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ALA Course Update

In two weeks, we’ll begin teaching an ALA online course based on Learner-Centered Pedagogy: Principles and Practice. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been putting together the course materials, including making some videos that we hope will add a fun and personal element to the course.

As we’ve been putting this together, we’ve been thinking about everything that’s going on in the world, and how lucky we are to have salaried jobs with healthcare and stability, and we made a decision: We’re going to donate all our proceeds from the course (development and registration fees) to nonprofits that we feel are doing important and life-changing work. We’ll post our receipts here after the end of the class as a demonstration that we’ve made the donations.

We’ll be donating to:

  1. Planned Parenthood (

“Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.”

  1. United We Dream (

“United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth led organization in the nation … We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community – justice for all immigrants … United We Dream runs programs to advocate for the access to higher education: stop the deportations of undocumented youth and their parents; and strengthen alliances and support for DREAMers at the intersection of queer and immigrant rights.”

We know the course is *not* cheap, so it feels right to give back with our share of the proceeds, especially since the basic premise of our book is that people, including all their difference, matter and deserve equal rights and respect. We’re grateful to ALA for giving us the opportunity to share our work in a new format, and grateful to those who’ve signed up for the course already. We look forward to working with you in a few weeks!

-Kevin and Dani


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Coupon Code for Rule Number One Readers!

Happy June! We’re really excited that our book is being published this month, and ALA is helping us to celebrate this by offering a coupon code for Rule Number One Readers. If you use code LCPP17 via the ALA Store, you can receive $5 off Learner-Centered Pedagogy: Principles and Practice.

It’s very strange (and exciting) to think that other people will read this book, after we spent such a long and lonely time writing it (together, but still). Stay tuned for more Rule Number One posts coming soon, as we emerge from the book-writing/editing hole and return to blogging!

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Crossing to the ~Dark Side~ or, Librarians Working for Vendors, and Why It’s Actually Pretty Awesome (Guest Post by Emily Gover)

Finishing library school in 15 months and transitioning into a professional job two years after the 2008 collapse wasn’t easy. It took me nine months from graduating library school to starting my first job as a web services librarian at a small college in the South. It took me five months from starting my first job in the South, to leaving it for a vendor in New York. I left my job for the same reasons many people leave their job: Being closer to my family, and higher pay. Yet, part of me felt guilty.

I mean, I’m a librarian. I’m supposed to be an honorable public servant, someone who cringes at the very thought of working for a profitable, capitalist entity, right? At least, that’s the vibe I picked up from mutterings of jaded colleagues. Librarians embody freedom of information, for all… how could I go and work for (and condone) The Man—and the greed for power and money that comes along with it?

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The Librarians are Hiding Something

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Heavenly Beauty

My  interview/essay piece on the great New York street photographer Michelle Rick was just published by Ethos Review – should be of interest to librarians who are Salinger fans, in addition to fans of art.

Photo by Michelle Rick via Ethos Review

An excerpt:

What interested me when I had the chance to interview Michelle Rick was not so much a dissection of her photos, but getting to know the heavenly fool herself. What is behind a person capable of producing such beautiful work? If Salinger is right, and it’s “the eyes” of the great artist that allow them to show the rest of us what a splendid planet this really is, what’s the story behind her astonishing vision? Where does the ability to capture these scenes, to see these colors (my God, the color!) that dominate Michelle’s Rick’s work, come from? How on earth does one develop this ability to see?

As far as I can tell from talking to Michelle, love – the ego-less, Karma-Yoga Zen-like moment-to-moment love of living embodied by the true artist – ends up being the answer.

Check out her beautiful photos and my essay at Ethos! 

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Nothing can save you, but the loafers won’t hurt.

Matt Oremland

Now that I’m back in working condition and seem to have somewhat overcome a vagary of seasonal sickness, some of which involved needing to stuff cotton balls in my ear regularly, and some which did not, regular posting from yours truly about all matters library instruction, loafers, and the human condition shall begin again.

May you come up on the spot lookin’ extra fly in this new year of 2015,


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Look at Banner, Readers!

Thanks to my  lovely girlfriend for the new banner.

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Kevin’s Reflections on a Year in Librarianship

On Monday Dani wrote a great post reflecting on her first full year as a bona fide professional librarian and we thought it would be fun to offer two different perspectives on the topic, so here’s my thoughts on my first year as a professional librarian working in an academic library:

Year Librarianship

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Joan Didion’s California

I wasn’t sure when it was coming out, but I just noticed that my piece called “Joan Didion’s California” was published by Ethos Review.

Joan Didion's California Large Cover

I’m not sure why (maybe because of the sadness and sense of longing) but it’s one of my favorite things I’ve written. And it’s short, too. Check it out!

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“Aubrey Drake Graham and the Ethos of Authenticity”

My piece on  the rapper Drake, “Aubrey Drake Graham and the Ethos of Authenticity” is now out via Ethos Review.

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