Friday, October 22, 2010

Social Justice in the Stacks: Progressive Activism in the Information Professions

A panel discussion hosted by the Edmonton chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild

Thursday, November 4, 7 PM

Henderson Hall (Rutherford South, University of Alberta, behind LRT station)

Free admission

Social equality issues such as access to information, documentation of society, and free distribution of knowledge are core principles of modern libraries and archives. However, these principles are often de-accentuated in the day-to-day management of libraries and archives and information professionals can find themselves detached from a social justice perspective.

The newly-formed Edmonton chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) is offering a panel discussion that will focus on the intersections between social justice and the information professions. Topics discussed will include academic freedom, professionals as workers, access to archival holdings, representation of marginalized voices, public libraries as sites of contention, and the purpose of the PLG. Speakers include the following (please note that speakers are not appearing on behalf of their respective institutions):

Toni Samek – Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta
Amanda Bird – Librarian, Edmonton Public Library
Braden Cannon – Archivist, Provincial Archives of Alberta/University of Calgary
Raymond Frogner – Archivist, University of Alberta
Rene Georgopalis – Archivist, Musée Héritage Museum and Archives (St. Albert)

The Edmonton PLG invites all information workers and information studies students to come out and participate in this discussion. Hors d’oeuvres provided. For more information, contact Rene Georgopalis at 780-459-1755 x3059 or reneg@artsheritage.ca.

The PLG exists to provide a forum for the open exchange of radical views on library and information issues. For more information on the PLG, please visit the main website at http://libr.org/plg/index.php