Menstrual Metrics poster references

This week I’m attending the OLA Super Conference and presented a poster session, “Menstrual Metrics: An Analysis of Privacy and Security in Menstrual Health Tracking Applications.” You can see my poster in PDF here.

To make accessing my sources easier (and mostly because copying and pasting from a PDF is fickle), I’ve included them here in the same order from my poster. Below that is another list of sources that I used when working on the paper that this poster is based on. Some of them provide more contextual information on the concept of the “quantified self” and on privacy measures. I highly recommend some of the ‘non-scholarly’ reads from Washington Post, Consumer Reports, and Tech Crunch; they present some complex tech-y concepts into very accessible language and they’re available online for free.Read More »

“A love for books and a love for people”: a call to action

 [a preamble: This post was originally written for a class assignment that asked us to respond to the following video from 1947 and how librarianship has changed. My TA didn’t care for what I had written and challenged me on several parts, specifically on prioritizing resources for at-risk patrons over curated reading lists, and if specifically reading books by BIPOC authors made a difference. While I’m sure she had her reasons, I don’t think they’re good enough to justify the gatekeeping and whitewashing of library collections and services that happens too often. As someone who holds some authority from my position in the world, I aim to use it and to use it well.]

In this short film from 1947, librarians are defined by two qualifications in a snappy catchphrase that could have been grabbed from modern ad copy: a love for books and a love for people. Librarians are described as “radiating [this love of books and of people] to the public” through their ultimate task of “bringing books and people together.”Read More »

“Should I purge my Twitter feed?” or the consequences of visibility

Something I’ve been thinking about recently is the consequences of visibility, mainly the visibility of my politics and ethics that I’ve been told over the years are “radical” compared to the average person. On a good day, I would define myself as a Marxist feminist; I have pretty strong opinions about female labour around the world. Class identity is a big part of how I define myself and how I understand the world. I’m confident in sharing my views and interpretations though I’m not one to dominate conversations with them.

Lately I’ve been thinking more about how sharing these views could be detrimental to me, especially as I shift from my career as a library technician (something I’ve been doing for almost a decade) to one as a librarian. I’m an active Twitter user and a big fan of the LIS conversations happening there, but I also worry if my online activities will cost me a job in the future. Will a headhunter find my profanity-sprinkled feed and cross me off a list? Will my comments on the inaccessibility of higher ed cost me a promotion?Read More »