2019
Nov
13

Librarianship at the Crossroads of ICE Surveillance

In Brief Information capitalism, the system where information, a historically, largely free and ubiquitous product of basic communication, is commodified by private owners for profit, is entrenched in our society. Information brokers have consolidated and swallowed up huge amounts of data, in a system that leaves data purchase, consumption, and use largely unregulated and unchecked....
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2019
Oct
30
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Consultants in Canadian Academic Libraries: Adding New Voices to the Story

In Brief The practice of hiring consultants in academic libraries is widespread, but research on the topic is not. We argue that this practice stems from underlying neoliberal ideals that may disenfranchise library workers. This research is the first to include the experiences and perspectives of library employees to better understand the practice of hiring...
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2019
Oct
16
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When Does Burnout Begin? The Relationship Between Graduate School Employment and Burnout Amongst Librarians

In Brief Burnout issues are of increasing concern for many service professionals, including Library and Information Science (LIS) workers; however, the majority of articles addressing burnout in the LIS field describe methods of coping with burnout, but do not ascertain trends and preventable factors. The purpose of this study was to identify the percentage of...
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2019
Sep
18
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Leading from the Center: Reimagining Feedback Conversations at an Academic Library

In Brief What if we brought the same compassion and learner mindset that we use with students to our interactions with colleagues? Inspired by change management through the lens of appreciative inquiry and interpersonal effectiveness, a team of University Library faculty and staff developed a series of professional development workshops to establish a shared baseline...
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2019
Sep
04

Against medicine: Constructing a queer-feminist community health informatics and librarianship

In Brief Community health informatics (CHI) is rapidly developing as a field of library practice but remains constrained by unexamined definitions of “community”, “health”, and “informatics” as separate and unified terms. This is further complicated by a failure to situate libraries within a history of institutional oppression which continues to work itself out in the...
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2019
Aug
21

Sliding Across the Database Divide with Proactive Chat Help

In Brief Proactive chat help has gained attention in academic libraries for increasing the number of questions from online users. Librarians have reported a significant increase in chat traffic, particularly related to research. So far, library websites have been the primary target of proactive chat implementation efforts, leaving subscription databases largely untouched and their users...
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2019
Aug
07
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“All I did was get this golden ticket”: Negative Emotions, Cruel Optimisms, and the Library Job Search

In Brief Drawing from survey results and interviews with recent job seekers, this article investigates the effect behind defeatist attitudes, anxieties, resiliency narratives, and intimacies that are central to librarian successes and failures. Connecting these narratives with Lauren Berlant’s cruel optimism, we explore the dangerous attachment LIS job seekers have with the field. While library...
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2019
Jul
24
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Shifting the Balance of Power: Asking Questions about the Comics-Questions Curriculum

In Brief We shift the balance of power in this paper by discussing a particular library lesson, the Comics-Questions Curriculum, with some of the students who participated in it, several years after they completed the workshop. By interviewing students and including them as co-authors of this paper, we re-center students in our analysis of this...
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2019
Jul
10
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All carrots, no sticks: Relational practice and library instruction coordination

In Brief: This article explores the relational practices that comprise the feminized work of instruction coordinators in academic libraries. It is a continuation of research originally presented at the 2017 Association of College and Research Libraries Conference. Through the lens of relational-cultural theory and social constructions of work, this expanded research analysis names the specific...
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