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(en) US, Anarchist Librarians in Orlando: Preview

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Date Wed, 30 Jun 2004 07:46:31 +0200 (CEST)


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"Orlando is like a giant totalitarian entertainment community." -
Chuck D'Adamo, Alternative Press Center
Orlando, Florida - It's been a few years since the anarchist
librarians network have held a national meeting in North
America, but this weekend about a dozen anarchist librarians
joined with their radical librarian comrades in Orlando, Florida for
the annual meeting of the American Library Association. Despite
the fact that the setting for the meeting has been a muggy, hot
capitalist dystopia, anarchist and radical librarians have been busy
at ALA. Radical librarians will be meeting tonight and all day
Wednesday for a special post-conference hosted by Counterpoise
magazine.

It's exciting that an anarchist librarian can find so much to do
that is political and that relates to anarchism. Take Sunday, for
example. If you got up early enough, you could attend a special
appearance by Amy Goodman, which included a live talk by the
Democracy Now host and a video by the Hudson-Mowhawk
IMC. In the afternoon, you could have attended a talk about the
"threats to the information commons" which included Howard
Besser on the panel. Or you could have wandered the exhibit hall,
talking to small publishers like Soft Skull Press, or looking
through publisher catalogs for all of the new anarchist-related and
radical politics books. And to cap off the day, the new Michael
Moore film was shown to an audience of 2200 boisterous
librarians.

If you had attended any of the anarchist librarians events, you
could have done cool things like having pizza and beer with Amy
Goodman, talking about projects for anarchist librarians, or
networking with other anarchist librarians from around the
country.

This is a brief preview of a series of articles that Infoshop News
will be posting in the coming weeks about the ALA conference
and what anarchist and radical librarians are doing and thinking.
Unfortunately, I'm stuck here for a few more days in this
commercial stip of fake authenticity, fake art, and a place that
prompted Howard Besser to ask on Sunday, "where do the people
who live here live?"

By Chuck Munson for Infoshop News
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