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Radical Librarianship: Join the Movement
Information Today - Medford
Author: Story, M’Lissa
Date: Jun 2017
Pages: 3
Section: FEATURE
Abstract (Document Summary)
Libraries are in the midst of serious governmental threats: the deregulation of broadband internet (part of dismantling Net Neutrality rules) coupled with the administration's proposed budget for 2018, which includes the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). At a time in history when dramatic change is upon us, librarians are called upon to step out of their comfort zone, challenge the status quo, and do things they've never done before as they stand up for the foundational roots of the library-to ensure equitable access and provide important civic space for advancing democracy and the common good. Librarians are on the front line, as curators of information, facilitators, and, in the words of The Boston Globe's Anne Lamott, "trail guides through the forest of shelves and aisles," helping learners of all ages get access to information and achieve educational success. [...]the seminal book Revolting Librarians (Booklegger Press, 1972) is a collection of essays, poems, and fiction written by library school students and library workers sharing their ideas and dreams and discussing their objections about the contemporary state of librarianship. With access to a database of Colorado mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles, users can add field notes and photos of what they find during their time in the outdoors, personalize their experience by curating collections of animals, and share their experience via social media. Let's borrow this mantra from the OA, peer-reviewed online journal In the Library With the Lead Pipe: "We improve libraries, professional organizations, and their...
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