Curriculum Vitae ~ Rory Litwin

P.O. Box 188784
Sacramento, CA 95818

Educational Background

Doctoral student in the information studies program at UCLA, 2011-2012.

Masters in Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, 1998.

Graduate Certificate in Fine Art, with a focus in photography, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1993.

Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, with College Honors, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1991.

Professional Experience

President, Library Juice Academy - 2012 to present.

Publisher, Litwin Books and Library Juice Press – 2006 to present.

Assistant Librarian, University of Minnesota, Duluth – 2004 to 2011.

Consulting Librarian, California Labor History Map project, California Research Bureau, California State Library, 2002-2003.

Reference Librarian, California Research Bureau, California State Library, Sacramento, California, USA – 2001-2002.

Library Services Director, National Hispanic University, San Jose, California, USA, 1999-2001.

Temporary work at a professional level at public libraries, special libraries, and academic libraries, 1998-1999.


Litwin, Rory, author, and Maki, Virginia, illustrator. Allie and the Monster Who Said Blah Blah Blah. Los Angeles: Auslander & Fox, 2012.

André Cossette, author, and Rory Litwin, translator. Humanism and Libraries: An Essay on the Philosophy of Librarianship. Duluth: Library Juice Press, 2009

Litwin, Rory, compiler, and Wallace, Martin, editor. Speaking of Information: The Library Juice Quotation Book. Duluth: Library Juice Press, 2009.

Litwin, Rory, author and editor. Library Juice Concentrate. Duluth: Library Juice Press, 2006.

Litwin, Rory, editor. Library Daylight: Tracings of Modern Librarianship, 1874-1922. Duluth: Library Juice Press, 2006.

Published articles in professional journals

Litwin, Rory. “Librarians’ Activities in Relation to Media MonopolyJournal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy, Vol 1, No 1 (2016), pp. 16-17.

Litwin, Rory. “Continuing Education vs. Academic Programs: Providers Drawing the Lines” LearningExchange, vol. 31, no. 1 (September 2014), pp. 1,6.

Litwin, Rory and Dianne Louise Cmor. “Should We Retire the Catalog?” Reference and User Services Quarterly, vol. 53, no. 3 (Spring 2014), pp. 213-216.

Litwin, Rory. “Comments on Self-Publishing from a Small-Press Publisher” Against the Grain, vol. 25, no. 3 (June 2013), pp. 28-30.

Litwin, Rory. “Book Review: Oral Tradition and the Internet: Pathways of the Mind, by John Miles FoleyInterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, vol. 9, no. 1 (2013)

Litwin, Rory. “Book Review: Censored 2010: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008-09” Journal of Information Ethics vol. 21, no. 2 (Fall 2012), pp. 139-141.

Litwin, Rory. “Book Review: Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century, by John B. ThompsonInterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, vol. 8, no. 1 (2012)

Litwin, Rory. “Book Review: Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age” Journal of Information Ethics vol. 20, no. 1 (Spring 2011), pp. 139-141.

Litwin, Rory. “The Library Paraprofessional Movement and the Deprofessionalization of Librarianship,” Progressive Librarian 33 (Fall/Winter 2009), pp. 43-60.

Litwin, Rory. “Moving the Cheese: The Critical Approach to Thinking About Change,” Library Worklife: HR E-News for Today’s Leaders, vol. 1, no. 10 (October, 2004)

Litwin, Rory. “On Google's Monetization of Libraries,” Library Juice, vol. 7, no. 26 (December 17, 2004)

Litwin, Rory. “Radicals Defending Tradition: An Appeal to the Baby Boom Generation,” In West, Jessamyn and Roberto, Katia, eds., Revolting Librarians Redux (McFarland, 2003), pp. 88-91.

Litwin, Rory. “Neutrality, Objectivity and the Political Center,” Progressive Librarian 21 (Winter 2002).

Litwin, Rory. “Classic and Neo-Information,” Information for Social Change 13 (Summer 2001).


Litwin, Rory. “Library Juice Press and Alternative Book Publishing, Past and Present,” (Lecture in the UCLA GSE&IS IS Colloquia Series, January 27, 2011).

Litwin, Rory. “Disintermediation 2.0: Librarians and Systems,” (Keynote lecture given at the University of Alberta School of Information Studies “Professional Development Day,” February 5th, 2010).

Litwin, Rory. “From Duality to Dilemma,” (invited talk at the iSchool at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, August 11, 2009).

Litwin, Rory. “Exploring the Ethical Implications of Technological Change through the Thought of Walter Ong and Other Media Theorists” (Paper presented at Media in Transition 6: Stone and Papyrus, Storage and Transmission, MIT, Cambridge, MA, April 24-26, 2009).

Litwin, Rory. “From Duality to Dilemma: Balancing the Library on Missions, Community, and Democracy,” (Keynote lecture given at SIRLS 4th Graduate Symposium, 2009, University of Arizona, March 6, 2009).

Litwin, Rory. (Presentation at the ALA Diversity Office-sponsored panel, “New Visions, New Voices: New Leaders Speak on the Future of Libraries and Librarianship,” at the ALA Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida, 2004).

Web Projects

Litwin, Rory; D'Adamo, Charles; Anderson, Byron; Stoba, Ian; Hennesy, Cody. Alternatives in Print: A Directory of Alternative Book Publishers and Critical Periodicals, Combining the Former Print Resources, Annotations and APBNA. 2012

Litwin, Rory. Library Juice. 1998-2005: 2006-present:

Litwin, Rory. “ Web space supporting progressive librarianship.” 1998-2020.

Professional Service

Publisher and associate editor, Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, 2015-present

Editorial advisory board member, Emerging Library & Information Perspectives (ELIP), 2017-2022

American Library Association
ALA Council: Member at large, 2005-2008
ALA/SRRT Action Council: Member at large, 2001-2007; Coordinator, 2002-2005
ALA Website Advisory Committee: Member, 2002-2004; Chair, 2002-2003
ALA Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award: Juror (twice)
ALA Equality Award: Juror (twice)
PLG Miriam Braverman Memoria Paper Contest: Juror (three times)

Progressive Librarians Guild
Editorial Board, Progressive Librarian: Member, 2001-2007
Coordinating Committee: Member, 2003-2007

Information for Social Change
Editorial Collective: Member, 2007 to 2009

Fellowships, Honors, and Awards

David Vickter Foundation Fellowship, 2011-2012