Punk-Ass Book Jockeys or Shushy-Spinsters? Librarian Stereotypes and LIS education.
Big Picture / Diversity / Honesty

Punk-Ass Book Jockeys or Shushy-Spinsters? Librarian Stereotypes and LIS education.

Pagowsky, Nicole, and Miriam E. Rigby, eds. The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Perceptions and Presentations of Information Work. Association of College and Research Libraries, A division of the American Library Association, 2014. Paperback, $60.00.  When I started Library School I could be often heard making the same semi-joke to all who asked about the decision. They’d … Continue reading

This is Not a Pipette: Bringing Humanities Methods into LIS Programs
Big Picture / To Read

This is Not a Pipette: Bringing Humanities Methods into LIS Programs

When I was talking with my friends and family about preparing for library school, I couldn’t stop tripping over the phrase “information science.” Between my humanities background and penchant for absurdity, I kept having visions of putting sterilized books into autoclaves or using a pipette to carefully dispense precise information units to patrons. I’ve been … Continue reading

Challenging LCSH – an introduction
Advocacy & Activism / Diversity / Professional Life

Challenging LCSH – an introduction

Catalogues shape our libraries to a massive extent, but their influence is often underestimated. I’m not just talking about filing order, I’m talking about how we classify books and the huge impact this can have on our library users.  The tools (classification schemes, subject headings) we use have fundamental flaws when used blindly, and as … Continue reading

“So what do you study exactly?” Part 2: Library and Information Science
Advocacy & Activism / Big Picture

“So what do you study exactly?” Part 2: Library and Information Science

This post is the second of a two-part series on how, why, and when I explain this degree to others. Check out last month’s Part 1: Online Education. Imagine the scene: You are talking to someone about your graduate degree, and you have just finished the sometimes-exhausting process of telling them about (and convincing them … Continue reading