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Is “Diversity” an Effective Anti-Racism Tactic in Library and Information Science? A Critique by David James Hudson

ABSTRACT Drawing on a range of critical race and anti-colonial writing, and focusing chiefly on Anglo-Western contexts of librarianship, this paper offers a broad critique of diversity as the dominant mode of anti-racism in LIS. After outlining diversity’s core tenets,

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A Call to Crowdsourcing

Recently, the National Archives uploaded a new collection of records to their Citizen Archives Project. The relatively small collection features photographs of life on Native American reservations in the early to mid 20th century all in need of descriptive tagging.

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A study on diversity in romance publishing

A romance focused book store in Los Angeles, The Ripped Bodice, produced a study verifying what many readers will already know: the romance publishing industry has a whiteness problem. Romance writers being published by conventional presses (Kensington, Harlequin, Avon, etc.,)

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The Dynamic Library – Experiments with RFID

While browsing at the Printed Matter NY Art Book Fair, I happened across a book called The Dynamic Library, and couldn’t resist taking it home. As it turns out, serendipity and the mobility and discoverability of books is a major

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“Nation Building Through Information Sharing”: Nancy Dupree and the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University

On September 10, 2017, the Afghanistan Center of Kabul University (ACKU) announced that its founder, Nancy Dupree, died at 89 years old. Dupree, an American who spent many years in Afghanistan, collected photographs, sound recordings, newspapers, magazines, and other documents

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OCLC: replace FAST heading “Illegal aliens”

In July 2014, students and librarians from Dartmouth College submitted a proposal to change the Library of Congress Subject Heading (LCSH) Illegal aliens and associated headings such as Children of illegal aliens. LC rejected that proposal in December 2014. The American Library Association

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Most Americans – especially Millennials – say libraries can help them find reliable, trustworthy information

Americans struggle to determine what news and information sources they should trust and how to discern reliable information online. They worry that fake news is sowing confusion about current events. And many express a desire to get help. About six-in-ten

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