“Can You Kick It?” Bringing Hip Hop Pedagogy to the Library Classroom…

Here are the slides from my presentation at The Innovative Library Classroom (TILC for short) last week (5/12 to be exact). I received a grip of great feedback and look forward to remixing this presentation with my colleague Alyssa Archer at the Metrolina Library Association’s 10th Annual Conference next month (6/11) in Charlotte, NC. Sidenote: I’m beyond geeked that my grad school advisor, the legendary Dr. J.V. Carmichael, is giving the keynote at Metrolina this year.

Any and all feedback is appreciated!

And just like that…

The semester is almost a wrap. Even though we’re just a hop, skip, and a jump from May, there is still a ton of instruction librarian-y stuff be excited about.

For example:

1.) I’m doing a 50 minute presentation on how to use Hip Hop pedagogy to discuss academic integrity at The Innovative Library Classroom here in beautiful Radford, VA on May 12th. I hope to see a lot of my favorite library folks in the place to be.

2.) I have two presentations on deck for Metrolina Library Association’s Annual Conference on June 11th. One session is about Hip Hop pedagogy (I sampled a CL Smooth line for the title) and the other is a co-presentation with the director of RU’s Center for Diversity and one of my instruction librarian colleagues. I checked out Metrolina for the first time last year and had a blast. It’s nice to get back to the Queen City and, more importantly, my graduate school advisor, the legendary Dr. James V. Carmichael, is giving the keynote.

3.) Another colleague and I submitted a presentation proposal for Virginia Library Association’s Annual Conference (October 21-23) just today. CAP CITY!

4.) A journal article I submitted a while ago is at the printer’s.

5.) Just last night, I gave a guest lecture for long-time friend and collaborator Dr. A. Kwame Harrison’s Africana Studies 277: Black Aesthetics class at Virginia Tech. That opportunity on its face was dope enough…but check this out. We met at the WUVT 90.7fm Studios to discuss the important role college/community radio stations have played in promoting Black music. Also some Hip Hop pedagogy because of course.

6.) This weekend, I’m heading to DC with Radford University’s Diversity Awareness Programming Board (DAP for short). The group (~25 students and 3 faculty/staff) plan to visit a grip of museums, Howard University, and as much else as we can fit into the packed schedule. This trip is the second time I’ve “chaperoned” (college students are adults, so that doesn’t seem like the best word choice to me) a student group on a weekend trip this semester.

7.) Oh yea…Split Crates Radio every Tuesday 7-9pm. http://www.wuvt.vt.edu / WUVT 90.7fm if you’re local.

Thanks for reading.

Hip Hop pedagogy + library instruction

Here are some sources that are informing my thinking on incorporating Hip Hop pedagogy into library instruction…can you think of any others I should check out?

Alim, H.S., & Baugh, J. (Eds.). (2007). Talkin Black talk: Language, education and social change. New York: Teachers College Press.

Campbell, K. (2005). Gettin’ our groove on: Rhetoric, language, and literacy for the hip hop generation. Detroit: Wayne State University Press.

Chandrasoma, R., Thompson, C., & Pennycook, A. (2004). Beyond plagiarism: Transgressive and nontransgressive intertextuality. Journal of Language, Identity, and Education 3(3), 171-193.

Craig, T. (2013). “Jackin’ for beats”: DJing for citation critique. Radical Teacher (97), 20-29. doi:10.5195/rt.2013.40

Foster, F. (2014) Exposing literacies in a co-culture. Computers in Libraries, 34(4), 4-9, 32.

Harrison, A.K. (2009). Hip hop underground: The integrity and ethics of racial identification. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Harrison, A.K., & Arthur, C.E. (2011). Reading Billboard 1979-1989: Exploring rap music’s emergence through the music industry’s most influential trade publication. Popular Music and Society 34(3), 309-327.

Ibrahim, A. (2004). Operating under erasure: Hip hop and the pedagogy of affect(ive). Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 20(1), 113-133.

Jeffries, M.P. (2010). Thug life: Race, gender, and the meaning of hip hop. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Kimball, K., & O’Connor, L. (2010). Engaging auditory modalities through the use of music in information literacy instruction. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 49(4), 316-319.

McLeod, K., & DiCola, P. (2011). Creative license: The law and culture of digital sampling. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Neff, A.C. (2009). Let the world listen right: The Mississippi Delta hip-hop story. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Ogbar, J.O.G. (2008). Hip hop revolution: The culture and politics of rap. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press.

Pennycook, A. (1996). Borrowing others’ words: Text, ownership, memory, and plagiarism. TESOL Quarterly, 30(2), 201-230.

Perry, I. (2004). Prophets of the hood: Politics and poetics in hip hop. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Petchauer, E. (2012). Hip-hop culture in college students’ lives: Elements, embodiment, and higher edutainment. New York: Routledge.

Sharpley-Whiting, T. (2008). Pimps up, ho’s down: Hip hop’s hold on young black women. New York: NYU Press.

Schloss, J.G. (2004). Making beats: The art of sample-based hip-hop. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press.

Schumacher, T.G. (1995). “This is a sampling sport”: Digital sampling, rap music and the law in Cultural Production. Media, Culture, and Society, 17(2), 253‐273.

Wakefield, S. (2006). Using music samples to teach research skills. Teaching English in the Two Year College, 33(4), 357-360.

Weaver, J., Dimitriadis, G., & Daspit, T. (2001). Hip hop pedagogies and youth cultures: Rhythmic blends of globalization and the lost third ear of the academy. Taboo: Journal of Culture and Education, 5(2), 7-13.

Williams, J.A. (2013). Rhymin’ and stealin’: Musical borrowing in hip-hop. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Willis, C.N., & Thomas W.J. (2006). “Students as Audience: Identity and Information Literacy,” portal: Libraries and the Academy, 6(4), 431–34.