Monday, 31 December 2012
Ruth Rikowski's 52nd News Update
Hope you all had a good Christmas and here’s wishing you all the best for the New Year, and with some of the latest from me below.
1. LAUNCH OF ‘I LOVE TRANSCONTINENTAL’
My second cousin Neil, who also designed our ‘Flow of Ideas’ website has
launched an exciting new project, with his girlfriend. See:
As it says on the front page ‘l Love Transcontinental’ is
“…a protest against corporate banality, mass-produced goods, human exploitation and vulgarity.”
The T-Shirts they design are individually mixed, free trade and organic. There are a range of designs or you can choose your own design and they can all be ordered online.
2. REVIEW OF ‘DIGITISATION PERSPECTIVES’ EDITED BY RUTH RIKOWSKI (2011), in ‘ALEXANDRIA’, 22 (2/3), 2011 – BY BECCY SHIPMAN
I was pleased to receive a review of my ‘Digitisation Perspectives’ book in the
journal, ‘Alexandria: the journal of national and international library and
information issues’ (Issue 22, 2/3, 2011, pp.75-6), which is edited by Monica
Blake. The reviewer Beccy Shipman (Digital Content and Copyright Coordinator
Brotherton Library, University of Leeds) summarises the book and concludes
“If you are interested in a wide-ranging discussion of digital content and the
impact of recent technologies with much thought-provoking commentary, this
may be the book for you.”
3. ‘DIGITISATION PERSPECTIVES’ – WHAT NEXT?
I had grand plans for this ‘Digitisation Perspectives’ book when I was working on it and editing it. But ‘life’ took over; suddenly other things got in the way and seemed far more important. So, for now, it has all been put on the ‘back-burner’; whether this will prove to be temporary or permanent only time will tell. One of the plans was to hold a seminar on the topic at London South Bank University. But 2 of the contributors (who were both academics at South Bank) have now left South Bank, so this seminar has now been cancelled. Similarly, the lunch-time sessions and related networking at University College London did not take off either. Still, I have commissioned 2 people from UCL and one person from King’s College London, to write books for Chandos Publishing this year. I am managing and editing all of these projects. So that is very positive and hopefully in time, the best future direction will become clearer.
4. LATEST ISSUE OF ISC NOW OUT
The latest issue of ‘Information for Social Change’s is now out. It is available at:
The theme is: ‘Library Activist Resources and Alternative Information Networks’, and is edited by Martyn Lowe.
Issue No. 32, Summer/Autumn 2012.
In addition, John Pateman, one of the members of the ISC Editorial Board, has recently emigrated to Canada, taking up a position as Chief Librarian, Thunder Bay Public Library, Canada
5. GREGORY RIKOWSKI GOING BACK TO UEA IN THE NEW YEAR
Our youngest son, Gregory Rikowski, is returning to the University of East Anglia in the New Year, to complete his degree in ‘Film and Television Studies’, after a period of intercalation. During this period he has been thinking and reflecting and gaining work experience in a warehouse and a library. He will be returning with a more confident and critical mind-set.
6. 11 NEW ITEMS UP ON MY ‘SERENDIPITOUS MOMENTS’ BLOG
There are no less than 11 new items up on my ‘Serendipitous Moments’ blog this quarter.
‘D.H. Lawrence: a Journey’
‘I Love Transcontinental’
‘Janet Daniels’ Garden in Saga Magazine’
‘Samphire Coast’ by Robert Greenfield’ (book review)
‘Ian Parker and his Revolution in Psychology’
‘The People speak: voices that changed Britain’ by Anthony Arnove, Colin Firth and David Horspool (book)
‘Consciousness and Revolt’ and Transformative Art, Work and Practices’ (book review)
‘Marxism and Feminism: Past and Present’ (seminar)
‘Cuddling up to a Kindle?’
‘Greenwich Leisure Ltd and Wandsworth Libraries’
‘Stranger in a borrowed land: Lotte Moos and her writing’ (book review)
My review of ‘Samphire Coast’ is also now up on Amazon (at the authors request – he was very pleased with the review). See:
Happy New Year.
31st December 2012