place this mode of thought that only values Ph.Ds and writes off everybody else, one place this hits DH really hard is what I call the Academic Library Space Wars. It’s like clockwork, right? Every month or so another story in the Chronk or a retweet frenzy because another tiny branch humanities library is being merged into the main library at another university, and humanities faculty are up in arms about it. First, this is incredibly insulting to professional librarians, who somehow never get mentioned, much less heard from, in Academic Library Space Wars. Usually it’s US, us librarians, making the closure decision, and faculty who protest that decision without even TALKING to their librarians about why it was made are undermining those librarians, consciously or not. Second, you know what’s invariably missing from these faculty protests? I mean, always. Any concern at ALL about library staff, that’s what. It’s ALWAYS about the books. And I dig books, and I dig library spaces, but when I see these protests that don’t even INCLUDE the word “librarian,” it tells me loud and clear that I am invisible to humanities faculty, they do not have my back as a librarian, much less a digitally-focused librarian. They will not defend me; they’ll only defend the books. Is that part of why I feel unwelcome here in DH? Oh, you BET it is. I’m not necessarily among friends and I know it. And don’t get smug, librarians, because faculty get away with this nonsense when we don’t stand up for one another and our decisions. And we. Do not. Stand up for one another. When faculty attack us. We duck and cover and are all “oh, whew, at least they’re not mad at ME.” Not cool, folks. Third, libraries are not plentifully endowed with space OR money OR staff these days, so any space dedicated solely to books is space that can’t do anything else at all for DH. And any book-only space that is kept open despite low usage? Means a library staff complement that could be doing DH work but isn’t, because keeping a space open even if nobody’s USING it takes work. So yeah, if you sense a kind of friction sometimes between librarians and faculty, you’re not imagining things, it’s really real!