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(en) US, Orlando, Florida [Infoshop News] Lost Anarchist Librarians Weekend: Anarchist librarians return to ALA

From Chuck0 <chuck@mutualaid.org>
Date Thu, 3 Jun 2004 09:11:51 +0200 (CEST)

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Anarchist librarians return to ALA June 25 - July 1, 2004 Update
In the beginning, there were the Anarchist Librarians. Actually, the
anarchist librarians movement was born the way that most revolutions are
born, over beers at a restaurant near the annual ALA conference. The
anarchist librarians movement started over an informal dinner at ALA 1977
and has grown into an international network with hundreds of unofficial members.
It's been a few years since we had an organized presence at ALA Annual.
This year we plan to change that and we invite you to join us!
== Anarchist Librarians Events ==
Anarchist Librarians Dinner Saturday, June 26, 8:30 p.m., Location TBA

Anarchist Librarians Caucus
An informal get together to meet each other and talk about hot topics.
Location and time TBA

Meet the Local Anarchists
Orlando has anarchists that are dying to meet us!
Location and time TBA

== Other Events of Interest ==

Zine Librarians Interest Group meeting
Saturday, June 26 at 3:30
Hampton Inn

== Protests ==

Censorship Disney Style-- PROTEST at ALA Conference!

Put a little protest into your conference program plan!

Join library activists at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando in
drawing attention to the problems and contradictions of the
"world-renowned Disney principles" of "Service Disney Style":

· Disney's prevention of its subsidiary Miramax from distributing
Michael Moore's Palme d'Or winning documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.

· Preventing poor Mickey from entering the public domain by
"influencing" Congress to extending corporate copyright protection
AGAIN. Is that any way to treat a senior citizen?

· The notion that libraries should adopt a corporate model for "serving"
their "customers."

Saturday, June 26, 8:45 - 9:15am Convention Center Auditiorium, outside
Room 320 where the program "Service Disney Style" will be taking place.

To help work on organizing this demonstration, please contact Ann
Sparanese sparanese@yahoo.com and/or Jenna Freedman jennafree@yahoo.com.
Feel free to post to individuals or lists you think will be interested.

Stay tuned for info on a protest on Monday. This event will likely be
offsite, possibly at Disney World. Attend the “Democracy and the info
commons” program on Sunday afternoon to learn more.

== PLG - Progressive Librarians Guild ==

PLG Meeting
Sunday, June 27th from 5:30pm to 7pm
Doubleday Garden Pavilion

Dinner normally follows the PLG meeting.

Progressive Librarians Guild

== ALA Conference Schedule ==

A listing of events, panels, and other stuff that might be of interest
to your average anarchist librarian. Many of these sessions are
sponsored by the Social Responsibilities Round Table.



7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Union Networking Breakfast
Convention Center 231 A/B

8:00am - 9:00am
SRRT All Task Force Meeting
consisting of:
- Alternatives in Publication Task Force
- Task Force on the Environment
- Feminist Task Force
- Hunger, Homeless, and Poverty Task Force
- International Responsibilities Task Force
- Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration Task Force
- Information Policy in the Public Interest Task Force (provisional)
Sheraton - Michigan

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Standing Com. on Salaries and Status of Library Workers
Embassy Suites Jamaican Dolphin/Panther

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
SRRT Action Council I
Sheraton - Coral B

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Introduction to Women's Issues in ALA
Sheraton - Superior
ALA-SRRT Forum with leaders from SRRT Feminist Task Force, ACRL Women's
Studies Section, Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship, LAMA
Women Managers Discussion Group and others about women's issues in ALA and

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Librarians Confront the War in Iraq
A panel of speakers on librarian responses to imperialism.
Marriott - Palazzo A

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
MLKTF - The Martin Luther King Holiday Multicultural Idea Exchange
Plaza - Salon 9 & 10

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Featured speaker: Richard Clark
* Sandy Berman scheduled to receive ALA’s highest award: honorary

++ SUNDAY, JUNE 27 ++

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Amy Goodman
Convention Center auditorium.

