Thursday, March 3, 2016

Allied Media Conference: Radical Librarianship

Are you a radical librarian who loves Detroit (like me)? If so, you might consider the 18th Annual Allied Media Conference - specifically the Radical Librarianship track.

Here's the info:
Join us for the 18th annual Allied Media Conference: June 16 - 19, 2016. Held every summer in Detroit, the conference brings together a vibrant and diverse community of people using media to incite change: filmmakers, radio producers, technologists, youth organizers, writers, entrepreneurs, musicians, dancers, and artists. We define "media" as anything you use to communicate with the world. You are a media-maker!

Libraries, archives, and museums do media-based work that educates, informs, and creates bridges to culture and technology. The Radical Librarianship Track will address a broad range of media-based organizing themes: envisioning libraries and archives as centers for supporting movements for social equity; as information providers for social justice workers; and as places to explore how to use art, media, and technology for social transformation. In this track we will specifically consider the role of librarians and archivists in strengthening the knowledge, culture, and collective memory of communities impacted by chronic divestment and gentrification.

Radical Librarianship Track Call for Participation

We are seeking collaborators to shape our track at AMC2016. Libraries and archives are more than places for collecting and storing books and artifacts. Libraries can be living, transformative spaces where artists, educators, technologists, and activists convene to access, document, share, organize, and find solutions to issues that impact their communities.

We are especially interested in sessions that:

  • Challenge traditional library and archive structures, institutions, and organizations
  • Discuss best practices for community-based organizations that provide books, technology or internet access, creative materials, or collaborative opportunities centering people of color, queer and gender nonconforming folks, disabled people, incarcerated people, and undocumented people
  • Consider the role of librarians and archivists in strengthening the knowledge, culture, and collective memory of communities impacted by chronic divestment and gentrification
  • Address racism, white supremacy or issues of diversity and inclusion in libraries, archives, or museums
  • Discuss mental health and self-care for workers in libraries, archives, or museums

We will be hosting three online information sessions on "Proposing AMC Sessions" on February 16th at 12:00 p.m. EST; March 1st at 6:00 p.m. EST; and March 11th at 6pm EST. Call 563.299.2090 to join and enter the code: 362-805

Email us with questions at amc@alliedmedia.org.

DEADLINE TO PROPOSE: March 11, 2016 Midnight EST 

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