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--Audre Lorde

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Street Librarianship, Without the Streets

I was asked to write a guest blog post for the new (great) site dh+lib this month. In the post, I talk a bit about my library heroes, and what I hope the overlaps between the digital humanities and libraries can do to further social justice. You can read the post here and I'd love to hear thoughts and feedback.

BIML #4 now order-able on the web

Just a note that I *finally* made it so that The Borough is My Library #4 is now order-able online: here or here.

My apologies on the lag this year, everyone! And if you're adverse to ordering online, I'll be bringing issues #1-4 to the Brooklyn Zine Fest on April 21, 2013!

The New Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library

I visited the new Information Commons at the Brooklyn Public Library's Central branch last weekend and was really impressed. There are reservable spaces for groups to meet, a classroom awaiting use, and even a recording studio with equipment. I had heard a bit about this project before the opening, but it was another experience to be in the space itself and to see it being used and appreciated so quickly. I'm really hopeful about the opportunities that this space presents--those who have been working on this project have done a really stellar job of making it a place that welcomes community use and collaboration.

Metro Annual 2013 Slides

Fold, Staple, Share: The Brooklyn College Library Zine Collection from Alycia

I'm just back from a great day at the 2013 Metro Annual Meeting and wanted to share my slides. If anyone is interested in reading the accompanying notes, feel free to get in touch and I would be happy to send them to you.

Books of 2012

Here's my list of all the books I read this year, with my favorites starred. I read more books total than I ever have before, a full 60!

The Hand in the Museum

I visited the Morgan Library for the first time yesterday. I initially went because the Beatrix Potter exhibit ads stirred up some nostalgia about reading those little books as a kid, but while I was there the "Dürer to de Kooning: 100 Master Drawings from Munich" exhibit was really what drew me in.

The Borough is My Library #4

Here's a glimpse of the covers of issue #4 of The Borough is My Library!
Copies are available on a sliding scale $4 – $7. All profits go to Literacy for Incarcerated Teens. Get issues #1-3 online here. Issues available free of charge for zine libraries.

The Borough is My Library #4

*If you would like to order a copy via the mail email alycia(at)brokenja(dot)ws for mailing address and further details, or to get a quote for additional shipping costs for international orders.
This year's issue again had me impressed with all the great librarians I feel lucky to know and admire.

Contents include:
  • Foreword
  • "What I Love about being a Zine Librarian" by Jude
  • "Things I Don't Like about Being a Zine Librarian" by Jude
  • "Toof & Nail" by Kiki
  • "Library School Adventures" by Elvis Bakaitis
  • "Telling Our Own Stories at Interference Archive" by Molly Fair

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The 2012 Biblioball!

The 2012 Desk Set Biblioball has been announced: it will again be held at the Bell House in Brooklyn on Saturday, December 8. Get your tickets now! This year the event will again raise funds for Literacy for Incarcerated Teens and Urban Librarians Unite’s Sandy Children’s Book Relief Fund. Among other great attractions, The Borough is My Library #4 will be debuting (!) and I'm super excited about this issue. The Desk Set organizers are still looking for volunteers to help make the magic happen, so lend a hand! Mark your calendars, buy your tickets, and I'll see you there!

Open Access Week 2012

Open Access Week is coming up and we're celebrating again at CUNY. Join us if you are local, or hold your own celebrations!

You're Invited! Interference Archive Open House(s)!

Interference Archive Open House! (click through for full details!)

Radical Librarians Book Club!

I know library school can be hard, and that sometimes you don't get the best reactions or perspectives from veteran librarians, or to get to talk about the things you would like to talk about in school (LIS or otherwise). That's why I'm so impressed with the Queens College students who are paving their own way with the Radical Librarians Book Club! (which is open to all--MLS'ed, in the process, or library-curious)

Sunday, August 19th @ 2PM – Free
Radical Librarians Meetup: Bly & Wooten’s “Make Your Own History: Documenting Feminist and Queer Activism in the 21st Century”
The Radical Librarians Book Club is a group of aspiring librarians, current librarians, and other folks who are invested in re-envisioning the traditional library. We seek to examine issues of librarianship from a radical, politically-focused perspective, and build community within the field. The Radical Librarians meet every third Sunday. August’s text is “Make Your Own History: Documenting Feminist and Queer Activism in the 21st Century,” edited by Lyz Bly and Kelly Wooten.

Henry Miller on Daily Writing Routines

I found this on Brain Pickings the other day and thought I'd re-post it here, since it's pretty great:


If groggy, type notes and allocate, as stimulus.

If in fine fettle, write.


Work of section in hand, following plan of section scrupulously. No intrusions, no diversions. Write to finish one section at a time, for good and all.


See friends. Read in cafés.

Explore unfamiliar sections — on foot if wet, on bicycle if dry.

Write, if in mood, but only on Minor program.

Paint if empty or tired.

