7
Oct
2015

White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS

In Brief: Whiteness—an ideological practice that can extend beyond notions of racial supremacy to other areas of dominance—has permeated every aspect of librarianship, extending even to the initiatives we claim are committed to increasing diversity. This state of affairs, however, need not remain. This article examines the ways in which whiteness controls diversity initiatives in...
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23
Sep
2015
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Editorial: Summer Reading 2015

Photo by Flickr user Moyan_Brenn of Moyan Brenn Photography (CC BY 2.0) Editors from In The Library With The Lead Pipe are taking a break from our regular schedule to share our summer reading favs. Tell us what you’ve been reading these last few months in the comments! By Editorial Board, Hugh Rundle, Ellie Collier, Annie Pho, Erin Dorney, Bethany Messersmith, Lindsey...
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26
Aug
2015
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Archives Alive!: librarian-faculty collaboration and an alternative to the five-page paper

In brief: The short research paper is ubiquitous in undergraduate liberal arts education. But is this assignment type an effective way to assess student learning or writing skills? We argue that it rarely is, and instead serves as an artifact maintained out of instructor familiarity with and unnecessary allegiance to timeworn conceptions of “academia.” As...
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12
Aug
2015
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New Grads, Meet New Metrics: Why Early Career Librarians Should Care About Altmetrics & Research Impact

In Brief How do academic librarians measure their impact on the field of LIS, particularly in light of eventual career goals related to reappointment, promotion, or tenure? The ambiguity surrounding how to define and measure impact is arguably one of the biggest frustrations that new librarians face, especially if they are interested in producing scholarship...
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29
Jul
2015
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Why Diversity Matters: A Roundtable Discussion on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Librarianship

In Brief:  After presenting together at ACRL 2015 to share research we conducted on race, identity, and diversity in academic librarianship, we reconvene panelists Ione T. Damasco, Cataloger Librarian at the University of Dayton, Isabel Gonzalez-Smith, Undergraduate Experience Librarian at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Dracine Hodges, Head of Acquisitions at Ohio State University, Todd...
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1
Jul
2015
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Revising Academic Library Governance Handbooks

Original Image by Flickr user Sasquatch 1 (CC BY 2.0), with minimal modification by C. Strunk (10 June 2015). In Brief Regardless of our status (tenure track, non-tenure track, staff, and/or union), academic librarians at colleges and universities may use a handbook or similar document as a framework for self-governance. These handbooks typically cover rank...
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3
Jun
2015

Soliciting Performance, Hiding Bias: Whiteness and Librarianship

Image by Flickr user tweng (CC BY-SA 2.0) In Brief: Despite the growing body of research on our professional demographics and multi-year diversity initiatives, librarianship in the United States remains overwhelmingly white. I suggest the interview process is a series of repetitive gestures designed to mimic and reinforce white middle class values, which ultimately influence...
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