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cultural Democracy and the Information Commons
A robust information commons is critical to cultural democracy. As
copyright legislation such as the Sonny Bono Term Extension Act rapidly
erodes the public domain, what is the effect on cultural democracy and
libraries? Speakers will address this issue, as well as the importance
of both an information commons and of cultural democracy. Clips from
"Willful Infringement," a film about the ways copyright has harmed free
expression and creativity will shown. Speakers: Sam Trosow, Univ. of
Western Ontario; Howard Besser, New York Univ.; Jed Horowitz, Producer,
“Willful Infringement;” Frederick Emrich, Editor, Info-commons.org
BCALA: Library and Information Service

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Revolting Librarians Redux: Radical Librarians Speak Out??????
Katia Roberto and Jessamyn West, the editors of Revolting Librarians
Redux: Radical Librarians Speak Out, join some of the contributors to
this compilation of witty, insightful, and readable writings on the
various aspects of alternative librarianship.
Speakers: Sanford Berman, Jenna Freedman, Katia Roberto, and
Jessamyn West
Peabody - Florida BR II

++ MONDAY, JUNE 28 ++

7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Standing Com. on Salaries and Status of Library Workers
The Peabody Plaza International BR F

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Electronic Publishing/Electronic Journals IG
The Future of Libraries: Disappearing Libraries and Invisible
Librarians: The impact of the print to digital transformation on library
structure, services and functions over the next 10 years
The disappearance of print materials, especially journals, is having
profound effects on academic libraries and the communities they serve.
Many staff duties are changing drastically. Faculty members have begun
to perceive of academic libraries as gateways to information rather than
as physical places. Speakers: Howard Besser,Professor, New York
University; Lloyd Davidson, Northwestern University; Clifford Lynch,
Executive Director, CNI; Richard Seeeney, Univ. Librarian, New Jersey
Institute of Technology; Sarah E. Thomas, University Librarian, Cornell

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Radio Frequency Revolution: Tips and Trends for Implementing RFID
Systems in Libraries
BR-D/E Emerging Technology IG
A panel of librarians who have experience implementing Radio requency
identification (RFID) tagging systems will give an overview of what RFID
is and the applications it can be used for in a library setting. The
panel will then discuss what questions to ask vendors, the process of
choosing a vendor, issues to consider such as privacy, best practices in
implementation, and future direction of the technology. The program will
conclude with a Q & A session.
Speakers: Jennifer Fabbi, Head of Curriculum Materials Library, Univ. of
Nevada Las Vegas; Susan Hildreth, City Librarian, San Francisco Public
Library; Peter Murray, Asst. to the Director for Technology Initiatives,
Univ. of Connecticut Libraries.

1:00pm - 2:00pm
SRRT Membership Meeting
Wyndham - Magnolia

2:00pm - 4:00pm
SRRT Action Council II
Wyndham - Magnolia

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Negotiating for Better Salaries (note that this program is sponsored by
the Unions Working Group of the Salaries & Status committee)
Convention Center 208 B

6:00pm - 9:00pm
AIP - Free Speech Buffet
Siam Orchid Restaurant, 7575 Universal Blvd.

++ TUESDAY, JUNE 29 ++

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
35th Annual Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast
The 35th Annual Celebration of the Coretta Scott King Awards Breakfast
honoring African-American authors and illustrators of books for children
and youth promises to be a special event. Tickets sell out so don't be
disappointed. Register early for this not-to-be-missed annual event.
Registration is required. Please see the Registration form.

++ Post-ALA Conference ++

"Beyond ALA"
Orlando, Florida. 29 June -- 1 July 2004

The Counterpoise Advisory Board and the Counterpoise Collective
(www.counterpoise.info) are organizing a small post-conference
immediately following ALA's 2004 Annual Conference in Orlando.
Librarians, publishers, and users are invited to discuss aspects of
library service that are under-or over-emphasized, misrepresented, or
ignored by mainstream libraries and library organizations. Some sessions
may be recorded for publication in Counterpoise.

There is no consensus about a framework for the conference. Some
participants may take ALA as a benchmark, considering areas that it
avoids or insufficiently addresses. Others may posit the opposite of ALA
-- global instead of national vision, library workers and users instead
of institutions, democracy instead of administrative hierarchies. Others
may ignore ALA altogether and develop independent approaches to issues
of acquiring, organizing, storing, and disseminating information and
knowledge for use. The conference will be relaxed and informal, with
panel discussions and individual presentations that encourage audience

Specific topics to be addressed are described in the schedule below.
Discussion periods may go farther afield. Some members of the
Counterpoise Advisory Board and the Counterpoise Collective want to
focus on topics close to Counterpoise itself, such as

1. Incorporating alternative materials in order to strengthen and
diversify collections, and/or to create "fair and balanced" collections,
and/or to give shelf space to the underrepresented
2. providing access to alternative review sources, selection tools, and
3. obtaining collection development assistance from small and
independent presses and publishers
4. supporting progressive agendas with your library collection
5. evaluating your library's collection for its strengths/weaknesses,
and how to use new technologies (like blogs) to aid in expanding avenues
of collection development
6. making library collections more diverse and how Counterpoise can be
used to help achieve that goal.

Other members, on the other hand, are interested in more general themes,
including ALA itself. One wrote, "Issues such as the nature, content,
and diversity of libraries and library collections are related to the
ALA. If difficulties exist in getting libraries themselves to provide
more shelf space to underrepresented news and views, then what kinds of
biases exist within ALA against these publications? Shouldn't
constructive criticism of libraries and their collections also include
constructive criticism of the major organization to which these
institutions belong? To those 'outside' the library world, libraries are
bastions of impartiality and neutrality. The biases that exist in
television, radio, and print are thought by most to be absent from
libraries. For those of us that are somewhat more familiar
with libraries, we know this not to be the case. Addressing these kinds of
issues and concerns are certainly things we should be talking about at
the post-conference."

Other proposed topics include:
· Accountability issues in electronic publishing
· Sweatshop scanning
· Alternative media representation in mainstream databases
· Integrity of electronic media (i.e. revising electronic publications
to re-write history)
· Are librarians responsible for collecting alternative materials from
the radical right?
· Building and maintaining alternative libraries and infoshops
· Using Counterpoise as a teaching tool in library schools

The conference will take place in a pleasant, medium-sized hotel two
miles north of Convention Center West in Orlando. Participants can
either reserve rooms in the conference hotel Tuesday and Wednesday
nights or for the entire conference. (For hotel reservations, see
below.) The hotel has an AAA 3-diamond rating and is near another hotel
served by the ALA conference free bus service. These buses stop running
on Tuesday, however. The hotel is located on the "I-Ride Trolley" bus
line, which serves the entire area (several miles long) from the
Convention Center to the Wet 'n' Wild theme park.. Trolleys run every 20
minutes from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily,
according to its brochure "(Hours subject to change)." The fare is 75
cents one-way (exact change required); Seniors (Library of Congress take
notice: the brochure specifies "seniors," not "aged") 25 cents (over
65); $2.00 for a one-day pass; or $3:00 for a three-day pass.

The conference room in the hotel (ca. 1000 sq. ft.) accommodates up to
100 people. Seating can be either rounds of tables or classroom style
modified into a semi-circle or circle.

Each presentation should be no longer than 15 minutes, in order to allow
time for discussion. Subsequent publication in Counterpoise is planned.

Tuesday evening, 29 June 2004
6:00 - 7:30 Registration and refreshments
7:30 - 7:45 Welcome and introductions
7:30 - 9:00 Panel: Sandy Berman, Ken Kister, and Charles Willett ("The
Three Geezers") ruminate about librarianship past and present, followed
by discussion.

Wednesday, 30 June
7:00 - 9:00
Continental breakfast at the hotel (registered guests only)

9:00 - 9:45
Tara Overzat presents a comparative study on urban/low-income youth and
their library usage, versus that of suburban/higher-income youth.

10:00 - 10:45
Sherry DuPree presents "A Road Map to African-American Resources,"
covering all subjects. The main link is

11:00 - 12:30
Panel: (1) Roberta Y. Rand presents "How to support aggressive agendas
with a small budget;" (2) (Speaker to be announced) Civic Media Center &
Library, Gainesville, Florida, : "Funding and operating an independent
alternative library."

12:30 - 1:00
Lunch break.

1:00 - 2:30
Howard Besser, Chuck "Chuck0" Munson, and possibly another speaker
discuss aspects of anarchism and library service.

2:45 - 3:30
Jenna Freedman will give a report back on the Allied Media Conference
(18 - 20 June in Bowling Green, OH) http://www.alliedmediaconference,
including the Symposium on Media Literacy in Education and the Zine
Librarians Caucus.

3:45 - 5:00
Open period for discussion and recommendations (consensus process). Has
this conference been worthwhile? How could it be improved? Do we want
to do it again a year from now or at Midwinter in Boston?

5:00 - 6:00

6:00 - 8:00
Dinner -- Siam Orchid restaurant, 7575 Universal Boulevard

Thursday, 1 July
7:00 - 9:00
Continental breakfast at the hotel (registered guests only)

Sandy Berman has recently been elected to honorary membership in the
American Library Association -- ALA's highest honor, conferred in
recognition of outstanding contributions of lasting importance to
libraries and librarianship. He was nominated "for his accomplishments
as a cataloging theorist and practitioner and for his commitment to
making catalog records accessible to library users. Using subject
headings as a tool for social awareness, Berman has had a profound
influence on the way librarians think and work."

Howard Besser is a professor at New York University, where he is
director of a new master's degree program in Moving Image Archiving and
Preservation. Previously he was a professor of information studies at
UCLA, where he taught and did research on multimedia, image databases,
digital libraries, metadata standards, digital longevity, web design,
information literacy, distance learning, intellectual property, and the
social and cultural impact of new information technologies. Besser has
authored dozens of articles on automation of cultural materials, and he
consults widely with libraries, museums, and archives over a wide range
of issues, including metadata, digital preservation, and intellectual

Sherry DuPree is a professor at Santa Fe Community College in
Gainesville and formerly a librarian at SFCC and at the University of

Jenna Freedman is a reference librarian at Barnard College, New York
City. She collects zines and writes one herself.

Kenneth Kister is an authority on reference and information sources and
the publishing industry. As a professor of library science at Simmons
College in the late 1960s he taught "Intellectual Freedom and
Censorship," the first course dedicated to the concept of intellectual
freedom in the one-hundred year history of North American library
education. He is the author of Eric Moon: the life and times (McFarland,
2002), a history of librarianship in the second half of the 20th
century, seen through the life of a man who helped lead the movement to
democratize the American Library Association and to reinvent library
journalism and publishing.

Chuck "Chuck0" Munson is a radical librarian and infoshop organizer. His
websites get millions of hits. See http://www.infoshop.org/ and
http://www.mutualaid.org/ and a new one he has just announced
http://www.northamericananarchist.org. He also edits or co-edits lots
of publications.

Tara Overzat is a University of Florida college senior and a two-year
Counterpoise intern Roberta Y. Rand is director at the Rosenstiel School of
Marine and Atmospheric Science Library, University of Miami.

Charles Willett worked in acquisitions and collection development for 17
years at Harvard, SUNY/Buffalo, and the University of Florida, and
served on several ALA committees. For seven years he represented an
American academic bookseller, visiting libraries throughout the US,
western and central Europe, and South Africa. In 1993 he co-founded the
Civic Media Center and Library, Inc., an alternative library in
Gainesville, Florida. He is the founding editor of Counterpoise, an
alternative review journal, and Librarians at Liberty, a small magazine.
He is a past president and currently a state board member of the ACLU of
Florida. In previous lives he was a combat rifleman in
the Korean War and a diplomat in the US Foreign Service.

We have reserved a small block of rooms for Tuesday and Wednesday
nights. Other rooms are available direct from the hotel. Because its
rates are much cheaper than the ALA hotels, we are identifying the hotel
only to conference participants. It is possible to reserve rooms for the
entire period of the ALA conference, or for just Tuesday and/or
Wednesday nights. If you would like to stay at the conference hotel,
please register as soon as possible. A few rooms (each with two double
beds) have been reserved for Tuesday and Wednesday nights at a special
advance rate of $53.10 per night (plus 11.5% tax = ca. $60.00/night).
The rate includes continental breakfast each morning. When registering
for the conference, please specify if you want a room and if you would
like to share it with someone else at half-price. When we receive your
conference registration check, we will send you information
about the hotel. We will assign you one of the reserved rooms, if you
wish, or you can contact the hotel directly to make your own
reservations (Note: the cheap rate may no longer apply.)

$35, payable in advance or at registration. The fee includes access to
all sessions, and light refreshments Tuesday evening and Wednesday
morning and afternoon (Lunch and dinner on Wednesday are extra). Make
checks payable to "Counterpoise" and mail them to Counterpoise
Post-Conference, 1716 SW Williston Road, Gainesville, FL 32608-4049. For
further information phone 352/335-2200 or write to
editor@counterpoise.info or willett@liblib.com.

Charles Willett, MLS
Founding Editor, Counterpoise
Founding Editor, Librarians at Liberty
Co-founder, Civic Media Center and Library, Inc., Gainesville
xhibitor of alternative press materials at ALA conferences, representing
Counterpoise and the Independent Press Association

"Organizing and acting and educating and building little seeds of things
here and there -- like the Civic Media Center, for example -- when you
do that, over decades, you can create the basis for a functioning
democracy. But we've got a long way to go, a long way to go." --Noam
Chomsky, speaking to 6,000 people at the University of Florida at an
event celebrating the tenth anniversary of the founding of the CMC, 21
October 2003

== Past Anarchist Librarians Events ==



Chuck Munson
for the Anarchist Librarians

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