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(source: The Strategic Direction of Research Library Leaders: Findings from the Latest Ithaka S+R Survey Library directors are increasingly recognizing that discovery does not and should not always happen in the library. Compared to the 2013 survey results, fewer library directors believe that it is important that the library is...

In reading Chris Bourg’s great talk “What happens to libraries and librarians when machines can read all the books?” I kept coming back to a couple of things that are outside its scope, but relevant to the question that she asks. Bourg is arguing, I think, that - given the...

Nick Dyer-Witheford, Cyber-Proletariat: Global Labour in the Digital Vortex (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2015). The possibility that the vast pool of workers was surplus to capital’s requirements was partially hidden by precarity and informality. When the consequences of a low-wage global economy became apparent in terms of inadequate consumption and...

Before getting down to it, I recommend watching the stream of Christina Harlow’s c4l2017 keynote “Resistance is Fertile: Building a Manualfesto for LibTech”. Go, do it now. While you’re there, check out the rest of the c4l2017 talks too. It makes me sad that the #critlib tribe pays no mind...

Note: this post intersects with a post I wrote for Behind the Stacks on Practice, Reading, and Fake News The last few years have seen the rise of a critical trend in librarianship towards “Freedom to Read Week”, a period when libraries typically draw attention to the everpresent threat of...