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Because libraries and archives are never neutral. Taking a closer look at the relationships between organizing information and community organizing. We talk to information professionals, activists, and other insightful folks who have thoughts about what we mean when we say, “knowledge is power”. Hosted by two new librarians figuring things out as we go. We are based on the unceded and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
 
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In this two-part interview, we chat with Stacy Collins, Research & Instruction Librarian at Simmons University in Boston, about police in libraries, as well as the role of policing in the forms of social work and librarianship.Timestamps:• 0:00 - 1:24 Intro• 1:24 - 5:56 Why police shouldn’t be in libraries• 5:56 - 9:56 How to talk about police and …
 
In this two-part interview, we chat with Stacy Collins, Research & Instruction Librarian at Simmons University in Boston, about the Anti-Oppression LibGuide that she’s created, and how anti-oppression is intertwined with children’s literature.Timestamps:• 0:00 - 1:43 Intro• 1:43 - 5:39 How did you get into librarianship?• 5:39 - 11:51 What is anti-…
 
Karen and Allison share some personal-professional updates for 2020, as well as some of their reading joys and reading hopefuls. Listen to the episode: Read along with the transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LD2d-NRkOdLSdovxmDYsYW9mZnHuFXZ6pV8hm-jPxmI/edit?usp=sharing Time stamps: 0:00 // Introduction 1:03 // Podcast updates 5:25 // Per…
 
We welcome back our guests Ted Lee and Ean Henninger from Episode 3 of the podcast to talk about precarious work and knowledge mobilization. We discuss questions and qualms we have about knowledge mobilization, how precarious work makes knowledge mobilization difficult, the power of union organizing, and how COVID-19 has affected precarity! This ep…
 
We sit down with Baharak Yousefi to talk about being a good library boss, the joy and generosity of library Twitter, and the responsibilities of academic freedom... but mostly we talk about power, intersectionality, and anti-oppression. It’s a good one, folks! Follow Baharak on Twitter @BaharakY Read along with the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/y…
 
In this episode, we sat down with Karen’s classmate Clara Giménez-Delgado to talk about her project processing a collection of lantern slides at the Museum of Anthropology. The collection is called the Missionary Society of Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada Slide Collection, and it was the subject of Clara’s final project in Dr.…
 
What is fascism? How have fascists used libraries in their organizing strategies to gain legitimacy? How does this relate to current TERF room bookings at libraries? And why have libraries struggled so much to respond?! We cover all this and more with Lena Gluck, founder of the Anti-Fascist Library Network. Follow Lena on Twitter @LenaGluck Read al…
 
In this episode we outline our plans for season 3, as well as pass along some advice for folks returning or thinking of applying to library/archives school, with some guest clips from good friends Sony, Zakir, and Victoria. Read along with the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/y3g7abyo The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic (https://www.and…
 
In this episode, we chat with Sierra King, an artist, photographer, and archivist, about her work with Black Women Artists, and her curatorial debut exhibition here. there. everywhere. Sierra talks about Kathleen Cleaver’s archive, personal archiving, and Black art and futurity. Her exhibition (August 22 - September 26, 2020) at MINT Gallery in Atl…
 
Episode 26, in which Karen and Allison talk about their feelings during the midst of COVID-19, and books they’ve been reading and shows they’ve been watching in 2020 so far. Read along with the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/y7nx8brh The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic (https://www.andrealukic.com/). You can reach us at: Email: organi…
 
We talk with Ariel Caldwell, a Teen Services Librarian at Vancouver Public Library, about teen librarianship, community-led work, juggling 5 calendars, using improv to navigate power dynamics, intergenerational programming, and creating fun! You can reach Ariel at ariel.caldwell [at] vpl [dot] ca. Read along with the transcript: https://tinyurl.com…
 
In anticipation of the (now cancelled) British Columbia Library Association 2020 conference on “Libraries, Democracy, and Action,” Sam Popowich, author of Confronting the Democratic Discourse of Librarianship: A Marxist Approach, talks about intellectual freedom and what democracy means in libraries. Follow Sam on Twitter @redlibrarian Read along w…
 
Hey folks - we hope this mini episode finds you as well as can be considering the current circumstances. We are putting together an episode COVID-19 and invite you to share your thoughts with us in a short audio clip! Find the full details about how to contribute by listening to the episode or reading the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/wzeduor The…
 
** This episode was recorded on March 12, 2020 before UBC Library, where we were recording, was closed to the public, and we were all encouraged to stay home and physically distance from one another. ** In preparation for the now-cancelled British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) 2020 conference, Karen sat down with Y Vy Truong, Rachel Lau, and …
 
This pod is winding down for the end of 2019! In this episode we reflect on what we’ve learned over the past few months, play some audio clips from listeners, share what we’re hoping and planning for in 2020, and talk a little bit about how we make the podcast and how you can get involved! The transcript is available here. The cover art is done by …
 
Allison and Karen get together to discuss their reading highlights as our home planet completes another arbitrary circuit around the sun. Books mentioned: > Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui > Starlight by Richard Wagamese > The Tiger Flu by Larissa Lai > Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars by Kai Cheng Thom > Trickster Drift by Eden Robinson > Disappearin…
 
Shelby Miller, a student in the MLIS program at UBC’s iSchool and an employee at Vancouver Public Library, joins us for a conversation about working at VPL as a non-binary trans employee, what’s wrong with the liberal utopian idea of intellectual freedom, and her thesis project on the information seeking habits of transgender individuals. Shelby re…
 
Allison chats with Niko Stratis, who has been heavily involved in responding to Meghan Murphy’s event at Toronto Public Library, about this event, the impact it has had on trans people, how libraries might rethink “intellectual freedom” if we’re committed to being trans inclusive, and the failures of media coverage of the event. Read their piece, “…
 
Karen Ng shares a letter written after the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section “Response and Responsibility: Special Collections and Climate Change” conference in Baltimore in June 2019. This episode includes written statements and a voice recording from Ayoola White, Aramis Sanchez, and Marielle Stockton.Read along with the transcript here.The cove…
 
This episode we got to sit down with Avi Grundner, a MLIS/MAS student at UBC who is working on a Queer Subject Heading Thesaurus for Out on the Shelves Library. We talk about queer and radical knowledge organization and the power of seeing yourself represented in these systems. Read along with the transcript here. The cover art is done by our frien…
 
In this episode we got to sit down with Y Vy Truong, who is the librarian for joss paper library based in Vancouver’s Chinatown. We got to talk about public programming, professionalization, and what it means to build both collections and communities. Read along with the transcript here. Things mentioned this episode: > Y Vy Truong: @YVyTruong > jo…
 
In the wake of Toronto Public Library’s room booking to Meghan Murphy, we sit down to talk with Alicia Elliott, an incredible Tuscarora author from Six Nations of the Grand River, and one of the original signatories on a petition called “Stop Hate Speech from Being Spread at the Toronto Public Library.” This episode also includes statements from a …
 
What is community-led work in and for libraries? We got to sit down with Jorge Cardenas in Allison’s home to talk about what it means to work in libraries with a community-led focus. Jorge is a community librarian and currently manages Burnaby Public Library’s McGill branch. He is also an instructor at the University of British Columbia, where he c…
 
We are preparing an episode in response to Toronto Public Library’s recent room booking to Meghan Murphy, a well-known transphobic speaker. We would like to include the voices and perspectives of more trans people to hear how trans people are thinking and feeling about this room booking and similar events elsewhere.If you would like to leave us a v…
 
In this episode we got to sit down with Ean Henninger and Ted Lee to talk about precarity in the library, archival, and information field. It’s a fascinating conversation, ranging from the challenges of addressing the lack of diversity in LIS to the mental and physical toll of precarious work, to the inevitable question: how do we dismantle capital…
 
We're thrilled to get to sit down and talk to our friend and classmate, Victoria Gomez. Victoria is an MLIS student at the University of British Columbia, and (among many other things) is the co-president of our student association, LASSA (Library and Archival Studies Student Association). This is a great episode especially for anyone new to the UB…
 
Hello! We're Allison and Karen, and this is the introduction to this podcast project about organizing ideas and community organizing. We are two new librarians/archivist figuring things out as we go, including how to piece together a podcast. We go over some personal introductions as well as what we're hoping to cover in the upcoming episodes. (Not…
 
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