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Excellence in Teaching Award

I am very honored to be nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award based on significant contributions to teaching and student learning.

This year of teaching has been particularly wonderful because I developed and taught a new graduate LIS course in Community Engagement. This course was designed to explore how information professionals in libraries and other settings collaborate with community members and organizations. It considers theory and practice emphasizing critical analysis of policies, services and trends.

One class assignment involved a semester-long investigation to explore local initiatives. Students connected with organizations to consider community needs and the potential role of LIS in meeting them. For example, one group looked at role of libraries in strengthening the capacities of indigenous peoples and the protection of cultures. Another focused on the availability of programs to foster literacy for young children. A third looked at resources to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community members. For their final project, students created a poster to present at the state library conference, which offered the opportunity to extend their understanding through exchange with professional colleagues. This year’s conference theme was, fittingly, Building Community: Opportunities, Challenges, and Innovations. Student posters were also deposited in the institutional repository, ScholarSpace.

Community Engagement students enjoying Banned Books Week Read Out

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occupy the syllabi

the white male canon is not sufficient for theorizing the lives of marginalized people…

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count the readings authored by white males and those authored by the majority of humanity. then ask yourself: are your identities and the identities of people you love reflected on these syllabi? whose perspectives and life experiences are excluded? is it really worth it to accumulate debt for such an epistemically poor education?

dailycal.org/2015/01/20/occupy-syllabus

Queer Library Alliance: Global Reflections and Imaginings CFP

International forums such as the World Pride Human Rights Conference (WPHRC) and International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (ILGA) delve into issues of interest and concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people on a global scale.[1],[2] We have not seen this sort of consideration in the context of library and information studies. For example, until recently, no substantial discussions of issues related to library services for LGBTQ community members had taken place within the International Federation of Library Associations and Organizations (IFLA) Conference’s 80 year history. The 2014 launch of the IFLA LGBTQ Users Special Interest Group (SIG) represents a turning point in this story. Within this anthology, Queer Library Alliance: Global Reflections and Imaginings, we aim to extend this narrative and explore these matters more fully.[3]

Library user groups should not be overlooked. As a population that is often the subject of discrimination and harassment, LGBTQ people benefit from the access to information and the sense of community library programs foster. Librarians have a professional obligation to ensure that all library users have free and equal access to a wide range of library services, materials, and programs – regardless of sex, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, etc. Some information organizations embrace this commitment and some collections emphasize LGBTQ materials – and we can and should learn from these examples, but there are many gaps in our practice and understanding.[4]

This edited collection, to be published by Library Juice Press in late 2015, serves as a point of departure to enhance queer understanding. We invite submissions based on topics of contemporary importance to librarians serving LGBTQ users around the world, such as: professional attitudes, library as safe and welcoming space, challenges to providing services and innovative programming, effective practice in acquiring, collecting, and preserving materials including literature, academic works, and texts of interest to LGBTQ youth and families, intersections, outreach, and partnerships with community organizations.

The anthology will be organized into thematic sections around these topics and others that emerge from submissions. It will offer insights into the current climate and trends. Diverse geographic perspectives will inform critical understanding and professional practice – and encourage further imagining.

The target audience for this foundational text includes all types of librarians, archivists, curators, library educators, and other community members interested in considering library and information services for LGBTQ people.

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit abstracts up to 500 words to queerlibraryalliance@gmail.com by January 15, 2015. Notifications will be sent by March 1 and manuscripts from 4000-6000 words will be due by June 15, 2015.

[1] World Pride Human Rights Conference. http://www.wphrc14.com/program

[2] International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association. http://ilga.org

[3] International Federation of Library Associations and Organizations Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning Users Special Interest Group. http://www.ifla.org/about-lgbtq

[4] Wikipedia Incomplete List of LGBTQ Archives/Libraries/Special Collections. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libraries_and_the_LGBT_community#Incomplete_List_of_LGBTQ_Archives.2FLibraries.2FSpecial_Collections

 

Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa Ho’okele Na’auao

Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa hosted Ho’okele Na’auao | Hawaiian Librarianship Symposium 2014 on October 23 in collaboration with Hawai’inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge (HSHK) Kamakakūokalani Resource Center and the Library & Information Science (LIS) Program.

This symposium emphasized preservation including discussion and viewing of 19th century kapa moe, which had been recently restored. The general purpose was three-fold:

  1. To increase the number of Library and Information Science Native Hawaiian graduate students
  2. To build a strong collaborative relationship between HSHK and the LIS program
  3. To promote Hawaiian Librarianship and its importance in the 21st century.
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Ho‘okele Na‘auao literally means to sail or navigate towards knowledge. With the amount of information that is readily available these days, information professionals have now become the navigators, working alongside users to guide them to the appropriate resources and, ultimately, their destination.

Learn more via Twitter – #hookele2014

how lesbians invented the internet and other stories from toronto

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On October 18, the University of Toronto Faculty of Information hosted Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium. This event enabled lively discussion around many of the topics explored in the Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader‘s 27 essays, which situate the field of Information Studies into critical conversation with studies of gender, sexuality, race, and technology. Here is an excerpt from the Colloquium description:

Perhaps more than any other discipline, information studies confronts the theoretical with the material. From the collections we build to the access tools we design to the histories we collect, catalog, and preserve, information studies theorists and practitioners are always engaged in the projects of making and being made.

Scholars presented on many exciting projects including The Circle of Lesbian Indexers, Feminist Porn, and Black LGBTQ Brilliance. Check out the full schedule here and learn more about what was shared via Twitter – #gsisc2014.