Skip navigation

Tag Archives: Libraries

Idea Store – Whitechapel


East London’s Free Reading Festival

Sun, 19 Nov 2017, 13:00

Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BU

The ninth Writeidea Festival, Tower Hamlets Council’s unique free reading festival, will take place at Idea Store Whitechapel over the weekend of 17 – 19 November 2017

The festival is an integral part of the reading offer of Idea Store, the innovative library, learning and information service created by Tower Hamlets Council.

There are some fantastic speakers again this year including Stella Duffy, Alan Dein, Gregor Gall, The Gentle Author and Irenosen Okojie.

Programme & Tickets: and

Critical Education







Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski at ResearchGate:

Glenn Rikowski at Academia:


Ruth Rikowski Framlingham Castle

Ruth Rikowski
Framlingham Castle


The presentation slides for Ruth Rikowski’s talk at The Froud Centre, Manor Park, London, on 10th June 2016 –are now available at Academia.

Why Library Is Not  A Dirty Word: Reclaiming Its Power And Possibility

Presentation slides @

Ruth Rikowski @ Academia:


Glenn Rikowski

In addition, Glenn Rikowski also has a new post at Academia: The Woodhead Federation? The Business Takeover of Schools in England

This can be viewed at:


Glenn Rikowski @ Academia:

Glenn Rikowski @ ResearchGate:

Dr. Glenn Rikowski

Dr. Glenn Rikowski

Ruth Rikowski Framlingham Castle

Ruth Rikowski
Framlingham Castle



Ruth Rikowski has posted some new papers to Academia. These are as follows:

Rikowski, Ruth (2001) GATS:  private affluence and public squalor? Implications for libraries and information, Managing Information, Vol.8 No.10, December, pp.8-10, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2002) The Corporate Takeover of Libraries, Information for Social Change, No.14, winter 2001/02, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2002) The WTO/GATS Agenda for Libraries, Talk prepared for a public meeting at Sussex University, 23rd May 2002, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2002) A First-Time in Glasgow: impressions of the IFLA Conference, 2002, IFLA Journal, Vol.28 Nos.5/6, pp.278-280, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2003) Globalisation and Libraries – House of Lords Paper, in: Report by House of Lords, Select Committee on Economic Affairs, Session 2002-03, 1st Report, Volume of Evidence, Part 2, HL Paper 5-11, London: The Stationary Office, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2003) The Significance of WTO Agreements for the Library and Information World, Managing Information, January / February, Vol.16 No.1, p.43, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2003) Tripping Along With TRIPS? The World Trade Organization’s agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and its implications for the library and information world, Managing Information, Vol.10 No.3, April, pp10-12, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2003) The Role of the Information Professional in Knowledge Management: The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning for the Library and Information Profession? Managing Information, Vol.10 No.4, pp.44-47, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2004) Creating Value from Knowledge in the Knowledge Revolution, Information for Social Change, No.20, winter 2004, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2008) Digital Libraries and Digitalisation: an overview and critique, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.6 No.1, pp.5-21, online at:

Rikowski, R. (2008) Computers / Information and Communications Technology, the Information Profession and the Gender Divide: Where are we going? Policy Futures in Education, Vol.6 No.4, pp.482-506, online at:


For all of Ruth Rikowski’s papers at Academia, see:

For all of Glenn Rikowski’s papers at Academia, see:





Friday, 10th June, @ 19:00 – 20.30 (BST)

A talk and discussion about library campaigns, radical librarianship and re-imagining the library as a public space


Why Library Is Not A Dirty Word


There have been some changes to the venue and programme: though the day (Friday 10th June) and time (7.00 – 8.30pm) are still the same.

Apologies for the short notice


New Venue:


The Coffee Bar

1 Toronto Avenue

Manor Park


E12 5JF

(In fact, only 3 minutes’ walk from the original venue, the Rabbits Road Institute. Just walk along the Romford Road towards Ilford, and The Froud Centre is easily recognisable: it’s on the corner between Toronto Avenue and Romford Road)


New Programme:

Speaker: Ruth Rikowski – writer, lecturer at London South Bank University, libraries professional and campaigner, author of Globalisation, Information and Libraries: The Implications of the World Trade Organisation’s GATS and TRIPS Agreements (Chandos Publishing), and a freelance editor for Chandos Publishing.


