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Journal Cover InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information
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  • A Critical Dialogue: Faculty of Color in Library and Information Science.
           Ceja Alcalá, Janet; Colón-Aguirre, Mónica; Cooke, Nicole A.; Stewart,

    • Abstract: Using a social justice framework, we discuss our experiences as faculty members of color working in Library and Information Science (LIS).  We present our educational trajectories as well as our professional engagement with teaching, research, and service.  This piece contributes to the growing literature on diversity in LIS by articulating African American and Latina perspectives of academia, which are underrepresented demographics in LIS and more generally in higher education in the United States.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:00:00 GMT
  • The datafication of transparency work: A report from Los Angeles.
           Proceedings for the Interactions Symposium on Big Data.. Currie, Morgan

    • Abstract: Open government data answers cities' need for new capital resources in a post-recession context and addresses a self-conscious concern about the lagging technological modernization of public institutions. This understanding promotes data-centric management strategies and encourages a mechanistic understanding of how to solve city problems; it leads to new data hybrids born out of data-sharing partnerships between government and the private sector. This proceeding focuses specifically on how, through open data work, staff view their records as administrative and commercial assets and fonts of innovation that improve private and public sector services. Some employees see city records as a source of easy capital, whether cost-saving efficiencies internally or innovation by the private sector. Others see open data as a solution for managing outsized, complex city problems.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:00:00 GMT
  • The Daughter of Dawn: Restoration in a Rural Community. Gowan, Jana D

    • Abstract: The recent restoration of The Daughter of Dawn, an American silent film made in 1920, is a significant example of both film preservation performed by a regional film archive and its implications for preserving diverse cultural heritage within rural communities. The film was shot in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge in Lawton, Oklahoma, and the cast is composed entirely of 300 members of the Kiowa Tribe and the Comanche Nation. Thought to be lost, the film was discovered by the Oklahoma Historical Society in 2007, and the restoration was completed and first exhibited in 2012. Since then, the film has also been digitized by Milestone Films and sold to Netflix. What is the significance of this restoration for the larger field of moving image archiving' What larger implications for the archival profession can be gleaned from the restoration of The Daughter of Dawn' How can archives better preserve the diverse cultural heritage of rural communities' By examining the restoration and re-distribution of The...
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:00:00 GMT
  • Electronic Storybooks Among Children of Low SES: Critically Re-Evaluating
           the Evidence from 1997-2009. Cirell, Anna Montana

    • Abstract: This critical synthesis re-evaluates a widely-cited sample of peer-reviewed empirical journal articles supporting electronic storybooks as a promising medium for literacy learning among preschoolers of low SES. From a critical re-assessment of these experimental studies across quality variables indicative of good research design (e.g., participant description, treatment detail, treatment fidelity, operationalized measures, measure reliability, internal and external validity, and clarity of causal inference), synthesis results indicate that all studies contained methodological weaknesses in one of more of these areas. The most serious flaws observed were failure to utilize proven instrumentation, inadequately described samples, small samples, and non-uniform treatment conditions. Evidence suggests that higher quality studies are needed before conclusive statements can be made on the efficacy of e-storybooks for vulnerable populations. Implications and recommendations for future e-storybook research are discuss...
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:00:00 GMT
  • Invoking Agency: Talking About Racial Diversity and Campus Climate on
           Social Media. Tanksley, Tiera chantè; Lopez, Vanessa; Martinez, Francisca

    • Abstract: The 2015-2016 Undergraduate Research Partnership Initiative (URPI) study explored students’ use of social media to engage in discussion of racial/ethnic diversity and campus climate. The purpose of the study was to better understand how students utilize social media to talk about issues of racial/ethnic diversity and campus climate to inform how UCLA might capitalize on social media use to promote a safe, welcoming and empowering campus environment. Eighteen interviews and an in-depth content analysis of student Facebook pages were used to explore the following questions: 1) How do students describe their posting behaviors and engagement with issues of racial diversity and campus climate on social media' 2) How frequently do students use social media to discuss issues of racial diversity and campus climate in either positive or negative ways' and 3) What does participant posting behavior and engagement with issues of racial diversity and campus climate on social media say about the utility of social media in ...
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:00:00 GMT
  • Using routines to improve diversity in higher education institutions.
           Hoover, Jeffrey C.

