Calendar of Readings
Week 1 – September 4: introduction to the course, objectives & purposes, topics & themes
What is “information,” what is an “information agency” and “environment.” How ongoing conversations about power, control, and freedom will structure the course.
- Siva Vaidhynathan, The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash Between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System. New York: Basic Books, 2004. (entire book)
Week 2 – September 11: Professional Values and Professionalization
Exploring the professional values/ethics of librarians through histories of conflict and current policies.
- Don Fallis, “Information Ethics for Twenty-first Century Library Professionals.” Library Hi Tech 25.1 (2007): 23–36.
- Klaus Musmann, “The Ugly Side of Librarianship: Segregation in Library Services from 1900-1950.” In Untold Stories: Civil Rights, Libraries, and Black Librarianship, ed. John Mark Tucker, Champaign, IL: Publications Office, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 1998. 78–92.
- Emily Drabinski, “Librarians and the Patriot Act.” The Radical Teacher 77 (Winter 2006) pgs 12-14.
- American Library Association, “The USA PATRIOT Act” (and Further Reading) http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/federallegislation/theusapatriotact
- American Library Association. “Library Bill of Rights.” http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/
- ———. “Code of Ethics of the American Library Association.” http://www.ala.org/advocacy/proethics/codeofethics/codeethics .
- ———. “History of the ALA Code of Ethics.” http://www.ala.org/advocacy/proethics/history
- In-class visits from Prof. Kristin Eschenfelder and Tanya Cobb to discuss professional portfolios and career services.
Week 3 – September 18: The Neoliberal University in the Age of Information and Excellence
The University as an information agency: its economies, logics, politics, and histories. As applied to recent events in academic librarianship.
- Bill Readings, The University in Ruins, “Introduction,” “The Idea of Excellence,” and “The Decline of the Nation State” pages 1-53.
- Marc Bosquet, How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation, “Introduction: Your Problem is My Problem,” “The Informal Economy of the ‘Information University,’” and “Students are Already Workers” pages 1-89, 125-156.
- Sydni Dunn, “As Their Role Changes, Some Librarians Lose Faculty Status,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 18, 2013. http://chronicle.com/article/As-Role-of-Librarians-Evolves/137937/
- “Goodbye Faculty Status,” Library Journal, March 11, 2013. http://lj.libraryjournal.com/blogs/annoyedlibrarian/2013/03/11/goodbye-faculty-status/
- Alan Bernstein, “Academic Librarians and Faculty Status: Mountain, Molehill, or Mesa.” Georgia Library Quarterly 46.2, Article 6. http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/glq/vol46/iss2/6
- Rick Anderson, “When Sellers and Buyers Disagree: Edwin Mellen Press vs. a Critical Librarian” The Scholarly Kitchen, February 11, 2013. http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2013/02/11/you-probably-think-this-song-is-about-you-edwin-mellen-press-vs-a-critical-librarian/
Week 4 – September 25: Public Institutions and Common Goods
Theorizing the commonweal and public information agencies. As applied to recent events with the New York Public Library, the Digital Public Library of America, and the Urbana Free Library.
- Elinor Ostrom and Charlotte Hess, “Introduction: An Overview of the Knowledge Commons” and “A Framework for Analyzing the Knowledge Commons” in Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice. pages 3-26 and 42-81.
- Charles Peterson, “Lions in Winter” n+1, http://nplusonemag.com/lions-in-winter
- Caleb Crain, “Build More Deliberately” and “The Culture of the NYPL’s Research Division,” Steamboats Are Ruining Everything, http://www.steamthing.com/2012/03/build-more-deliberately.html and http://www.steamthing.com/2012/04/the-culture-of-the-new-york-public-librarys-research-divisions.html
- Robert Darnton, “In Defense of the New York Public Library” http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/jun/07/defense-new-york-public-library/
- “In Defense of the New York Public Library: An Exchange” http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/jul/12/defense-new-york-public-library-exchange/
- Robert Darnton, “Jefferson’s Taper: A National Digital Library” New York Review of Books, http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/nov/24/jeffersons-taper-national-digital-library/
- Zadie Smith, “The North West London Blues” New York Review of Books, http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2012/jun/02/north-west-london-blues/
- Peruse news coverage of the Urbana Free Library weeding “bookgate” : http://reclaimingourlibrary.blogspot.com/p/in-news.html
- Open Letter from Urbana Residents to Urbana Free Library Board of Directors: http://reclaimingourlibrary.blogspot.com/2013/07/an-open-letter-to-urbana-free-library.html
- Carol Tilley, “A Few Reasons You Should Care about #Bookgate Even If You Aren’t From Urbana” http://reclaimingourlibrary.blogspot.com/2013/07/an-open-letter-to-urbana-free-library.html
- Other documents relating to #bookgate: http://reclaimingourlibrary.blogspot.com/p/foia-documents.html
Week 5 – October 2: Access to (and Enclosures of) Information
Enclosures of the Information Commons, “The Digital Divide,” and Critical Information Needs of the Public. Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality as Important Factors in Information Disenfranchisement
- Nancy Kranich, “Countering Enclosure: Reclaiming the Knowledge Commons” in Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice. pages 85-122.
