B Sides

The electronic journal B Sides was created and is edited entirely by Library and Information Science students. The journal publishes work by current students and recent alumni in a wide variety of formats, such as research papers, PowerPoint presentations, and web sites. This project has a goal of providing an interactive and accessible space where LIS students, faculty, alumni, and community professionals can dialog about all aspects of the study, profession, research, and practice of LIS and related fields.

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 proudly carries 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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2018-2018 B Sides editor

  • John McKerley – SLIS student, editor
  • Lindsay Mattock – Faculty Advisor and Podcast Producer