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Journal Cover InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information
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   ISSN (Print) 1548-3320
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  • Review: Indexing It All: The Subject in the Age of Documentation,
           Information, and Data, by Ronald E. Day. Erickson, Seth

    • Abstract: Day, Ronald E. Indexing It All: The Subject in the Age of Documentation, Information, and Data. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2014. 170 pp. ISBN 978-0-262-02821-9
      PubDate: Fri, 01 Jan 2016 12:00:00 GMT
  • Special Issue on Gender in Education and Information Studies:
           Interrogating Knowledge Production, Social Structures and Equitable
           Access. Wood, Stacy E.; Cifor, Marika; Ilano, Lauren

    • Abstract: N/A
      PubDate: Fri, 01 Jan 2016 12:00:00 GMT
  • Textiles of Change: How Arpilleras can Expand Traditional Definitions of
           Records. Doolan, Elizabeth

    • Abstract: In the 1970s, Chilean women began creating textiles known as arpilleras (from the Spanish word for burlap) as a way of documenting their lives and experiences. Under the Pinochet regime (1973-1990), arpilleras depicting the difficult, often violent, experiences of Chilean women began to gain global recognition. Through an internship with the Tower Museum archives in Derry~Londonderry in Northern Ireland, I worked with a collection of arpilleras that had been donated by Roberta Bacic, a Chilean lecturer currently living in Northern Ireland who has focused her research on arpilleras. Considered to be both museum artifacts and archival records, these textile works challenge classical professional distinctions drawn between the two categories. Situating their dual categorizations within a combined museum and archival setting allows us to rethink the ways in which traditional definitions of archival records may not only exclude women's voices but also fail to consider how gendered activities and expressions might ...
      PubDate: Fri, 01 Jan 2016 12:00:00 GMT
  • "The Myth of Oneness ”: Erasure of Indigenous and Ethnic Identities
           in Digital Feminist Discourse. Pierre, Jennifer

    • Abstract: This paper described numerous issues in traditional and social media representation of the One Billion Rising movement regarding the representation of global feminist agendas. Using this movement as a primary case study, an argument describing the proposed myth of ‘oneness’ embedded within the movement and exposing the issues within this myth are discussed.
      PubDate: Fri, 01 Jan 2016 12:00:00 GMT
  • Mentoring Away the Glass Ceiling in Academia: A Cultured Critique edited
           by Brenda L. H. Marina. Campos, Magali

    • Abstract: Mentoring Away the Glass Ceiling in Academia: A Cultured Critiqued (2015) edited by Brenda L. H. Marina, is a comprehensive examination of women’s experiences in various stages in academia and the way in which mentoring can serve as a tool to break the glass ceiling that keep many women from reaching high positions in academia.Over a qualitative approach this book brings together narratives and counternarratives of women in academia to explore the ways mentorship can help the diversity gap for women by drawing from their own experiences.
      PubDate: Fri, 01 Jan 2016 12:00:00 GMT
  • The Keeper of the Collections and the Delta Collection: Regulating
           Obscenity at the Library of Congress, 1940-1963. Adler, Melissa

    • Abstract: During and after World War II the Library of Congress held one of the largest collections of materials regarding sex and sexuality in the world. Largely composed of erotica and items considered to be pornographic or obscene, including books, motion pictures, photographs, and playing cards, the Library’s Delta Collection was separated from the general collection with highly restricted access. This collection was largely composed of materials seized by the Customs Bureau and the Postal Service, in addition to certain materials obtained through the Copyright Office, as the Library of Congress made the final decision regarding destruction, storage, and circulation of such items. The Delta Collection served to protect the materials from mutilation, preserve the cultural record, protect citizens from harmful obscenity, and function as a repository of sample materials for consultation by federal agencies. From evidence supplied by archival papers of the Keeper of the Collections, the office charged with maintaining ...
      PubDate: Fri, 01 Jan 2016 12:00:00 GMT
  • Acting up, Talking Back: TITA, TIARA, and the Value of Gossip. Cifor,

    • Abstract: This article examines through an archival lens Tell it to ACT UP and TIARA, the weekly internal papers of the New York and Los Angeles chapters of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP). During their short lives, from 1990 to 1992, the papers published news, suggestions, commentary, complaints, and gossip. In spite it challenge to the core archival concept of reliability, this article asserts that gossip provides unique evidence of affect, sex and sexuality, and offers deeper understandings of the individual and group dynamics that made and unmade ACT UP. Gossip, affect, and bodily experience are all knowledges and ways of knowing that have been feminized are therefore frequently devalued and derided in scholarship and practice. The form, content, and tone of these papers are used to make an argument for the value of gossip as a discursive practice. This article contributes to the growing literature in archival studies on conceptualizing and contending with human experiences—especially affects, sex, and...
      PubDate: Fri, 01 Jan 2016 12:00:00 GMT
  • Coyolxauhqui: Challenging Patriarchy by Re-imagining her birth story.
           Vega, Christine

