Each week, we reflect on the top articles, blog posts, tweets, news, thoughts, and other tidbits we’ve found interesting or useful. Enjoy!
Last week, the new head of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai sought to remove nine Internet Service Providers from supporting Lifeline, a federal program providing subsidized internet service to low income households. A move like this will inevitably place greater strains on public and school libraries to make up for the loss of home internet access for vulnerable populations, including veterans, tribal communities, and single parent households. The FCC is currently seeking comments from the public on whether it should continue to limit broadband subsidies for low-income households. The deadline to submit a comment is March 16.
Page May and Monica Trinidad, two Chicago activists who have been at the forefront of initiatives such as We Charge Genocide, Assata’s Daughters, and For the People Artists Collective, recently launched a podcast called The Lit Review that aims to make political education accessible to more people. They describe it as spark notes in podcast form, and will break down and discuss books on topics including Black struggle, movement history, gender, cultural organizing, and political theory.
Late last week, Quetzalli Barrientos posted some helpful tips on applying to academic library jobs over at ACRLog. She goes over some of the things she would have done differently while job hunting.
New Hack Library School writer here! I am a history and archives management dual degree student at Simmons College, where we just had our second annual DERAIL forum. DERAIL stands for Diversity, Equity, Race, Access, and Identity in LIS. DERAIL is a student-led and student-centered forum. This year, we had a forum with prepared presentations, followed by an unconference on the second day. The prepared presentations ranged in topic from disability justice in public libraries, to preserving indigenous cultural heritage in light of the Dakota Access Pipeline, to community archiving. In addition to serving on the planning committee as the graphic designer and the archivist, I myself delivered a presentation on diverse recruitment in archives and the effect on archival access. You can find the Storify of tweets from DERAIL through this link. You can see the full list of formal presentations here. Finally, you can find the HLS post on last year’s DERAIL forum here. Look out for a fuller reflection on this year’s DERAIL forum from me soon.
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