I'm going to be a "topic facilitator" at this conference in Salt Lake City later this month.
As I understand it, I'll be talking briefly about Radical Reference and then leading a discussion about democracy in libraries following a talk by Leslie Burger on that topic.
Since Radical Reference is a collective project (I'm going to the conference because, as I'm in Wyoming, I'm "local" to SLC), I'd like to get a little group input into what I say and what I encourage others to think about. Below is a rough outline of the kinds of things I'm hoping to talk about. Please embellish, amend, add to, and otherwise alter.
A Brief Introduction to Radical Reference
* started in response to RNC in NYC in 2004
* provided street reference with on-the-street volunteers + backup on the internet
* continued as a web-based reference service for activists & independent journalists
* local collectives work on projects specific to their communities [any particular examples I should cite?]
* members also do education and outreach [presentations at activist conferences, Books Through Bars, etc.]
Radical Reference & Democracy in Libraries
* democracy is in part about protecting the rights of the minority--RR exists in order to serve groups that aren't catered to in traditional library service
* democracy in libraries should involve diversity not only in terms of who is served but also in terms of what is provided--RR works to promote alternative media
* [surely I had some other brilliant idea of what to put here]
Have at it, folks!