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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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6
May
2015
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Editorial: As the World Turns So Do We: A New Publication Strategy

In Brief: Announcing an update to In the Library with the Lead Pipe’s publication strategy. By Editorial Board, Erin Dorney, Lindsey Rae, Brett Bonfield, Ellie Collier, and Hugh Rundle In the Library With the Lead Pipe began in the fall of 2008 with lofty publication goals. Six librarians launched the site as a peer-reviewed blog, with plans to publish an article...
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22
Apr
2015

Adopting the Educator’s Mindset: Charting New Paths in Curriculum and Assessment Mapping

Throwback Thursday for June 18, 2015: In the Library with the Lead Pipe welcomes Bethany Messersmith to our Editorial Board!  In honor of Throwback Thursday, we’re highlighting Bethany’s recent piece on curriculum and assessment mapping.   In Brief: The greatest challenge that I faced in my role as Information Literacy Librarian occurred as a result...
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8
Apr
2015

Randall Munroe’s What If as a Test Case for Open Access in Popular Culture

  In Brief: Open access to scholarly research benefits not only the academic world but also the general public. Questions have been raised about the popularity of academic materials for nonacademic readers. However, when scholarly materials are available, they are also available to popularizers who can recontextualize them in unexpected and more accessible ways. Randall...
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11
Mar
2015
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#DitchTheSurvey: Expanding Methodological Diversity in LIS Research

Survey rating scale: In Brief: Recent content analyses of LIS literature show that, by far, the most popular data collection method employed by librarians and library researchers is the survey. The authors of this article, all participants in the 2014 Institute for Research Design in Librarianship, recognize that there are sound reasons for using a...
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25
Feb
2015

Beyond the Threshold: Conformity, Resistance, and the ACRL Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education

Throwback Thursday for July 16, 2015: In the Library with the Lead Pipe welcomes Ian Beilin to our Editorial Board! In honor of Throwback Thursday, we’re highlighting Ian’s recent piece on the ACRL Framework.   In Brief: The recently adopted ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education has generated much critique and discussion, including...
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28
Jan
2015

A Conversation with Librarian-Editors

In brief: Ellie Collier interviews several librarian-editors about the publishing process, with a focus on “call for chapters” style books. By Ellie Collier Introduction: I began working on In the Library with the Lead Pipe in 2008 as a founding editor and author, despite hating to write. The prospect seemed too exciting to let my own dislike...
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