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One of my New Year’s resolutions is to get back to blogging after the long hiatus. I took a break after school, and had a tough time launching back into regular posting.

Riots not Diets, from flickr user gaelx

Anyways! One of the most exciting reasons I haven’t been posting is that I have been reading all about Fat Studies. My good friend and coworker Kate and I will be presenting on information bias inherent in academia surrounding fatness, and especially focusing on the impact in cataloging. It’s also been really interesting looking at the links between disability studies, queer studies, and fat studies.

Currently, academia and society both medicalize fatness, turning it into a disease (which it’s not, for many reasons). One of the many problems with this is that talking about the sociological or anthropological aspects of Fat Studies becomes almost taboo in conventional academia, and body positive books end up being cataloged under “Obesity,” clearly labeling all fat people diseased. We’ll also be looking at very “unacademic” sources of information like zines and blogs, and talking about how perfectly valid information can be gleaned from them.

There’s so much to this that hasn’t been explored yet. If you’re interested in reading up on Fat Studies, Kate has a great list of resources on her blog.

Kate and I will be presenting at the Sarah Lawrence College Women’s History Month conference (March 4th and 5th, 2011) which will be all about body politics. Check it out!

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I’m pretty new to the world of blogs, and especially to the world of librarian blogs. Turns out, there are a lot of good ones out there not only with some interesting, and often humorous, things to say, but with some nice research links. Here are a couple:

  • Lisa Gold: Research Maven. A new blog by Lisa Gold, who does research for Neal Stephenson, about her research. She’s also a rare book expert and a writer. So far she has some great links and good advice, including this gem: “Research is like treasure hunting, and to do it well you must be skeptical, curious, discriminating, persistent, and willing to look beneath the surface.
  • The Annoyed Librarian. Very ranty and perhaps a little controversial, most of the information on this blog is pretty relevant to current issues in the field, it seems.
  • The Zenformation Professional, on the lighter, more narrative side of things. A librarian in Oxford (Ohio) who has some interesting stories…
  • @ the Library. Recommended on a couple of other blogs as a realistic view into the daily dealings with patrons.
  • Library Praxis. Written by two fantastic reference librarians Maria and Emily, Library Praxis writes about library issues of today! Intriguing and with some good ideas.

This is just a short amount of the huge amount of library blogs out there – if you have any favorites that I didn’t mention, feel free to note them in a comment!

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