    • Abstract: The author conducted a literature review pertaining to the use of organizational routines, organizational learning, and organizational diversity in an attempt to concisely depict the intersection of these research topics and further expand on these topics’ impact on increasing diversity within higher education institutions (HEIs).  A summary of organizational routines defines organizational routines, demonstrates how routines are used within HEIs, and describes how HEIs modify their routines over time in an attempt to improve outcomes.  Subsequently, a summary of organizational learning presents an overview of how HEIs learn from their current and past actions, defines single and double loop learning, and elaborates on barriers to learning that may, in fact, stem from attributes of chosen learning techniques.  Finally, a summary of organizational diversity elaborates on the myriad of characteristics that should be included within the term “diversity,” describes the dearth of research findings regarding divers...
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:00:00 GMT
  • Language, Learning, and Literacy: Understanding the Social Linguistic
           Context of African-American Students as a Value in Library Services to
           Diverse Children in the United States. Lee, Shari A

    • Abstract: This paper considers the impact of language on literacy and learning within the contexts of linguistic theory, language acquisition theory, and social cognition as having a causal relationship with low achievement in reading, writing, and speaking Standard American English.  In expanding the concept of literacy, this paper is premised on the notion that African-Americans, who exhibit difficulty learning to read, write, and speak Standard American English, qualify as English Language Learners in the United States. As such, these individuals are entitled to the same considerations as other English Language Learners. Drawing on the 1996 Oakland Resolution on Ebonics and tracing the events that followed its passing, this research aims to provide librarians and library and information science (LIS) educators a contextual framework of African-American students that will be useful in building the unique skills, knowledge, and abilities that today’s librarians need – if they are to effectively provide the cutting-edg...
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:00:00 GMT
  • Catching a Case: Inequality and Fear in New York City’s Child Welfare
           System. By Tina Lee. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2016. Pp. v +
           245. $25.00 (paperback).. Maldonado, Katherine

    • PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:00:00 GMT
  • Editor's Note Winter 2017. Wood, Stacy E.

    • PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:00:00 GMT
  • Listening for What is Being Asked: Understanding LGBT* Students
           Interactions with Student Affairs Professionals. McLaughlin, Conor

    • Abstract: This article explores the findings of a qualitative study conducted to better understand how students who identify as members of the LGBT* community and as people of color describe the ways in which student affairs professionals can meet their needs for persistence through college. This study also sought to assess how the students’ perception of the race, gender identity, and sexual orientation of the student affairs professionals impacted the degree to which the students felt their needs were being met. Using a hypothesis coding structure, the researcher explored whether students would describe their needs being met through practices of transgressive teaching, a style of engaged pedagogy described in the seminal text Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks. This article will also make recommendations for future research and for student affairs practice.
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:00:00 GMT
  • Microaggressions, Marginality, and Mediation at the Intersections:
           Experiences of Black Fat Women in Academia. Senyonga, Mary

    • Abstract: This study bridges scholarship on the topic of racial microaggressions and conceptions of body size in relation to gender by focusing on the lived experiences of Black fat women as they navigate academic settings. Previous literature on body size rarely accounts for how other social identities such as race, class, ability, and sexuality impact the particular manifestations of discrimination that is experienced. Further, literature on the experiences of marginalization due to body size primarily focuses on perceptions of health and beauty. Informed by Critical Race Theory, Black Feminism, and Fat Studies the narratives of three Black women who have completed their bachelor’s degree were captured through counterstorytelling, a methodology born out of Critical Race Theory to purposefully center the experiences of People of Color and directly challenge dominant and oppressive ideologies. This study presents the possibilities of how this reality represents a necessary facet of marginalization that should be furth...
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:00:00 GMT
  • Naming Experience: Registering Resistance and Mobilizing Change with
           Qualitative Tools. Paris, Britt S.; Pierre, Jennifer

    • Abstract: This project draws from our work investigating the state of collected data on policeofficer-involved homicides (POIH) in Los Angeles County and using action research to involvecommunity members in understanding and deploying data in new and meaningful ways. In thispaper, we develop the conceptual bounds for a project that addresses the reports our team hasencountered detailing police harassment of students and faculty at UCLA. A common thread inthese reports is that individuals wish to share their experiences with police harassment at UCLA,but feel they have few spaces to voice their concerns or channel them into productive tools forchange. This paper reviews literature in fields of critical legal storytelling, as well as informationand archival studies’ practices of data management for social justice to conceptualize a projectthat will tackle the issue of police harassment at UCLA through the creation of a mobileapplication for reporting such incidents. We draw from this literature to develop a reporting too...
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:00:00 GMT
  • Track Changes: a literary history of the word processor. Erickson, Seth

    • Abstract: Kirschenbaum, Matthew G., Track Changes: a literary history of the word processor. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016. ISBN 978-0-674-41707-6
      PubDate: Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:00:00 GMT
  • Book Review: Making History Matter: Documenting Feminist & Queer Activism
           in the 21st Century Edited by Lyz Bly and Kelly Wooten. Coombe, Joseph

