Weekly Round-Up!

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!


In the most recent issue of the Illinois Library Association Reporter a librarian discusses integrated readers’ advisory (and I’m intrigued). I am also jazzed about some of the guest speakers that will be coming to Urbana Champaign (physically or virtually) such as Maria T. Accardi (I read Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction this summer in one day) and Alison Macrina from the Library Freedom Project (fellow HLS blogger Dylan and I are teaming up to coordinate a talk with her and other students from our department in November). And oh yeah, Illinois still doesn’t have a budget, which continues to impact the University of Illinois and the library and information science department.


Do you like biking? Traveling? Getting to know fellow library people? Then you should check out Cycling for Libraries, a ten-day biking tour held in Europe every summer. At this very moment library peeps are biking through Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, stopping to visit libraries along the way. It’s too late to join, but if want to feed your jealousy you should check out #cyc4lib on Twitter (and start searching for that side job to save up money for next year!).

Samantha A.

If I were going to come up with a library-and-graduate-school-dream-course, this might be it. An entire semester devoted to “death, memories, and decay in the digital world.” (For me, planning a graduate-school-dream course is almost as good as planning my if-I-could-invite-anyone-dead-or-alive dinner party.)


CBS News reported this week on two micro libraries circulating texts among homeless persons. The Free Underpass Library and The East Side Simcoe Library, currently located beneath a small bridge on Lower Simcoe Street in Toronto, are the work of Al and Elwin, respectively. Neither of the two men lives at a fixed address, and so neither of the little libraries has a permanent location. Both the men and the libraries, however, serve the needs of the reading homeless in the area by circulating books on an exchange basis. Most inspiring story of the week, in my opinion. 


I’m a big fan of library Twitter and the chat events that happen there. For instance, on Tuesday the UK-based Radical Librarians Collective held their second #radlibchat, which discussed librarians’ views on critical theories and critical practices. That linked page provides an open access version of the 2014 journal article by Schroeder and Hollister that framed the discussion. A Storify of the chat should also appear on the same page once it has been compiled. Speaking of Twitter, I’ve seen many people on it discussing the recent Library Journal and Gale-Cengage report entitled “Bridging the Librarian-Faculty Gap in the Academic Library.” I’ll admit that I haven’t read much of it yet myself, but here’s a summary article by Meredith Schwartz at Library Journal and a commentary by Erin of the Unified Library Scene blog.

Cover photo from JSMetcalf Photos on Flickr Commons.  Licensed under CC 2.0.

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