Update on RLC Oxford

It’s been a while since we posted anything to the blog, so we thought it may be good to put something up in the wake of last night’s meeting as there are going to be some changes and new things happening with the group!

Firstly, we’re on the lookout for help! We need more people involved in the admin side of things as our main computer monkey will be moving away soon. If you’re interested in helping out with running the social media, the blog or any organisation of meetings please email us at radicallibsoxford@riseup.net. All involvement is on a voluntary basis and is self directed so you can be as involved (or not) as you’d like. It’s also worth noting that RLC is run collectively without a hierarchical structure – so everyone is in charge.

Secondly, at last night’s meeting we discussed the Chatham House Rule, which we shall now be applying to our meetings. In short, the rule is that any information or discussion from a meeting can only be discussed, used and published afterwards if done so without identifying the speaker or any of the participants of the meeting. This also means that lists of those attending the meetings cannot be circulated. We’re hoping this may help encourage a free, safe environment where people feel comfortable contributing to discussion and attending meetings. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about this.

Third of all, we’re in talks to start getting out there and using our skills as librarians to help out local charities, activists and radical groups. This is still very much in the early stages of development so more information will be released as and when we have more confirmed plans, but if you are part of any such group who have any information management needs or perhaps an in house library you’d like some attention given to, drop us an email and we can talk through how we might be able to help! (Voluntarily of course!).

And lastly, we have a member heading up to Huddersfield on friday for #radlib15! So do keep your eyes on the blog for a write up of that appearing in the next few weeks!