    • Abstract: By employing a Chicana Feminist Epistemology (CFE) and Gloria Anzaldúas Coyolxauhqui analysis in theory, I offer a narrative and examination of the ways to challenge patriarchy through birth stories. More importantly, discuss the ways we build on scholarship offered by Chicanas and Indigena identified women who may or may not be mothers of children, but rather as producers of knowledge; academic, spiritual, or self-fulfilling. In addition, I discuss the ways in which women can piece together the fragmented story of Coyolxauhqui, via the multiplicity of complicated, but critical identities, by sharing their stories.
      PubDate: Fri, 01 Jan 2016 12:00:00 GMT
  • Silence, Accessibility, and Reading Against the Grain: Examining Voices of
           the Marginalized in the India Office Records. Sowry, Nathan

    • Abstract: This paper deals with issues of power and silencing of the “Other” within colonial archives, particularly regarding British East India Company records of an attempted mutiny of Bengali sepoys and Javanese aristocrats in 1815, now housed in the India Office Records of the British Library. It recommends incorporating a postcolonial approach and reading records against the grain in order to recover these marginalized voices. The body of this paper is broken into three sections. The first section introduces the historical context of the attempted mutiny, questions the incomplete nature of archival and colonial records, and discusses the archivist’s responsibility to present as complete a record as possible. The second section discusses the introduction and importance of postmodern theory to the archival field. Particularly significant are arguments by practicing archivists who advocate reading records against the grain to recover voices of the marginalized, how this can be incorporated into archival practice, and...
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • Implementing a Social Justice Framework in an Introduction to Archives
           Course: Lessons from Both Sides of the Classroom. Caswell, Michelle;
           Broman, Giso; Kirmer, Jennifer; Martin, Laura; Sowry, Nathan

    • Abstract: Using the reflections of both the instructor and students on lesson plans from three course sessions, this paper argues that a social justice framework can be practically implemented in an introductory archives classroom such that students are imparted with both the rationale for classical Western archival concepts and functions and the modes to critique such functions from a social justice perspective. After a brief introduction summarizing course logistics and the action research methodology employed, this paper proposes a working definition of social justice and discuss in detail what constitutes a social justice pedagogical framework in archival education. Next, this paper describes and analyzes a small group exercise on the concepts of record, provenance, and creatorship, detailing ways in which students can be both taught prevailing archival concepts and encouraged to critique these concepts from a social justice perspective. This paper then addresses a group discussion concerning power, marginalization...
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • Recognizing and Escaping the Sham: Authority Moves, Truth Claims and the
           Fiction of Academic Writing About Adult Learning. Hoult, Elizabeth Chapman

    • Abstract: This paper seeks to explore the meaning of the sham with regards to academic writing. It challenges the fundamental assumptions that underpin conventional academic writing and suggests that such writing is actually less honest than the other forms of writing that it sets itself against. It is precisely the reliance on what Laurel Richardson calls the “authority moves” (1997, p.167) of academic language that undermines its claim to represent reality in an open and honest way. It is, in fact, a sham. The rejection of the superior truth claims of academic writing is illustrated with reference to two interview transcripts from a completed study and the issues raised are explored theoretically in the light of the work of Hélène Cixous. It is argued that the adoption of Hélène Cixous’ notion of l’écriture feminine provides a way out of the dilemma. Inspired by Cixous, it is argued that it is possible to escape the limitations of conventional academic writing firstly through the incorporation of a...
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • Editors' Note: Special Section on Archival Education and Human Rights.
           Caswell, Michelle; Lau, Andrew J

    • Abstract: n/a
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • Featured Commentary: Nelson Mandela, Memory, and the Work of Justice.
           Harris, Verne

    • Abstract: Verne Harris uses the 18th Alan Paton Lecture to reflect on the roles of memory in the reconstruction of South Africa in the wake of the apartheid era.  He addresses three interlinked questions: has post-apartheid memory work only scratched the surface of the country's pain and alienation; does the really hard work remain to be done; and to what extent are the failures of the post-apartheid project failures of memory'  These questions are addressed along five lines of enquiry: metarrative, access to information, healing, reconciliation and learning.  For each Harris suggests a deconstructive interrogation.  While focused on South African specificities, the enquiry speaks to global questions of transitional justice and reckoning with oppressive pasts.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • Editors' Note. Kasch, David; Lau, Andrew J; Millora, Melissa L.

