How much air do books need to breathe? Preservation and conservation standards inform arrangement for airflow. Henry Petroski’s Book on the Bookshelf explores engineering and design for bookshelves and libraries to allow sufficient light before electric light. For infrastructure and standards, subject and other classification systems (Library of Congress, Dewey, another system) structure the content of collections. So, too, does the physical form. The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, founded by Ruth Baldwin, arranges books by size. Miniature books, big little books, oversized. Arranging by size saves precious shelf space. For those who are lucky enough to enter the closed stacks, colorful spines create extended patterns acrossRead More →

Thanks to Dr. Julian Chambliss for sharing this! Please share widely! Job ad information below is from Assistant Professor of History, Jacksonville University Location: Jacksonville, FL Category: Faculty – Liberal Arts – History Posted: 10/04/2017 Application Due: Open Until Filled Type: Full Time The Department of History at Jacksonville University invites applications for TWO tenure-track positions in European, African, or Asian History at the rank of Assistant Professor. The teaching load is four courses per semester, including sections of the introductory survey course on Modern World History in the Core Curriculum and specialized upper-division courses from the candidate’s areas of expertise. In addition to teaching responsibilities, successfulRead More →

The 36th Annual West Indian Literature Conference is happening right now at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago. The programme has already been fantastic, including THATCamp-Caribbean, and there’s loads more to come! I’m excited to be here and to see so much great work happening at UWI and around the region. I’m also super happy to see that three graduate students from UF (along with so many great folks!) are presenting at the conference. I love seeing the connections with UF across the region and with specific folks, as with two graduate students who are studying Indo-Caribbean religion (and whoRead More →

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies: The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research (tenure home). We seek applicants with superior promise who combine rigorous scholarship with excellence in teaching and service. Applicants should be trained in and have a research program and teaching experience that centers feminist, women’s, gender, and/or sexualities studies. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research, teaching, and service takes a feminist intersectional approach to addressing disparities and/or (in)equities related to gender(s), gender identity and expression, sexualities, orRead More →

Dear Colored Conventions Project Friends, We’re here talking about the Caribbean libraries, collections, studies, literature, history, and more, and looking at your fantastic work! Thank you for your great work, and we look forward to all being at a conference together soon! To @ccp_org From friends @THATCampCaribe @drbrowne @kbjosephs @IGDS_SAU @elotroalex @dbatchak @caribbeanmemory @schuyleresprit @CreateCaribbean @lrrosenberRead More →

See the full call on the AAIHS’ Black Perspectives, and copied below for ease. “The World of the Black Panther” Guest Editors: Julian Chambliss and Walter Greason On June 9, 2017, the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe changed as the trailer for Black Panther made its debut. The trailer quickly went viral. Within days, it became one of the most viewed trailers ever released by Marvel. Building on the success of Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix, Black Panther promises a majority Black cast for a major motion picture release. While fans have long championed the character, the implication that Black Panther will be something different in style and substance hasRead More →

Media Contact: Erica Williams Connell 305-905-9999 The Eric Williams Memorial Collection P.O. Box 561631, Miami, FL 33256-1631, USA Tel: 305-271-7246 Cell: 305-905-9999 Fax: 305-271-4160 19th Annual FIU Eric Williams Lecture “Do Black Lives Matter in the Age of Trump” MIAMI, FL. (September 30, 2017)— The 19th Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture at Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus (11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, Florida) will take place at the Student Access Success Center (SASC 160), on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. This year, the African & African Diaspora Studies Lecture hosts noted sociologistRead More →

The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows is a fantastic program! Please apply to be a host institution and hire a great person! I love working with CLIR and love working with other folks in the program! Announcement from CLIR: The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) <> is currently seeking host institutions for 2-year fellowships in data curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. These two-year fellowships, supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will provide five recent Ph.D.s with professional development, education, and training opportunities in data curation for the humanities or related social sciences focused on Latin American and Caribbean Studies.Read More →

I’ve gotten lots of questions on this, so am sharing what went out through the Center for Latin American Studies. HURRICANE DONATIONS FOR PUERTO RICO September 26, 2017 Dear UF Community, Thank you so much for all your donations so far. We have received word from the Coalition of Immokalee workers that they have had an overwhelming amount of support and are not in need of the supplies that we have collected. So that is good news on that front. In light of that, we will be redirecting supplies to help with relief efforts in Puerto Rico to help them with recovery from the immenseRead More →

Please see and share the information and site below for supporting Hands Across the Sea in supporting Dominica. Update: Dominica and Hurricane Maria The news from Dominica is heartbreaking. On September 18 a direct hit by Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 monster packing 160-mph winds and two feet of rain, took down the island’s power, water, and communications infrastructure, and grievously wounded roads, bridges, businesses, homes—and schools. Many Hands supporters have been asking about disaster relief for Dominica. The Resource Foundation is an organization we trust to provide assistance where it’s needed. Today we are launching the Books for Dominica campaign to restore school lending libraries that have been battered byRead More →