HLS Weekly Roundup

Editor’s Note: Each week, we reflect on the top articles, blog posts, tweets, news, thoughts, and other tidbits we’ve found interesting or useful . Enjoy!

Opportunity Alert: Applications for the 2014-2015 class of HASTAC Scholars are due September 15! We would love to see more library students involved in this great collaborative program, so if you’re interested in digital scholarship, critical technology studies, and the like, check it out. Feel free to reach out to Anna-Sophia or Brianna with questions – they wrote a post about their experience with HASTAC here.


See, I told you you couldn’t get rid of me that easily. There was so, so much good and important stuff on the Internet this week.

I really appreciated Keonna Hendrick’s take on critical self-reflection for educators and facilitating reflection in others over at the excellent Art Museum Teaching.

And in Radical Librarians in Ferguson and Beyond, R. David Lankes makes two important points: it’s librarians, not libraries, that make a difference, and not all libraries/librarians do make a difference. He calls on us to support Ferguson librarians and all those doing important work not only with money and supplies, but by recognizing that community engagement is not a distraction or a failure to be neutral. Instead, we must “Let them know that this is librarianship.” And Dr. Marcia Chatelain, of #FergusonSyllabus, is encouraging folks to donate books to school and prison libraries and post a photo with the tag #FergusonFreedomLibrary. If you’re looking for a simple back-to-school activity for your student organization, a book drive for a school or prison library would be just the ticket.

In the Los Angeles Review of Books, librarian and writer Justin Wadland’s excellent essay considers the Library in the Future Tense in light of three recent publications.

In counterpoint to the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cover that Becky (and a bunch of other people) hated, The Book Cover Archive is a landing page for great book jacket design. I’ll be nice and won’t quibble about their use of the term “archive,” but instead I’ll admire their efforts to identify and improve the functionalities users want and their commitment to meaningful browsing.

Relatedly, Cooper Hewitt Labs dropped an informative, detailed, and inspiring post about revamping search on their collections site. Talk about raising the bar – I would love to see more and more libraries jump on the great UX bandwagon. Do you have any favorite examples (positive or negative) of library search and browse functionality?

One of my favorite college professors posted on Facebook about this entertaining blog from McGill University, “How Not to Suck at Graduate School.” A lot of the advice is common sense, but is easy to forget or not prioritize when you’re in the weeds, and it bears repeating. Top of this list for me? Remembering that “I thrive under pressure” is a myth.

And, last but not least, I’m hoping this friendly, librarian-oriented guide will help me to not suck at the command line.


I imagine that by now, everyone has seen the coverage of Ferguson Public Library; if you haven’t yet, it’s worth a read! And of course there has been discussion of the Ferguson library on Twitter. I Storified so you don’t have to.

I’d been thinking a lot about social justice and librarianship even before the events in Ferguson and the amazing work being done by the library (remember my post last April on what I call “pro bono librarianing“?), and was directed to some thinking done by other people on this issue. Neither of these are new this week, but they are things I read this week. St. Kate’s MLS program offered a course this summer on “whole person librarianship” which grew out of the thinking expressed in this blog entitled Whole Person Librarianship.


Open access triumphs as the U.S. Copyright Office declares that the famous monkey selfie, subject of recent legal wrangling between Wikimedia and the purported rights holder, is in the public domain. The decision reaffirms Wikimedia’s instance that human authorship is necessary for works to be copyrighted. The Copyright Office’s language is delightfully tongue-in cheek, stating, “The Office will not register works produced by nature, animals, or plants. Likewise, the Office cannot register a work purportedly created by divine or supernatural beings.”


Was going to post something about libraries/information and Ferguson, but it seems my fellow hackers have it covered!

In that case, I leave you with this excellent piece by Miriam Sweeney, an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama, on “How to Read for Grad School.” Full of helpful reminders for new and returning students about how to make the most of all that reading time this fall.

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