2018
Apr
18

Critical Optimism: Reimagining Rural Communities through Libraries

In Brief: In the absence of governmental agencies and philanthropic support, many rural communities see their local library as the last civic, cultural, or service organization in town. This reality presents obvious challenges to the librarian, and also incredible opportunity. As the primary convener, libraries have the ability to facilitate regeneration in the communities they...
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2018
Apr
04

Scholarship as an Open Conversation: Utilizing Open Peer Review in Information Literacy Instruction

In Brief: This article explores the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy’s frame, Scholarship as a Conversation. This frame asserts that information literate students have the disposition, skills, and knowledge to recognize and participate in disciplinary scholarly conversations. By investigating the peer-review process as part of scholarly conversations, this article provides a brief literature review on...
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2018
Mar
21

User-Centered Provisioning of Interlibrary Loan: a Framework

In Brief: Interlibrary loan (ILL) has grown from a niche service limited to few privileged scholars to a ubiquitous expected service. Yet, workflows still assume specialness. Users’ needs should come first and that means redesigning ILL into a unified linear user-centered process. It is not just a request form, rather we need improved mechanisms for...
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2018
Mar
07
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Without Foundations, We Can’t Build: Information Literacy and the Need for Strong School Library Programs

In Brief Information literacy is an essential life skill, and learning information literacy starts when students begin their schooling in the K-12 years. However, a disturbing trend has arisen: the lack of school libraries, and librarians, in schools across the country. Without a school librarian, students are not learning the foundations they need to become...
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2018
Feb
21
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Editorial: What we’ve been up to

Your editors at Lead Pipe wanted to share some of the things we’ve been working on and thinking about, Lead Pipe aside. Enjoy!   Amy One of the projects I work on at my library is the Civic Lab, a pop-up participatory program initiative centered around facilitating deeper exploration of how our government works, social...
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2018
Feb
07
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Spotlight on Digital Government Information Preservation: Examining the Context, Outcomes, Limitations, and Successes of the DataRefuge Movement

In Brief: Access and preservation of online government data and information has been a long-standing and complex issue for librarians in government information librarianship, but it has recently started to receive attention on a larger level from the media, public, and libraries in general. The most recent initiative to archive digital government data was the...
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2018
Jan
10

Vocational Awe and Librarianship: The Lies We Tell Ourselves

In Brief Vocational awe describes the set of ideas, values, and assumptions librarians have about themselves and the profession that result in notions that libraries as institutions are inherently good, sacred notions, and therefore beyond critique. I argue that the concept of vocational awe directly correlates to problems within librarianship like burnout and low salary....
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2017
Dec
28

Bringing Student Voices into the University Archives:
 A Student Organization Documentation Initiative Case Study

In Brief The undergraduate student experience has long been poorly and selectively captured by university archives. Though student narratives have always been essential for creating a complete history of the university, current nationwide student protests have made these voices all the more important to capture. As students engage in activism, regarding issues relevant to student...
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2017
Dec
13
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Editorial: Harassment in Scholarship is Unacceptable–and Requires Action

Something is rotten in the state of online scholarship. We here at Lead Pipe have noticed a significant uptick in commenting and other behaviors across multiple social platforms that constitute harassment—comments, subtweets, and actions meant to intimidate, cause anxiety in, personally discredit, and silence scholars who share their research and arguments through publication and in...
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2017
Nov
29

Accessibility for Justice: Accessibility as a Tool for Promoting Justice in Librarianship

In Brief Recent critiques of diversity in higher education and librarianship by Stewart (2017), Hudson (2017), and Hathcock (2015) have encouraged a critical shift away from diversity talk and initiatives, towards attention to equity, anti-racism, and whiteness. They point out that diversity initiatives often fail to address deeper power imbalances, and they offer new language...
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