Advice for First Generation LIS Students
Diversity / Honesty / Professional Life

Advice for First Generation LIS Students

I come from a family that doesn’t have work email, retirement stocks, or salaries. My parents and siblings, my “people,” are name tag and hairnet people. Clock-out for your lunch break people. With four older siblings, I was the first to graduate high school and then the first in my family to go to college. Now, as I finish my last … Continue reading

Handicap “Hack”-cessible: Disability Services and the Library Student
Diversity / Education & Curriculum

Handicap “Hack”-cessible: Disability Services and the Library Student

Raise your hand if you have a disability. While I can’t actually take a count, I can guess that at least 8% of you should have responded in the affirmative. Were I not using my hands to type, I’d be reaching for the ceiling, too. Disabilities in library school are hardly rare. Based on a … Continue reading

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

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