- Bo Kinney. “The Internet, Public Libraries, and the Digital Divide.” Public Library Quarterly 29.2 (2010): 104–161.
- Lew Friedland et al, “Review of the Literature Regarding Critical Information Needs of the American Public,” Report to Federal Communications Commission. (Executive summary.) http://transition.fcc.gov/ocbo/Executive_Summary.pdf
- tatiana de la tierra, “Latina Lesbian Subject Headings: The Power of Naming” Radical Cataloging: Essays from the Front, pages 94-102
- Vibeke Lehmann, “Challenges and Accomplishments in U.S. Prison Libraries” Library Trends 59.3 (Winter 2011) 490-508.
- Julie Hersberger, “The Homeless and Information Needs and Services” Reference & User Services Quarterly, 44.3 (Spring 2005): 199-202.
- “Library for the Homeless” Street Pulse: Madison’s Homeless Cooperative Newspaper 7.17 (August 2013) pg 5.
- James Gleick, “Wikipedia’s Women Problem” New York Review of Books http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2013/apr/29/wikipedia-women-problem/
- Tara McPherson, “Why Are the Digital Humanities So White? Or Thinking the Histories of Race and Computation” Debates in the Digital Humanities http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates/text/29
Week 6 – October 9: Theories of the Archive
The relationship between archives and power, memory, and history – theorized. Concept of “the archive” different than “an archive.” “Find[ing] things where we have already put them.”
- Jacques Derrida, “Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression” diacritics 25.2 (Summer 1995) pgs 9-63.
- Carolyn Steedman, Dust: The Archive in Cultural History, “In the archon’s house,” “‘Something she called a fever: Michelet, Derrida, and dust,” “The magistrates,” and “The space of memory: in an archive” New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press: 2002. pgs 1-83
- Marlene Manoff, “Theories of the Archive from Across the Disciplines” portal: Libraries and the Academy 4.1 (2004) p. 9-25.
- Suzanne Fischer. 2012. “Nota Bene: If You ‘Discover’ Something in an Archive, It’s Not a Discovery.” The Atlantic. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/06/nota-bene-if-you-discover-something-in-an-archive-its-not-a-discovery/258538/
- Helena Iles Papaioannou. 2012. “Actually, Yes, It *Is* a Discovery If You Find Something in an Archive That No One Knew Was There.” The Atlantic. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/12/06/actually-yes-it-is-a-discovery-if-you-find-something-in-an-archive-that-no-one-knew-was-there/258812/
- Walter Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History”
Week 7 – October 16: Collection Development: What are we doing when we build a collection?
Guest Lecture by Anjali Bhasin
- Doyle, Tony. 2003. “Selection Versus Censorship in Libraries.” Collection Management 27 (1): 15–25.
- Asheim, Lester. 1954. “Not Censorship, but Selection.” In Book Selection and Intellectual Freedom: Proceedings of the Second Conference on Intellectual Freedom, 90–99. Whittier, CA: American Library Association.
- American Library Association, “Collection Management Section (CMS) | Assn. for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).” http://www.ala.org/alcts/mgrps/cms.
- ———. “Diversity in Collection Development.” http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=interpretations&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=8530.
- Schomberg, Jessica, and Michelle Grace. 2005. “Expanding a collection to reflect diverse user populations.” Collection Building 24 (4): 124–126
Week 8 – October 23: Social Reading and Community Reading Programs
What are community reading programs? What do they do? Who are they for? What motivates them? Is it a celebration of a book and/or a moment for critical reflection? How do you get grants to support them? Differences from online social reading.
- Danielle Fuller and DeNel Rehberg Sedo, Reading Beyond the Book: The Social Practices of Contemporary Literary Culture, “Introduction,” “Reading,” and “Money” New York: Routledge, 2013, pgs 1-49, 122-163.
- Lisa Nakamura, “‘Words with Friends’: Socially Networked Reading on Goodreads.” PMLA 128.1 (January 2013) 238-243.
- Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, National Endowment for the Arts, www.nea.gov/pup/readingatrisk.pdf
- Discussion of grant/assessment project.
Week 9 – October 30: Information Overload, Past and Present
Information management and user strategies – historically considered.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Books,” http://www.rwe.org/complete/complete-works/vii-society-and-solitude/chapter-viii-books.html
- Ann Blair, “Introduction” and “Reference Genres and Their Finding Devices” from Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information Before the Modern Age. (Yale, 2010) pp. 11-61, 117-172
- Cathy N. Davidson, “Introduction” and “Part One” from Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn. (Viking, 2011) 1-58.
