond an erasure of difference. We are especially interested in soliciting chapters from writers of color, indigenous writers, or scholars from outside of the U.S. We also invite new translations of previously published work currently unavailable in English. Further, we invite work which operates from the assumption that hegemonic areas should be studied using the same tools, theories, and approaches as non-hegemonic areas — much like the precedents of whiteness studies and masculinity studies. Lastly, we plan to integrate peer review among authors into our process in addition to editorial review and ask that potential authors be willing to provide feedback on at least one fellow author’s material during the editing process.

Proposals should be no more than 300 words and describe the chapter, the framing and structure of the chapter and/or any theoretical frames necessary to the piece. Further, please indicate if the chapter would fit into any of the above focuses. If proposed work is a translation, please indicate if you are the original author or have the original author’s permission and provide the citation for the original. Please send proposal as a .docx attachment and in the body of the e-mail along with your CV and a short biography. Our deadline for proposals is December 15, 2018.

Please e-mail the editors at DecolonizingAreaStudies@gmail.com with any questions about the book including procedural questions or to ask about potential fit for your proposal.

New book: Reference Librarianship & Justice: History, Practice & Praxis

Reference Librarianship & Justice:
History, Practice & Praxis

Editors: Kate Adler, Ian Beilin, and Eamon Tewell
Price: $35.00
Published: October 2018
ISBN: 978-1-63400-051-2
Printed on acid-free paper
322 pages

Reference work often receives short shrift in the contemporary discourse and practice of librarianship. Reference Librarianship & Justice: History, Practice & Praxis highlights the unique position of reference librarianship, a liminal and dialectical space, potentially distinct from the power dynamics of classroom instruction and singular in its mission and practice. At heart, reference is a conversation and partnership. The stakes are significant, not only because of the unique potential for social justice work but because of the risk that the profession is now overlooking reference’s central importance. This book makes a passionate case for reference work in a manner that is historically, socially and politically compelling.

The book’s three sections explore the praxis, history and practice of reference librarianship in the context of social justice. Praxis grounds us theoretically while seeking to trouble and broaden traditional academic conventions, drawing on diverse epistemological frameworks and disciplines both inside and outside of LIS literatures. History grounds us in the past and makes the case that reference librarianship has a long tradition of social justice work, providing intellectual access, partnership and guidance from the Jim Crow South to the War on Poverty. Finally, Dispatches from the Field explores the contemporary practice of social-justice oriented reference librarianship, in prisons, in archives and beyond. We see how the rich genealogy of social justice in reference librarianship is at work today.

Kate Adler is the Director of Library Services at Metropolitan College of New York. She has a MA in American Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center and an MLIS from Queens College, CUNY. Her professional interests pivot around intersections of critical theory, social justice and librarianship.

Ian Beilin is Humanities Research Services Librarian at Columbia University. He received his MSIS from the University at Albany and his PhD in History from Columbia University. He has published and presented on topics in critical information literacy, neoliberalism in the academy, and modern German history.

Eamon Tewell is Reference & Instruction Librarian at Long Island University, Brooklyn. He received his MLIS from Drexel University and his MA in Media Studies from LIU Brooklyn. Eamon has published and presented on the topics of critical information literacy, popular media and active learning in library instruction, and televisual representations of libraries.

This book is available from Amazon.com.

Contents

Preface: Leaky Ceilings, Staplers, and Nazis: Collocating Reference Work and Social Justice
Maria Accardi

Introduction
Kate Adler, Ian Beilin, and Eamon Tewell

Introduction: Reference and Justice, Past and Present
Ian Beilin

Urban Information Specialists and Interpreters: An emerging radical vision of reference for the people, 1967-1973
Haruko Yamauchi

Unbound: Recollections of Librarians During Martial Law in the Philippines
Iyra S. Buenrosto and Johann Frederick A. Cabbab

“I Did What I Was Told to Do”: Ukrainian Reference Librarianship and Responding to Volatile Expectations
Megan Browndorf

Social Justice and Birmingham Collecting Institutions: Education, Research and Reference Librarianship
Jeff Hirschy

Towards a Critical (Affective) Reference Practice: Emotional, Intellectual and Social Justice
Kate Adler

2596 Girls School Road: The Indiana WomenÕs Prison Far-Away Reference Desk
Joshua Finnell

Reference Behind Bars: Information Needs, Rights, and Empowerment of Inmates
Hannah Lee and Danielle Ball

Reference by Mail to Incarcerated People
Emily Jacobson

Dispatches from the Field of Prison Librarianship
Erin Rivero, Marisa Hernandez, Stephanie Osorio, Vanessa Villarreal

The Case for Data Reference in Public Libraries
Julia Marden

Hiding in Plain Sight: Reference Archivists as Social Justice Actors
Rachael Dreyer

Beyond Efficient Answers with a Smile: Seeking Critical Reference Praxis
Eamon Tewell

From Interpersonal to Intersubjective: Relational theory and mutuality in reference
Veronica I. Arellano-Douglas

Social Justice, Sentipensante Pedagogy, and Collaboration: The Role of Research Consultations in Developing Critical Communities
Carrie Forbes and Jenny Bowers

A Blueprint on Self-Exploration to Justice: Introduction to “Referencing Audre Lorde” & “Lesbian Librarianship for All”
Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz

Referencing Audre Lorde
Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz

Lesbian Librarianship for All: A Manifesto
Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz

Author Biographies

Index

Gracen Brilmyer Wins Sixth Annual Library Juice Paper Contest

PRESS RELEASE
October 1, 2018
Sacramento, CA

Library Juice Press is happy to announce the winner of the Sixth Annual Library Juice Paper Contest. Gracen Brilmyer’s paper, titled, “Archival assemblages: applying disability studies’ political/relational model to archival description,” published in Archival Science, was judged by the award jury to be the best paper out of eight submitted in this year’s contest. The award jury consisted of three members who evaluated papers in a blind process. The jury wrote,

“This paper provides a well-researched, clear, and original argument concerning archival power and the experiences of individuals. The author provides a broad overview of models of disability and draws on Kafer’s political/relational model of disability in archival description to bring together feminist disability studies and archival studies. This approach highlights power and surveillance in archival description processes, the multiple perspectives and power structures–or archival assemblages–that inform records creation. While the paper is situated within the context of archival work, it ties into current thinking on disability and the ways that norms and deviance are inscribed in everyday narratives.”

Gracen Brilmyer is a doctoral student in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA.

The award for honorable mention goes to Fobazi Ettarh’s “Vocational Awe and Librarianship: The Lies We Tell Ourselves,” published in In the Library with the Lead Pipe.

The Library Juice Paper Contest winner receives an award of $1000. 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. Papers submitted may be pending publication, or published (formally or informally) in the year of the award. 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 research, and personal essays. The work may include some informal primary research, but may not essentially be the report of an empirical study.

The critera for judgment are:

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

Entries in next year’s award are due August 1st, 2019.

Library Juice Press is an imprint of Litwin Books, LLC specializing in theoretical and practical issues in librarianship from a critical perspective, for an audience of professional librarians and students of library science.

Media contact:
Rory Litwin
916-905-0291
rory@libraryjuicepress.com
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