PN From the Periphery into the Mainstream: Library DIY culture(s) and the academy
Venue: JW
Room: Grand Ballroom 9-10

In the past five years librarianship has seen a groundswell of innovative do-it-yourself (DIY) activity. We librarians are running publishing houses like Library Juice Press; we are starting groups like the ALA Think Tank on Facebook; we are forming groups like Library Boing Boing to contribute to discourse in arenas outside of the profession; and the list goes on. For academic librarians this DIY culture is closely tied with professional development and scholarship, but what does it say about the future of the academic library profession? Panelists will discuss these inspiring projects and what they think this cultural shift implies for library scholarship. First, panelists will share their experiences in DIY library culture and how it relates to the classic academic publish or perish conundrum; planning unconferences in their local communities; getting motivation from community college student culture to imagine opportunities, and more. The panel will then offer suggestions on how libraries and librarians can embrace this cultural shift to improve our praxis. Following panelist comments, attendees will actively engage in the session by breaking up into small panelist facilitated groups. Each group will coalesce around provocative questions such as: Is DIY library culture a precursor to more traditional praxis? Where is the DIY culture taking our profession? What are the practical outcomes of DIY culture for professional achievement? Academic librarians who are looking to imagine new projects or for inspiration to engage with librarianship in a DIY manner, will benefit from drawing on this panel’s expertise.

Program Description
In October 2008, In the Library with the Lead Pipe published its first article. Additionally, numerous groups have been hosting unconferences, infiltrating SXSW, and more. The culmination of do-it-yourself (DIY) activities points to a growing DIY culture that is permeating academic libraries. Find out from some of these DIYers what DIY library culture has inspired in academe, and how these innovative enterprises tie into our scholarship, instruction, and advocacy.
Type of audience. Who is this session for?
People brand new to the topic.
People with some experience in the topic, but looking to grow.
Primary Program tag
Professional/Staff Development
Presenter : Kim Leeder, Director of Library Services, College of Western Idaho, Nampa, ID
Primary Speaker : Emily Ford, Urban & Public Affairs Librarian, Portland State University, Portland, OR
Presenter : Micah Vandegrift, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Presenter : Erin Dorney, Outreach Librarian, Millersville University, Millersville, PA