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Ryan P. Randall

Instruction Coordinator & Faculty Outreach Librarian at the College of Western Idaho ∴ Literary, media & cultural studies ∴ Web Editor at In the Library with the Lead Pipe ∴ Sous les pavés, la plage ∴ We are, as always, stubborn, stoked, and petrified - GY!BE

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ALA Annual 2018: My Schedule, Our Notes

Where I intend to be for ALAAC2018 and how I think we can make group notes.


WA 2017 Week 09: Badges, Type, BibTeX

Briefly linking to Emily Ford’s article about badges, a short reference about using type on the web, and getting going with a bibliography tool.

WA 2017 Week 01: Journaling, Pedagogy, and Advocating for our Patrons

Can I make routinely time for these round-up posts this semester? Let’s find out, shall we? Links about journaling, pedagogy, and advocating for our patrons.


Critical Reflection #critlib chat

Critical reflection questions I ask myself and tools I find useful.

WA 2016 Week 32: Lots of Linkage; Comments Have Arrived

Many open access links plus excitement about adding comments to the site.

WA 2016 Week 31: Design Things Galore

Design thinking in Idaho libraries, button templates from Librarian Design Share and Char Booth, and a few minor site font updates.

WA 2016 Week 27: Weekly Roundup and Website Housekeeping

Links to some great articles I’ve read this last week, plus mentions of a few changes here on my site.

WA 2016 Week 19: SJL Seattle and Lots of Great Readings

Another student-led conference that I wish I could have attended, plus more readings related to critical librarianship than you could shake a hashtag at.

WA 2016 Week 18: First Reading Notes and #critlib on Emotional Labor

I published the first reading notes on my open research notebook and I share some follow-up thoughts on emotional labor after this week’s Twitter chat.

WA 2016 Week 17: Research Notebook is Go!

Much like with succulents, I’ve planted an offshoot of this blog to see whether it’ll take root. Open Humanities Research Notebooks—come and join the future™.

WA 2016 Week 16: SWILA 2016; Joacim Hansson on Chantal Mouffe

The SWILA 2016 UnConference was a blast, and Joacim Hansson’s chapter on Chantal Mouffe in LIS is well worth your time.

WA 2016 Week 15: UC Davis Wants Some Scrubs

Radical Librarians; UC Davis imagines a memory hole; Infrastructures of student dissent; Revolting Librarians.

WA 2016 Week 14: Intro to #critlib chat, Reveal.js image alt tags

Intro to #critlib 2; Improving accessibility for my reveal.js slides; Maker Showcase sounds and accessible statistics

WA 2016 Week 12: DERAIL, Site Updates

DERAIL 2016 student forum at Simmons! Also site updates — recommended readings pages and deep links with Anchor.js.

WA 2016 Week 08: CLAPS2016 Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium

Links to the CLAPS2016 site, Storify, and shared notes. And some photos!

WA 2016 Week 07: Tools for Thinking

Tools for Thinking (for information literacy instruction) and Tech Tools for Keeping Thoughts in Order (using Atom and its packages)

WA 2016 Week 06: THATCampBoiseState 2016

THATCampBoiseState2016 was a gem—I hope it comes back next year.

WA 2016 Week 05: #critlib chat on Patience and Impatience; Alison Hicks' LibGuides: Pedagogy to Oppress?

Critlib chat about how we deal with the slow pace of social justice work; a great article examining how LibGuides hinders and potentially supports liberatory pedagogy.

WA 2016 Week 04: Library Privacy

Library privacy session with ACLU Idaho’s Ritchie Eppink and Library Freedom Project’s Alison Macrina at Meridian Library District’s unBound technology lab.

WA 2016 Week 03: Du Bois & scientific sociology, #WOCinTechChat stock photos, LIS Mental Health Week

W.E.B. Du Bois as the founder of scientific sociology & its relevance for LIS; #WOCinTechChat stock photos; LIS Mental Health Week.

WA 2016 Week 02: Giroux on Neutrality

A culture of positivism, distinguishing between objectivity and objectivism, hegemony, false neutrality, values—this article has all sorts of relevance for librarianship!

WA 2016 Week 01: #critlib chat on information resources & incarcerated people

A #critlib chat on information resources & incarcerated people; an upcoming #moocmooc on Instructional Design; Nuzzel the app.

Weekly Whaaa…?

Why weekly? Why assemblage? Why Fluxus? And what’s that “sous les pavés, la plage” thing about?


critlib #feelings

Why do I #critlib? Because another librarianship is possible.

WA 2015 Week 49 Holman, Mattern, Barron, Students

Makerspaces as Civic Infrastructure; Libraries as Infrastructure; Safe Spaces as Protections of Freedom (Not Censorship); The Demands

WA 2015 Week 48 Fister, Kurz, Vecchione

Unanticipated Costs of “Doing More with Less”; Be Yr Own Her@; Making It Known that Libraraies are Spaces for Making

WA 2015 Week 47 Schoofs and Battista

Articles from LOEX Quarterly (one by Schoofs, another by Battista) that look at learning beyond the library’s space.

WA 2015 Week 46 Massumi and North

Enthusiasm about Massumi putting Deleuze in a nutshell! Analogies between the pedagogy & structural place of Writing Centers & libraries! Jekyll on the Run!

