Alternative Literature in Libraries
Instructor: Rory Litwin
Dates: Not currently scheduled
Credits: 0.75 CEUs
This two-week course is about the role and place of alternative literature in libraries, focusing on practical methods for better incorporating a full breadth of ideas in collection building. Specific topics covered will be the nature and role of the alternative press, challenges to incorporating alternative publications in libraries, and strategies for collection development. The course will include reading assignments, participation in a discussion forum, an analysis of two selected resources, and a practical activity in relation to participants' own work settings. Participants are expected to spend 7.5 hours on the two-week course.
Rory Litwin is an academic librarian and small press publisher who is presently a doctoral student in information studies at UCLA. Among other things, he has organized practical projects relating to the alternative press. His small press publishing house, Library Juice Press, published the 6th edition of Byron Anderson's Alternative Publishers in North America, and he coordinated the development of the online resource, Alternatives in Print: A Directory of Alternative Publishers and Critical Periodicals.
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount.