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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

Rad Ref @ Occupy Wall Street

The NYC Radical Reference collective will be meeting at the People's Library at Zuccotti Park Friday, October 7th at 6pm in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement. We'll be doing street reference, and helping the library and the people as are able.

Join us!

Please bring plastic tubs for the library and sleeping bags, blankets, warm clothes and love for the folks of Occupy Wall Street.

People's Library of Occupy Wall Street seeks help

"Greetings from the librarians of #occupywallstreet!

We write today to invite you to help build the People’s Library. We are working together to build a library for both the people of the city and for those who have joined the occupation. We are a mixed bunch of librarians and library-loving individuals who strongly support the #occupy movement and who also know that information is liberation. We liberate through knowledge. If you want to know more about #occupywallstreet and the #occupy movement please read the Principles of Solidarity and read the blog.

Right now need many different kinds of donations. We need books of resistance and people’s history. We need economics and finance books. We need contemporary philosophy and ecology. We especially need non-English books and materials for low literacy readers.

Call for proposals! Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis (An Edited Collection)

Working title:
Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis (An Edited Collection)

Editors:
Shana Higgins and Lua Gregory are instruction and reference librarians at the University of Redlands.

Outline:
In her award winning essay “Information Literacy and Reflective Pedagogical Praxis,” Heidi L.M. Jacobs draws out the inherent democratizing and social justice elements of information literacy as defined in the “Alexandria Proclamation On Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning.” She suggests that because of these underlying social justice elements, information literacy “is not only educational but also inherently political, cultural, and social” (258). We propose to extend the discussion of information literacy and its social justice aspects that James Elmborg, Cushla Kapitzke, Maria T. Accardi, Emily Drabinski, and Alana Kumbier, and Maura Smale have begun.

Tracking Hurricane Irene - some useful links and maps

James Jacobs over at Free Government Information just posted on this.
And this only-useful-if-you-live-in-New-York-City-map is pretty informative.
Also, this nice list of mobile apps and such-
And, listen to live online stream 24x7 from first responders + FEMA Daily Updates HERE

"Peeling the Onion: A Workshop on Research," 7/31 in Brooklyn

This isn't a Rad Ref event, but I will soon be conducting a free Internet research workshop at the Park Slope Food Coop:

ALA Annual Conference meeting notes

Radical Reference met under cover of the ALA Annual Conference at the Roosevelt Bar (not Roosevelt Hotel Bar sorry/phew!) in New Orleans on Saturday, June 25. About 25 (?) people attended. I was supposed to take notes, but our discussion wasn't particularly formfull.

Rad Ref & affiliated events at ALA Annual

This is meant to be a catch-all page for ALA and ALA-related events in which Radical Reference volunteers are participating. Please add yours (chronologically)!

Iron Rail bookshop 2006: photo by Laura Crossett

UPDATE: I've added a flier people can print and hand out at ALA and also a pdf version. Please avail yourself!

Radical librarians and anarchist archivists in the news

From the217,

"Jeanie Austin looks like a radical. She has dark clothes, a short haircut and plug earrings. The tattoos on her arm look like they could be schematics for a machine to take down Big Brother. But Austin isn’t out to blow up cop cars or storm the Capital: she is a member of the Radical Librarians and Anarchist Archivist Group..."

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