Followed by Discussion


Free Admission

No Registration Necessary

Soft drinks provided


Blog Version:


Best wishes


Ruth Rikowski @ Academia:

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia:

Ruth Rikowski at Serendipitous Moments:



Ruth Rikowski

Ruth Rikowski


This, rather long title, pertains to the only paper / article written by us (Ruth and Glenn Rikowski) jointly. It appeared in the winter 2005/06 edition of Information for Social Change, Issue 22. We were both mightily concerned with processes and policies relating to the commodification of public services at the time, with Ruth focusing on libraries and Glenn on schools in England.

Furthermore, at the time, both of us were interested in the international dimension to the commodification of public services. Specifically, we were concerned with the likely impact of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). This joint interest brought us together in a practical political sense too, when we became members of Attac London in 2000 and along with others organised a conference on the commodification of state services.

Of course, these topics have gained renewed importance with the current development of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Maybe the halting of significant advances in the WTO’s GATS process since Seattle 1999 in some way precipitated this development.

It is a shame that we have not written more together, and this is something that we aim to rectify in the future.

Meanwhile, this ‘Discussion’ piece can now be found at Academia:

For Glenn, it is at:

For Ruth, it is at:

Glenn Rikowski’s papers and articles at Academia can be viewed at:

Ruth Rikowski’s papers and articles at Academia can be viewed at:


Ruth and Glenn Rikowski


September 2015




A cartoons and stand-up comedy conference

Call for Papers


We are pleased to announce a two-day conference to celebrate the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive and the British Cartoon Archive, both based at the University of Kent. We aim to bring together scholars, archivists, comedians, cartoonists and others who have donated materials to our archives.

The British Stand Up Comedy Archive and British Cartoon Archive, both based at the University of Kent, are pleased to announce a combined two day conference, to take place in January next year.

By its nature, stand-up is an ephemeral performance genre, built on the idea of liveness. Unlike play texts, which can be published and studied and revived years after the initial production, stand-up comedy exists in the moment, and can easily be forgotten once the performance ends. The British Stand-Up Comedy Archive collects what is left behind after the performance is finished including unpublished recordings (audio or video, in any format), set lists, scripts, publicity materials (e.g. posters, flyers, photos), booking diaries, con-tracts, and more unusual ephemera (e.g. props, costume items, etc.).


The British Cartoon Archive exists to encourage and facilitate the study of cartoons and caricatures published in the United Kingdom. Since 1973, the Cartoon Archive has built up a unique collection of over 140,000 pieces of cartoon artwork supported by a reference library of newspaper cuttings, books, catalogues and magazines, and it is widely used by researchers, authors, teachers, the media and students.


Papers are being solicited which may explore such issues as:

  • Public persona and comic identity
  • Comic timing and delivery
  • Relationship with readers and audiences
  • Visual and verbal references
  • Joke structure
  • Control, censorship & the boundaries of taste
  • Politics & satire
  • Stereotypes and symbols
  • Humour as a career

Papers might explore one or more of these issues in relation to stand-up comedy, or in relation to cartoons, but we would also be interested in papers which explore them in relation to both stand-up and cartoons. Abstracts of 300 words should be submitted by 5pm, Friday 2nd October 2015 to:

Jane Gallagher | Senior Special Collections Assistant

Special Collections & Archives, Information Services, University of Kent

Templeman Library

Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NU, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1227 823127

images (2)


‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia:


Rikowski Point:


Russell Brand

Russell Brand


Russell Brand to give The Reading Agency Lecture

Russell Brand will deliver The Reading Agency Lecture on 25 November 2014, 7.00-8.00pm.


The Reading Agency Lecture will take place in The Logan Hall at the Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

You can buy tickets for the lecture from Eventbrite.

Tickets are priced at £20 and £10 for concessions (under 24s).

The lecture was initiated by The Reading Agency in 2012. It aims to provide a platform for leading writers and thinkers to share original, challenging ideas about the future of reading in the UK.

Russell Brand will deliver ‘a manifesto on reading’ which will be in part personal, sharing his own experience of books and reading while growing up in the UK; and it will be in part as a public figure, sharing his views on the status of reading and storytelling in our national culture and why reading is important for young people – especially boys – in the UK today.

Russell Brand says:

“Writing is the most intimate medium. Right there in the brain, in the swamp of fear and desire. I like splashing about in there, stirring up sediment, doing the breaststroke. In this lecture I will try and drag this metaphor out for an hour.”

Further information:

‘The Bookseller’:



‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia:

Glenn Rikowski @ ResearchGate:

Online Publications at The Flow of Ideas:

The Flow of Ideas:



Glenn Rikowski’s latest paper, Crises in Education, Crises of Education – can now be found at Academia:

Glenn Rikowski’s article, Education, Capital and the Transhuman – can also now be found at Academia:







The second biennial University of Northampton Library and Learning Services Conference takes place on Wednesday 18 June 2014 at Sunley Conference Centre. See bumper programme below.

Library and Learning Services sit at the heart of the student experience supporting, enhancing and contributing to the teaching, learning and research activities of the University.

The aims of this conference are to raise awareness of the formal and informal research activity that underpins our work in Library and Learning Services; to showcase our most innovative practice, and to receive feedback on potential areas for development.

The conference will feature a keynote address from Professor Charles Oppenheim, recently appointed Visiting Professor to Library and Learning Services, and will be packed with new ideas to inform practice, advance teaching and learning pedagogy and engage with innovative technologies.

Who should attend? The conference will be of interest to librarians and learning professionals with an interest in research-informed practice.

Cost:  £30.00 inc VAT

More information: Visit our conference blog at:

Booking: Please contact Jonas House for information on booking, travel and accommodation:



‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon:

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski at Academia:

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at:


Rikowski Point:






27-30 May 2014

Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey


Please see below the replies to the main questions posed and more information:

Yes, you can participate and attend the conference without presenting an abstract or paper. However, you should send the registration form to ask for an attendance permission

An Abstract accepted is mandatory for an oral or poster presentation

The paper is optional. If you submit a paper it will be considered for the Conference Proceedings and the post-conference publications in Books and the QQML Journal ( ). Two new issues have been added. The e-journal is included in EBSCOhost and DOAJ.

The abstract submission deadline was extended to March 10, 2014 in order to include submissions of abstracts to the special sessions proposed and to the regular sessions as well.

Submissions of abstracts to special or contributed sessions could be sent directly to the conference secretariat at . Please refer to the Session Number (see below) to help the secretariat to classify the submissions.

Session organizers should notify the conference secretariat by March 10 and include the abstracts collected for their special sessions.

If you already have submitted your Abstract and you have not received a reply please notify the conference secretariat.



Conference Excursions

A half day (14:30-19:30) conference excursion in the afternoon of the second day of the conference (28 May 2014) is scheduled: Visit of the classical Istanbul including some of Istanbul’s major sights…

A full day Excursion in the day following the last day of the conference (31 May 2014)…


For more information and Abstract/Paper submission and Special Session Proposals please visit the conference website at: or send email to:

Looking forward to welcoming you in Istanbul,

With our best regards,

On behalf of the Conference Committee

Dr. Anthi Katsirikou, Conference Co-Chair
University of Piraeus Library Director
Head, European Documentation Center
Board Member of the Greek Association of Librarians and Information Professionals


Special and Contributed Sessions Code No

1. Bibliographic Control
1. Terminology project
2. Multiple controlled vocabularies
3. Subject thesaurus
4. Bibliographic utilities
5. New cataloguing rules, RDA and MARC21

2. Bibliometric research
1. Bibliometrics
2. Analysis of patterns of information
3. Usage data
4. Publication data
5. Citation analysis
6. Content analysis
7. Web sites
8. Databases

3. Change of Libraries and Managerial techniques
1. Human resources management
2. Organizational challenges
3. Strategic management
4. Re-engineering change in higher education
5. Fast-responded library
6. Learning organization

4. Changes in Learning, Research and Information needs and Behaviour of Users
1. 21st century librarians for 21st century libraries
2. New services for the research and learning communities
3. Redefining the library service experience
4. Forging collaboration between librarians and students
5. Library in the digital workflow of research
6. Content analysis of academic libraries’ Facebook profiles
7. Marketing the academic library through online social network advertising
8. International cooperation towards the development of technology in academic libraries

