Event Hosted by Student Groups


Skillshare LogoYou are invited to the Progressive Library Skillshare, hosted by the SIS Graduate Student Organization and the Student Chapter of the American Library Association.  Planned for September 7 & 8, this free event will bring together library workers, library lovers, zine enthusiasts, book artists, publishers, and community members to explore the relationship between library work and social justice, alternative information resources and socially responsible ways to share information in our communities.  This series of events will encourage attendees to think critically about information: how it’s produced, distributed, and consumed.  For more details, visit http://progressivelibraryskillshare.wikispaces.com/.

On Friday, September 7th, events will be held at Kiva Han Café (420 Craig Street).  The speaker will be Jenna Freedman, zine librarian & librarian zinester, who will discuss radical reference and zines.  She is the Coordinator of Reference Services at Barnard College in NYC and a member of Radical Reference, a collective of library workers that meets the research needs of activists and independent journalists. She has published articles on zine librarianship and presented around the United States on that topic as well as on other themes of library activism. She is the 2007 winner of the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award and a 2003 Library Journal Mover & Shaker.

Saturday’s events include a presentation by Sanford Berman who has been a public, college, and military librarian in Washington, DC, Germany, Zambia, Uganda, Los Angeles, and Minnesota. An ALA Honorary member, he co-edited Alternative Library Literature: A Biennial Anthology and is now an editorial advisor for Journal of Information Ethics, Counterpoise, MultiCultural Review, and Unabashed Librarian. He founded the ALA/SRRT Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty Task Force and co-authored ALA policies on workplace speech and service to poor people.  There will also be skillshare opportunities and an alternative info fair featuring independent publishers and local organizations.

Friday, September 7 2007
Kiva Han Cafe - 420 S Craig St, Pittsburgh 15213

7:00 pm - 8:15 pm Jenna Freedman
on radical reference and zine collections
8:45 pm - 9:30 pm Film screening : Book'Em
a documentary by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE
8:15 pm- 8:45 pm Q&A session + discussion

Saturday, September 8, 2007
The Union Project - 801 North Negley Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206

11am -11:30 am Independent publishers and local organizations will be setting up tables in the Great Hall before the keynote speaker begins. feel free to come early and socialize.
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Sanford Berman
on being an activist librarian, and library involvement in ending genocide
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

alternative info fair + snacks

  • The Big Idea Bookstore
  • Book'Em
  • Soft Skull Press
  • AK Press
  • Fractious Press
  • White Privilege and Anti-Racist Organizing Discussion Group
  • Encyclopedia Destructica
  • Lillis Distribution/ PittsburghWords Like Kudzu Press
  • The New Yinzer

baked goods by Nina
zines from the Braddock library's Zine Scene program

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Skillshares and Discussion sessions
2:00 - 3:00  
international responsibilities and libraries
2:00 - 2:30  
2:30 - 3:00  
health information resources
3:00 - 4:00  
library services for homeless people
3:00 - 3:30  
tips for setting up an alternative press
3:30 - 4:00  
postcards and letters for prisoners/prison resource guide mailing session