Make Notes. Make Charts, Plans. Make corrections of MS.

Note: Allow sufficient time during daylight to make an occasional visit to museums or an occasional sketch or an occasional bike ride. Sketch in cafés and trains and streets. Cut the movies! Library for references once a week.

Meta-Radicalism Slides

I'm preparing for the 2012 Protest on the Page: Print Culture History in Opposition to Almost Anything* (*you can think of) conference in September, and I realized that I never shared my slides that I presented at the last Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture conference, Library History Seminar XII: Libraries in the History of Print Culture, that took place in 2010.

Here are my slides that are associated with the beginning work of my Meta-Radicalism paper. If you are interested in taking a look, I'm attaching a proprietary version of the slides that have notes about what I talked about with each slide, and another version that just includes the images from the slide show.

Finally, I'm not sure about the best way to share this work: the slides themselves don't express all of what I presented, but I'm not sure how to share that content alongside them online other than in the notes field of the proprietary software. Any suggestions, other than going back in time and record it all together?

Via Zines, Brooklyn Voices on Display

Check out today's Wall Street Journal for an article about the Brooklyn College Library Zine Collection.

Keep Interference Archive Awesome

I've been in awe of Interference Archive since I first heard about it, and if you haven't heard, you can help keep its doors open by becoming a monthly sustainer of the project. Please help IA out if you can!

If you want to be impressed by all that has happened and what's in the works, go here.

Currently Reading

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Daily Reading Log

October 15, 2015

Reading/dog-earing Coates' Between the World and Me.

October 14, 2013

Finished the Slice Harvester memoir within 12 hours of getting it from ILL. Highly recommended. Made me reminiscent of when I moved to the city and we would get a slice from Luigi's, back when Luigi was still there (and you would not necessarily encounter the dude who we now refer to as the "our friend jesus" guy), and eat it sitting by the canon every single day before my evening shift, with the ferocious pizza-eating squirrels.

October 5, 2015

  • Finished "A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki. One of the best novels I have read in YEARS. Really impressive in voice and intricate construction.
  • Morgan, W., & Wyatt-Smith, C. (2000). Im/proper accountability: Towards a theory of critical literacy and assessment. Assessment in Education, 7(1), 123-142.
  • Schlesselman-Tarango, Gina, "Cyborgs in the Academic Library: A Cyberfeminist Approach to Information Literacy Instruction" (2014). Library Faculty Publications. Paper 19.

September 30, 2015

  • Finished My Struggle (book one) and grew to adore it by the end. There was a moment when I worried it would be too much about being a white guy trying to get girls, but all the death and decay at the end washed away what I had felt, or worried about, in the middle. I also put down another book around the same time for fear of the same pitfalls. Will I finish that one? If I knew that writing about puddles of piss could wholly grip me and endear me to that book in the way it did with this one I would wholeheartedly finish it as soon as I could (every time those were mentioned here at the end I got sliced through the heart just like living with analogous situations IRL).

September 28, 2015

  • Notes on Kimberly Creasap's "Zine-Making as Feminist Pedagogy." Feminist Teacher 24.3 (2014): 155-168.
  • An article I read earlier that I just relocated and that made me feel oh-shit-everyone-has-always-been-exhausted: Blair, Ann. 2003. Reading strategies for coping with information overload, ca.1550-1700. Journal of the History of Ideas 64, no. 1: 11-28.

September 27, 2015

  • Been reading Karl Ove Knausgard's My Struggle, and was having a strange relationship with it. But then it got to the parts involving his father's grandmother's house after his death and what that looked like and was and I am like hook/line/sinker into it.
  • Tewell, Eamon. “A Decade of Critical Information Literacy: A Review of the Literature.” Communications in Information Literacy 9, no. 1 (2015): 24-43.

September 11, 2015

  • Trying to finish A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki for next Tuesday. Totally digging it so far.

July 22, 2015

  • Started Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

May 29, 2015

  • Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. So funny!

May 1, 2015

  • The best thing I've ever gulped down while on the train; tired and delayed, clutching the pole, banging into others, totally gone.

    "I slipped my hand behind my ribcage, removed my heart, and smashed it into the carpet."

April 7, 2015

  • "CC-BY unrest" by Gavia Libraria/the Library Loon
  • Simon Gikandi's Editor's Column in PMLA from 2013, "The Fantasy of the Library":
    • "My faith in the library as custodian of culture and civilization was premised on what now appears an unforgivable form of blindness--the belief that libraries were autonomous, objective fountains of knowledge. Enchanted by books and the buildings that housed them, one could easily forget that libraries were often institutions of power." (12).

March 27, 2015

  • Reading Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band, and revisiting my favorite Sonic Youth songs (the Kim ones, duh).

March 11, 2015

March 1, 2015

  • More CUNY reading: Kelly Blanchat's “Optimizing KBART Guidelines to Restore Perpetual Access” in Collection Development, 34.1.