Tucson Radical Reference Collective

This is the local collective page for Tucson. Contact Nicole for more info.

We have started an official group through the University of Arizona, and are now a chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild, however we are going to be doing events that relate to both PLG and Rad Ref. Anyone is welcome to join us: you do not have to be a student! SIRLS students, alumni, and community librarians are all welcome. More information is listed in our wiki and on our website.

We meet every other Wednesday from 5:15-6:00pm in the SIRLS multipurpose room on the UA campus (this information and directions are listed on our wiki).

Current events and projects, Fall 2009

A little behind on updates, but newest upcoming:

LIS Skillshare
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
University of Arizona Main Library
1510 E. University Blvd., rm. A313/314

Join us for three 20-minute sessions on:

  • Discussion facilitation concepts & practices
  • Information literacy instruction in academic libraries
  • Event planning & promotions

The skillshare is free and refreshments will be provided, courtesy of PLG-UA. Presentations will also be recorded for podcasting.

PLEASE REGISTER TO ATTEND: http://tinyurl.com/plgskill

See attached flyer below

Recap, Spring 2009

The newest issue of our newsletter is out for Spring: Volume 1, Issue 2
Our Fall 2008 event, PLG Panel: What is a Progressive Librarian?, has been made into a podcast with accompanying PPTs

  • Organizing the Dry River library. This is a project continuing throughout the spring semester, which we hope to finish by May 2009. We are going to be cataloging their books and zines, creating a classification system, circulation system, and library policies. More information will be posted when this project is completed.
  • Google Books Townhall Event: Google and the Future of Libraries. WHEN: Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. WHERE: University of Arizona Main Library Room A313/314 WHY: Interesting topic. Thoughtful discussion. Free light refreshments! An open townhall discussion with SIRLS Professor Peter Botticelli concerning the recent Google settlement. Google recently settled a class action law suit that will allow them to create a vast digital library of full-text books. Come learn about and share your thoughts regarding the potential implications that this settlement holds for the future of libraries.
    Please register so we can make sure there'll be plenty refreshments for all:
  • Invited Guest Speaker: Marti Lindsey. Wednesday, April 1, 2009 from 5:30-6:30pm in the SIRLS multipurpose room. Marti is a PhD student in SIRLS who will be discussing alternative, non-traditional library positions in relation to her job with the Community Outreach and Education Program at Southwestern Environmental Health Sciences Center. Marti has also been studying new methods of effective outreach and will be discussing her research.
  • Intellectual Property Workshop for Progressive Librarians. Date tentatively Wednesday, March 25th, time and location TBD. A panel discussion of intellectual and cultural property from perspectives of a law librarian, copyright librarian, and American Indian LIS student with a background in law.

We have more projects listed at our wiki, and are always open to new ideas.

Recap, Fall 2008

  • What is a progressive librarian? Panel. Wednesday, September 17th, 6:30-8:30pm at the Main Library, room A313/314, free. Open to all, not only students/those affiliated with the university! Librarians and instructors at SIRLS discuss what a progressive librarian is, with background on the SRRT and PLG, along with a discussion on the debate between progressivism and neutrality. An hour for presentations, followed by an hour for Q&A and further discussion. Free vegan and vegetarian light refreshments. Raffling off one free membership to PLG: UA Chapter (2 years, otherwise worth $20). Flyer attached and here is the link to the registration form!
  • Lost Film Fest in Tucson Thursday, October 30th, 7pm: Free!
    Lost Film Fest hosted by VJ Scott Beibin
    Open to all, not just students!
    The show will include footage from:
    · 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions
    · Burning Man 2008
    · Clips and documentaries regarding US-Mexico Border Issues
    And much more!
    Sponsored by Progressive Librarians Guild: University of Arizona Chapter

    If corporations and politicians make you want to puke, and you’d like to see them getting pied and pranked, you’ll love the LOST FILM FEST cinema laboratory hosted by vj SCOTT BEIBIN. It’s a fun mix of live performance and rare short films featuring pranks by culture jammers like THE YES MEN, sexy-smash-it-up riot footage, illegal art, media archaeology, clips censored by the mainstream media, video re-mixes, and so much more. Lost Film Fest Travels the planet year round. You never know where it will turn up next! Revolutionaries and “the kids” all agree: Lost Film Fest “is better than bad, it’s good!”. This jam is about smashing the illusions cast by Hollywood, the Pentagon, and FOX News. Yeah! Lost Film Fest: resurrecting Abbie Hoffman since 1999.

    vj SCOTT BEIBIN is co-founder of the EVIL TWIN BOOKING AGENCY, HOLLYWOODCAN SUCKIT.COM, and founder of BLOODLINK RECORDS. He’s also a prolific media prankster (See the Jerry Springer episode with Beibin and Justin Pearson of The Locust).

    “Lost Film Fest is my favorite film event ever” - Sam Green, dir. The Weather Underground.

    -From LFF site

  • Yoga Relaxation Fundraiser: Session lead by Rebecca Bliquez, our Fundraising Coordinator, Certified Yoga Instructor. Sunday, November 16, 2008 from 10am-12pm in A313/314 Main Library, UA. $5 for PLG-UA members, $10 for non members (can join on the spot if interested)

More to follow!

Inaugural issue of our newsletter here!

Recap, Summer 2008

  • Yoga Fundraiser! All are welcome -- please help us increase our funds so we can organize events for the community and print our newsletter and brochures! Saturday, 10 May 2008, 10:30am - 12:00pm in room A313 in the University of Arizona Main Library (Cherry & University). $5 for PLG members and $10 regular. Our Events & Fundraising Coordinator is a certified yoga instructor. Go to our wiki for more information, including if you need a mat or have any health concerns our yoga instructor should be aware of. Registration is not mandatory, but there is limited space due to the size of the room, so it is encouraged.
  • Our first newsletter will be coming out towards the end of May -- see the wiki for what is to come (although it is currently quite messy).

Recap, Spring 2008

  • We spoke briefly at "Of Friends and Whirlwinds: Inquiry, Movements, and 'Constituent Imagination' on Research and Radical Politics" about PLG and explaining what Radical Reference is and how it can be of use to activists. The event was organized by Team Colors, whose website is at Warmachines.info. I've attached their flyer. This event was Saturday, April 26th from 4-6pm at Dry River.
  • We also contributed two subject heading suggestions to Rad Ref's LCSH Blogging Party,"Bollywood Films" and "Freeganism" in our blog.
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