    • Abstract: n/a
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • Book Review: The Filter Bubble. Samuels, Mark Gregory

    • Abstract: none
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • 'Class'ifying Ethnicity/Race and Gender: An Intersectional Critique of
           Bachelor's Degree Completion Research. Lundy-Wagner, Valerie C.

    • Abstract: Over the past fifty years, postsecondary retention-oriented theory, research, policies, and programs have focused on the effect of singular demographic characteristics in isolation, namely gender or ethnicity/race. Given that this approach has not yielded significant decreases in completion disparities, this paper proposes an explicit incorporation of social class. Drawing on Tinto’s Theory of Student Departure, and using data from the Beginning Postsecondary Students (96/01) data set the author shows that lack of attention to social class background (via socioeconomic status) may be severely inhibiting higher education’s ability to conceptualize and improve completion rates. This paper introduces critical race feminist theory as a paradigmatic perspective for use in models of degree completion and retention-related practice, and subsequently reviews extant research on bachelor’s degree completion, highlighting the clear, but complex relationship between ethnicity/race, gender, and socioeconomic status with a...
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • Book Review: Archival Anxiety and the Vocational Calling. Cachola,

    • Abstract: This book review covers Richard Cox's exploration on issues of ethics in the archival profession. He suggests that digital technology and information exchange across archival professions can foster change in the field.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • Book Review: Human Rights, Suffering, and Aesthetics in Political Prison
           Literature. Ahmed, Sumayya

    • Abstract: Human Rights, Suffering and Aesthetics in Political Prison Literature is a collection of essays seeking to explore political prison literature from the vantage point of the beauty and symbolism of the writings. The essays deals with the experiences of political prisoners from countries as diverse as China, Egypt, Syria, Uruguay, Morocco, Romania, the United States and Canada with varying amounts of success.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • Stop Speaking For Us: Women-of-Color Bloggers, White Appropriation, and
           What Librarians Can Do About It. Glassman, Julia

    • Abstract: Radical women of color have a vibrant history of autonomous publishing practices, producing books, zines, and other media; in recent years, these writers have turned to blogs as venues for publishing and communication.  However, the writing produced by women of color continues to be subject to appropriation, without attribution, by white writers.  Using three case studies, I examine this phenomenon and argue that librarians must collect radical women-of-color blogs in order to help preserve their writing and combat white appropriation.  Then, drawing on practices in zine librarianship, I make specific recommendations for librarians interested in curating blog collections. 
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • The Making of Violent Masculinities: Exploring the Intersections of
           Cultural, Structural and Direct Violence in Schools. Khoja-Moolji, Shenila

    • Abstract: This paper employs Johan Galtung’s (1990) typology of violence – direct, structural and cultural – as an analytical lens to examine the ways in which schools, teachers and students draw on aspects of hegemonic masculinity to establish and endorse difference between boys’ and girls’ capacities to be violent, and willfully ignore performances of violent masculinities. It focuses on school values and policies represented in disciplinary structures, contact sports, and curricular knowledges, as well as practices of students and teachers, to explore the ways in which they collectively code violence in the script of masculinity. The conclusion proposes strategies for challenging the cultural violence of hegemonic masculinity in schools.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • Book Review: The Fourth Paradigm by Tony Hey, Stewart Tansley, and Kristin
           Tolle. Regan, Clinton Joseph

    • Abstract: Book Review of the edited volume, The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery by Tony Hey, Stewart Tansley, and Kristin Tolle.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • Editors' Note. Kasch, David; Lau, Andrew J; Millora, Melissa L.

    • Abstract: This issue of InterActions features four articles that remind us the world we live in, with all of its inequities, is socially constructed, not a naturally occurring phenomenon. Each article helps us to “see” a particular conglomeration of forces for what they are.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • An Examination of Institutional Factors Related to the Use of Fees at
           Public Four-Year Universities. Arnott, Alaine

