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The Laboratory or The Library?

Using social media has always involved a vague recognition that the platform (and the company behind it) will be using the user right back. Usually this understanding has involved a … Continue reading

July 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

To Do List

I’m told Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Broadway musical based on Tupac Shakur’s music, is very good, but it is closing Sunday after poor box office returns. If you’ll be … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

If You Want to See the Sharing Economy…Go to the Library

The value of sharing is one instilled in us from a young age: from the parental injunction to share with our siblings to the early socialization received in kindergarten. Sharing … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · 7 Comments

Things You Should Sign Up For/CfP

The NYC Archives Unconference will be at Barnard on September 6, and you should definitely be part of that! Register or propose a session here. ESPECIALLY BECAUSE IT IS FREE. … Continue reading

July 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

To-Do List

On Thursday, June 5, is the Phase I opening of the Chachalu Tribal Museum & Cultural Center in Grand Ronde, Oregon. The opening ceremonies start at 4pm, with a tour … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

Modeling a Different World – The Library and PreFigurative Activism

From Madrid’s Puerta del Sol to Turkey’s Gezi Park to Occupy encampments across the USA and Canada to Egypt’s Tahrir Square to Ukraine’s Euromaidan protests in Kiev – libraries have … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · 11 Comments

Google Glass in Libraries – Disruption or just Disruptive?

Libraries are highly technological places. From books to microfilm readers to computers – a library that is free of technology is an oxymoron. Granted, there is a difference between a … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · 5 Comments

NYPL’s “Central Library” Plan goes Not as Planned

Construction work tends to be loud. This holds equally true when it comes to construction in libraries. Yet, sometimes the voices of opposition to planned construction can reach such a … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Radical Resources for May Day (and every day)

What, you may ask, is the best thing to do with information? Share it of course! Thus, in honor of May Day – also known as International Workers’ Day – … Continue reading

May 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

Make Your Library the Protest

It is an exciting time to be a librarian. No, really. Whether it is a result of potentially positive changes or due to worrisome occurrences (budget cuts) libraries (and by … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · 7 Comments

Librarian is Still My Occupation – Another Epilogue

When most people think of the People’s Library (from Occupy Wall Street) the image they conjure up is of the library in its heyday: those two months in the Fall … Continue reading

April 19, 2014 · 8 Comments

Librarian Is My Occupation: A History of the People’s Library of Occupy Wall Street

As we’ve mentioned several times (sorry [not really]), your dear co-captains wrote a chapter in the recently-released book Informed agitation : library and information skills in social movements and beyond, … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · 15 Comments

Books – Tools for Conviviality

Libraries are about much more than books. Granted, there are caveats to such a declaration. After all, there are rare book libraries, manuscript collections, and many types of libraries that … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · 12 Comments

Tonight: Informed Agitation at Bluestockings

Tonight your dear co-captains, along with some of our brilliant friends and colleagues, will be at Bluestockings to speak about Informed agitation. We hope you will all come see us! … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Money for censorship: CIPA, federal funding, and content blockers

In honor of EFF’s 404 Day, a day of action against internet censorship in libraries, a discussion about content filtering is in order. Libraries applying for and accepting certain kinds … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

It’s a Censorshipwreck!

Those who work in the library field, and those who love libraries, have become rather accustomed to hearing a certain droning argument about the impending obsolescence of libraries. Whether it … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 16 Comments

To Do List [updated]

Friends of the Shipwreck John & Molly Knefel are having the monthly Radio Dispatch Live! at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, March 26 at 8pm. This month their guests are … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Urban Librarians Conference – 2014

Last year the Urban Libraries Conference was an excellent event and this year…they’re doing it again. There’s still time to register for the “earlybird” price, which even includes breakfast. The … Continue reading

March 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Lucy Parsons Library – Opens Tonight!

Question: What’s even better than a great community space? Answer: a great community space with a library! And tonight (March 1, 2014) The Base (in Brooklyn) will be celebrating the … Continue reading

March 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Self Help, Mutual Aid, Reference Services – A Sideways Glance

Imagine that you are busily working away when you find yourself approached by an individual with a demanding inquiry. The question may not seem particularly interesting to you or it … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · 7 Comments

Informed Agitation

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 … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Call for Papers – Archiving Activism and Activist Archiving

Looking for an academically reputable forum in which to (potentially) publish your thoughts on the (at times disreputable) activity of “Archiving Activism and Activist Archiving?” Now’s your chance…to submit an … Continue reading

February 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

Libraries – Destruction and Pillage (Canadian Edition)

Z659 is the Library of Congress subject heading for “Libraries – Destruction and Pillage.” The very fact that there is a subject heading for “Libraries – Destruction and Pillage” should … Continue reading

January 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Grants, calls for things, etc.

The Barnard Library at Columbia is offering two grants of $2,500 each to researchers using its archives, zine library, or the Barnard Center for Research on Women.  It may be … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Call for…something

The library at Barnard wants to host an archives unconference!  Cool!  But not until next fall, so there’s plenty of time to get your fingers into that pie in the … Continue reading

January 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

What Will 2014 Bring for Libraries?

Libraries survived 2013. Libraries will also survive 2014. This is not to suggest that all libraries, and by extension those who work in them and care about them, had a … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · 12 Comments

Reading Recommendations, Please

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? … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · 4 Comments

ALA COA Wants Comments

The Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association is soliciting comments as it prepares to revise the standards by which it evaluates library schools. According to ALA’s press release, … Continue reading

December 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Call for Proposals

The Luddbrarian sends me things.  Yesterday it was a call for proposals.  He’s probably bogged down somewhere under a pile of books and cat hair, so I will take the … Continue reading

December 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

Sharing is Caring

The days following Thanksgiving seem to be all nicknamed with things you can do with money now?  I think yesterday was Giving Tuesday or something?  I hear Monday was Cyber … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

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