Weekly Assemblage 2015 Week 45

Three links & lots of enthusiasm! Elmborg’s “Literacies Large and Small,” a Time Management mega post, & how STEM relates to the liberal arts.

Weekly Assemblage 2015 Week 44

Halloween at CWI Library (Once Upon a Time); Readings I’m looking forward to; Taught my first library resources session.

Weekly Assemblage 2015 Week 43

A #critlib chat on gender & leadership in LIS, plus some history links.

Weekly Assemblage 2015 Week 42

Live! Real! Humans! (in the Classroom); Code Camps, the “Californian Ideology,” & Higher Ed’s Purpose; Open Access & “The Library of Forking Paths.”

Weekly Assemblage 2015 Week 41

Talking about librarianship values: objectivity as a value and valuing inclusivity enough to work toward it in earnest. And again—sorry, Eduardo.

Weekly Assemblage 2015 Week 40

Starting at the College of Western Idaho & going to the Idaho Library Association 2015 Annual Conference!

This Is Not a Pipette: Bringing Humanities Methods into LIS Programs

“Science” doesn’t have to be the only way to parse the “S” in LIS—I suggest some examples of using humanities-style critical theory in information studies in this post for Hack Library School.

Weekly Assemblage 2015 Week 39

Getting library cards and appreciating some unexpected aspects of Maria Accardi’s Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction.

Weekly Assemblage 2015 Week 38

Driving from Bloomington, Indiana to Boise, Idaho; Luciano Floridi’s Information: A Very Short Introduction.

Weekly Assemblage 2015 Week 37

A #critlib chat on information & migrant populations; threats to the Tor exit node in Kilton Public Library; CFP for papers on whiteness in LIS; study on lowering white defensiveness around racial privilege.

Weekly Assemblage 2015 Week 36

Reflections on the second #radlibchat and a Library Freedom Presentation by Alison Macrina.

All Hail Cloud Storage

Dropbox has both saved me from computer problems and helped me work more ubiquitously, so I sang the praises of it and other cloud storage at Hack Library School.

Critical Hot Potato! aka #Rhizo15 Week Four

Reflecting on #critlib morphs into #critpotato for my much-delayed Week Four of #rhizo15 post, examining how online learning operates.

Presentation Alternatives: Reveal.js

Are you looking for a good alternative to PowerPoint or Keynotes? Here’s a Hack Library School post about an excellent free & open source one!

Quick Thoughts on Method & Knowledge Practices in Arts & Humanities

I reflect on how arts & humanities undergraduates are taught critical theory & method, and how that might fall short preparing us for evaluating knowledge practices.

#Rhizo15 Week Three: "Content is People"

For Week Three of #rhizo15, I trace a few thoughts on content vs discontents or reification and the observable outcomes of human actions.

Everything Counts in Affective Amounts

Week Two of #rhizo15—How we might count the affective aspects of learning? Also, what potential does Git give us for making open humanities notebooks?

Hack Quirk Your Presentations

I wrote for Hack Library School about using quirky results or affordances to make your instruction sessions more engaging.

Learning Subjectives

For Week One of #rhizo15, I write about my predilection for research processes over writing outcomes & whether library “neutrality” thwarts supportive demeanor.

Wojnarowicz on a Sphere

Still under construction, this post will be about my process of making a map of artist David Wojnarowicz’s gallery exhibits for the NOAA Science on a Sphere.

#critlib Makerspaces

I write about moderating a #critlib Twitter chat on the constructivist potentials and neoliberal downsides of makerspaces, as well as briefly describe the moderation process.

Freire and Critical Librarianship

For Week One of the Critical Pedagogy MOOC MOOC, I write about Paolo Freire’s problem-posing method and its potential links to critical librarianship.

How Do You Take Notes (or Markdown and Bullet Journals)

I wrote for Hack Library School about taking notes—the actions, ideas, or project variety, not class notes—using Markdown or the Bullet Journal approach.


#critlib Chatty Critical Librarianship on Twitter

I wrote about critical librarianship and the #critlib chats on Twitter for Hack Library School.

“Paper,” “Planned Obsolescence,” and Digital Libraries

Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Nicholas Basbanes recently gave talks touching on practices & situated uses of born-digital and cellulose-fiber materials, respectively. How can this inform digital libraries?

Software Carpentry Workshop Reflections

Although aimed at scientists, Software Carpentry’s workshops offer great learning experience for librarians, digital humanities folks, and anyone looking to work on digital files in groups.

Review of Online Archive of California

The Online Archive of California lies somewhere between a finding aid and a digital library—and is a huge boon to researchers that would be worth emulating elsewhere.

Bigfoot Spotting and Other Jekyll Adventures

A post where I describe trying—and thus far, failing—to use Bigfoot.js to make footnotes more engaging in a Jekyll/GitHub Pages blog. I’ll revisit this soon to give it another try.

New Directions in Information Fluency

Brief reflections on a talk about bringing digital humanities to the reference desk, which I co-presented with Katherine Ahnberg at the New Directions in Information Fluency conference.

Test One

Here’s a stellar ditty from Warp™ records that deserves being listened to with headphones or a subwoofer.

New Site

A Depeche Mode reference is more interesting than “Hello World,” isn’t it?