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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:

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.

Essex St. electronics recycling: Sat. 7/24 & Sun. 7/25

Essex St. electronics recycling
Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Essex Street, on the east side of Essex St btwn Hester St and Grand St

also Saturday July 31, 2010 | 10:00am - 4:00pm
Smith Street, Smith St btwn President St and Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Know Your Rights youth training July 18

Youth Alert! Save the Dates & Maybe Save a Life from Being Taken by the NYPD

Saturday, July 17th & Sunday, July 18th
1:00pm - 4:00pm SHARP!
Maysles Cinema
343 Malcolm X Boulevard/Lenox Avenue (bet. 127th & 128th Streets) (212) 654-5008 (212) 582-6050
Free Admission For All (13-23) Aged Youth
$10.00 Suggested Donation For Adults
(No one turned away for the lack of funds)

moving to a new server

We have moved to a new server. Please let us know if you discover anything funky:

Shelf Life: Deaccession, Reanimation, and the Social Justice Implications of Library Discards

May 24, 2010
Brecht Forum
451 West Street (between Bank & Bethune)
$6-10 sliding scale, no one turned away for inability to pay

Featuring presentations by Julia Weist, Public Library of American Public Library Deaccession and Andrew Beccone, Reanimation Library with a group discussion afterward, moderated by Emily Drabinski.

US Social Forum registration

Radical Reference is now registered for the US Social forum in Detroit in June 2010. Melissa and I are the only Rad Ref members registered as part of our organization. We can register one more person for free, so if you want to be that person, email

Here's our organization page Please join, if you're so inclined!

Critical Pedagogy and Library Instruction

Saturday, May 8th 2010
Brooklyn College Library
This event is free

Please RSVP by April 9th.

btw Everyone involved in this except for the main speaker, Ira Shor, is in Radical Reference: Tom Dodson, Emily Drabinski, and Alana Kumbier (facilitators) and Alycia Sellie and Jonathan Cope (organizers).

Invitation to 3rd NYC Encuentro for Dignity & Against Displacement

Movement for Justice in El Barrio

RSVP by Monday, February 15th:
(212) 561-0555 or
childcare and English & Spanish translations provided

An echo that turns itself into many voices, into a network of voices that, before the deafness of power, opts to speak to itself, knowing itself to be one and many, acknowledging itself to be equal in its desire to listen and be listened to, recognizing itself as different in the tonalities and levels of voices forming it. A network of voices that resist the war that power wages on them.
– Words of the Zapatistas at the "First Intercontinental Encuentro for Humanity and Against Neoliberalism."

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