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Library Trends
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ISSN (Print) 0024-2594 - ISSN (Online) 1559-0682
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  • Concealing White Supremacy through Fantasies of the Library: Economies of
           Affect at Work
    • Abstract: Whatever the size and scope of a library, the argument of this article is that “The Library” can function as a fantasy space that denies its role in white supremacy. Thus, the fantasy of the library operates in ways that make it all the harder to problematize whiteness in academic library spaces (Brook, Ellenwood, and Lazzaro 2015). In order to reveal what the fantasy of the library always seeks to obscure, this article examines three types of “affective economies” (Ahmed 2004): that of library awe, that of library nostalgia, and that of library trespass. By doing so, this article shifts focus away from the library as a fantastic space to the bodies that circulate in libraries. In doing so, a distinction is always ... Read More
      PubDate: 2020-04-04T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Vocational Melancholy
    • Abstract: “I can’t leave it” “ever” “unless” “we all leave--”For a long moment she stood on the high stone steps above the avenue, then shrugged her shoulders and stepped down.In May of 2005, I graduated from library school. In August of that year, I finally received a couple of on-campus interviews, and just as my parents’ hospitality and I were starting to chafe, I landed a job in Washington, DC. As I set out from Lafayette, Louisiana, in a rented truck, Hurricane Katrina made landfall. I must not have followed the news during the two days’ drive, for on the morning of August 31, my first in DC, the Washington Post headline left me in shock: “FLOODS RAVAGE NEW ORLEANS. Two Levees Give Way; In Mississippi, Death Toll ... Read More
      PubDate: 2020-04-04T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Curiosity is a Luxury of the Financially Secure: The Affective Thresholds
           of Information Literacy
    • Abstract: As librarians at Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC), a large, open-enrollment community college located in a high-poverty area of Southwest Missouri (the counties in the surrounding service area have poverty rates of up to 28 percent, and more than 66 percent of our students receive federal financial aid), we are aware that our students are often preoccupied with obligations outside of school and may experience financial stress related to basic-needs security. We believe that this financial precarity has implications for the ways in which students encounter information and engage with research assignments.Drawing on our classroom interactions with students, we have observed that anxiety and stress—affective ... Read More
      PubDate: 2020-04-04T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Affect and Deaccessioning in the Academic Library: Feelings about Books
           and Place
    • Abstract: In a 2016 article in American Libraries, librarian and “Booklist” editor Rebecca Vnuk notes that “weeding is not a mechanical process. There is emotion involved.” The author exhorts further that “a patron spies a dumpster full of discarded material and immediately jumps to the conclusion that the library is enacting a modern-day book burning.” Online comments on the article consist of expansive arguments on each side of the contemporary debate of library as collaborative work and access space vs. library as repository. Vnuk’s study provides guidelines for appropriate outreach and publicity around weeding to avoid alarmed patrons, strong negative reactions, and increased worry for staff members (Vnuk 2016). In ... Read More
      PubDate: 2020-04-04T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Bookness of a Book: Cataloging Affect in South African Artists’
           Books
    • Abstract: Elizabeth Lilker’s (2009, 47) view that “for all their undeniable visual appeal, artists’ books can be a trial to the cataloger” suggests that artists’ books occupy a liminal zone between libraries and art galleries that defies the limits of the terminology normally used by library catalogers. As early as 1991, Timothy Shipe entered this contested space by asking a simple yet, as we shall encounter later, fundamental question: “Should the description of a work in a library catalog be as complete as a museum description'” (24). The literature I consult unpacks the uncertainty that characterizes the cataloging and description of artists’ books. In addition, it succeeds in opening up even more subtle and complex ... Read More
      PubDate: 2020-04-04T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Afterword: The Strangeness of Subject Cataloging
    • Abstract: It is a great privilege to contribute an afterword for “Strange Circulations.” Many thanks to Lisa Sloniowski and Kate Adler for the invitation. I especially appreciate the prompts and conversations provided by Kate, Lisa, and the other authors in this special and important issue. The papers here collectively and individually open up spaces to contemplate the experiences and values in the library that we cannot measure and often find difficult to speak about.I was asked to write about cataloging and classification, and so my attempt here is grounded in my own experience as a cataloger, teacher of cataloging, and researcher. My sense is that all of the articles in this issue can be placed in the context of ... Read More
      PubDate: 2020-04-04T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Introduction
    • Abstract: Welcome to a weird issue of Library Trends. The work is rife with miscarriages, melancholy, longing, and nostalgia. The writers divulge the personal and explore the political. They examine white supremacy, patriarchy, classism, and colonialism—those complex, hybrid toxicities that spine through our collective circulatory system. Most of the authors rely on methods less familiar to library and information studies (LIS) research, such as autoethnography, close readings of fictional texts and images, and the application of philosophical treatises to complex social questions, rather than using quantitative analysis to gather forms of evidence. A loosening of the epistemological strings can, we hope, intervene upon a ... Read More
      PubDate: 2020-04-04T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Redirecting Library and Documentary Affects: From Libraries to
           “Liferaries”
    • Abstract: What are the possible affective forces or powers of libraries and other documentary institutions as agencies for power' Do their entranceways and exits for power constitute abilities to respond to social powers beyond the range of documentation and publics as shaped by dominant state forms'“Affect” in the library and information sciences has been discussed in many ways. “Affect” was confused with “effect” in Warren Weaver’s folk-psychology infused “conduit metaphor” (Reddy 1979) reading of Claude Shannon’s information theory (Shannon and Weaver 1949; Day 2000)). In Weaver’s reading, information is an effect of a cause, the product of a transmission of meaning from a sender to a receiver. Electronic signal ... Read More
      PubDate: 2020-04-04T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • “What You Cannot Get Over”: A Photographic Essay Exploring
           Reproductive Failure, Affect, and Information Work
    • Abstract: The following photographic essay is comprised of five mixed-media pieces created from photographs of selections from my own Archive of Reproductive Failure (Schlesselman-Tarango 2019), along with excerpts from various texts, drawings, and more. Materials used include charcoal, pastel, paper, and ink. Together, these pieces make up the series “What You Cannot Get Over,” and each piece is accompanied by a written component that seeks to address and expand upon particular elements found within the art. Readers will notice a number of leitmotifs and recurring visual components in the pieces, as the series is meant to be taken in together as a whole. The phrase “what you cannot get over” is taken from Scuro’s The ... Read More
      PubDate: 2020-04-04T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Bodies, Brains, and Machines: An Exploration of the Relationship between
           the Material and Affective States of Librarians and Information Systems
    • Abstract: The smooth flow of information aids the aims of the capitalist information system through the efficient and unproblematic delivery of information. The work of caretaking and ensuring data is flowing in the correctly prescribed ways, including providing library users with the “best” information, is both gendered and foundational to librarianship. Librarians form part of a complete media system of transmission, processing, and recording. It is important to examine the intersections between a techno-materialist view of librarianship and a theory of affect to reveal the human impacts of these systems.The use of technology in professional librarianship frequently takes an instrumental approach (i.e., as a tool to be ... Read More
      PubDate: 2020-04-04T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
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