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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2018
Sep
19
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Beyond saints, spies and salespeople: new analogies for library liaison programmes

In Brief Academic libraries in the UK are placing an increased emphasis on engagement and partnership building with academics. Attempts to articulate what is meant by this engagement rely on analogies from the commercial world, notably from sales- driven environments. This language can prove counteractive to true faculty engagement. It retains a focus on a...
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2018
Aug
22

Racing to the Crossroads of Scholarly Communication and Democracy: But Who Are We Leaving Behind?

In Brief Scholarly communication has tremendous potential to help build and sustain a democratic society. Nevertheless, in our race to the crossroads of scholarly communication and democracy, it is important to examine this work through the critical lens of broader librarian professional values—with particular attention to democracy itself, access, and diversity—to ensure that we are...
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2018
Aug
08
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Editorial: Update to Lead Pipe submission guidelines

In Brief: Announcing an update to In the Library with the Lead Pipe’s submission guidelines. We have received feedback about our submission process and have reexamined our framework questions. As a result, the Lead Pipe Editorial Board has revised the set of framework questions to better assist author(s) in developing their proposals and provide the...
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2018
Jul
25
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In Pursuit of Equity: Applying Design Thinking to Develop a Values-Based Open Access Statement

In Brief We wanted to rethink how our library supported open access, so we attempted to ask ourselves and our staff why they supported “open” and how they defined “open”. By unpacking our institutional and individual understandings of “open” using design thinking principles, we were able to not only create a strong and value-driven statement,...
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2018
Jul
11

“Life-Now”: James Tiptree, Joanna Russ, and the Queer Meaning of Archives

In Brief: Archives have special meaning for queer people, and there are fascinating parallels between queer and archival thought. The author draws on several sources to explore these ideas: a case study of archival correspondence between two queer science fiction writers who saw very different futures for their letters, Elizabeth Freeman’s concept of “queer time,”...
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