August 23, 2007


Library Juice is the group blog founded by Rory Litwin. Until 2011 it was Litwin’s solo project, continuing where his online serial of the same name left off in the Fall of 2005. From 1998 to late 2005, Library Juice, the web and email zine, covered topics of interest to passionate librarians, from a political Left perspective that is linked to the fundamental values of the profession. Among the topics covered in Library Juice are:

  • Information as a public good
  • Privacy
  • Government and corporate secrecy and disinformation
  • Intellectual freedom and civil liberties
  • The public sphere and its decline
  • International solidarity in information issues
  • Print culture, web culture, visual culture, and the meaning of literacy
  • The state of the library profession (issues of identity, work life, and deprofessionalization)
  • Information policy
  • The information society
  • Information ethics

Biographical information about the team is here.

ISSN 1544-9378


  1. Congratulations on your new site!

    I just had to say something about the word “decline” — especially decline of civilization. I’m reminded of that famous quote of Gandhi:

    REPORTER: What do you think of Western civilization?

    GANDHI: It would be a good idea.

    But even the idea of decline of the public sphere is troublesome. I don’t think it’s so simple. Take the public sphere — there may have been a time when it was larger or healthier somehow FOR SOME PEOPLE, but it was totally denied to many people.

    Too often, including in libraries where I have worked and colleges where I have studied, the presence of newcomers has been accompanied by worried discussions on the part of the old guard of “decline” — decline of standards, of civilization, of housing prices, etc. And that can crete a hostile environment for the newcomers. The tone and sentiment is even reminiscent of the white flight people like myself have witnessed in our lifetimes — we move in and the old residents say “there goes the neighborhood”.

    So anyway, i don’t think I’m alone in my sensitivity to the usage of “decline”.

    Comment by iespinal — March 8, 2006 @ 5:58 am

  2. Good point, Isabel.

    Comment by Rory Litwin — March 8, 2006 @ 6:42 am

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