B Sides

The B Sides Project is a student-run practitioners blog and podcast from the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science. The B Sides Project aims to provide an interactive and accessible space where LIS students, faculty, alumni, and community professionals to dialog about all aspects of the study, profession, research, and practice of LIS and related fields. Topics range from personal experiences and reflections on work, internship, school, and conferences, to interviews and panel discussions, current issues in the field of LIS, professional aspirations, book reviews, and more.Visit the website for more information and to learn how to submit content.

The B Sides Journal was created to be a student-run, peer-reviewed, open access journal that showcases student and alumni academic work from The University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science. The B Sides Journalinvites ongoing submissions and publications. Visit the website for more information and to learn how to submit content.

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.

The B Sides Project and the B Sides Podcast proudly carry the B side metaphor forward by giving an underrepresented group of new professionals a voice to experiment, explore, and contribute to a growing field.

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2017-2018 B Sides editors

  • Caroline Allen – SLIS student, Podcast Producer & Host
  • John McKerley – SLIS student, Podcast Producer & Host
  • Lindsay Mattock – Faculty Advisor and Podcast Producer