Putting Critical Information Literacy into Context: How and Why Librarians Adopt Critical Practices in their Teaching

In Brief Critical information literacy asks librarians to work with their patrons and communities to co-investigate the political, social, and economic dimensions of information, including its creation, access, and use. This approach to information literacy seeks to involve learners in better understanding systems of oppression while also identifying opportunities to take action upon them. An...
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The Collective Approach: Reinventing Affordable, Useful, and Fun Professional Development

In Brief:  In 2014, a small group of librarians at the University of Tennessee set out to redefine the library conference landscape. Frustrated by the high cost and lack of tangible skills and takeaways at professional organization gatherings, they conceived of a low-cost, high-value symposium where academic librarians might learn, create, and collaborate together. The...
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Pre-ILS Migration Catalog Cleanup Project

Image by flickr user ashokboghani (CC BY-NC 2.0) In Brief: This article was written to describe the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center’s (HSLIC) catalog cleanup process prior to migrating to a new integrated library system (ILS).  Catalogers knew that existing catalog records would need to be cleaned up before the...
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Inclusivity, Gestalt Principles, and Plain Language in Document Design

In Brief: Good design makes documents easier to use, helps documents stand out from other pieces of information, and lends credibility to document creators. Librarians across library types and departments provide instruction and training materials to co-workers and library users. For these materials to be readable and accessible, they must follow guidelines for usable document design....
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Beta Spaces as a Model for Recontextualizing Reference Services in Libraries

In Brief: Reference services are at a cross-roads. While many academic libraries continue to offer reference services from behind a desk, others are moving to roving and embedded reference models. Meanwhile, libraries are also engaged in the development of collaborative learning spaces—often rich with technology, such as makerspaces and learning labs—but these spaces are often...
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Considering Outreach Assessment: Strategies, Sample Scenarios, and a Call to Action

In Brief: How do we measure the impact of our outreach programming? While there is a lot of information about successful outreach activities in the library literature, there is far less documentation of assessment strategies. There may be numerous barriers to conducting assessment, including a lack of time, money, staff, knowledge, and administrative support. Further,...
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Change In Publication Schedule

by Editorial Board Hello friends and readers! We’re writing to let you know about a change in our publication strategy, effective immediately. Moving forward, we will be publishing articles on a rolling basis, instead of on every other Wednesday. At the moment, fewer submissions are coming in, but we still think In The Library With...
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And we’re back!

by Editorial Board The In the Library with the Lead Pipe board has been investigating the hacked/malware warnings related to the site and are pleased to report we’re in the clear! Many thanks to @librarieshacked, who was able to pinpoint obfuscated code on the site. We’ve removed that and have passed the subsequent Google review....
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The Quest for Diversity in Library Staffing: From Awareness to Action

by Jennifer Vinopal The work of diversity in libraries begins at the crossroad where superiority, inaction, and denial become intolerable. – Sandra Ríos Balderrama, “This Trend Called Diversity” In Brief: Despite our ongoing quest for diversity and a growing number of initiatives to increase it, the demographics of the professional librarian population haven’t changed in...
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Editorial: Introductions All Around

In Brief: Over the past year, the Editorial Board has experienced some changes (yay, growing pains!). In this group post, current board members introduce themselves and talk about the types of articles they’d love to see submitted in 2016. We also thank all of our emeritus board members for their hard work shaping In The...
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