Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig Wraps Up ACRL 2015 in Portland

March 29, 2015

Lessig spoke on three themes: the impact of a few big givers to political campaigns and how that corrupts the political process, net neutrality, and open access. He called all of these themes an “equality fight” that librarians should embrace as part of their profession. Lessig compared the current political campaign fundraising and process to … Continue reading Lawrence Lessig Wraps Up ACRL 2015 in Portland


Safiya Umoja Noble

ACRL 2015 in Portland: Sunny Skies, Serious Conversation

March 28, 2015

Safiya Umoja Noble, assistant professor in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, talked about how search-engine bias affects women and girls negatively in her presentation, “Searching for Girls: Identity for Sale in the Age of Google.” “What I’m asking us to think about today is: What does it cost us more broadly … Continue reading ACRL 2015 in Portland: Sunny Skies, Serious Conversation


Poster session on Growing a Sustainable Workshop Series

ARCL 2015 Conference Focused on Community

March 27, 2015

The theme of the 75th anniversary ACRL Conference in Portland, Oregon, is “Creating Sustainable Community,” and with nearly 1,300 first-timers at the event and numerous new sessions and activities, it was also about change and growth. The session “Saving Our Students: Higher Education Affodability Issues and the Expanding Role of Libraries with Open Educational Resources” … Continue reading ARCL 2015 Conference Focused on Community


G. Willow Wilson at the ACRL 2015 conference

ACRL 2015 Conference Record Opening

March 26, 2015

G. Willow Wilson, creator of the Ms. Marvel comic series starring a Muslim superhero named Kamala Khan, headlined the opening session. A prize-winning fantasy author and journalist, Wilson is an American convert to Islam who has lived in both the US and Egypt. Wilson said she initially figured the Ms. Marvel series would run no … Continue reading ACRL 2015 Conference Record Opening