    • Abstract: This is a review of the Litwin Books publication Making History Matter: Documenting Feminist & Queer Activism in the 21st Century by Lyz Bly and Kelly Wooten.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • Book Review: Networks Without a Cause by Geert Lovink. Rivera, Javier de

    • Abstract: Networks Without a Cause offers a provocative and critical review of today's well established social media. The book departs from the recognition that new media has reached a second phase of maturation, after Wikileaks and the Arab Spring demonstrated the politically crucial dimension of the Internet. This political shift is accompanied by growing criticism over corporations such as Facebook or Google, and a general concern about Net Neutrality and regulation of the Internet. In the words of the author, “the friction-free days of a 'multi-stakeholder' governance [of the Internet] are now over,” (P. 1) and what comes next is a confusing struggle for the definition of the technological foundations of our society.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • Book Review: The Social Neuroscience of Education: Optimizing Attachment &
           Learning in the Classroom by Louis Cozolino. Vasquez-Ramos, Citlali

    • Abstract: There is an ease to which Cozolino’s explains social neuroscience and applies it our most vital area of economic growth, education, making this a must read for those seeking to improve education.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • Book Review: Thieves of Book Row: New York's Most Notorious Rare Book Ring
           and the Man Who Stopped It by Travis McDade. Montoya, Robert D.

    • Abstract: Thieves of Book Row examines the circumstances surrounding the wide-scale library book theft ring in 1920’s and 1930’s Manhattan.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • Book Review: Toys and Tools in Pink: Cultural Narratives of Gender,
           Science, and Technology by Carole Colatrella. Lehman, Kathleen J.

    • Abstract: This book review summaries and analyzes Carol Colatrella's book titled Toys and Tools in Pink: Cultural Narratives of Gender, Science, and Technology. Colatrella adds a new dimension to the conversation about women's representation in STEM fields through close readings of literature and visual media that portray women in these fields.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • Editors' Note. Acker, Amelia; Goodnight, Melissa; Kasch, David

    • Abstract: Editors' Note Volume 9 Issue 2
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • The Emerging Field of Digital Humanities: An Interview with Johanna
           Drucker. Berdan, Jennifer

    • Abstract: In an interview with Professor Johanna Drucker, she shares her new collaboratively written book, Digital_Humanities, and her thoughts on the growth of Digital Humanities and its place and future in the academy. Her insights highlight the critical approaches of Digital Humanities (DH) and how DH challenges traditional notions of scholarship and opens up new methods of humanistic inquiry.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • Lessons Learned from the Study of a Jewish-Israeli High School: Critical
           Pedagogy in Contention. Markovich, Dalya Yafa

    • Abstract: Critical pedagogy is conceived in the contemporary educational era as a means to help improve learning skills and abilities and thus, the scholastic achievements of students from disadvantaged groups.  Yet, we know very little about the ways in which critical pedagogy is interpreted and understood in disadvantaged schools. This study seeks to examine the implementation of critical pedagogy in a secular Jewish high school in an impoverished neighborhood in Israel.  The high school strives to attain scholastic achievement by instilling critical consciousness. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted over a two-year period, I analyzed the interpretations of critical pedagogy by teachers and parents during the process of preparing students for matriculation exams. This period was chosen due to the fact that these final exams were posited as the apex of the school’s aims and learning process. With regard to critical pedagogy, the findings reveal that two distinct discourses—achievement-ism and critique—played out...
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • Pushing Oneself Toward Critical Consciousness: A Self-Study of a Freirean
           Educator. Straubhaar, Rolf

    • Abstract: Using a self-study methodology to illustrate the ways in which educational institutions can be socially reproductive, hegemonic, and oppressive, the essayist reflects upon his experiences as an elementary school teacher in the United States and as a researcher and adult literacy instructor in Brazil and Mozambique.  Drawing upon his own experience engaging with Paulo Freire’s writings through autobiographical storytelling, he argues that Freire’s pedagogical models and theories provide a productive (albeit difficult) path for how to challenge unjust educational systems.  The essay closes by arguing that while Freirean pedagogy may be difficult to imagine or implement on a large scale, the writings of Paulo Freire provide a framework wherein educators as individuals can push themselves and their students towards Freire’s notion of critical consciousness.  
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • Unscientific Science and the Insignificance of "Significance": James,
           Kuhn, and Flyvbjerg. Rocha, Samuel D.

