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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:

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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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“Have We All Turned Into A Bunch of Wusses?” @ Ethos


I’ve got a new piece up at Ethos on the general wussification of our culture, why it’s maybe humanistic psychology’s fault, and how Carl Rogers can save us all.

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“Ok, Library” Now in C&RL News

As I have been cagily alluding to for the past few months, we’ve been piloting a Google Glass loan program at the Claremont Colleges Library since the early part of this year. Today, my terrific supervisor and colleague Char Booth and I published a piece in College & Research Libraries News about our project, the response to Glass from faculty and students, and implications for technological access via loaning programs like ours. Though we don’t always agree about the future and utility of Glass (I’ll let you guess who comes down on what side), it’s been an intriguing and fun several months, and writing the article with Char was a joy.

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Kevin Michael Klipfel Leaves Information Literacy Coordinator job for New, Better Position

Here at Rule Number One we know a thing or two about haters (hint: they’re gonna hate).

I am therefore extremely pleased to announce that, after much deliberation with my coaches, parents, and, most importantly, after watching this video sent to me by my friend Alex Carroll –

I’ve decided to leave my job as Information Literacy Coordinator to pursue my lifelong dream of hating on haters full time.  I’ve always hated haters, but due to some poor career counseling I received during high school and college, I never really knew that following my passion full time was really, truly possible.

Although I leave the library profession with a pang of regret, to be able to hate on haters Monday through Friday, 9-5 pm, let’s say … 50 weeks a year, is truly a dream come true. There are just so many haters out there that one simply cannot afford to waste one’s day helping students evaluate information, encouraging them to explore research they’re curious about, and (especially?) attending faculty meetings.  It is thus with enormous pride and excitement that I move into this new phase of my professional life, and commence hating on haters of all stripes with the all the resources at my disposal.

Unfortunately, since we live in a market driven, capitalistic society, I do feel compelled to report with sadness that, at this time in our country’s history, altruistic endeavors such as these must be entirely self-financed.  This being the case, Rule Number One Friends & Family (RN1 F&F) have begun the Kevin Michael Klipfel Hating on Haters Project Fund. For inquires about how to get involved, please contact the project fund manager, Kevin Michael Klipfel, at kevin dot michael dot klipfel at gmail dot com (Subject Line: “Haters”).

Your Most Humble and Obedient Servant,


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The Republican Attack on Federal Funding for Libraries (And What You Can Do to Stop It)

Well, according to this dismal piece of news, Wisconsin’s Ayn Rand obsessed supporter of privatization, Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, has decided to try out his very bad ideas on libraries:

In a new budget released today from Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), the House Budget Committee Chairman denounces the critical role that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) plays in supporting civic engagement, literacy and lifelong learning in more than 123,000 libraries nationwide. Rep. Ryan recommends that the federal government not have a role in libraries and that Congress shift the federal agency’s responsibilities to the private sector in his 2015 fiscal year budget resolution.

This is, obviously, morally reprehensible legislation, for reasons ALA President Barbara Stripling notes here.

That libraries remain, so far as possible, socialized forces immune to the demands of the capitalized market is central to the unique place libraries have in American society. As writer Zadie Smith puts it,

A library is a different kind of social reality … which by its very existence teaches a system beyond the fiscal.

ALA gives several reasonable suggestions for what you can do to stop legislation like this, which would harm lots of people for whom public libraries provide their only access to technology (one in five Americans do not have internet access) and is, as one commentator has noted, “a bad idea for American society:”

Moving forward, the American Library Association is asking library users, students, parents and teachers to contact their U.S. Senators and Representatives by going to the Legislative Action Center and urge them to support funding in the 2015 fiscal year for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL).

It is interesting to note that, according to a piece in Library Journal, President Stripling is “less worried about the proposal itself than she is about the sentiments that underlie it.”

Ryan on Rand

Perhaps worth keeping in mind the next time you recommend Atlas Shrugged!

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