Who We Are (and When/Where We Meet)
The New York City branch of the activist collective Radical Reference is an assortment of information workers in the New York City area dedicated to critical engagement with issues surrounding the intersection of information and social justice. We have done street reference during the 2004 Republican National Convention and other demonstrations, and we offer free workshops on topics like fact-checking and online research. Subscribe to our announcements list or follow us on Twitter to be kept up-to-date on our activities.
Get in touch if you'd like to invite us to do a workshop for your community group or have other questions. And info workers and students are always welcome to show up at one of our monthly meetings -- bring your ideas and energy and join in! We meet monthly on (usually) the third Friday night or Sunday evening of the month. The location is often determined in the days before the meeting.
Members of the NYC collective have presented workshops and trainings at the following venues, among others:
- Allied Media Conference and the Symposium on Media Literacy in Eduation in Bowling Green, Ohio (2004, 2005)
- Grassroots Media Conference here in NYC (2005-2009)
- National Conference on Organized Resistance in Washington, DC (2006, 2007)
- the NYC Independent Media Center
- United States Social Forum (2007, 2010)
- Women, Action & Media Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts (2008)
Search the site by keyword for specifics on individual workshops. NYC Rad Reffers also assisted with the NYC Anarchist Book Fair (2007-10). We have been a partner organization with the NYC Grassroots Media Coalition since 2008.
We didn't have a meeting in September.
The July meeting was held at the Housing Works cafe. No notes, because the session was mostly chatting and catching up with visiting Rad Reffers Alana and Lia and hearing about the National Diversity in Libraries Conference.
The March meeting was scheduled to take place at the Really Really Free Market at Judson Church, but we fled to Quantum Leap. Agenda: NYC Anarchist Book Fair presentation, Gentrification and Solidarity Organizing group--partnership? Notes
On January 11, 2010, RR-NYC hosted a salon on RDA vs. AACR2: Implications for Social Justice, Featuring Rick Block at the Sixth St. Community Center.
The last meeting of the 'naughts was Saturday, December 19 in the afternoon at ABC No Rio, specifically to brainstorm about updating this website.
The November meeting was held at Natalie's apartment in downtown Brooklyn. Notes.
The October meeting was held at the Sixth Street Community Center in the East Village. It was a "people's university" style salon about the Google Books Settlement. More information, including a list of readings, is elsewhere on the site. Notes.
Our July meeting was held in Brooklyn at Natalie's apartment. Notes.
No June meeting.
Our May meeting was really just a meal out with Jerome C. of the future "BRANCH" community library project. He gave some updates about their progress.
In December we didn't meet to plan and talk, just to drink beer, with our friends at InterActivist.
We didn't have a meeting in May.
Our March meeting was an open meeting/salon at the NYC AIDS Housing Network in Brooklyn. The topic was book/library access to people in prison. Representatives from Books Through Bars-NYC, the Prisoners' Reading Encouragement Project (PREP), and Literacy for Incarcerated Teens were present (full announcement here). Meeting Notes.
Our February meeting was at Alycia's place in Brooklyn. Meeting Notes.
No meeting took place in December 2007.
In November we met at Julie's house in Jersey City. Meeting notes.
The October meeting was at 8pm on Friday, October 12, at ABC No Rio.
The August meeting was in the lovely community garden in Hell's Kitchen, on W. 48th St between 9th and 10th Aves, on the south side of the street. Minutes forthcoming.
We held a joint May/June meeting on June 1 at ABC No Rio.
The January meeting was very petite (John, Julie, and Melissa) because people were away (at ALA Midwinter and elsewhere). So no notes, no nothing.
The November meeting was also on on the second floor of ABC No Rio. We had a salon on the topic of race and privilege, and our responsibilities (both as activists and as library workers) to anti-racist work.
This was the agenda going in:
- Park Slope Food Co-op Workshop
- NYC Anarchist Book Fair
- AskMetaFilter model of reference
- US Social Forum
- ALA Midwinter
Read the minutes.
Our October meeting didn't really happen, due to widespread illness.
Our August meeting was in Tompkins Square Park. Minutes.
Our July meeting was at Alt.Coffee on Avenue A (8th and 9th). Minutes.
Notes from the June 16, 2006 meeting coming soon. (Well, probably not, since it's 2009 now...)
Several people involved in Radical Reference organized a forum this year in New York about the state of library education. The idea was that students and recent graduates should have a space in which they may speak freely about their experiences as students and recent graduates of Library and Information Science programs. The forum was held at the Community Church on March 11th, 2006. All conference materials, including report backs, are on the Library Education Forum website.
A few people met informally on Friday, May 19, at 6:30pm at the Union St Tea Lounge in Brooklyn, after a brief hiatus. There are no notes from that rendezvous.
We didn't meet in June because a lot of us were at ALA.
The May meeting was on Friday, the 20th at 7:30pm at the Holiday Cocktail Lounge, 75 St. Mark's Place between 1st & 2nd Avenues. (212) 777-9637. Friends of Rad Ref (e.g. NYC IMC, Interactivist, Paper Tiger) were invited to join us at 9.
Local Online Resources
By the way there's lots of GREAT FREE STUFF at your local public library.