Radical Reference Conference Call Minutes/Notes 5.21.12

On May 21, 2012 we had a conference call to discuss the future of Radical Reference and our services. Below you'll see some action items. Please take a look and let us know what you think--

Facilitator: Lia
Notetaker: Susie
Participants: James, Jim, Jenna, Julie, Lisa, Madeline, Heather, Melissa, Jessica

Action Items Coming Out of the Call:

+We all commit to do something by end of month with the website.

+A new informational letter will be drafted (Done 5/22-please see updated text here)

+Radical librarians conference organizing plan (Julie)

+ALA get-together

+Document example answers with strategies (will be added to info letter above) (Done 6/6)

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Introductions

Intro who you are, how long in RR and if you ever answered a question.

Lia since near beginning, part of NY collective, then part of San Diego collective (too small of a group). Lia makes the RR shirts and has answered questions.

James from northern CA, used to be from SD, involved since beginning, home support for RNC, answered questions particularly gov doc qs.

Jim from UMaryland, used to answer lots of questions but staff cut backs make it harder. Involved/followed since 2004, nearing retirement age which might make it easier to give more time

Jenna involved since beginning, has answered questions

Jessica, lives in NY, from Bay Area, involved in last year, followed longer, answered questions for about 6 months

Julie, new to RR, following for a while, teach about RR in class, Jenna was a guest speaker through email, haven’t answered questions, in social justice doctoral program, would like to answer questions

Lisa from Cincinnati, following since library school (a few years), recently joined RR (last week) hasn’t answered qs yet

Madeline, just graduated from lib school, just signed up in past week too.

Heather, Boston collective organizes events, don’t answer questions

Melissa. Various activities with NYC collective. Written about RR. Has answered questions in the past.

Susie, Boston. Follower and user since 2006, answered questions while in library school in late 2000s.

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Conference Call Process:

Agreed: Names will not be used in notes, but people will introduce themselves before speaking.

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Background/Reason for Conference Call:

What is the future of RR? What should we or shouldn’t we spend time and energy on? People are still using online Q&A but we’re not putting a lot of effort into it. We are neither in a place to promote ourselves accurately or to do events/projects effectively. This call and questioning is not a bad thing. The project has existed for nearly eight years. It evolves and has evolved. It is a nearly eight year national online project. Time is due.

Radical Reference members' blogs

Radical Reference Members: Please list your blog here, and annotate it if you like. Note: most of the entries are from 2007 and might need updating.

QUESTION: paid fellowship programs for activists, academics. journalists or analysts concerned with human rights, social, economic or environmental justice

question / pregunta: 

Where would one find databases or lists of paid fellowship programs (national or international) for activists, academics, journalists or analysts concerned with human rights, social, economic or environmental justice? Thank you.

QUESTION: Requesting permission to reproduce an article "The Challenge of Prison Abolition: A Conversation between Angela Y. Davis and Dylan Rodriguez”

question / pregunta: 

I am requesting permission to reproduce the article below for educational purposes, on a cost recovery basis. If possible, I am requesting this on an ongoing basis, which will save having to request permission each year.

Davis, Angela Y. & Dylan Rodriguez (n/d) “The Challenge of Prison Abolition: A Conversation between Angela Y. Davis and Dylan Rodriguez” (pp. 1-6). History Is a Weapon. Downloaded May 16, 2012 from: http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/davisinterview.html

QUESTION: Racially Restrictive Covenants and Deeds on Long Island

question / pregunta: 

Hi,

I am finishing a documentary on housing policy in NYC and there is a section about redlining and "white flight" from the city to Long Island and South Brooklyn suburbs. I am desperately looking for visual evidence of the fact that blacks in particular were excluded from some suburban communities (levittown, for example). does anybody know where i can, on short notice, get an example of either a restrictive deed from this area, and/or some promotional material from a developer advertising the fact that a community was restricted?

i am finishing up next week for the Brooklyn Film Festival. I hate a great image i was using but realized it was from LA, not NY!

thanks for any help you can give me. this documentary is independent, muckraking and challenges bloomberg development policy. i have made other films on progressive/radical issues, like Every Mother's Son (police brutality) and Out At Work (LGBT discrimination in the workplace).

thank you!!!

kelly anderson

QUESTION: Flipping/Inverting Classrooms in Schools

question / pregunta: 

Could you point me to some research that has been completed on:

1. Flipping/Inverting classrooms. At home students watch a short video (perhaps from Khan Academy) and then at school work math problems in class under the supervision of the teacher.

2. Do using computers in secondary math classes help students learn

Thank you for helping me find research on the above.

QUESTION: Use of Library Services by Queer and Trans Adults

question / pregunta: 

Hi all, I am writing a short paper on the use of public library services by queer and trans adults and I was wondering if Rad Ref knew of any recent studies on this subject or any journals that may be worth looking at? Thanks!

QUESTION: American Indian incarceration rates

question / pregunta: 

What are the rates of incarceration for American Indians compared to Whites? or, What is the chance that as an American Indian you will be incarcerated in your lifetime? (Need source as well. The information I'm finding on the internet is mostly unsourced or refers to a mother jones article that I can't find.)

QUESTION: Police shootings

question / pregunta: 

I was wondering what the number was for the number of whites shot in 2011, and how many were by police and how many were shot by someone other then their on ethnic back ground.

QUESTION: Police Shootings

question / pregunta: 

How does the number of police shootings for 2011 in Albuquerque, NM compare to San Diego, California and San Antonio, Texas?

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