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Tuesday, February 27 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Thinking Outside the (Library) Box: Using Your Librarian Skills for the Public Good

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Note: This session will be recorded and made accessible after the conference in the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal.

While we teach that "authority is constructed and contextual," librarianship typically relies on institutions that may not welcome critique of their power structures or dynamics. Working outside or between these institutions can create dynamic ways to help build a more equitable world. There are many successful examples of this radical library work, such as the panelists we bring together from AfroCROWD, Art+Feminism, Black Lunch Table, Interference Archive, and Radical Reference. These organizations’ missions touch on Wikipedia editing, para-institutional reference and instruction work, public programming and non-institutional archiving. This panel explores how librarians can decenter the institution and create spaces, physical and virtual, that are active sites of resistance and activism. Attendees can expect to leave with a greater knowledge of how this work, which has happened on the margins of our field for a long time, can relate to their library practice both within and outside the institution. They can also expect to get constructive advice on community organizing, outreach and marketing, and diversity and equity planning, all of which will help them cultivate a social justice oriented practice and help with the practical, everyday machinations of librarianship.

Following bell hooks’ model for critical pedagogy, this panel will be a guided, open-ended discussion between a number of librarians, archivists and information activists who have been doing this work both in and outside of the traditional institutional strongholds of librarianship. Topics may include but not be limited to: awareness of intersectional identities in library work, creating institutional partnerships, securing funding through grants and crowdsourcing, and partnering with community organizations.

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Sian Evans

Information Literacy and Instructional Design Librarian, Maryland Institute College of Art
Siân Evans is the Information Literacy & Instructional Design Librarian at Maryland Institute College of Art and the co-founder of Art+Feminism, a campaign to create meaningful changes to the body of knowledge available about feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. Her writing can be... Read More →

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Nora Almeida

Performance Artist / Librarian, CUNY / Interference Archive
Nora Almeida is an urban swimmer, writer, performance artist, librarian, and environmental activist. She’s an Associate Professor at the New York City College of Technology and a long-time volunteer at Interference Archive. She has organized media-making workshops, public events... Read More →

Alice Backer

Founder, AfroCROWD
Alice Backer is a social media professional, lawyer and free culture curator. In 2015, she launched AfroCROWD, a multilingual initiative to increase Afro descendant participation in crowdsourcing initiatives such as Wikipedia and Wikidata.
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Jenna Freedman

Zine Librarian, Barnard College
Talk to me about zines, Radical Reference, you cat(s), my cats, and open positions at my library.
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Lia Friedman

Director of Learning Services at UC San Diego / Radical Reference Volunteer/Staff Librarian Make/Shift Magazine, UC San Diego / Radical Reference
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Heather Hart

Co-founder/visual artist, Black Lunch Table
I'm interested in questioning dominant narratives and proposing alternatives to them. I am a public artist and co-run Black Lunch Table, an oral history archiving project with a metadata tagged dynamic searchable database and a Wikipedia editing initiative.
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Jen Hoyer

Jen Hoyer helps make things go at Interference Archive and teaches about local history at the Brooklyn Public Library. S, Interference Archive / Brooklyn Public Library
Jen Hoyer from the Interference Archive will discuss archive-based activism, organizing volunteer archive programming, and building ephemeral collections. The Interference Archive is an all volunteer, open stacks archive that “... [uses] cultural ephemera to animate histories of... Read More →
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Sherry Antoine, MPA

Executive Director, AfroCROWD.org
Executive director of AfroCROWD.org, a Wikipedia initiative focused on the African diaspora, Sherry is a New York area - based outreach strategist and speaker committed to addressing gender and diversity gaps. Sherry is the co-organizer of News on Wiki, an initiative to improve Wikipedia coverage of local, Black-owne... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Hilton: Gramercy West