2019
Apr
17
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Preparing Early Career Librarians for Leadership and Management: A Feminist Critique

In Brief This article explores the opportunities and challenges that early career librarians face when advancing their careers, desired qualities for leaders or managers of all career stages, and how early career librarians can develop those qualities. Our survey asked librarians at all career stages to share their sentiments, experiences, and perceptions of leadership and...
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2019
Mar
06

Intersubjectivity and Ghostly Library Labor

In Brief Libraries are haunted houses. As our patrons move through scenes and illusions that took years of labor to build and maintain, we workers are hidden, erasing ourselves in the hopes of providing a seamless user experience, in the hopes that these patrons will help defend Libraries against claims of death or obsolescence. However,...
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2019
Feb
20

Care, Code, and Digital Libraries: Embracing Critical Practice in Digital Library Communities

In Brief In this article, the author explores the necessity of articulating an ethics of care in the design, governance, and future evolution of digital library software applications. Long held as the primary technological platforms to advance the most radical values of librarianship, the digital library landscape has become a re-enactment of local power dynamics...
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2019
Feb
06
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Dismantling Deficit Thinking: A strengths-based inquiry into the experiences of transfer students in and out of academic libraries

In Brief Library research on transfer students tends to focus on the idea of the “struggling” transfer student and creating solutions to “fix” them. While we might assume transfer students will falter because they missed our institutions’ first-year offerings, this oversimplifies their vast and heterogeneous experiences. Our study complicates the narrative of the lagging transfer...
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2019
Jan
23

Transformative praxis – building spaces for Indigenous self-determination in libraries and archives

In Brief This article explores questions regarding the development and support of Indigenous priorities and self-determination in Australian libraries and archives. It calls for greater use of Indigenous research methodologies within library and archival science in order to seek ways to decolonize and simultaneously indiginze libraries and archives. As a written reflection, the article shares...
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2018
Dec
26

They CAN and they SHOULD and it’s BOTH AND: The role of undergraduate peer mentors in the reference conversation

In Brief: Academic libraries hire and train student employees to answer reference questions which can result in high-impact employment experiences for these students. By employing students in this role, opportunities are created for peer-to-peer learning and for a learning community to develop among the student employees. However, not everyone supports this practice. Some believe undergraduates...
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2018
Nov
14
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“I Remember…”: A Written-Reflection Program for Student Library Workers

In Brief: Two librarians who run a library commons space implemented a written reflection program with their undergraduate student employees to improve team communication, create a qualitative record of the space, and generate case studies for discussion in group meetings. In this article, they present and analyze examples of their student workers’ reflective writing about...
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2018
Oct
31
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Towards a Critical Assessment Practice

“We worry about disclosing data, but often do not consider the implications of creating data.” -Jeffrey Alan Johnson (2018, p. vi) “A critical assessment practice starts with mindfulness.” -Sonia DeLuca Fernández (2015, p. 5) In Brief This article explores how librarians might meaningfully engage critical perspectives to interrogate the structures of power and methodologies that...
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2018
Oct
03
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Bridging the Relationship Gap: Using Social Network Theories to Inform Library Services for Graduate Students

In Brief Graduate school is a transformative time for many students. For some students, this is an exciting adventure that allows them to explore new ideas and more fully express themselves. However, many graduate students experience feelings of anxiety, frustration, and exclusion because they don’t feel like they belong to this academic community. Socially-based struggles...
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