So many thanks to Karen Nicholson and Maura Seale for inviting me to write the foreword to their fantastic new collection, The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship. And thanks to Library Juice Press for facilitating open deposit of our chapters! Here’s my contribution.  Read More →

I was so pleased to get to attend METRO’s conference on Libraries in the Context of Capitalism. Highlights for me were Roxanne Shirazi‘s investigation into “value” and what exactly librarians are reproducing when we reproduce the academy through our work. Dan Greene‘s talk on librarians and patrons at the Washington D.C. public library was fascinating and left me anxious for his book to come out. Great great stuff. Below is what I said.Read More →

Poking my head above the mid-semester waters to ask this question: how do we change the table? There are two conversations going on in my world that provoke for me the same question: do we want to find ourselves a seat at the table, or do we want an entirely different table? And if we want a new table altogether, what do we have to do to get it? In early October I participated in the HuMetricsHSS Workshop in East Lansing. This workshop featured Buffalo Wild Wings with Regina and an out-of-nowhere sighting of a high school friend I hadn’t seen in 25 years inRead More →

It’s my birthday so my girlfriend took me out to lunch. Over chocolate mousse I asked her what I should do as a 42 year old. Plans? Goals? Intentions? What? Do you want to write a book? Sure. What do you want to write about? Oh man, the loaded question, the one I think about all the time these days. I had been scheduled to take a sabbatical last year, and had proposed a book project. As the summer drew to a close and contract negotiations headed toward the shoals, I decided to cancel my sabbatical. I thought I’d be needed on campus, that thereRead More →

There’s a material world, with actual things in it, and actual real things actually matter in it.  It feels like being rolled over by a truck because we were just rolled over by a truck.  It isn’t hard to make a bully feel bad. At the end of the day you just count it up and say it out loud and then everything is different. We were in a contract fight, and then we weren’t anymore. It was endless and then it was over.  You get to be mad at me and I still get to be me.  Words matter less than I thought theyRead More →

I want to begin by saying thank you to the union bargaining team for their steadfast work on behalf of the membership in an extraordinarily difficult environment. I hold Kim Cline and the board of trustees solely responsible for the production of the contract we are facing today, one that attacks the most vulnerable members of our unit and pits worker against worker over crumbs while Cline and her team spend $4 million dollars on a racquetball club on Long Island. I want to be clear that I see her and her management team as the enemy today. The anger I have seen and heardRead More →

My life has been about union work since we were locked out at the start of the academic year. I am not on the bargaining team and I am not the president, but I am the secretary, and I am an academic worker at LIU Brooklyn, and the future of the university and the union matter a lot to me. I have been a librarian these past few months, yes, and my career continues to be my career. I have a family and a mom back in Idaho and part ownership in a racehorse and television shows I love to watch. But union work hasRead More →

Many thanks to librarians of the Hawaii Library Association and Kapiʻolani Community College for inviting me to talk about critical librarianship last week in Honolulu. The talk came at the end of a week of getting my National Parks Passport stamped, something I really enjoy doing and, if I’m honest, was part of the warrant for my trip out west, as far away from home as I had ever been. My first stop was the Valor in the Pacific site in Honolulu, mostly because that was the park where I could get a passport stamp in Honolulu. My partner, kid, and I happened to beRead More →

I was really loud and angry about initial indications from the American Library Association that the organization would be collaborating with the Trump administration. Like, really really mad. I am equally glad to see the organization signaling shock and dismay at early administration policies aimed at dismantling the state. This is the ALA I want to work in and for, and which represents the things that I care about. It also has me thinking about the absolute importance of sites for organizing and resistance, sites that the Trump administration is producing for us hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute. It’s hard to do anything around shared sentiment and affect unless you haveRead More →