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Interested in librarianship? Archives? Activism? That place where participation in social justice movements intersects with the library world? Well, we here at LibrarianShipwreck certainly are (as you might be able to tell by perusing our About section), and thus we are thrilled to be able to point you to a newly published book that engages with these themes.
Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond has just been published by Library Juice Press, it was edited by Melissa Morrone. We are pleased to be able to direct your attention to this awesome edited collection (to which we contributed a chapter based on our experiences with the Occupy Wall Street People’s Library). Informed Agitation brings together a great range of voices from across the library and archive field (broadly defined) and is an excellent overview of some of the many points of intersection between librarianship, activism, radicalism, and more. To let the collection speak for itself:
“In librarianship today, we encourage voices from our field to join conversations in other disciplines as well as in the broader culture. People who work in libraries and are sympathetic to, or directly involved in, social justice struggles have long embodied this idea, as they make use of their skills in the service of those causes. From movement archives to zine collections, international solidarity to public library programming, oral histories to email lists, prisons to protests —and beyond —this book is a look into the projects and pursuits of activist librarianship in the early 21st century.”
You can see the table of contents and read the introduction to the book on the Library Juice Press website.
The book is currently available for order through Barnes and Noble and through Amazon, though we encourage you to head to your local bookshop and order it through them. Rumor has it that an official launch event will be held in New York City in the weeks ahead, we’ll post that information as soon as we have it.
It was great to get to contribute to this book, we hope that it will get you riled up!