HLS Weekly Round Up

Editor’s Note: This new series features a weekly round-up of interesting articles, blog posts, tweets, news, thoughts, and other tidbits related to the world of library school. Enjoy!


I loved the Amelia Bedelia books as a child. And since information literacy has been in the twitter-verse recently, this column about a long-standing Wikipedia hoax caught my eye.

This is a live-blog of a presentation on Inequality Regimes and Student Experience in Online Learning.

I was very jealous last week of the people tweeting from Library Instruction West. Kevin Seeber put together a concise set of reflections that provide a tantalizing taste of the apparently quite valuable discussions that were had.


Matthew Battles and Jeffrey T. Schnapp of metaLAB drew some strong reactions with this excerpt from their new book, The Library Beyond the Book. I found myself genuinely wondering whether theirs is a utopian or dystopian vision (and whether that’s what matters), and about the vast amount of taxonomy that is in fact required to create the appearance of anti-taxonomy. I can’t wait to get my hands on the full text; it’s sure to be thought-provoking. What do you all think?

One of our favorite LIS publications, In the Library with the Lead Pipe, has adopted a fantastic Community Code of Conduct.

This rad Barnard Library zine helps students and researchers figure out how to cite zines.

This week’s #critlib chat was a discussion of Amber Billey, Emily Drabinski, and K. R. Roberto’s recent article, “What’s Gender Got To Do With It? A Critique of RDA Rule 9.7.” If you missed it when it came out, you’ll probably want to add it to your extracurricular reading list right now.

Following up on the discussion of faculty status and tenure in academic libraries that I posted last week, I highly recommend Barbara Fister’s post on desirable working conditions for academic librarians and their relationship with tenure: Should Academic Librarians Have Tenure May Be The Wrong Question and Anne-Marie Deitering’s post on the “broader strokes” of what tenure could look like.

And finally, I’m going to second Becky’s suggestion that you check out sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom (if you don’t follow her on Twitter, you’re missing out) and her talk this week at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society on the subject of inequality regimes and student experience in online learning that looks like it was amazing. In addition to MIT student Nathan Matias’s live blog that Becky linked above, Tressie has rounded up her notes and reflections on her blog and Audrey Watters has posted a pair of fantastic responses on Hack Education.


Many will be pleased to read this write-up of a study on the effects of reading Harry Potter: reading the novels, and identifying with Harry, was correlated with increased sympathy for stigmatized and marginalized groups! As someone who didn’t read the Harry Potter series until adulthood (due to the informal censorship of being raised in a conservative town where movies/books about “witchcraft” and “wizardry” were frowned upon), I was very encouraged and heartened by this piece. Yay, reading!


I would second Anna-Sophia’s #critlib recommendation, and add in this book (Critical Library Instruction) Emily Drabinski was also a part of, and that has been a longstanding favorite for informing my own instructional practices.

In keeping with the zine theme, make sure to check out the Forgotten Zine Archive in Dublin (and if you’re in the area, check out the Dublin Zine Fair this month). I had the privilege of meeting the talented and awesome folks behind the archive at the iConference in Berlin in March, and love the work they do!

Finally, for the history lovers among us, I want to recommend Ethelene Whitmire’s recent book, Regina Anderson Andrews: Harlem Renaissance Librarian. I’m studying the same library for my dissertation work, and Whitmire’s writing is engaging and insightful, and definitely worth a read no matter what your interests.

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