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  • Pushing it Forward: Social Justice, Civic Librarianship and Information Activism
    Anthony Molaro, MBA, MLIS
    Head of Technical Services & Technology,
    Messenger Public Library
    informationactivist.com
  • Story
  • My Technology Fail
  • Story
  • How many of you read stories?
  • How many of you review stories?
  • What makes a story great?
  • Do these sound like page turning stories?
  • A librarian who has spent their entire life creating perfect collections?
  • What about a director who has fought hard to create well attended programs?
  • These are good stories...
  • But are they page turners?
  • Or are they a little boring?
  • Humans naturally seek comfort and stability. Without an inciting incident that disrupts their comfort, they won’t enter into a story. They have to get fired from their job or be forced to sign up for a marathon. A ring has to be purchased. A home has to be sold. The character has to jump into the story, into the discomfort and the fear, otherwise the story will never happen.
    -Robert McKee
  • You don’t know a story is happening to you when you’re in it. You slide into the flow of it like a current in the ocean; you look back at the beach and can’t see the umbrella, and your hotel is a quarter mile behind you.
    -Donald Miller
  • What makes a story great?
  • Conflict?
  • Fear?
  • Hard work?
  • A great story needs a character. A character who wants something and overcomes conflict to obtain it.
  • Story
    Their Story
    Your Story
    Our Story
  • Mission
    How many of us have missions statements that contain the word community in them?
  • Why?
  • Is community synonymous with story?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlosporto/775089650/sizes/l/
  • Stories for the 21st Century Library
    Social Justice
    Digital Divide
    Disadvantaged Persons and Inequality
  • Stories for the 21st Century Library
    Information Activism
  • Stories for the 21st Century Library
    Sustainability
    Going Green @ Your Library
    In your community
    Local First
  • Social Justice
    http://blog.christianitytoday.com/women/upload/2010/03/social-justice.312132658_std.jpg
  • Social Justice
    Creating an egalitarian society or institution that is based on the principles of equality and solidarity, that understands and values human rights, and that recognizes the dignity of every human being.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_justice
  • Prisoner’s Right to Read
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ajx3/2207415889/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • Shelves are not meant to be empty
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sharynmorrow/150379957/sizes/o/in/faves-24747554@N04/
  • Prisoners’ Right to Read
    “Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours. When free people, through judicial procedure, segregate some of their own, they incur the responsibility to provide humane treatment as well as the tools required to bring the prodigal home. Chief among those tools is a right to read.”
  • Right to Read
  • That’s a page-turning story!
  • Digital Divide
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cobalt/4580219355/sizes/l/
  • Disconnected
    http://www.sxc.hu/browse.phtml?f=download&id=586491
  • Silenced
  • Information Activism
  • “How would we change our story if we hold this truth to be self-evident, that all persons are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are the free access to the sum of human knowledge so that we may attain Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness?”
    -Molaro
  • “sledgehammer to break down the barriers of censorship, of ignorance, of apathy about the state of the world.”
    - Molaro
  • Remove Barriers
    http://www.sxc.hu/browse.phtml?f=download&id=1284419
  • Sledge Hammer
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kev_walsh/2216144544/sizes/l/
  • So that ideas and stories can freely pass
    http://www.culch.ie/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/berlin-wall1.jpg
  • Sustainability
  • http://www.vanderbilt.edu/sustainvu/images/sustainability_spheres.pngx
  • http://www.sxc.hu/browse.phtml?f=download&id=472591
  • Green change on a community-scale
  • http://www.rte50.com/2007/08/the-national-th.html
    http://www.localfirst.com/index.php
    Local First
  • http://www.localfirst.com/why_local_first/chart/
  • Possibilities
  • What is the conference charity for AZLA this year?
  • http://kmgroshek.com/images/EthiopiaReads.gif
  • Yohannes Gebregeogis
    http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/services/opk/heroes/hirez/honorees/yohannes_gebregeorgis/yohannes_gebregeorgis_1.jpg
  • Everyday People Changing the World
  • A LibrarianChanging the World
  • Nancy Hatch Dupree
  • “If you’re going to have any democracy, people have to have access to the constitution. We got copies of the constitution and the laws passed by the parliament and distributed them.”
  • A LibrarianChanging the World
  • an organization that was born in February 2005 by a group of socially-minded librarians who wanted to address the vast information resource inequity existing between different regions of the world. Our vision is to build sustainable libraries and support their custodians and advocates — librarians.
  • LibrariansChanging the World
  • One of my fears
  • A LibrarianChanging the World
  • A LibrarianChanging the World
  • YOU!Changing the World
  • Do you believe?
  • ...saved my life.
  • Passion
    A new beginning
    Saved my life!
    Inspiration
    I’m working again
    I wrote my life story
  • What stories does your life tell?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlosporto/775089650/sizes/l/
  • What stories does your library tell?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlosporto/775089650/sizes/l/
  • http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/home/886170-264/whats_your_story_dutch_library.html.csp
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellf/3978105962/sizes/l/
  • Keep Stories
    http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/home/886170-264/whats_your_story_dutch_library.html.csp
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellf/3978105962/sizes/l/
  • Share Stories
    http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/home/886170-264/whats_your_story_dutch_library.html.csp
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellf/3978105962/sizes/l/
  • Make Stories
    http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/home/886170-264/whats_your_story_dutch_library.html.csp
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellf/3978105962/sizes/l/
  • Keep Stories
    Make Stories
    Share Stories
    http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/home/886170-264/whats_your_story_dutch_library.html.csp
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellf/3978105962/sizes/l/
  • So What?
  • In the words of Laurie Halse Anderson…
  • … Speak Loudly
  • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/51/177918799_5515a3d742.jpg?v=0
  • What will you do?
    http://calstate.fullerton.edu/news/2008/Photos/social_justice.jpg
  • We are all living a story. Our lives are telling a story.
    What story is your life telling?
  • Comfort and stability or
    A rich story with twists and turns?
    A great adventure awaits you
  • Where does your story intersect with their story?
    http://www.markmallett.com/blog/wp-images/crossroad.jpg
    http://www.markmallett.com/blog/wp-images/crossroad.jpg
  • http://www.universityymca.org/bailey/images/home-quote.gif
  • How do you want to write your story?
  • Conflict?
  • Fear?
  • Hard work?
  • Authentic
  • Intentional
  • Relational
  • A great story needs a character. A character who wants something and overcomes conflict to obtain it.
  • A great story needs a character. A character who wants something and overcomes conflict to obtain it, but does it through relationships.
  • Let story guide you!
  • But it takes one thing
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/stefanschmitz/4840799444/sizes/l/
  • My goal has been this…
  • Pushing It Forward
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/incessantflux/2469839847/sizes/o/
  • It’s go time:take a moment to write down that one plot that scares you
  • What is it?
  • Thank you for being part of my story!
  • Questions?
  • Anthony Molaro, MBA, MLIS
    Head of Technical Services & Technology,
    Messenger Public Library
    informationactivist.com
    twitter.com/infoactivist
    anthony.molaro@gmail.com