Week 10 - November 6: Michele Besant – Evaluation/Assessment/ Value: Telling our Story
Guest Lecture by Michele Besant
- Kizlik, Bob. “Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Education” http://www.adprima.com/measurement.htm
- University of Washington’s Office of Educational Assessment, FAQ: “How is evaluation different than assessment?” http://www.washington.edu/oea/services/research/program_eval/faq.html
- Insitute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). “Outcome Based Evaluation”
In particular, in the “Presentations” section:
“Knowing What Audiences Learn: Outcomes and Program Planning” (Powerpoint Presentation)
- McWhite, Leigh. 2010. “’So, Your Institution Is Hosting a Presidential Debate…’: A Case Study of 2008 Programming by the University of Mississippi Archives and Spcial Collections.” American Archivist 73 (1): 219-234.
- “Libraries Matter: Impact Research” http://www.ala.org/research/librariesmatter/
- Brown, Karen and Kara Malenfant. 2012Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate: A
Report from the Value of Academic Libraries Summits. ACRL.
or see info on at: http://www.acrl.ala.org/value/?p=381 (includes Podcast)
- “Guidelines for Evaluation of Archival Institutions”
- “American Archives Month: The Power of Collaboration:
- Simmons, Annette. 2006. “The Six Stories You Need to Know How to Tell.”
Chapter 1 in The Story Factor. New York: Basic Books.
Week 11 – November 13: Intellectual Property and Licensing
Guest Lecture by Alan Rubel
- Okerson, Ann. 2000. “Are we there yet? Online e-resources ten years after.” Library Trends 48 (4): 671–693.
- Davis and Feather. 2008. “The Evolution of License Content.” In Electronic Resource Management in Libraries: Research and Practice, eds. Holly Yu and Scott Breivold, 122-144. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.
- Harris, Lesley Ellen. 2009. Licensing Digital Content: a Practical Guide for Librarians. 2nd ed. Chicago: American Library Association. Chapter 4, “Key Digital License Clauses.”
- Ashmore, Beth. 2012. The Librarian’s Guide to Negotiation: Winning Strategies for the Digital Age. Medford, New Jersey: Information Today, Inc. Chapter 7, “Negotiating in the Era of Publisher Consolidation and the Big Deal.”
- Zhang, Tian Xiao. 2012. “Pay-Per-View: a Promising Model of E-Articles Subscription for Middle/Small Sized Academic Libraries in the Digital Age.” In Proceedings of the 2012 Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) Conference. Zadar, Croatia.
- Boyle, James. 1996. Shamans, Software, and Spleens: Law and the Construction of the Information Society. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. Chapter 5, “Intellectual Property and the Liberal State,” and Chapter 6, “Copyright and the Invention of Authorship.”
- Litman, Jessica. 2001. Digital Copyright: Protecting Intellectual Property on the Internet. Amherst, N.Y: Prometheus Books. Chapter 12, “Revising Copyright Law for the Information Age.”
Week 12 – November 20: Computation and Culture
Technological determinism, the idea that technology defines cultural, social, political, and biological possibility, critiqued. Viewed through rhetoric surrounding “big data” and “MOOC” industries.
- David Golumbia, The Cultural Logic of Computation, Cambridge: Harvard University Press (2009), pgs 1-30, 129-225.
- Up to date links to recent media coverage of “big data” and “MOOCs” will be circulated.
Week 13, November 27: Thanksgiving Break – No Class Meeting
Week 14 – December 4: Privacy and Intellectual Freedom
Guest Lecture by Alan Rubel.
- Klinefelter, Anne. 2007. “Privacy and Library Public Services: Or, I Know What You Read Last Summer.” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 26 (December 20): 253–279. doi:10.1300/J113v26n01_13.
- Magi, Trina J. 2007. “The Gap Between Theory and Practice: A Study of the Prevalence and Strength of Patron Confidentiality Policies in Public and Academic Libraries.” Library & Information Science Research 29 (4) (December): 455–470.
- ———. 2010. “A Content Analysis of Library Vendor Privacy Policies: Do They Meet Our Standards?” College & Research Libraries 71 (3) (May): 254–272.
- Rubel, Alan. N.D. “Electronic Resources, Privacy, and Positive Intellectual Freedom.” Draft.
- American Library Association. “Privacy and Confidentiality.” http://www.ala.org/offices/oif/ifissues/privacyconfidentiality
Week 15 – December 11: Creating History in the Museum
Museums as curators and creators of information, knowledge, and narratives.
- Richard Handler and Eric Gable, The New History in an Old Museum: Creating the Past at Colonial Williamsburg, Durham: Duke University Press (1997), entire book.
- Bertolt Brecht, “Questions From A Worker Who Reads” http://unionsong.com/u122.html