    • Abstract: Despite the plethora of data collected and analyzed about tuition as a primary cost of higher education, little to no attention has been paid to fees as a portion of that cost.  Most of the existing research, including reports from the National Center for Education Statistics, combines tuition and required fees into one entity, and rarely separates fees from tuition.  Framed by the theory of academic capitalism (Slaughter & Rhoades, 2004), this analysis examines the use of required fees as part of the overall price of a higher education institution, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Further, factors related to internal pressures facing public institutions are correlated with the use of fees as a revenue generating strategy.  Findings suggest that sales and services of auxiliaries and gifts and government appropriations are positively related with the use of fees within the overall price of a higher education institution, indicating fees may be a result of universities participating in market...
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • How Much Knowledge Can They Gain' Women's Information Behavior on
           Government Health Websites in the Context of HIV/AIDS Prevention. Chong,

    • Abstract: Using a theoretical framework extended from Rimal and Real’s (2003) Risk Perception Attitude framework, this research examines women’s information behavior, specifically information finding and reaction to information, on government health websites in the context of HIV/AIDS prevention. In the empirical study, think aloud and structured individual interview were used to collect data from 40 female university students in the U.S. in their completion of an information seeking task and an interview. Factors that influence women’s information finding and reaction to information were identified. This research challenges and extends Rimal and Real’s (2003) Risk Perception Attitude framework by proposing an Extended Risk Perception Attitude framework. This research also exemplifies Gupta’s (2000) categories of social construction of gender and sexuality in the HIV/AIDS discourse, and adds new evidence that proves their validity. In addition, this research enriches the literature in health-rel...
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • Book Review: Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less
           from Each Other by Sherry Turkle. Garcia, Patricia

    • PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • Book Review: Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the
           Twenty-First Century by John B. Thompson. Litwin, Rory

    • Abstract: Review of "Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century" by John B. Thompson.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • Book Review: Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans
           Politics, and the Limits of Law by Dean Spade. Nicolazzo, Z

    • Abstract: This is a book review for the 2011 book Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law by Dean Spade.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • Book Review of "Gifted and Advanced Black Students in School: An Anthology
           of Critical Works". DeVita, James M

    • Abstract: N/A
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 GMT
  • Archival Activism: Independent and Community-led Archives, Radical Public
           History and the Heritage Professions. Flinn, Andrew

    • Abstract: Drawing on recent research (mainly focused on the UK) this article explores developments in independent, non-professionalized archival and heritage activity and reflects on two dimensions of archival activism. First, this article examines those projects and endeavors which are actively engaged in radical or counter-hegemonic public history-making activities. These non-professional archival initiatives are best understood not as a form of leisure activity or antiquarianism but as social movement archival activism, often allied to a progressive, democratizing, and anti-discrimination political agenda. Second, this article also addresses the attitude of professional archivists and other heritage workers to these social movements. Whilst acknowledging the challenges involved, it suggests that if heritage workers are concerned with fostering more democratized and diverse historical collections then the archive and heritage professionals need to be prepared to actively seek out collaborations and form equitable par...
      PubDate: Tue, 31 May 2011 12:00:00 GMT
  • The Disruptive Dialogue Project: Crafting Critical Space in Higher
           Education. Carducci, Rozana, Kuntz, Aaron M., Gildersleeve, Ryan Evely,
           Pasque, Penny A.

    • Abstract: The Disruptive Dialogue Project (DDP) is a dialogic network of education scholars committed to fostering conversations that trouble normative practices of critical qualitative scholarship, pedagogy, and methodology, within an interstice of the contemporary educational inquiry landscape. In this essay, we describe the origins of the DDP as well as present a conceptual framework of the Project based on four spatial understandings of our disruptive activity (i.e., the DDP space as energy, alternative, critique, and possibility). Building on this conceptual model, we provide an overview two specific strategies / spaces the DDP intentionally cultivates as means of transformation and resilience – “disruptive” academic conference symposia and bi-weekly DDP teleconferences –and discuss the role these activities play in the development of our critical colleagueship. Our intent in sharing the DDP narrative is not to promote imitation of our project, but rather to encourage other critical scholars to create, seek out, p...
      PubDate: Tue, 31 May 2011 12:00:00 GMT
  • The 500 Windows Campaign: A Case Study of a Youth Movement for Educational
           Resources in South Africa. Angara, Harini

    • Abstract: This case study seeks to examine what organizing methods and ethos helped Equal Education (EE), a community-based youth organization, convince government officials to repair 500 broken windows at Luhlaza School in Khayelitsha, an impoverished township near Cape Town, South Africa. Through various methods, including petitions, op-ed articles, and a rally, the group succeeded in its campaign. EE takes inspiration from apartheid-era youth movements. In the burgeoning democracy of the "New" South Africa, EE constitutes the next generation of youth civic engagement.
      PubDate: Tue, 31 May 2011 12:00:00 GMT
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