QUESTION: Collections Development Question

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Hey, I am a member of the Progressive Librarians Guild, London Ontario Student Chapter. We are developing a special library with the UWO teaching assistants union (PSAC Local 610). It is designed to be a collection of books on the history of the labour movement in Canada, the academic workplace, the student movement, and more. As a joint project, the library is intended to provide an information resource for union activists.

We are currently in the collections development and acquisition stage. Our question is two-fold: would you happen to know of any independent and labour-friendly publishers based in Canada? Would you have any suggestions for materials to strengthen this collection?

QUESTION: Looking for links to progressive national or international advocacy groups that support public libraries

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Can you provide some information, insight or links to national or international progressive organizations who focus on advocating for public libraries. Most of what seems most readily available is local "Friends of the X Library." What I'm looking for is a more progressive or political point of view, e.g. libraries as public space and essential public assets/goods, libraries as places for building community and citizenship, etc. Thanks for your help.

ANSWER: Preserving cultural & community heritage by supporting libraries & museums in low income communities & poor countries


I haven't come across any organizations that exactly fit your scope, but here are some ideas.

1. You're probably already familiar with the advocacy initiatives of the major U.S. professional organizations for libraries and museums, respectively:

American Library Association's Office for Library Advocacy

and the

Speak up for Museums initiative from the American Association of Museums.

2. Cultural heritage is often embedded in the built environment. With that in mind, you might consider organizations that deal with historic preservation (which, in the U.S., usually refers to protecting "historic" buildings). Historic preservation advocates may not always consider themselves "progressive," but their principles tend to include things like opposing eminent domain and commercial development if built culture is at risk.

Some of the best places to look for historic preservation resources are sites for historic preservation graduate programs. To find lots of these programs, type this (including all punctuation) into a search engine: "historic preservation"

Here are three other strong collections of links:

Historic Preservation resources from the National Agricultural Library's Rural Information Center

PreserveNet, from Cornell

Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation - not from an educational institution, but provides some links that are international in scope

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QUESTION: Preserving cultural & community heritage by supporting libraries & museums in low income communities & poor countries

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Is there a progressive national or international organization that focuses on providing support and advocacy for libraries, museums and the preservation of community/cultural heritage in low income communities in the U.S. and poor countries in the world. Thanks!

QUESTION: the history of alternative libraries

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I am trying to find information on the history of alternative libraries and am looking for a good source on the internet or in print that will give me a background into the topic. Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you

CFP: National Diversity in Libraries Conference, 2010 - DEADLINE approaching!

The 2010 National Diversity in Libraries Conference, NDLC2010: From Groundwork to Action, will take place from July 14-16, 2010 in Princeton, NJ. The National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC) is a biennial event that serves as a regional meeting for library staff members to discuss diversity issues, especially issues common to the host region's culture.

The 2010 NDLC Planning Committee invites you to submit a proposal for presentation at the conference.

Bitch Media Community Lending Library

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QUESTION: Library projects needing donated material

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Does anybody know if any US, international or prison library projects that would be able to facilitate (i.e. pay for shipment) the donation of duplicate periodicals from the Alternative Press Center library and/or back issues of the progressive news monthly In These Times?

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Skillshare offered at the Grassroots Media Conference
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Hunter College, 68th & Lexington
Register for the whole conference

Radical Reference at NJLA, April 2009

Radical Reference
presented at the 2009 New Jersey Library Association conference
Tuesday, April 28, 4:30-5:20pm

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