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--Audre Lorde

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Libraries and the Reading Public

I feel very lucky to be able to say that my work has now been published as one chapter in the book: Libraries and the Reading Public in Twentieth-Century America, Edited by Christine Pawley and Louise S. Robbins.

Thank you to all the folks who were a part in making this happen, especially anyone who has talked with me about the writing process or who helped me think over and wrestle with writing and research and scholarly communications at large.

It does feel very different/permanent/tangible to see the words I picked transformed into a codex. That doesn't mean I don't still want to change them, make them better, keep editing. But it does somehow feel bigger, to hold something in hand and to have it be part of something larger.

The chapter is licensed CC-BY-SA, and you can read a pre-print version here.

September 10, 2013

  • Happy Official Domesticity Day.
  • Haven't logged in for quite some time here, neglecting even the reading log, working on work and the thesis.
  • Reading the MALS honorable mention thesis awarded "The Fist is Still Raised: The Vernacular Invisibility of Political Art" by Hadassah M. Damien

More August

Contemplating Licenses

Here's a post I did over at the OA @ CUNY blog. Ruminating on licenses and what they mean (in general, in the courtroom, on the street, in one's imagination, anywhere else) is pretty much a daily conversation at my house. I think I may have a weird house?

Early August

  • Finished The Flame Alphabet. Somewhere along the way, I thought I'd gotten a whiff that this book had a twist ending. There I was, reading along, anticipating something startling, and the book ended. It definitely kept me going faster than it would have otherwise without this inaccurate info, but also may have made it into something different as a reader. Not that the book isn't surprising--it's just that twist is not really what it contains. Now I'm waiting for Cronenberg to make a movie out of it. Or at least certain parts.
  • Still reading and enjoying Doing Recent History, which is also interesting for its portions about archives and privacy--from a researcher's, not a curator/collector/preservationist's perspective.

August 1-3, 2013

  • Reading The Flame Alphabet on the train, started de Certeau at home (wondering why it's taken me this long to begin), and Doing Recent History, which has really helped me in thinking about the kind of work that I (try to) do.

July 26-28, 2013

  • Took the weekend off from thesis reading/writing. Read The Glass Castle, almost finished Orange is the New Black.

July 22, 2013

July 19, 2013

  • Re-reading and making notes from Free Culture:
    • "Technology means you can now do amazing things easily; but you couldn’t easily do them legally." (105)
    • "We live in a “cut and paste” culture enabled by technology." (105)
  • Mister Rogers testimony in SONY CORP. OF AMER. v. UNIVERSAL CITY STUDIOS, INC., 464 U.S. 417 (1984)
    "Some public stations, as well as commercial stations, program the “Neighborhood” at hours when some children cannot use it. I think that it’s a real service to families to be able to record such programs and show them at appropriate times.

Sharing Zine Librarianship

This was a really fantastic development that I'm so happy to be able to share. I'm really excited and proud to have Robin take over the zine collection at Brooklyn College.

July 17, 2013

July 14, 2013

More about Me

There's a short post about me at the Mina Rees Library blog, in case you're interested, and additionally there's now a lot more info about my scholarly and professional work over at this new site. I'm not sure what exactly posting more detailed information about my work on the web will do (other than make a good place for me to keep track of my projects--one of the site's main goals), but perhaps it could inspire a bit more transparency in academia like what Benjamin Mako Hill is talking about here?

July 11, 2013

June 30, 2013

  • I have been utterly wrapped up in my thesis project. Re-read Duncombe and Piepmeier, lots of zines, lots of notes, lots of things coming!