Lauren sees ungluing So You Want To Be a Librarian as the natural next step. “Part crowdsourcing, part open access, part answer to the ebook problem, it’s a solution to some of the most critical issues libraries are facing today,” she says. Since unglued ebooks have no DRM, can be read on any device, and give everyone clear legal rights to read and share, they don’t come with any of the baggage that complicates library ebook lending today. And ungluing is great for the book’s primary audience — college and graduate students, who often have limited incomes, tuition payments, and student loan debt.
Library Juice Press, the publisher of So You Want To Be a Librarian, is equally driven by its philosophical mission. An imprint of independent scholarly press Litwin Books, it specializes in works which explore issues in librarianship from a critical perspective. It evolved from an electronic zine which — before the age of blogs and social media — shared discussions of intellectual freedom, social responsibility, and other political and philosophical issues in librarianship. Today it publishes books on the intersection of libraries with environmentalism, philosophy, LGBTQ issues, politics, and more.
Read more at the campaign to unglue So You Want To Be a Librarian.