POPS Art Project: NYPL Protest

Call for participation from the POPS Art Project blog:

NYPL Protest

Call for Participation
When: Saturday, June 9, 2012, 12pm
Where: The NYPL Schwarzman Building steps, on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street

Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond

Call for Papers

Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond

Radical Reference Conference Call Minutes/Notes 5.21.12

On May 21, 2012 we had a conference call to discuss the future of Radical Reference and our services. Below you'll see some action items. Please take a look and let us know what you think--

Facilitator: Lia
Notetaker: Susie
Participants: James, Jim, Jenna, Julie, Lisa, Madeline, Heather, Melissa, Jessica

Action Items Coming Out of the Call:

+We all commit to do something by end of month with the website.

+A new informational letter will be drafted (Done 5/22-please see updated text here)

+Radical librarians conference organizing plan (Julie)

+ALA get-together

+Document example answers with strategies (will be added to info letter above) (Done 6/6)



Intro who you are, how long in RR and if you ever answered a question.

Lia since near beginning, part of NY collective, then part of San Diego collective (too small of a group). Lia makes the RR shirts and has answered questions.

James from northern CA, used to be from SD, involved since beginning, home support for RNC, answered questions particularly gov doc qs.

Jim from UMaryland, used to answer lots of questions but staff cut backs make it harder. Involved/followed since 2004, nearing retirement age which might make it easier to give more time

Jenna involved since beginning, has answered questions

Jessica, lives in NY, from Bay Area, involved in last year, followed longer, answered questions for about 6 months

Julie, new to RR, following for a while, teach about RR in class, Jenna was a guest speaker through email, haven’t answered questions, in social justice doctoral program, would like to answer questions

Lisa from Cincinnati, following since library school (a few years), recently joined RR (last week) hasn’t answered qs yet

Madeline, just graduated from lib school, just signed up in past week too.

Heather, Boston collective organizes events, don’t answer questions

Melissa. Various activities with NYC collective. Written about RR. Has answered questions in the past.

Susie, Boston. Follower and user since 2006, answered questions while in library school in late 2000s.

Conference Call Process:

Agreed: Names will not be used in notes, but people will introduce themselves before speaking.


Background/Reason for Conference Call:

What is the future of RR? What should we or shouldn’t we spend time and energy on? People are still using online Q&A but we’re not putting a lot of effort into it. We are neither in a place to promote ourselves accurately or to do events/projects effectively. This call and questioning is not a bad thing. The project has existed for nearly eight years. It evolves and has evolved. It is a nearly eight year national online project. Time is due.

Charles Willett 1932-2012

I want to acknowledge the passing of longtime librarian/activist Charles M. Willett. Charles founded the Civic Media Center in Gainesville, Florida and Counterpoise (alternative library review journal) & Librarians at Liberty magazines. Once a collection development librarian, one of Charles's great passions was getting alternative press publications into libraries. I forget the exact (contentious) history*, but Charles was also involved in the Alternatives in Print [now Alternative Media] task force of SRRT/ALA. There's a lot more that could be said about Charles and his accomplishments. Here is how The Gainesville Sun put it:

Rad Ref & Occupy Wall Street Library meet-up

Library workers from Radical Reference and the People's Library at Occupy Wall Street are meeting for drinks at the ALA Midwinter Conference. In Dallas. Texas.

Friday, January 20, 7pm
City Tavern
1402 Main Street

Party all night and then attend A Library Occupies Occupy Wall Street Saturday at 8:30am (What? Yes.).

Also, check out our Alternative Guide to Dallas, made by former Dallasonian Nicole Pagowsky.

Anarchism on Film

For those in the NYC-metro area, this looks like fun: Anarchism on Film series at Anthology Film Archives: December 16-23.

"Beyond an Apple a Day: Finding Health Information Online," 12/11 in Brooklyn

This isn't a Rad Ref event, but medical librarian Arpita Bose (with an assist from me) will soon be conducting a free Internet research workshop at the Park Slope Food Coop:

Beyond an Apple a Day: Finding Health Information Online

Brief account of OWS and the People's Library after the 11*15 Raid

The first thing I thought when I heard about Tuesday's early morning raid on Zuccotti Park was "Oh my god, the library." Over the past two months, I've visited Occupy movements in Portland, Seattle a

Boston Collective & Simmons College PLG at the Boston Anarchist Bookfair

10am - 6pm, Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 12-13

Library Established at Occupy Boston

Metacomet Books, in collaboration with the Boston Radical Reference Collective and the Simmons Progressive Librarians Guild, has established a new, leaderless, collective library at the Occupy Boston

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