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CHANGED DATE! - Critical Pedagogy and Library Instruction Event

Library Association of CUNY Instruction Committee Spring Event "Critical Pedagogy and Library Instruction"

Saturday, May *8*, 2010
Brooklyn College Library

This event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP by April 9th via the webform at: http://tinyurl.com/ycj239j

Click through for more details...

Get a copy of The Borough is my Library/Biblioball Zine!

For all of you who may not be able to make it to the Biblioball on Friday night, you can now order a copy of The Borough is my Library zine through paypal! Complete with silkscreen covers and special inserts! Proceeds go to Literacy for Incarcerated Teens: http://www.literacyforincarceratedteens.org/LIT/Welcome_.html

You can order a copy online here.

Click through for contact info for mail and international orders*

*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.

The Borough is my Library Debut!

The Borough is my Library: A Greater Metropolitan Library Workers Zine

An exploration of the bibliographic undergrowth of New York City through the eyes of those at work in independent libraries, academic institutions and in the streets. Featuring day-in-the-life comics created by zine librarians, narratives of those who started their own collections from scratch, and other works that explore library microcosms within the city. With works by members of the ABC No Rio Zine Library, Books Through Bars, Branch Project, Radical Reference, Reanimation Library and more!

Copies available on a sliding scale $3 – $7. All profits go to Literacy for Incarcerated Teens. Other issues available online here.

Due to demand, I'm now in the second printing of issue #1, which means that if you place an order, I'll send you an entirely black and white version (as pictured above).

The Borough is My Library #1

Contents of The Borough is my Library Vol.1 No.1:

  • Branch: Libraries as Public Space Interventions/Jerome Chu
  • The Work of the Zine in the Age of Social Networking/Jack Z. Bratich
  • A Day in the Life of a Reference + Zine Librarian in New York City: March 24, 2009/Jenna Freedman
  • Books Through Bars/Victoria Law
  • Kathleen Hanna and Riot Grrrl Archives/Kate Angell
  • The Cataloging Department/Suckzoo Han
  • Radical Reference/Melissa Morrone
  • Solace Among the Stacks/Eric Nelson
  • Reanimation Library/Andrew Breccone
  • Paperdoll Librarian/Caitlin Quinn
  • (portions of) East Village Inky/Ayun Halliday
  • Also: Reprints from Synergy, ed. by Celeste West

Donate Art for ABC No Rio Clothesline Benefit

Dear Artist--

ABC No Rio, the Lower East Side gallery and arts center, is planning another of our Clothesline Benefit Art Sales to raise money for our Building Fund.

The event will take place on December 10th and 11th. We are asking artists who support ABC No Rio to participate by donating work.

Work should be no larger than 11" X 17", and limited to two works per artist. All work will be presented on clotheslines strung through No Rio's gallery space, and should be unframed, two-dimensional work.

Shirley Chisholm Day Still to Come

The Shirley Chisholm Day celebration was great!*

What I discovered was that there is an official holiday in the state of New York dedicated to Shirley Chisholm, but that it is on November 30th each year, Chisholm's birthday. So there is still more celebrating to come this year!

Shirley Chisholm Day

Tuesday, November 24th is Shirley Chisholm Day.

Even if you don't live in Bed Stuy, visit my post office or go to Brooklyn College, I think it would do us all good to reflect a bit tomorrow on the spirit and vigor that Chisholm embodied. "Be a catalyst for change."

Report Back: Feminist Pedagogy Conference

I had a moment at the both the beginning and the end of the Feminist Pedagogy Conference yesterday; I relished in the fact that I have the ability spend a day listening to feminist scholars talk about the intricacies of their "intellectual signature"* (and I get paid to do so to boot). I felt really lucky to be at the conference, and savored the feeling of being able to sit and absorb the work of these speakers.

3rd Annual Feminist Pedagogy Conference

The 3rd Annual Feminist Pedagogy Conference is free and open to the public (with registration), and happening on Friday November 6 at the Grad Center. After kicking this cold, I hope to see you there!

I just took a peek at the program and I think this might be one of those times when you have to make tough decisions about which panel to attend (which is a good conference problem to have). Thanks to E. for the link!

Biblioball Zine

I am teaming up with Desk Set to create a zine to distribute at the next Biblioball scheduled for December 11, 2009! (mark your calendars!) I am looking for local NYC-based librarians who might like to write something for this compilation zine, and for independent libraries or library groups/organizations that might like to talk about what they do. If you are interested, please drop a line to: alycia (at) brokenja (dot) ws

Generational Identity, Age, and the Blueing of the Profession

When I worked with Jim Danky at the Wisconsin Historical Society, he would often talk about how very young I was to have accomplished as much as I had in a very short period of time. After a while, I got used to telling him "I'm older than I've ever been!"

Metro Panel Slide Share

Here are my slide shows from the Metro Panel that I was a part of called "Get Published!: Create Your Own (Unconventional) Opportunities."

By the Way... Zine Librarian Zine #3

In March, Rooster(Rachel), Jenna and I edited Zine Librarian Zine #3 just in time for the Zine Librarians (Un)Conference in Seattle. You can download your own copy on this zinelibraries.info page (beware before copying that you may need to re-order the pages).

Sustain our Libraries

I just saw this new poster up at justseeds by Mary Tremonte and wanted to share it. You can buy one for $15.

I especially like what Tremonte writes about this piece:

Come see these slides brought to life tomorrow!

Who knows, maybe we will just "debate whether the collecting of zines by libraries and museums contradicts, even cancels out, the basically anti-establishment zine concept."... But don't bet on it. I'll be speaking about how my radical library heroes have taught me what's worth collecting (esp. Dodge and Danky, both of whose work I plan to talk about at length and to whom I owe another round of thank yous).

Jenna posted her slides for our talk tomorrow, "Zines: Institutional Collecting, Zine Makers, and the Fine Line of Art,"on Lower East Side Librarian. Click through for mine.

Happy Berman Appreciation Month 2009!

Still time to celebrate Sandy Berman Appreciation Month this year! I'm sending my card this morning!

Currently Reading

Zines in Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric

Alycia's favorite books »

Daily Reading Log

May 12, 2016

May 5, 2016

  • "Kentucky Is My Fate," by bell hooks, from Belonging: A Culture of Place. Wow.

May 2, 2016

April 29, 2016

  • Chapter three of Queer Art of Failure

April 13, 2016

April 11, 2016

January 3, 2016

  • Skimmed through Textual Poachers by Jenkins.
  • Read some pieces of de Certeau, some of the scriptural economy chapter and all of "Reading as Poaching" from The Practice of Everyday Life

2016 Reading Goals

Following Vicky's lead, this year I'm going to devote half of my reading to works made by women of color. I've got an overall goal of reading 60 books in 2016 (gulp). If you're interested to take on a similar challenge, Vicky's reading lists are a great place to start. Happy reading, all!

Late December

Been listening to H is for Hawk. So far I drift in and out of really hearing it, but the part about an unexpected death rings true. But it's not a punch in the stomach--it's a bowling ball to the guts. Wishing I'd developed that film that was of the piece I made in college that I must have threw away, but I also don't regret getting rid of things usually.

December 3-4, 2015

  • Lisa Gitelman's “Print Culture (Other Than Codex).” Comparative Textual Media. Eds. N. Katherine Hayles and
    Jessica Pressman. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013. AND “Daniel Ellsberg and the Lost Idea of the Photocopy.” Participatory Media in Historical Context. Eds. Anders Ekström, et al. New York: Routledge, 2011.

November 30, 2015

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).