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Category Archives: Libraries

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

Introducing the Tiebrary

Hey, pirates, did you know you will shortly be able to borrow a tie from the library? You heard that right! From friend of the Shipwreck Lauren, of Urban Librarians … Continue reading

April 5, 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

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

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

A win for Google? Yes. A win for you? Maybe…

With all of the things that Google is involved with, it can be easy to forget that they have also digitally scanned somewhere in the range of 20 million books. … Continue reading

November 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

Banned Books and Budget Cuts

The honor “Banned Book” does for a book what a leather jacket did for James Dean. Before it was handsome, now it’s handsome with a vaguely rebellious air. For those … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · 3 Comments

Bow-tie-wearing Russian librarian cat

Bow-tie-wearing Russian librarian cat.  You’re welcome. (link in post)

September 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

From Occupy to Preoccupied

Unsuccessful social movements are doomed to become fodder for academics and cause for continual quibbling amongst those who had once participated. Granted, the very question of “success” (and therefore “unsuccessful”) … Continue reading

September 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

So, you’re going to library school…

With summer reaching its conclusion many are eyeing their backpacks in anticipation of the soon to start school year. It is a time of excitement mixed with trepidation for those … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · 7 Comments


This summer has been consumed by completely reorganizing and recataloging my library, and for over a month I’ve been slogging through the part of the process that requires printing out … Continue reading

August 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Will Technological Critique Emerge with Emerging Technology Librarians?

Despite what seems to be a constant chorus foretelling their doom, libraries hold steady. This is not to say that libraries are not shaken by the storms of technological change … Continue reading

July 30, 2013 · 7 Comments

Hammer beats Scissors? Library Cuts and Stack Demolition

One of the peculiar comforts of modern living is that no matter where you look things are suitably messed up that there is work to be done. While this lulls … Continue reading

July 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

NYC Libraries Survive Another Round

Every year there comes a moment where librarians and library allies pull on the sackcloth and take to the streets to wail to the heavens that “The End [of that … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

News roundup: mostly Europe

Hiya, castaways.  Things are busy across the pond. It was a rough day yesterday at Taksim Square in Istanbul.  Despite assurances from local government to the contrary, police spent the … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

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