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A Little Précis of Librarianship, 8-30-2017

It has been one heck of a week.

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Politics (the one that there’s nothing funny about)

Copyright Corner

Emerging Technobabble

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Get your professional development on!

Politics (the one that there’s nothing funny about)

Following the events in Charlottesville, there’s a lot to talk about:

After Charlottesville, more campuses brace for neo-Nazi and alt-right protests. Which also leads into a discussion on how white supremacists have become the face of free speech debates on campus. The right to advocate for the extermination of groups of people is still a high priority for public universities (apparently “incitement” is no longer an issue).

The SPLC has created a “What Students Need to Know” guide about the alt-right. There is also the Charlottesville syllabus.

R. David Lankes’s piece “On Racism, Ignorance, and Librarianship.” I disagree with the way Lankes uses  the term “political party”, as if the struggles of people targeted by white supremacy are not politics-proper, but some sort of special interest. White supremacists have clearly chosen their favored party, and anti-fascists have realized when those ties have been cause for protest. However, despite finding this type of liberal non-racism distasteful, I am glad that Lankes did use his platform to reinforce the fact that librarians are not neutral. I would simply add that as librarians, as human beings, and for me and Lankes, as white people, we have a commitment to anti-racism, which will inevitably require the use of party politics, ideology, economics, public policy, and other areas that white people tend to claim as the neutral territory that their particular problems inhabit.

Copyright Corner

Songwriters push for the inclusion of authors’ moral rights into US copyright law. Because it has worked out so well in the few places we already have it (VARA).

Speaking of a troubling combination of moral rights, statues, and VARA, guess how copyright is getting in on the Confederate statue debate?

An education law pushes copyright enforcement as part of the responsibilities of teachers. I have a suggestion for an awareness program in the comments.

Farmers are hackers (pharmers?). I can’t wait for the dystopian movie with the 80s soundtrack.

Will the AI overthrow of humanity come down to intellectual property rights?

Emerging Technobabble

AT&T loses its attempt to enforce its state-backed monopoly against Google Fiber development in Louisville. Don’t worry AT&T, you still have your hands in the pockets of most state legislatures.

Research Reports

Article: What do data librarians think of their MLIS education?

Get your professional development on!

Article: Social media as a cost-effective way to promote library services.

 

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