The Commendable Melissa Morrone

Call for Submissions: 2011 Braverman Prize

Are you an LIS student interested in activism and the struggle for social justice? Do you stay awake at night thinking about how your politics might inform your professional practice?

The MIRIAM BRAVERMAN MEMORIAL PRIZE, a presentation of the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG), is awarded each year for the best paper about some aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries, or librarianship. Papers related to archivists, archives, and archival work are also eligible.

The winning paper will be published in the Summer 2011 issue of Progressive Librarian. The winner of the contest will also receive a $300 stipend to help offset the cost of travel to and from the 2011 American Library Association (ALA)annual conference in New Orleans, LA. The award will be presented at the annual PLG dinner at ALA.

Think you might be interested? Here's the fine print...

Librarians Against DRM

I'm sharing these images from our project website, Readers' Bill of Rights for Digital Books.

Please use and share these images in support of our work against digital restrictions upon our right to read!

Sandy Berman's letter to Obama & Clinton, re: Egypt

Sandy Berman sent me a copy of a letter he mailed to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, dated January 30, 2011. I though others might enjoy reading it, too.

Egypt. So far you folks have been ludicrously tone deaf. People in the street are not demanding a new cabinet and "reforms." They are explicit: DOWN WITH MUBARAK! But you seem unable to understand, much less support, that unmistakable reality. Instead, you prattle about "national dialogue" and how everyone should behave with due decorum and that the President should engage with the rebels. Whoa! There's an honest-to-god revolution underway. Police have vanished. Protesters embrace the army, which refuses to enforce a curfew. There IS no Mubarak government any longer. And it's about time we recognized that elemental fact. The U.S. right now looks "out of it," like fools still committed to our 30-year-long buddy whose own people despise him. This week we're suddenly declaring that human rights should be respected, but for 30 years we've been subsidizing an oppressive, authoritarian regime with more than a billion dollars a year--without much insistence on democracy and free speech and fair elections (until this week).

Radical Reference Presents: Do It Yourself Archives

2009 NYC Anarchist Book Fair
Saturday, April 11, 11:15am-12:45pm
Tamiment Library
70 Washington Square South

Jillian's slides
Nicole and Nick's slides
Watch it on your computer

NEW 1/24/11
Cleaned up and posted by Dan Vea (thanks, Dan!)
Audio on Radio4All: one part, the other part, and on

Archivists Jillian Cuellar (Tamiment Library) and Nicole Martin (Democracy Now!) and IT Director Nick Gilla (Democracy Now!) will give instruction on archiving principles and techniques for physical and digital materials. This skillshare will be appropriate for individuals and groups interested in preserving their documents and media.

website redesign project

David Walczyck's Pratt Institute Information Architecture & Interaction Design class, which is using Radical Reference as its web redesign client this semester has requested that we provide them a list of sites that we admire--not necessarily library related sites--for their design, interaction, or community aspects.

Please list yours here, with annotations if possible--either in this post or as a comment:

Librarian Report on Rad Ref Event in Boston

Brian Herzog is one of my very favorite librarian bloggers, and he did a really nice write up of the

Women’s and Radical Research Resources Sample Platter

Monday, November 15 (new date!)
Bluestockings: 172 ALLEN ST

Librarians Kate Angell (Sarah Lawrence College) and Jenna Freedman (Barnard College) will serve up a five-minute taste of ten different library and internet resources. On the menu are zine libraries and archives, open access scholarly journals, academic and community libraries--and how to get into the former without ID, and carefully selected websites. All about critical pedagogy, the library ladies will step back and hear from participants about their favorite resources, as well.

Artsts + Researchers (Boston/11.19.2010)

The Boston Radical Reference Collective (BRRC), Artists in Context (AIC), and sprout & co invite you to participate in an evening of conversation, information-sharing, and connection between artists a

"The US Social Forum and Librarians: A Report-Back" in Library Manifesto

I have a piece about our work at the 2010 U.S. Social Forum in the latest Library Manifesto. I met the editor, Natalie Pantoja, a few years ago when she came to some Books Through Bars sessions -- now she's an LIS student in NYC, and this is one of her projects!

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