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Class, Teaching, Publishing

Confronting one another across differences means that we must change ideas about the way we learn; rather than fearing conflict we have find ways to use it as a catalyst for new thinking, for growth.

Just finished reading Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks late this evening, and now listening to a talk hooks gave at the Women of Color Conference. A few random thoughts follow.

Rad Ref Fall Salon: Google Books Settlement

Come out to the next Radical Reference salon on Friday, October 16, 2009 to discuss the recent implications of the Google Book Settlement. Full details over at Rad Ref.

Fall 2009 Events

This Fall is a transitional one for me, and also a busy one. I'll be speaking as part of two panels coming up in October, as well as learning the ropes as a new faculty member at the Brooklyn College Library. Hope to see some of you at the following events! (click through for full info)

Bed Stuy Farm and Fresh Produce in Brooklyn

Bed Stuy Farmer's Market
Image of the Malcolm X Market from http://ultraclay.com/index.html

Since moving to Bed Stuy two years ago, a new and promising farmer's markets have popped up right in our neighborhood. I recently found out that there is a Bed Stuy Farm that needs some help. Sign the petition!

(really old) Notes from the Zine Librarian (un)Conference

Somehow I never put these up earlier this Spring. I think I was attempting to learn to install Drupal and typing notes at the same time. Without further delay, a few notes that barely begin to encompass all of the wonderful things we talked about at the Zine Librarian (un)Conference in Seattle, WA, March 2009.

More notes from all of the sessions are available on the wiki: http://seattle-zine-unconference.wikispaces.com/Notes+from+sessions

*Disclaimer: I'm using this post to mess with outline functionality. Bear with me!

Books Through Bars Pack-A-Thon

Had a good time helping out Books Through Bars this weekend. Things that they could use: paper (grocery) bags and materials to wrap books in, dictionaries, and how-to books. They also have three evening hours per week where you can drop off donations, AND you can donate your bookmooch points to them, also!

Zine Fest Recaps

I've been battling a nasty ear infestation ever since the Zine Fest last weekend, but I wanted to take a moment to note that the events went really well!

I was utterly amazed by the workshops-people were speaking to topics that were really amazing-zines or otherwise. Topics that were under the radar, even perhaps in zine circles. And they were all really articulate and great to listen to!

Librarian Video Project

I found out about a video project that Queens librarian Loida Garcia-Febo is heading last weekend when she interviewed me about the Zine Fest. Check out her other librarian-related videos on Vimeo.

She's covered some really interesting events, like the Next Library UnConference in Copenhagen!

Library Heroes/Heroines

Inspired by Toni Samek's Librarian Heroes page, I decided to make my own in the wake of a recent rant about radical librarians.

The folks listed below are utterly inspirational people. Not all of them have an MLS, but all of them are library workers and thinkers. My hope is that this list will continually grow.

My library heroes include:


This weekend!! Come and visit me at the Lyceum, where I will be helping zinesters set up their wares, watching them present some amazing workshops, and having an amazing time!

Since this event is 100% free and open to the public, buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win some amazing stuff like a MASSAGE from Opal, a gift certificate to Spoonbill and Sugartown, or tickets to see Swayze in Roadhouse IN THE THEATER!

The folks from Regeneraction Childcare will hang out with your kiddies while you browse the tables, so really, there is no excuse not to come!

Hope to see you all there!

Library Camp: Presentations

One great thing about Library Camp and unconferences at large is that you not only attend, you contribute. I was surprised and excited to hear on Tuesday evening that I would be presenting on not only one but two topics: Organizing Library Events and Drupal. It was nice to have a heads up so that I knew what I was in for on Wednesday morning, and also nice to know that people had voted and there were certain to be participants interested in each of these sessions.

Library Camp Notes: Critical Pedagogy

I attended Library Camp NYC this week at Brooklyn College.

Jonathan Cope facilitated this session. What follows are my random notes taken during the session.

Critical Pedagogy

Paulo Freire

active and engaged subjects
not a banking model
sage educator implanting knowledge
engagement in the social world, educator as facilitator

authority-subject authority-peer reviewing
does consensus give value?

Who am I to tell students _____?

peer review
evidence-based medicine

Library Camp Notes: Librarianship as an Intellectual Craft

I attended
Library Camp NYC
this week at Brooklyn College.

Jonathan Cope facilitated this session. What follows are my random notes taken during the session. Another participant's notes about this session are

Jonathan Cope facilitated this session. What follows are my random notes taken during the session.

Librarianship as an Intellectual Craft

ethics of print collections (from the past) and how this evolves moving forward

15 Books

As per 2 requests on a social networking site by friends, here are 15 favorite books, a list made "without thinking too hard." What are your 15 books?

All things NYC Zine Fest

All things NYC Zine Fest

All info about the Zine Fest can be found on our website (http://www.NYCZineFest.org)
Until we finalize our formal press release (a week or so), below is some info for you (pretty much taken from the site).

We will send more info over as it happens. Thanks! Write with any questions.
Deb, Alycia, Susan, Aliqae
NYCZF Organizing Committee

NYC Zine Fest '09
June 27 and 28
Brooklyn Lyceum in Brooklyn, NY
12 - 7 both days
Tablers, Workshops, Discussion Groups, and Parties.

The mission of the NYC Zine Fest is to circulate and promote independent, homemade, self-published, and small publications. We aim to support and expand the network of creators who self-publish zines in and outside of the NYC metro area. We aim to connect artists, writers, and collectors of zines and to further the NYC zine community through a two-day annual series of events, including tabling, workshops, presentations and parties. We hope to celebrate and highlight the spirit of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) culture that zines represent.
This event is meant to be fun and participatory. If you have suggestions, comments or would like to help us plan these events, please contact us at nyczinefest (at) gmail (dot) com
We hope to grow this over the years, each time adding additional programming and networking/educational opportunities.

TABLE COSTS: (includes table and up to 2 chairs)
4' ONE DAY: $25 4' BOTH DAYS: $40
8' ONE DAY: $50 8' BOTH DAYS: $90


Currently Reading

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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).