Critical Library Managment: Administering for Equity

Article published in OLA Quarterly (2017). Social justice and critical theory frameworks have been utilized to discuss library pedagogy and cataloging, but librarians have been slow in applying critical theory to how we actually manage libraries and lead staff. Management is not glamorous; rather, many still hold the traditional view of management as upholding hierarchical […]

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Critical Library Management

Presentation at the 2017 Oregon Library Association. Salem, Oregon. DESCRIPTION: Oregon libraries work to meet the information needs of our communities, a mission that is dependent on teamwork. Library managers are tasked with leading, supporting and developing the teams that serve our communities. Social justice and critical theory are frameworks that are often discussed within […]

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Critlib Management: Leading and Inspiring Through a Social Justice Framework

Book chapter published in Librarians with Spines (2017). Introduction Critlib, or critical librarianship, is the discussion and application of social justice issues in the library field. Generally, the application of critlib has been focused on information literacy and pedagogy, as well as cataloging, but one important aspect of the discussion that is often overlooked is that […]

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Welcome to the United States: Services for Immigrants and Migrant Workers

Presentation at the 2015 Oregon Library Association. Salem, Oregon. DESCRIPTION: Immigrant and migrant workers are an under-served population that can benefit from a variety of services. There are many government and other trusted resources for libraries to access when planning services and programs for immigrant/migrant populations. Examples of these are; health and medical information, Spanish […]

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The Myth of Library Neutrality

(2008) Introduction A common discourse taught in library school is the importance of the librarian as an objective and neutral professional. As a public service, librarians must serve the entire public equally regardless of moral values and political views, and as librarians our primary role is that of a mediator in the public’s access to […]

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From Documentaries to Fanvids: Participatory Culture, Video Remix and Copyright

(2009) Abstract There has been a cultural shift towards a participatory culture that places value on transforming works of art rather than upholding antiquated ideas of property. In this type of environment, the remix video has emerged as a way for creative individuals to engage in the cultures around their favorite musicians, television shows and […]

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The Organization and Classification of Library Systems in China

An annotated bibliography (2009). Hong, Y., & Liu, L. (1987). The development and use of the Chinese classification system.International Library Review, 18, 47-60. Hong and Liu have created a concise article aimed at the English-speaker interested in Chinese library classification systems. While many articles of this scope and topic use original language in Pinyin to identify […]

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From Documentaries to Fanvids: Participatory Culture, Video Remix and Copyright– an Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography; see accompanying paper. Anderson, N. (2009, Jan 15). What fair use? Three strikes and you’re out… of YouTube [online]. Ars Technica. Retrieved March 27, 2009 from http://arstechnica.com/ tech-policy/news/2009/01/what-fair-use-three-strikes-and-youre-out-of-youtube.ars This short article from Ars Technica, a respected tech-news blog, discusses the questionable policy of YouTube in complying with the DMCA notice-takedown system in regards […]

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Choose Your Own Research Adventure

Presentation at the 2014 Online Northwest. Corvallis, Oregon. DESCRIPTION: Creating online activities that are actually engaging can be a challenge — students with short attention spans often skim (or completely skip over) the content that librarian instructors painstakingly spend hours building. For those who have adopted the flipped classroom model, getting students to actively engage in […]

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“Alternative” Research Education in a Post-R25 World: Assessing Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) Student Attitudes Toward Research and the Scientific Method

Presentation at the 2012 Medical Library Association. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. DESCRIPTION: How do alternative medicine students feel about “research” and the scientific method? In the post-R25 age of research education, have the levels of distrust towards the western research paradigm in its ability to adequately measure alternative medicine results been quelled, or do alternative medicine students view research as a nonessential […]

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