Journal of the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science


B Sides is an open access peer reviewed journal that showcases student and alumni work from The University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science, including writing, images, posters, presentation slides, audio recordings, and videos. It provides a space for current students and alumni to converse about their work and contribute to the scholarly literature of Library and Information Science.

Regarding early vinyl records, B sides were a place where artists could push themselves intellectually and experiment without being constrained by the forms that their record labels believed would be commercially successful. For collectors, musicians' B sides have become rare treasures that allow fans and scholars to more fully appreciate the nuances and intricacies of talented recording artists. The B side metaphor carried over from vinyl records to cassette tapes in the 1980s, when certain groups of underrepresented musicians weren't being heard because record labels failed to recognize the value of their creative processes and would not produce their work. Refusing to accept silence, these innovative musicians took initiative and began producing and distributing their own "mix tapes." Today, these musicians are considered among the most influential and important artists of that era.

B Sides, the journal of the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science, proudly carries the B side metaphor forward by giving an underrepresented group of new scholars a voice to experiment, explore, and contribute to a growing field.

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Articles from 2010

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Why I Can't Love the Homemade Semantic Web, Jason A. Bengtson

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Raising the Bar in Public Libraries: Literacy, Adolescent Development and Young Adult Services, Nicki Blair

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Reading Ireland: Print, reading, and social change in early modern Ireland, a book review, Annette Bramstedt

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Book Review: The Philosophy of Horror or Paradoxes of the Heart. By Noel Carroll. New York: Routledge, 1990. 272 pp. $39.95 ISBN 0-415-90145-6, Katherine A. Bullen

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Freedom of Information Act and Libraries, Katherine A. Bullen

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Understanding and Creating Comics with Seventh Graders, Amelia M. Carl

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Information Handling Course LibGuide, Megan Conley

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Learning Beyond Borders, Rachel D. Hall

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"Reading Rants!": Exploring the Design and Implementation of a Social Cataloging Tool for Teens, Rachel Hall, Rebecca Troup, and Rebecca Ramsey

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Open Source Software Libraries, Sherry Lochhaas and Melissa Moore

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An Introduction to the Graphic Novel, Vicky Maloy

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Developing Career Resources in Public Libraries, Christine Mastalio

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World Digital Library: Bringing together best practices and superb content, Angela P. Murillo

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Cloud Computing and Health Information, Leah C. Osterhaus

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Environmental Sciences LibGuide, Leah C. Osterhaus

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Learning from the Past: Digitization and Information Loss, Julia Skinner

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Digitizing Vaudeville, Amy J W Slowik

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Flora and Fauna in the Folio of a 14th Century Psalm, Amy J W Slowik

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Recent titles on the Global Climate Crisis and Ecology: a basic collection for mid-size and branch libraries, James C. Swaner

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Feminist Communities Online: What it means to be a Jezebel, Katelyn M. Wazny