5. Climate Change Data and Climate Change Impacts
1. National greenhouse gas inventories
2. Inventory submissions
3. National communications
4. Information sources and availability
5. Socio-economic data
6. Definitions and methodologies
7. Climate change fund
8. Socio-economic data socio-economic data
9. Climate-related risks and disasters
10. Regional centres and networks
11. Risk management and reduction
12. Adaptation strategies
13. Access to information
14. Public awareness and participation
15. International cooperation
16. Research dialogue
17. Systematic observation
18. Sustainable development

6. Communication Strategies
1. Working with faculty, students, and staff
2. Users – Non users
3. Alumni, Partners, Stakeholders
4. Groups / teams
5. Archives, historical societies, museums and art galleries
6. Consortia

7. Data Analysis and Data Mining
1. Content analysis
2. Ontologies
3. Knowledge discovery
4. Machine learning
5. Databases
6. Data visualization

8. Development and Assessment of Digital Repositories
1. Preservation of records for the next generations
2. Demonstration on fiscal responsibility and sustainability
3. Development of new metrics of their usages
4. Evaluation and best practices

9. Development of Information and Knowledge Services on the Public Library
1. Public libraries transformations
2. Dynamic information market
3. Public library’s role in the society
4. Challenges before libraries today
5. Diversified societies
6. Public library’s policy
7. Communities and information market
8. Public libraries as creative industries
9. Production and consumption of knowledge

10. Digital Libraries
1. Digitization
2. Museum and art digital objects
3. Archival digital objects
4. Public libraries digital projects
5. Digital content for teaching
6. Digital images
7. Metadata
8. Repositories

11. Economic Co-operation and Development
1. Socio-economic, environmental and emissions data
2. Energy statistics
3. Economic and social development
4. Working parties and organizations
5. Education, training and public awareness
6. Financial mechanism
7. Green climate fund
8. Investments

12. Energy Data and Information
1. Energy consumption, products, prices and taxes
2. Energy-related statistical data include coal, oil, gas, electricity and heat statistics
3. Energy balances, prices and emissions
4. Emissions from fuel combustion from its energy data
5. Data from firms, government agencies, industry organizations and national publications

13. Environmental Assessment
1. International, national, regional, local core data sets
2. Integrated Environment Assessment
3. Global Environmental Outlook
4. Statistical and geo-referenced historical data sets
5. Emission database for global atmospheric research
6. Socio-economic data
7. Ocean observation

14. Financial strength and sustainability
1. Fund raising
2. Cost benefit analysis
3. Cost assessment
4. Value analysis

15. Health Information Services
1. Research by health information professionals
2. Role of librarians in implementing Evidence based medicine/practice
3. Prospects and challenges of implementing Research4Life in low income countries

16. Historical and Comparative case studies related to Librarianship
1. Library historiography
2. Agencies, people, and movements within the development of librarianship
3. Comparative case studies related to libraries, special collections, or library programs/services

17. Information and Data on various aspects of Food and Agriculture
1. Agricultural production and trade
2. Land use, and means of production
3. Trade indices and food supply
4. Population and labour force
5. Food balance sheets
6. Fertilizer and pesticides
7. Forest products
8. Fishery products
9. Agricultural machinery


