Friday, April 13, 2012

Common Space: Creating Community in Public Spaces

Edmonton Public Library - Stanley Milner Branch - Audio-Visual Room
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, Alberta
April 25, 2012 from 7pm-10:00pm

The Progressive Librarians Guild of Edmonton presents a discussion about asserting the public right to communal spaces. Panelists will explore new and renewed uses of public places including libraries, hackerspaces, and the Occupy movement.

Program and Speakers:

Amanda Wakaruk, MLIS, MES
Amanda is the Government Information Librarian at the University of Alberta and spends too much time thinking about the library as place.

Chasing the Eye of the Storm: Libraries as Refuge
As incubators for civic, intellectual and social engagement, libraries provide important public spaces. This talk will explore how library space is created and re-created to support both solitary and collaborative environments for reflection and learning.

Sam Popowich, MLIS, MA
Sam is the Discovery Systems Librarian at the University of Alberta.

Hackerspaces: The Cathedral vs. The Bazaar
Hackerspaces are places where people with an interest primarily in information technology can get together to socialize and share resources and expertise. They have been called “commons-based peer production” locations in contrast to spaces of traditional production. As such, they provide an interesting example of traditional spaces used to resist capitalist alienation.

Bridget Stirling, MA Candidate, Intercultural and International Communication
A long time human rights advocate, Bridget has worked as a public educator and currently sits on the Alberta NDP’s Women’s Caucus executive.

Occupy: Reclaiming Public Space
The Occupy movement came together through online spaces, but it was realized in the streets and parks of our cities. Through its return to face-to-face interaction, the movement reclaimed and reinvented public places as spaces for radically democratic discourse and action, challenging the ownership of public and publicly-accessed private land and creating a new commons of both space and ideas.