At last! Knowledge and Power on the world wide web

December 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

This is the moment some of you have been waiting for.

Here is a link to the first lecture in the Knowledge and Power Lecture Series:

it can also be found on the WSU SLIS server:

Special thanks in the production of this lecture series goes out to the planning committee: Matt Fredericks and Chris Singelton, the filmmaker from alien*robot*zombie productions, and the PLG-WSU.

This lecture series is designed to investigate the ways that we as librarians (however this is ascribed as an identity: as individuals, community leaders, mentors, information gods, or information activists) function within systems of power. This will also include the investigation of librarianship as a tool against forms of oppression; from open source technology to the front lines in libraries: the reference desk.
The questions this lecture series will help answer are:

  • In what ways does knowledge become power?
  • What affect does power have on the way that knowledge is collected, and disseminated?
  • & how does this support institutions with power?
  • How can we as librarians work against these forms of oppression?

It’s not too late! We are still looking for guest speakers. So if you have the tools in your toolbox to discuss something that falls within the scope of this lecture series please contact Lauren Lincoln at:


Don’t miss the PLG Salon! December 16th

December 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

Celebrate the end of the Fall 2010 with lively discussion and tasty beverages at PLG-WSU’s December Salon this Thursday, December 16.

The topic for this salon will be “The Corporatization of Libraries / Librarianship.” An obvious example is LSSI, the company that is stepping in to manage more and more libraries around the country. Less obvious examples include the corporations libraries work with everyday as an accepted part of doing business. Check out these links to start thinking about the topic:

I hope we can have a well-rounded, honest discussion of both the pros and cons of corporatization in libraries, as well as talk of ways to work within or around the system to stay true to the core values of librarianship.

When: Thursday, December 16 at 8:00pm
Where: Honest John’s (488 Selden St, Detroit, MI 48201)

Hope to see you there!

A Collaborative Encounter: the Detroit Liberation Library

December 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

Save the date! On December 21st 12pm Oya Amakisi and members of the PLG will be having a meeting! Location: Biggby Coffee on Woodward [the one south of Forest]. This will be an excellent opportunity to not only be updated on her progress but to begin the collaboration process to help her develop this library. Come be a part of your local community!


On Wikileaks and the Library of Congress: A Statement by the Progressive Librarians Guild

December 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

This is a statement issued by the national organization on December 4, 2010

The Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) condemns in the strongest possible terms the blocking of Wikileaks by the Library of Congress and rejects on all grounds their arguments in defense of this move.

The action is a violation of American librarianship’s historic commitments to the public’s right to know, to freedom of the press, and to the very essence of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. It is also in violation of the American Library Association’s most fundamental commitments to intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights.

We call on the American Library Association (ALA) to condemn unequivocally this move by the Library of Congress to actively conspire in preventing access to information in the public interest Blocking access to this published information is censorship, plain and simple, and supporting sanctions against reading is endorsing abridgment of intellectual freedom. The documentation’s open publication by
an agency of the free press, Wikileaks, renders its government classification status irrelevant.

For the Library of Congress, blocking access and rationalizing censorship is an unacceptable acquiescence to the government’s abusive attempt to put the genie back in the bottle with regards to leaked documents which, among other things, expose the government’s own malfeasance, malevolence, and even criminality in the conduct of the people’s affairs, in matters of vital public concern, citizen’s fullest
knowledge, and discussion of which are in the interest of democracy, freedom, peace, rule of law, and good governance here, and around the world.

We also call on ALA to oppose the government’s directives barring individuals in other federal agencies, the armed forces, and working for government contractors from viewing published material
discomfiting to the authorities.

We call on ALA as well to join us in condemning the ongoing and escalating U.S. government-led witch-hunt against Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange.

Progressive Librarians Guild, Coordinating Committee (PLG-CC)

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