"More than machinery, we need humanity."
So, hey, out of all the books & articles & zines & whatnot in the universe, what might loosely fall under the heading of “radical librarianship” and is worth reading? Feminist or queer librarianship? Librarianship centered on anyone besides white people? Librarianship outside of capitalist systems? Rogue information providers? Legal issues? Copyleft?
Tell me, pirates, what’s good?
[Your dear librarian might be considering taking over the now defunct radical librarians book club at Bluestockings, and doesn’t know what to read.]
Here are two obvious suggestions:
Humanism and Libraries: An Essay on the Philosophy of Librarianship by André Cossette
Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis Edited by Shana Higgins and Lua Gregory
They’re both published by Library Juice Press (surprise, surprise).
And a few that are less specifically library related but still look interesting/useful for library folks:
Anarchism and Education (a philosophical perspective) by Judith Suisa (PM Press)
Love the Questions – University Education and Enlightenment by Ian Angus (Arbeiter Ring)
All That We Share – A Field Guide to the Commons Edited by Jay Walljasper (New Press)
Nowtopia – How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future by Chris Carlsson (AK Press)
Factories of Knowledge, Industries of Creativity by Gerald Raunig (Semiotext(e))
Does that mean you want to run book club with me?
I don’t know how “radical” these are – but they have assisted me greatly in developing perspectives on what we are doing as librarians…
Self-Examination: The Present and Future of Librarianship by John Budd
Reinventing Knowledge: From Alexandria to the Internet by Ian McNeely
Glut by Alex Wright
Ambient Findability by Peter Morville
the writings of Charles Peirce, William James, John Dewey and Alfred North Whitehead on how we know.
Anything by Deleuze and Guattari
I suppose any organic, experiential learning (Peirce, James, Whitehead, Dewey) sort is radical NOW – in light of outcomes, standards and statistics…