18. Information and Knowledge Services

1.    Resource development policy

2.    Resource project description

3.    Research and development of the services

4.    Knowledge discovery and knowledge creation

5.    Knowledge mining

6.    Team building and management


19. Information Literacy: Information sharing, Democracy and Lifelong Learning

1.    Information Literacy and citizenship

2.    Strategic approaches to Information Literacy

3.    New pedagogic challenges for libraries

4.    Collaborative work between librarians and academic staff

5.    Independent learning skills, online information skills and lifelong learning

6.    Concepts of learning, teaching and the developments in networked technology

7.    Staff development and Information Literacy

8.    New areas of practice and research

9.    Information literacy projects on special scientific disciplines

10.    Advocacy, marketing and promotion

11.    Benchmarking

12.    Evaluation and assessment


20. Library Cooperation: Problems and Challenges at the beginning of the 21st century

1.    Union catalogue and storage equipment

2.    Collection policy and collection development

3.    Joint acquisitions (purchasing, access, inter-library loan and document delivery)

4.    Joint digitization’s projects

5.    Local, regional and country heritage

6.    Human resource in local, regional and country level

7.    Organizational culture


21. Library change and Technology

1.    Communicating change, scenarios and projections

2.    Adaptation technology

3.    Technology information

4.    Technology diffusion

5.    Technology needs assessment

6.    Technology research and development

7.    Technology transfer


22. Management

1.    Excellence and innovation

2.    Quality and benchmarking

3.    Measures and metrics


23. Marketing

1.    Marketing research

2.    Public relations

3.    Publicity

4.    Communication


24.Museums, Libraries and Cultural Organizations

1.    Networks and collaborations

2.    Cultural policy, diversity and intercultural dialogue

3.    Marketing & communications management

4.    Case studies

5.    European integration

6.    Multiculturalism, interculturalism, transculturalism

7.    National and international collaboration

8.    Cultural policies, migration and mobility

9.    Identity, memory and heritage

10.    Divergence and commonality

11.    Visitor experiences in collaborative projects

12.    Archiving, preservation and exhibition technologies

13.    Arts funding 

14.    Arts policy

15.    Libraries, theaters, music, film industry, television etc

16.    Libraries, archives and museums and their admission


25. Music Librarianship

1.    Musical archives

2.    Collections of music assessment

3.    Copyright and broadcasting issues, copying costs

4.    Librarianship and musicology

5.    Music bibliography

6.    Music library automation

7.    Music publishing industry

8.    Presentation on the duties, challenges and satisfactions of performance music librarians

9.    Collections of music preservation

10.    Space and music collections


26. Performance Measurement and Competitiveness

1.    Criteria of performance indicators (PI) selection for libraries and the kinds of PI

2.    Different methodologies proposed for library assessment

3.    The technological effect

4.    Financial indicators

5.    Organizational performance

6.    Comparison among governmental and non-governmental organizations’ performance


27. Publications

1.    Internet Filtering

2.    Privacy and share of information in libraries

3.    The Read/ Write Web and the future of library research

4.    Digital rights, copyright management and libraries


28. Quality evaluation and promotion of information

1.    User education in informational recourses

2.    The importance of personal involvement

3.    Accreditation of digital libraries

4.    Development of a network of peers

5.    Cataloguing is changing

6.    Customer services

7.    Management/administration

8.    OPAC 2.0 – the catalogue on web

9.    The benefit of change

10.    Electronic library

11.    Digital repository management


29. Technology & Innovations in Libraries and their Impact on Learning, Research and Users

1.    Creating webliographies

2.    Computing interfaces and how libraries need to adapt

3.    Creating materials samples collection to support the engineering curriculum

4.    Embedding librarians in the classroom

5.    Teaching scholarly communication and collaboration through social networking

6.    Sustainable development and the role of innovative & benchmarked practices

7.    Fostering innovation through cultural change

8.    Science & technology libraries as multi academic activities centres

9.    Change as a service

10.    Embedding innovation for  scholarly information & research

11.    Trends, possibilities and scenarios for user-centred libraries


30. Technology Transfer and Innovation in Library Management

1.    Innovative management

2.    Human resources management

3.    Competence management

4.    Communications in organizations

5.    Intercultural management

6.    Information technology and knowledge management

7.    Library’s ethics and social responsibility


31. Scientific, Technical and Socio-Economic Aspects of Mitigation of Climate Change

1.    Stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations

2.    Dangerous anthropogenic interference

3.    Forest degradation

4.    Afforestation and reforestation

5.    Forest Management

6.    Land-use change

7.    Aviation and marine “Bunker Fuels”

8.    Research and systematic observation

9.    Methodological issues

10.    Socio-economic data and tools

Ruth Rikowski

Ruth Rikowski


‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski:

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski at Academia:

The Flow of Ideas:

Online Publications at:

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at:






Join us for this year’s conference focusing on Libraries and Student Engagement: a marriage made in heaven? The day will consist of key presentations from speakers, along with informal seminars, around the subject of student engagement and libraries.

