Tagged: policy

Identity in LIS

Students from fall 2016’s Identity and Culturally Responsive Practice course will share findings from their scholarship on issues of race, class, and gender within the LIS field and our own SI community. Join us for a presentation and open discussion.

The Targeted Destruction of Libraries, Archives, and Museums During Wartime

This paper examines incidents occurring in the 20th century onward, with particular focus, though not exclusively, on the destruction of cultural heritage institutions and sites during World War II, the breakup of Yugoslavia and subsequent civil wars, and the current conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Through these examples, I intend to discuss various preventive measures employed in the face of different situations, evaluate and compare the successes and failures in each instance, and suggest ways that further destruction can be avoided.

Transformative Labor: The Invisible Work of Library Digitization

Libraries around the world have been concerned with the digitization of theirmaterials for the past two decades. A digitally available global library is growing, thanks to immense projects like Google Books, and large academic libraries that have been ceaselessly digitizing their materials as new scanning and data storage technologies continue to revolutionize the field. This presents a question of a huge amount of labor—who will do it?

First, I want this paper to shine a light on the actual labor performed by book
scanners for Google, and for other, smaller, library digitization projects. Manual labor continues to drive technological advancement, whether it’s in Apple’s Chinese factories where women construct iPhones for menial pay, or in Silicon Valley where Google’s scanning team works overnight to digitize the world’s libraries.

Second, I want to reveal the ways in which this labor goes undiscussed, both as
(likely) company policy at Google, and in smaller libraries, public and private, around world. Why does this labor remain hidden? The underground sensation that surrounds the Google’s scanning labor, and the way that the transformative labor of digitization goes unremarked, gets us close to the very old class conflict that is at the center of the new tech economy.

The first section of this paper will look at artist Andrew Norman Wilson’s
findings in his art pieces dealing with Google’s book scanning operations, and what we can know about labor conditions there. I then want to connect those findings to labor in smaller digitization undertakings at academic, public, and private libraries around the country. This leads to a discussion of automated robotic book scanners, and the future of library material digitization in the burgeoning convenience economy.

The People v. Edward Snowden

The People v. Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden announced he will return to the United States to stand trial if the US government guarantees him a fair trial that will allow him to make a public interest defense.

LIS 611 Information Policies and Politics, will give him one.
Please join us at the #infoshow as we let the jury decide:

Judge: Briana Moore
Edward Snowden: Kolbe Resnick
For the Prosecution: Elizabeth Frank ; William Hagenah ; Coral Salomon ; Michele Drohan
For the Defense: Maryanne Hall ; Laura Childs ; Carmen Irabien ; Allison Nellis
Expert witness for the defence representing NSWBC: Laurin Paradise
Expert witness for the prosecution representing NSA: Debbie Rabina
Court recorders and Jury: Nataya Culler ; Mia Bruner ; Samantha Levin ; Katherine Martinez
With votes for the audience

Data Sousveillance: An Analysis of Cultural and Congressional Surveillance Rhetoric over Time

This study aims to shed light on conversations of surveillance over the past 40 years of American discourse, using a corpus of Congressional records, mainstream and independent news sources, movie scrips and reviews, and archival materials. By comparing general and specific sentiment measurement across these various sources, we examine points of similarity and difference in attitude across the present and past, cultural and countercultural, institutional and popular with regard to surveillance—watching surveillance, as it were, through assemblages of text and data.

How Libraries Lobby: Investigating Lobbying Practices in the Public Library

Recent scholarly work has advocated for the library to become a center for civic engagement, but has focused on providing unbiased information to the public rather than advocating for specific political viewpoints. This project argues that libraries must instead shift towards grassroots lobbying in order to effectively combat threatening legislation.

Issues Between Copyright, Technology and the Visual Arts

In this digital era, the US Copyright office is not keeping up with technological development, which is keeping it from protecting the copyright of artists. They are the tortoise to technology’s hare, who keeps moving the finish line further ahead on the track. As technology alters our society and how we define visual art, how will visual artists control their copyright?

Homelessness and the Ethics of Information Access

This presentation addresses the question of access to the library by people experiencing homelessness from an intellectual freedom/equitable access perspective. Rather than providing legal advice or policy prescriptions, I look at this from an ethical perspective and explore whether it is ever justified to block someone’s access to information.

Fair Use in the Digital Age

This project investigates Fair Use as an exception of U.S. copyright law. The posters explain the importance fair use doctrine, and analyze the “four factors” of fair use with examples in the field. It also presents fair use court cases, and invites viewers to express their judgment on the cases.

Sharing the Data: the Global Information Infrastructure of Meteorology

This research paper discusses the data policies of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) and analyzes their impact within the larger weather community. Special attention is paid to their respective data centers, and how the data policies encourage or discourage access, reuse, and preservation of the data.

Cyborg Anthropology

My power point was driven to show the future of libraries in the lens of cyborg anthropology. It focuses on Amanda Yoder’s brilliant article The Cyborg Librarian as Interface and Amber Case, a groundbreaking cyborg anthropologist. I use the ideology...