I had a fantastic time at WILU 2016 in Vancouver, not least because it was in Vancouver. What a beautiful place, and the University of British Columbia campus is exceptionally beautiful. If you know me, you know I’m training to run the New York City marathon, and it was a gift to be able to put in some miles along Spanish Banks and up and down the stairs to Wreck Beach. I was most struck by the presentations that showed what people are doing with the new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. I’ve been a bit of a skeptic, but learning how theRead More →

With the ACRL 2017 papers/panels/workshops deadline upon us, I am rushing to figure out if there are any last flourishes I want to put on the few proposals I’m involved with this year and what else I might want to rush into the queue in case I still want to talk about it in a year. Which has me thinking about what has oddly turned out to be one of the hardest parts: selecting an appropriate conference tag. The ACRL national conference is always one of my favorites. Great, thoughtful speakers (usually), a chance to see colleagues from all over the country, sessions that (almost)Read More →

Huge thanks to Troy Swanson and Tish Hayes at Moraine Valley Community College for the invitation to address the Information Literacy Summit last Friday. Theirs was the very first invitation I had ever received to talk to a group of librarians, and when I got the email in the fall I was beyond flattered and also not wholly convinced that I could come up with 45 minutes of things to say that would keep people engaged. I am really glad I said yes. There is nothing like a deadline, and I was so happy to have it as a push to work through some newRead More →

I am back at my desk in Brooklyn after a weekend in Vancouver, British Columbia, staring at my screen and wondering how to get back to the ordinary tasks of my worklife. So I thought I’d write up a few brief reflections on what was, for me, a really wonderful event. I’m going to do it in a numbered list, since I’m jet lagged and behind on three writing deadlines. Organizing with good people makes all the difference in the world. Baharak Yousefi and Tara Robertson are two such good people. Competent, willing to do the clerical work, with expansive political visions that rooted everyRead More →

I spent the day in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with the library workers of the Associated Colleges of Western Pennsylvania at their spring workshop. I gave a talk about queer theory and cataloging and classification, something that I’ve written about and always love talking about. You can see my slides here, and the text of my talk here. I am grateful to Lindsay Sakmann from Albright College and Ben Hoover from Bucknell, home of the mighty fighting bison, for the invitation, management of logistics, and many LOLs over dinner and throughout the day. I was lucky to share the bill with April Hathcock and Derrick Jefferson. AprilRead More →

As someone who works on an open access journal, I have more respect than many for the labor involved in moving digital platforms. Huge congrats to Jill Emery, Michael Levine-Clark, and the rest of the team at Collaborative Librarianship for their first issue on the Digital Commons platform. And thanks too for the invitation to share “What Collaboration Means to Me.” I’ve been reading and writing a lot about infrastructures lately, and more and more believe the invisible work of building those is what matters the most. I appreciated the opportunity to say a little about that in this new issue.Read More →