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One of the things that Marxist theory insists upon is that socio-economic phenomena cannot be viewed in isolation. Every phenomenon exists within a social context, is the product of social relations (grounded, fundamentally, in economic relations), and possesses a history (i.e. it changes over time). Since this is Fair Dealing...

“simplicity buys you power” – Daniel Higginbotham Complexity and the ILS At a recent presentation about FOLIO, I was reminded of conversations that took place a couple of years ago with Gillian Byrne and others around the idea of “disintegrating” the ILS. The “integrated library system” which developed out of...

Diaz, Junot. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, New York: Riverhead Books, 2007. It’s always seemed to me that there were two trends in the English novel (the novel in English, not the novel of England). There’s the Jane Austen-type, where the “ironic distance” between the narrative and the...

One of the things I’ve become aware of over the last few years is how process can be (and often is) used as a substitute for thinking, discussing, debating, interrogating, critiquing, and reaching consensus. In short, process becomes an alternative for the hard work we should expect to be doing...

I was asked to write a guest blog post for The Alberta Library’s website, Behind the Stacks. I wrote about how broad and varied reading is an important element in negotiating and navigating fake news, or propaganda. Behind the Stacks: Practice, Reading, and Fake News.