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Radical Reference User Study (by two library school students)

Dear Radical Reference user,

Would you like to help two Library Science students?

"Radical Reference: Socially Responsible Librarianship Collaborating With Community" article now in print

An article by Lia Friedman and yours truly (Melissa Morrone) is now in print, in the latest issue of The Reference Librarian!

"Radical Reference: Socially Responsible Librarianship Collaborating With Community"

the radical imagination

Please note, this is a thinky sort of a piece rather than an informational one, but this seemed like the right place for it, and I'd appreciate your thoughts, should you have any.

"Free as in what? A debate on open source vs. free culture" at Eyebeam 10/29/09

October 29, 2009
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Eyebeam - 540 W 21st Street, NYC
http://upgrade.eyebeam.org/2009/10/free-as-in-what

Now on identi.ca

By popular demand, we're now microblogging on identi.ca, too. Open source 4ever!

Now on Twitter

Radical Reference is now tweeting. Well actually we haven't tweeted anything yet, but the plan is to feed links from our website out to the Twittersphere. (Is it wrong to use that word, like saying "webinar" is wrong?) Our account is RadReference, as some med school student already had radref.

"Sustain Our Libraries" poster from Justseeds

At the risk of posting something too commercial here, I wanted to give props to this nice library-themed poster by Mary Tremonte of the Justseeds visual arts collective.

When Reference is Radical: Rad Ref in Make/Shift

The Fall/Winter 2009/2010 issue of make/shift: Feminisms in Motion contains a sort of mutual interview with Radical Reference librarians Emily Drabinski and Lia Friedman, who is make/shift's staff librarian.

They talk about how integral their librarian and activist identities are to each other.

Twitter and the G20

The New York Times and N

For those going to ALA Midwinter - Boston Hyatt Labor Disputes

FYI for anyone going to Midwinter in Boston:

Hyatt Hotels Corp. laid off the entire housekeeping staffs at the Hyatt Regency Boston, Hyatt Regency Cambridge, and Hyatt Harborside Hotel after the morning shift had ended on Aug. 31, citing challenging economic conditions, and immediately replaced them with workers from an out-of-state staffing firm that will be paid $8 with no benefits. The housekeepers (who were paid $15 with benefits) had been training those very workers, from Georgia’s Hospitality Staffing Solutions, who they were told would be filling in for vacations.

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