Latest Post

Metaphors we teach by

The metaphors we choose to describe library instruction matter, as Sarah Polkinghorne points out in her recent article for In the Library with the Lead Pipe,¬†wherein she problematizes the concept¬†of “teaching as entertainment.” “In conceiving of students as recipients to be entertained, edutainment contributes to a transactional environment where students expect a fun experience to … Continue reading »

  • One must needs make and seize his soul, and then cleave fast to't, or go babbling in the corner; one must choose his gods and devils on the run, quill his own name upon the universe, and declare, 'Tis I, and the world stands such-a-way!' One must assert, assert, assert, or go screaming mad. -- John Barth, The Sot-Weed Factor.

If you’re looking for John Jackson the librarian…

...then you've come to right place. Welcome! I'm the Reference and Instruction Librarian for a private, liberal arts college in Los Angeles. This is a space for my thoughts on libraries, information culture, and the academy.