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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..."

Urban Librarians Unite Blog & Tweet in

Save NYC Libraries and Urban Librarians Unite are asking library and librarian lovers to publicize a few things:

Hug the Library
NYPL, 41st @ 5th Avenue, Sat. Saturday, June 4 1:30-2pm

Save NYC Libraries 24 Hour Read-in
Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, Saturday, June 11 at 4:00pm - June 12 at 4:00pm

Save NYC Libraries campaign

Radical Reference at ALA

Radical Reference Meeting & Social at ALA
Saturday June 25, 5:30-7pm
The Roosevelt Hotel Bar
116 University Place

Followed by a Cocktail Party (with free drinks) & Radical Book Talk with Amy Sonnie, co-author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Rebels and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times

website workday

Sunday, May 22, 1-4pm (Greenwich -4)
Openflows/Greenmap Office: 220A E. 4th St. (betw Avenues A & B), NYC
remote participation possible

Compensation, Access, and Theft: Copyright in the 21st Century: a few comments

I felt like it would be exploiting the bully pulpit of my note taking for the Compensation, Access, and Theft panel at the Anarchist Bookfair to include my editorial comments within the primary written document of the event, but I couldn't resist posting them somewhere!

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...

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
Free

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!)
Video
Audio on Radio4All: one part, the other part, and on archive.org.

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.

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