    • Abstract: This article argues against the common sense of "theory into practice" and the absolute validity of the findings of social science by executing  close readings of three significant texts dealing with (1) the notion of action, (2) the subjective nature of science, and (3) the philosophical gaps and problems in our understanding of and value for social science. This argument is meant to support the emergence of forms of educational thought that have mostly been forgotten or ignored at the level of policy, curriculum, funding, and social discourse.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • Collaborative Collecting: A Literature Review. Abreu, Amelia

    • Abstract: This paper reviews literature spanning archival studies, social sciences, and human-computer interaction in order to frame inquiry into the topic area of collaborative collecting.  To begin, I present a rationale for the research and frame the topic area in terms of both the social aspects of collecting and the standpoint of archival theory. I then review perspectives on collaborative collecting from human-computer interaction and social media studies. I then frame the topic of collaborative collecting in terms of aspects of collaborative collections, drawing on archival studies concepts. In conclusion, I suggest possible future directions for collections-based research in information studies.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • Critical Thinking as an Everyday Practice: A Discussion with Sandra
           Harding about the History of InterActions, Interdisciplinary Scholarship,
           and Her New Book. Goodnight, Melissa; Acker, Amelia

    • Abstract: On January 9, 2013, InterActions (IA) editors sat down with Professor Sandra Harding for an interview to discuss the history of InterActions under her mentorship, the significance of interdisciplinary and critical scholarship, and the content of her new book, Objectivity and Diversity. The subsequent interview reveals how Dr. Harding’s work has embodied the commitments comprising InterActions’ mission: interdisciplinarity, critical perspectives, social justice, and the development of early career scholars  The editors strived to provide IA readers with Professor Harding’s insight on the importance of critical inquiry “as an everyday practice.”
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • The Difficulty of An Ontology of Live Performance. Doty, Colin

    • Abstract: Live performance presents unique ontological challenges. This paper will attempt to identify and name the elements of live performance, to describe the relationships between those elements, and to account for the variation between them.  The primary subject for this ontology will be theatrical performance, but we will attempt to apply the same principles to other kinds of performance, such as music performance, to test whether the conclusions hold.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • Editors' Note. Acker, Amelia; Goodnight, Melissa; Kasch, David

    • Abstract: n/a
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • Old Silver Readings: Mythology, Portraits, and Booker T. Washington.
           Schuckman, Hugh E

    • Abstract: Normative historical narratives of Booker T. Washington continually underestimate the genius of this politically savvy educator.  Despite the recent groundswell of interest in photography in the history of education, only a handful of scholars have excavated BTW’s meticulously produced portraits in light of his impact on North American civil rights.  Washington’s images did not simply accentuate his message, they possessed an indelible mythological argument in themselves, reifying a time and place not yet achieved in full by his African-American community.  While his Tuskegee Institute mostly accommodated the temperaments of White America, his photographs dissolved the very boundaries between black and white.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • Review: Achieving Equity for Latino Students: Expanding the Pathway to
           Higher Education Through Public Policy. Martin, Llanet

    • Abstract: Achieving equity for Latino students: Expanding the pathway to higher education through public policy by Frances Contreras This book is a part of the Multicultural Education Series, Teachers College Press Edited by James A. Banks
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • Review: Ethnography and Language Policy. Gaston, Michelle

    • Abstract: n/a
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • Review: Mobile Interface Theory: Embodied Space and Locative Media.
           Crooks, Roderic

    • Abstract: Mobile Interface Theory makes an important step toward a fuller reckoning with the social consequences of mobile technology.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • Review: Oral Tradition and the Internet: Pathways of the Mind. Litwin,
           Rory B

    • Abstract: Review of Oral Tradition and the Internet: Pathways of the Mind, by John Miles Foley.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • Review: Paper Machines: About Cards & Catalogs, 1548-1929. Currie,

    • Abstract: Markus Krajewski, a professor of Media History at Bauhaus University in Weimar, describes his book as the first attempt to trace the development of the card catalog, beginning as an aid to libraries’ flood of books and scholars’ deluge of citations, and later as the corporate office’s ubiquitous indexing system, ordering people, money, and inventory. He sees in the paper index card the prototypical universal machine defined by Alan Turing, and for this he puts its in lineage with the jacquard loom, electronic punch cards, the desktop computer, and today’s palm-sized processors.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:00:00 GMT
  • Review: The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading: Tales of the
           Computer as a Culture Machine. Milbourn, Amanda

    • Abstract: An evaluative review of The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading: Tales of the Computer as a Culture Machine, by Peter Lunenfeld.
      PubDate: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 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
  • Editors' Note. Kasch, David; Lau, Andrew J; Millora, Melissa L.

    • Abstract: n/a
      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
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