It’s a PLG Salon!

September 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Join the Progressive Librarians Guild
for Fall 2011’s first
Salon
Tuesday, September 27, 8pm
Honest John’s
488 Selden St, Detroit

The theme this month is the use of quantifiable market-based collection curation techniques versus using a critical, socially conscious approach. Are we librarians to determine what collections SHOULD have or to look at statistics of what already checks out? How do we consider invisible minorities such as LGBTQ teens, or anyone else the status quo labels as “non traditional.” How do we consider people who don’t come to the library but might if they felt there was something here for them (non users)?

This event is open everyone. Community members–library students, librarians, archivists & library patrons–are welcome and encouraged to attend! Bring a friend.

PLG meeting: September 13, 2011

September 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Planning to attend? To add items to the agenda email: plg-wsu@googlegroups.com

The meeting will be held on September 13th at 7:30 pm at the UGL library, room C.

A PLG September Salon

August 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Join the Progressive Librarians Guild

for Fall 2011’s first

Salon

Tuesday, September 27, 8pm

Honest John’s

488 Selden St, Detroit

 

The theme this month is the use of quantifiable market-based collection curation techniques versus using a critical, socially conscious approach. Are we librarians to determine what collections SHOULD have or to look at statistics of what already checks out? How do we consider invisible minorities such as LGBTQ teens, or anyone else the status quo labels as “non traditional.” How do we consider people who don’t come to the library but might if they felt there was something here for them (non users)?

Restoring the Neighbor Back to the Hood Family Fun Day: School Supply Give Away

July 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

WHAT: 4th Annual “Restoring the Neighbor Back to the Hood Family Fun Day: School Supply Give Away

WHEN: August 6, 2011

WHERE:  2243  Ferry Park, Detroit, MI 48208

TIME:  1:00pm to 8:00pm

I am excited to invite you to the 4th annual “Restoring the Neighbor Back to the Hood” Family Fun Day: School Supply Give Away. In just 1 short year, through hard work, dedication and your valued support, we have been able to double last year’s contribution of 250 backpacks to over 500 backpacks for our area youth!

This is a grassroots event which will capture the essence of what it means to “restore the neighbor back to the hood”. Our goal is not only to provide Detroit families with live entertainment, free food, games and plenty of prize giveaways, but it is also to demonstrate what it means to be neighborly to one another in a stress and drama free environment.

We will also be taking this opportunity to recognize those who have utilized their voices, resources and talents to give back to their communities. The following awards are being introduced: “The Life Time Achievement of Community Service Award” will be presented to several distinguished elders who have dedicated over 30 years of their lives to improving the quality of life for Detroit and it’s citizens; The “Gil Scott-Heron Award” will be presented to different Detroit Poets and Hip Hop Artists who have chosen to utilize not only theirs voices in order to bring awareness of social consciousness but who are actively involved in bettering their communities as well; The “Restoring the Neighbor back to the ‘Hood Award” will be presented to many different community institutions and organizations who are rooted in the heart of the City of Detroit and on the front lines everyday helping combat social and economic decay in their communities; and finally the “Yusef Bunchy Shakur Award” will be given to a young man who has prevailed over social challenges facing many of our youth by becoming a positive and productive member of our the community.

This event will be historic on so many levels. You do not want to miss out on an opportunity to be a part of the change we all want to see in the City of Detroit! We will see you there!

We are still accepting donations which can be mailed to H.O.P.E. 5740 Grand River, Det, Mich, 48208 or you can bring your donation with you August 6. For more information please feel free to call 3134596008.

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the following businesses and individuals that have donated so far: Urban Network, Urban Guerrilla Ent., Urban Guerrilla Publishing, H.O.P.E.,Yusef Bunchy Shakur, City Councilman Ken Cockrel’s Office, Mason Radio, A & H Contractors, All of Us or None, The Urbanite, Bank of America, CVS, The Videoshop, Zone 8 and anyone assisted on any level with making this year’s event a success!

Dare 2 Struggle, Dare 2 Win
Yusef Bunchy Shakur

PLG Salon: “Direct Action and Our Local Community”

July 11, 2011 § 2 Comments

 

July, 18th. Honest John’s at 488 Selden St, 6-9 P.M.

This time the salon topic will be “Direct Action and Our Local Community.” As our economic and social landscape continues to change it becomes necessary for librarians to become advocates and activists for intellectual freedom, access to information, social justice, and education. The beginning questions that this salon will address are:  What role to librarians and other library workers play in their own community? When is it appropriate to step in and DO something? When is it necessary?

The goal of this salon is to discuss local issues, the politics behind direct action and librarianship. This event is free and open to the public. You do not necessarily have to be an LIS student to attend. All are welcome.

 

Volunteer Opportunity: Cataloging Zines at the Trumbullplex

June 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

My fellow LIS students, PLGites, information activists and beyond,

Looking to get involved in your community? Have experience cataloging or want to get some?

The Zine Library at the Trumbullplex has a potential opportunity for cataloging their collection of zines in the Zine Library. Currently they do not have an organizational scheme or preservation plan. The collection is divided by subject and placed  in their zine reading lounge.

Anyone that is interested in getting involved should either contact Lauren L. directly at: laurenlinc@gmail.com or through the PLG listserv: plgwsu@googlegroups.com We are looking to guage the interest in the project and coordinate a meeting with the Zine Library meetings on a Tuesday night. Please respond within a week or so if you are interested so that we can start moving forward.

It is not required to have experience in cataloging but it might help if you’ve taken a cataloging course. Otherwise I recommend becoming familiar with what other zine libraries are doing to provide access to their collection.

I personally find the model that is being followed at the Barnard Library by Jenna Freedman to be inspiring and informative. Check it out at: http://zines.barnard.edu/

Peace.

Lauren L.

president, plg wsu

PLG meeting June 21st

June 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

The next PLG meeting will be held on June 21st in room 2318 of the UGL at 7pm.

Below is a draft of the agenda. If you plan on attending the meeting and have items that you would like to discuss that are not represented on the current draft please email: plg-wsu@googlegroups.com

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