The State of the Thing

So, we’re not far off from our second meeting, and this thing seems to be growing from two friends who drink too much red wine to a legitimate group of library workers in the area interested to learn more and raise their critical awareness of the profession.

Although our meetings are non-hierarchical, we have set aside a few items to discuss at our next meeting, although we definitely feel like the most fruitful aspect is when we have open dialogue from a spontaneous question! Anyway, we made contact with the bad-ass Alison Macrina, who runs the Library Freedom Project to ask her advice on operating safely and privately online, so we will be bringing up her advice and possibly doing a demo of some of the services she recommended. It’s also worth checking out her Privacy Toolkit for Librarians, whether you’re interested in it for personal use or if you run Information Literacy sessions – although it’s especially useful if you want to add a little radical gloss to your IL teaching.

That aside, we will also likely want to discuss the national gathering likely to be happening for RLC members in July, and the possibility of having a smaller local event that anyone is welcome to.

And last of all, we’ll be looking for people interested in contributing to the blog, so don’t be shy with ideas!

Most of all, we want people to feel safe and free to discuss their ideas. Some really great things were brought up when we just let a dialogue establish itself naturally last time, and we look forward to a continuation of that. We’re also excited about the possibility of some new faces – hope to see you there!

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Radical Librarians have landed in Oxford.

Following encouragement from some members of the London and SE group of the Radical Librarians Collective, a presence has been established for the RLC in Oxford.

Our first meeting was held on 15th April 2015. And our next will hopefully be on 28th April 2015. We began our discussion by discussing the term ‘radical’  and how it applies to librarianship so we all felt comfortable understanding why we were there and what we might aim toward. Essentially, we feel that libraries are endangered by harmful neoliberal values that are becoming more and more present in our society, and as such, we aim to offer a safe space for people to critique this. We wish to build solidarity, and hopefully, work as a collective to try and change this.

If you think you might be interested in getting involved, come to our next meeting, follow us on Twitter @RadLibsOx or send us an email – radicallibsoxford@gmail.com. We’re especially interested in getting more people from the public sector involved as current membership is mostly people working in academic environments.