Attendance costs £130. The event will be based at our City South campus on Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham on Friday 6th December 2013.

For further details about the event and to book a place, please visit the conference website at:

Many Thanks,
Ann Stairmand-Jackson
Assistant Liaison Librarian (Collection Management)
Mary Seacole Library
City South Campus
Birmingham City University
(0121) 331 7049




Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at:

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski:


Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas:

Rikowski Point:


Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at:

Online Publications at:

North Atlantic Oscillation

North Atlantic Oscillation


International Research Journal of Library, Information and Archival Studies:

Introducing the International Research Journal of Library, Information and Archival Studies (ISSN-2276-6502)

The International Research Journal of Library, Information and Archival Studies is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that will be published monthly by International Research Journals ( IRJLIAS is dedicated to increasing the depth of the subject across disciplines with the ultimate aim of expanding knowledge of the subject.

Call for Research Articles

IRJLIAS will cover all areas of the subject. The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meets the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence, and will publish:
•    Original articles in basic and applied research
•    Case studies
•    Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays

We invite you to submit your manuscript(s) to:; for publication. Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript(s) within four weeks of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next issue. Guide to authors and other details are available on our website:

IRJLIAS is an Open Access Journal
One key request of researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. Open access gives a worldwide audience larger than that of any subscription-based journal and thus increases the visibility and impact of published works. It also enhances indexing, retrieval power and eliminates the need for permissions to reproduce and distribute content. IRJLIAS is fully committed to the Open Access Initiative and will provide free access to all articles as soon as they are published.

Best regards,
Larry Williams
Editorial Assistant
International Research Journal of Library, Information and Archival
Studies (IRJLIAS)

Ruth Rikowski

Ruth Rikowski


Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at (new remix, and new video, 2012)

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski:

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas:

MySpace Profile:

Rikowski Point:


Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at:




A Call for Chapters for an upcoming book … feel free to be creative with the formats!

The book is:

Only Connect … discovery pathways, library explorations, and the information adventure

A collection of information discovery journeys.
Andrew Walsh & Emma Coonan
A call for chapter submissions for an anarcho-narrative book about Information Discovery Journeys.
Full details on

Learning is about creating relationships between entities and establishing a narrative that makes sense of the world

Research is about juxtaposing entities that were previously unrelated

The book will consist of a series of narratives connected by the over arching theme of information discovery journeys. The authors of the individual chapters are free to decide the most appropriate structure to tell these stories about information discovery, whether that is traditional textual formats, more free form text (e.g. transcripts of social media interactions; poetry; illustrative fictional prose), through images, video, or whatever media seems appropriate to the author.

The text will be electronic by default, available freely under CC license (see note Print on demand versions will be made available if deemed appropriate when editing the finished text.

Contributors will be selected by the editors after submitting a proposal to the call for papers. Final submissions will be subject to the lightest possible editing, in conjunction with the author, to insure the integrity of the original submission is maintained.

Please send a title and short description (around 200 words) of the chapter you propose to the editors at: <>

Include the topics you would cover, the structure your chapter would take and any special format or structure your contribution would require. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Call for Papers ends 1st March
First Drafts due 1st June
Book published Autumn 2013

Bypassing established publisher routes means that our ‘unbook’ can be:
*         Creative Commons licensed, giving contributors recognition and making the material immediately free and sharable online
*         Multimedia – contributors pick their preferred format: prose, video, images, Storify’d tweets, graphs, data … (print-on-demand an option for textual parts, linking to additional non-textual material via an app such as Aurasma. Details of this to be confirmed at a later date.)
*         Free of the writing conventions imposed by traditional publishers – contributors can retain their own voice, choose the length of their contribution, use whatever format they prefer

Note on licensing: We will ask authors / contributors to sign a simple agreement to allow us rights to publish their contribution and to permit others to use the contents of the book under CC licence Contributors will retain copyright over their work.
Andrew Walsh MSc MCLIP FHEA
Academic Librarian, University Teaching Fellow, National Teaching Fellow
Music, Humanities, Media, Education and Professional Development.
Information Literacy Practitioner of the Year, 2012



Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at (new remix, and new video, 2012)

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski:


Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas:

Rikowski Point:


Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at:

Online Publications at: