Does activism in higher learning interest you? Care about access to commodities like information and power? Join a bunch of librarians in discussing these and other critical theory topics tomorrow night and throughout the “fall semester”! http://tinyurl.com/critlibx
The Urban Librarian’s Conference focuses specifically on the issues of the working librarian in the city. This conference will target skills and techniques for people on the front line of information services.
The Urban Librarian’s Conference will differ from other library conferences in numerous ways. Instead of being based on ALA Divisions or on geographic location this conference will focus on serving populations in a type of community (the city). Working urban librarians often find themselves saying “well that is great but it will never work in MY library”. This conference will only offer ideas that would work in an urban library. Practice will be paired with the practical, the ideas and concepts discussed will be tied to practical courses of action that working information professionals can use for the benefit of their patrons and institutions.
Urban Librarians Unite is a small not for profit organization based out of New York City. Its mandate is to promote urban libraries and librarianship, to support advances in Library Science in urban areas, and to defend any library at risk. ULU was founded with this kind of scholarship and conversations in mind. The organization plans on making the Urban Librarian’s Conference an annual event with luminaries in urban librarianship coming together to swap ideas and develop new resources for our colleagues and patrons.
Get speaker and schedule information and register here: urbanlibrariansconference.org
School Library Journal’s write up of the conference: “Urban Librarians’ First Conference Is A Love-In”
According to Char Booth, recent library student and new professional, “there are many reasons why library school curricula doesn’t yet reflect the reality of the profession, first among these the widely recognized disconnect between teaching faculty and practitioners. Librarianship is undergoing a number of transformations, and it is more often experimentation than tradition that motivates our actions in the workplace. For all of these reasons, there is a widening gulf between what we are taught and what we actually do.” Booth submits the following as her template “in order to create a more vibrant and resilient profession”:
1. The right to educate.
2. The right to evaluate.
3. The right to challenge.
4. The right to innovate.
5. The right to experience.
6. The right to explore.
7. The right to collaborate.
8. The right to redefine.
9. The right to develop.
10. The right to advocate.