On Carving Out Time for Reading

The Spring 2018 semester is in full swing. Every morning I spend about an hour trying to cull my email inbox back down to a manageable level and every time I leave my desk I return to find my unread messages, like a virus, have reproduced. As the specter of THE INBOX hovers over my day, I also have a growing pile of articles on my desk and a several browser windows full of stuff to read and listen to–eventually.

Between meetings and class prep and committee projects, I often I don’t read or write as much as I would like to during the work week. If I’m really honest with myself, I might never read some of the articles on my desk right now. Carving out time for reading is certainly as important to my scholarship and teaching as all of the other work that fills my day but it’s something that I continually need to re-prioritize.

This blog post is a pitch for carving out time to read.

So sit down, close your email application so you don’t get distracted by that little chime that means you have another new message, and read one of the many things that are likely on your desk or open in your browser at this minute.

Here’s what I’m reading (and listening to) this week:

Berg, Jacob, Angela Galvan, and Eamon Tewell. “Responding to and reimagining resilience in academic libraries.” Journal of New Librarianship 3.1 (2018).

Chatterjee, Piya, and Sunaina Maira. The Imperial University: Academic repression and scholarly dissent. University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

Hicks, Alison. “I wish I had known that: Advice from the field.” The Librarian Parlor.  Feb 14, 2018.

Mountz, Alison, et al. “For slow scholarship: A feminist politics of resistance through collective action in the neoliberal university.” ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 14.4 (2015): 1235-1259.

Mudditt, Alison. “Breaking the silence: The #MeToo moment in Scholarly Communication.” The Scholarly Kitchen. Feb 12, 2018.

Roh, Charlotte. “Library publishing and diversity values: Changing scholarly publishing through policy and scholarly communication education.” College & Research Libraries News 77.2 (2016): 82-85.

Williams, Joanna. Academic freedom in an age of conformity: Confronting the fear of knowledge. Springer, 2016.


Bringing Yourself to Work with Baharak Yousefi.” Secret Feminist Agenda. 

Silvia Federici & Wages for Housework.” Audio Interference.

Librarianship The Script.” </RANT>

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