Monthly Archives: November 2009

Are you a social justice librarian?

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may have noticed that it’s basically become, well, all me.

That was never the intent. I’m not THE social justice librarian, I’m just A social justice librarian.

I’d prefer that this blog have multiple voices, with different perspectives and interests. However, my former partners in crime have moved on to other adventures in their lives and aren’t sure if or when they’ll be back.

Which brings me to the question…do YOU want to write for the SJL blog? Are you a social justice librarian, archivist, or other information professional type?

Can you add coverage of topics I don’t discuss much? Or a perspective that is different from mine? Ideally (but not necessarily), you do something other than health librarianship and live somewhere other than Western Canada.

If you’re keen, drop me a line to discuss your interest. If it seems like a fit, I’d love to expand the author list here again.


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ICANN’s non-Latin domain approval

I’ve been wanting to say something about the ICANN non-Latin script domain approval move for a bit now, but found myself unsure of what to say. “Yay,” seemed trite, and “It’s about time,” is just more of my usual snark.

I think it’s a no-brainer for people with any sence of global justice issues to agree that the US government should not be “running” or “ruling” the Internet. The details get a little hairy, but really, this is the Internet folks. The world wide web made possible approzimately a gazillion-and-eight things no one thought were possible before, so pretending that figuring out how to make right-to-left and left-to-right scripts play together is beyond all the world’s geeks today is rather silly.

Further, fretting that you might have to actually learn some multilingual skills just makes you look like an ignorant American, so please just stop embarrassing us both. (as I did grow up as an ignorant American and am now an only-slightly-less-ignorant Canadian-American trying to foster a considerably-less-ignorant next generation)

I’m optimistic about the (slightly) increased distance between the US government and ICANN. I’m really interested to see where this goes, and what kind of representation non-Eurpoean countries (besides Japan) end up getting.

Finally, if you missed it, Xeni from Boing Boing did a great brief interview on this topic (the ICANN non-Latin domain ruling) on the Rachel Maddow show, and I encourage you to watch it (and not just b/c Maddow is my smarter, slicker twin!). You can link to it from this boing boing post.


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Sometimes a mug is just a mug

I have two blue travel mugs, both conference giveaways. One is from the NLM and the other is from the CHN.

The NLM mug stinks. I hate to say it, but it has never sealed tightly. It leaks soffee subtly down one’s front while you’re sitting in a meeting trying to be professional.

The CHN mug, on the other hand, is lovely. Simple, no handle to fall off or anything, the top is one of the best travel mug tops ever. No leaking, no whistling, nada.

Of course, the CHN was shut down a year and a half ago. And the NLM apparently god some extramural funding boost in Obama’s stimulus plan.

I’ve been searching for a metaphor for months now…did CHN pay attention to the wrong details? Is NLM somehow “leaky”?

I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no metaphor here. Sometimes, a mug is just a mug.

Now I can finally toss that lousy NLM mug and enjoy sipping from my CHN mug while I browse the new PubMed. *sigh*


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