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

Advocacy & Activism / Big Picture / Diversity / Professional Life / This Is Awesome

Recruiting New LIS Students

I was excited to read recently that ALA is sponsoring a series of informational workshops with the hopes of recruiting a wider pool of students interested in library & information science. The workshops, which are an IMLS-funded partnership between the ALA Office for Diversity & Spectrum Scholarship Program and LIS graduate programs in 5 different cities, will offer … Continue reading