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From Net Neutrality to the Net’s New Reality

There is a chance that this page took quite a while to load. Or that this particular site is now taking longer to load than it did in the past. … Continue reading

December 15, 2017 · 4 Comments

University of Oregon Needs a Records Management Intervention

Hey, University of Oregon, is there something going on that we need to talk about? I’ve been seeing your name in the news a lot. Are you ok? First there … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Confused about Copyright and Fair Use? That’s Understandable…

The folk singer Woody Guthrie would frequently attach a serious warning regarding copyright to copies of his lyric sheets. This sobering statement informed one and all that: “This song is … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · 3 Comments

(Libraries and/or Archives) + fire = bad

While playing the somber game of “what is posing an existential threat to libraries and archives this week?” it can be easy to focus on slow destructive forces such as … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Read Banned Books – Support Your Library

Displays of challenged, or banned, books generally provoke rather predictable responses: one group contentedly observes that somebody is speaking up against such filth, another group stares in bemused shock that … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Laboratory or The Library?

Using social media has always involved a vague recognition that the platform (and the company behind it) will be using the user right back. Usually this understanding has involved a … Continue reading

July 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Threatened Net or a Threatening Net?

The activist and writer Grace Lee Boggs is known for starting conversations and lectures with the following question: “What time is it on the clock of the world?” It may … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

NYPL’s “Central Library” Plan goes Not as Planned

Construction work tends to be loud. This holds equally true when it comes to construction in libraries. Yet, sometimes the voices of opposition to planned construction can reach such a … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Guest Post: The Strange Life of the Collected Works of Marx & Engels

Pirates, today we have a guest post from friend of the LibrarianShipwreck Ryan Moore. Ryan is assistant professor of sociology at CUNY-Queensborough Community College. He is the author of Sells … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Make Your Library the Protest

It is an exciting time to be a librarian. No, really. Whether it is a result of potentially positive changes or due to worrisome occurrences (budget cuts) libraries (and by … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · 7 Comments

Books – Tools for Conviviality

Libraries are about much more than books. Granted, there are caveats to such a declaration. After all, there are rare book libraries, manuscript collections, and many types of libraries that … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · 12 Comments

Introducing the Tiebrary

Hey, pirates, did you know you will shortly be able to borrow a tie from the library? You heard that right! From friend of the Shipwreck Lauren, of Urban Librarians … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Money for censorship: CIPA, federal funding, and content blockers

In honor of EFF’s 404 Day, a day of action against internet censorship in libraries, a discussion about content filtering is in order. Libraries applying for and accepting certain kinds … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

It’s a Censorshipwreck!

Those who work in the library field, and those who love libraries, have become rather accustomed to hearing a certain droning argument about the impending obsolescence of libraries. Whether it … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 16 Comments

And the Bandwidth Plays On…Reconfiguring the Internet on the Titanic

Almost all historians agree on the following fact: Internet access on the Titanic was terrible. Really, it was just horrible. It was nearly impossible to get a wireless signal, the … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · 16 Comments

E-Books, Libraries, Democracy, Groucho

E-books have presented something of a challenge for libraries. Not because libraries are opposed to e-books, but because many of the largest publishers (collectively called the “Big Six”) have been … Continue reading

May 2, 2013 · 2 Comments

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Library

Despite most people’s awareness of the general price attached to lunch, it frequently seems that such insight has limitations. Precisely at a time when people are accustomed to getting much … Continue reading

April 30, 2013 · 6 Comments

We are the 91% (who think libraries are important)

Librarians have become accustomed to the tragic chorus declaring that libraries must adjust to changing times or woe shall befall them. Well, some have become accustomed; others have become frustrated, … Continue reading

April 21, 2013 · 2 Comments

Book Review/Preview: The Riot Grrrl Collection

Hey, remember a couple weeks ago when I posted about the Riot Grrrl Collection at NYU?  And how Feminist Press is putting a book out in May? Turns out I … Continue reading

April 9, 2013 · 8 Comments

The Library in the High-Rise’s Lobby

So, have you heard the one about the library in financial trouble? You have!? Of course you have. That question hasn’t changed much in the last years, but luckily the … Continue reading

March 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

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