Meeting at ALA in Anaheim 2012

UPDATE 6/27:

Members of Radical Reference and interested persons met at the Anaheim ALA conference. Because two did not want their names listed, I won't list any, because frankly, I can't remember who is who, and some people felt very strongly about this point.

  • For the non member/interested persons there was a discussion of what RR is, what we do, what we are working on, and the recent conference call where we tackled ideas such as how to get members more involved, and make sure questions were answered in a timely manner.
  • We also discussed the Reference Shelf as a great place to get involved if you are not willing or able to answer questions.
  • Issues with navigation and how the site is set up (ie how to answer questions)was brought up as an issue that some might like to address, if they felt more comfortable with Drupal. Mention was made of the site working parties that have happened in the past and the hopes that another might happen in the future.
  • There was a discussion on the Occupy Libraries and Radical Reference.
  • There was interest from librarians from the bay area in resurrecting that list, and those persons said they would send a message to the main list asking if there were other people in that area that would like to meet/be involved with something.

Thanks all who came and if I missed anything, which is likely, either email me or add to comments.


Find the guide + map here:

ALA Annual Conference meeting notes

Radical Reference met under cover of the ALA Annual Conference at the Roosevelt Bar (not Roosevelt Hotel Bar sorry/phew!) in New Orleans on Saturday, June 25. About 25 (?) people attended. I was supposed to take notes, but our discussion wasn't particularly formfull.

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 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

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...

ALA Midwinter meeting notes

Live notes from our meeting at ALA Midwinter. (But the link is stalled at the moment! 1/18/10 8pm ET.)

Rad Ref meeting/social at ALA Midwinter 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010, 6-8pm
Yvonne Pappenheim Library on Racism, 14 Beacon Street, Boston

No ALA conference registration required; new volunteers welcome!

Contact Rebecca Martin for more info.

For those going to ALA Midwinter - Boston Hyatt Labor Disputes

FYI for anyone going to Midwinter in Boston:

Hyatt Hotels Corp. laid off the entire housekeeping staffs at the Hyatt Regency Boston, Hyatt Regency Cambridge, and Hyatt Harborside Hotel after the morning shift had ended on Aug. 31, citing challenging economic conditions, and immediately replaced them with workers from an out-of-state staffing firm that will be paid $8 with no benefits. The housekeepers (who were paid $15 with benefits) had been training those very workers, from Georgia’s Hospitality Staffing Solutions, who they were told would be filling in for vacations.

Alternative Guide to Chicago

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