My recent work has explored the sociopolitical contexts of assessment and accountability movements, the impact that library adoption of commercial social media may have on the role libraries play in protecting patron privacy, and the representation of citizenship and civic engagement in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
“‘You’ve Got to Know and Know Properly’: Citizenship in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go and the Aims of Information Literacy Instruction.” In Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis. Eds. Shana Higgins and Lua Gregory. Sacramento: Library Juice Press, 2013. 63 - 78.
Journal Articles (peer-reviewed/scholarly):
“Ideology and Audit Culture: Standardized Service Quality Surveys in Academic Libraries.” portal: Libraries and the Academy, 17.1 (2017): 91 - 110.
“Seeking Social Justice in the ACRL Framework.” (co-authored with Andrew Battista, Dave Ellenwood, Lua Gregory, Shana Higgins, Yasmin Sokkar Harker, and Christopher Sweet.) Communications in Information Literacy 9.2 (2015): 111 - 125. Invited. http://www.comminfolit.org/index.php?journal=cil&page=article&op=view&path=v9i2p111
“Commercial Social Media and the Erosion of the Commons: Implications for Academic Libraries.” portal: Libraries and the Academy 12.2 (April 2012): 139 - 153.
“Challenging the Conditions that Make Alternatives Necessary: Librarians, The News Media and the Information Literate Citizen.” Progressive Librarian 30 (Winter 2007/08): 3 - 17.
“Too Much 'Official' Truth? Mainstream Media, the Alternative Press and the Construction of Common Knowledge.” Studies in Media & Information Literacy Education 5.4 (2005): 1 - 10.
Journal Articles (professional):
“What Is the Alternative Press? A Few Definitions...” BCLA Reporter 50.3 (2005): 1 - 2.
“The (Media) Revolution Will Be Televised.” Feliciter 51.5 (2005): 244 - 245.
“Re-examining the Concept of Neutrality for Academic Librarians.” Feliciter 49.1 (2003): 30 - 2.
“Sociopolitical Barriers to Information and Community Well Being: Implications for Librarian Teaching Practice,” presented at CAPAL17, the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians Conference, at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, 31 May 2017.
“Commercial Social Media and the Academic Library: A Critical Examination of the Impact on Patron Privacy,” presented at the International Social Media & Society Conference, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, 13 July 2016.
“The Disappearance of Citizenship and Civic Engagement in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education,” Lightning Talk presented at WILU 16 (Workshop for Instruction in Library Use: Intersections, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, 31 May 2016.
“Secrets are Lies:” Academic Libraries and the Corporate Control of Privacy in the Age of Commercial Social Media – A Reading of Dave Eggers’ The Circle,” presented at CAPAL15, the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians Conference, at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, 31 May 2015. Invited. http://capalibrarians.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/2B_Lilburn_paper.pdf
“Competing Narratives: The Impact of Neoliberal Rhetoric on Libraries’ Assessment Practices and Contributions to the Public Good,” presented at the Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS) Conference at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, 7 June 2013.
“Commercially-owned Social Media Spaces and the Future of the Open Web: Implications for Academic Librarians,” presented at the Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS) Conference at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, 3 June 2011.
“Globalization and the Changing Educational Landscape: Implications for Academic Libraries, Librarians, and Library Users,” presented at Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS) Conference at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, 29 May 2009.
“Challenging the Status Quo of Broadcast News: The Impact of Independent World Television on Libraries, Librarians and the Communities They Serve,” presented at the Library Research Seminar (LRS) IV Conference, The Library in its Socio-Cultural Context, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, 10 October 2007.
“Too Much ‘Official’ Truth? Mainstream Media, the Alternative Press and the Construction of Common Knowledge,” presented at the Atlantic Provinces Library Association Annual Conference, Moncton, NB, 29 May 2004.
“Fake News on the Rise: Tips for Savvy Media Engagement,” with Dr. Erin Steuter (Sociology). UNB, Fredericton, NB, 15 September 2017.
“Fighting Fake News: Tips for Aspiring Truth Detectives,” with Dr. Erin Steuter (Sociology). Presented in the R.P. Bell Library Theatre, Mount Allison University, 3 February, 2017; Tantramar Senior’s College at Sackville Town Hall, 15 March, 2017; and (in my absence due to illness) on 25 March 2017 at Conserver House, Fredericton.
“All That Glisters Is Not Gold: Thinking Critically About Information” (with A. Cannon & E. Millar), keynote presentation at the Purdy Crawford Teaching Centre Spring into Teaching Day, Mount Allison University, 14 May 2009.
“The Impact of Federated Searching on Information Literacy Skills,” presented at the Purdy Crawford Teaching Centre Fall for Teaching Day, Mount Allison University, 30 August 2006.
“Teaching Critical Web Source Analysis and Deterring Electronic Plagiarism” (with A. Cannon), presented at the Teaching Enhancement Workshops, August 2001.
Review of Questioning Library Neutrality: Essays from Progressive Librarian (Library Juice Press, 2008). LibrarianActivist.org. 17 June 2008. <http://www.librarianactivist.org/category/book-review/> [website ceased operation]
Fake News Guide
Information about fake news, tools to help evaluate news stories and news sources, resources to help identify fake news stories, and resources describing good journalism. This guide was was created in January and February 2017 in concert with a presentation I prepared and delivered with Dr. Erin Steuter (Sociology).
Alternative Media Guide
Includes a brief discussion of the alternative media, a section on finding articles and reviews in alternative press publications, selected annotated lists of web sources, and more.
These guides include key disciplinary resources and discovery tools such as databases, reference sources, and other library and online materials. They also highlight newly-arrived books and direct patrons to the citation style guides used in the discipline.
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