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  • History: came together to support demos against RNC. About 6 of us in the beginning, all over the country. (primary contributors before the launch and right after CA, IL, KS, NY). Preliminary meeting/discussions on PLG-NYC and then at ALA MW in San Diego. Really decided to go for it at ALA Annual in Orlando, June 2004. Chuck's post to radical geeks list, TechFed. Interactivist's involvement. Initial collaboration between Eric, Chuck, and James? Announcements to local and progressive online discussion lists. NYC meetings, collaboration with Librarians Against Bush. 40 of us in march together http://besser.tsoa.nyu.edu/howard/Personal/rnc04/sunday/librarians.html active local chapters in 5 citites, skillshares in as many states (and one district), over 300 Qs on site. 337 subscribers to main list. 26 lbug vetters.
  • radical reference overview

    1. 1. <ul><ul><li>“… librarians are more freedom fighters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>than shushers.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>--Carla Hayden, Ms. Magazine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mission Statement : Radical Reference is a collective of volunteer library workers who believe in social justice and equality. We support activist communities, progressive organizations, and independent journalists by providing professional research support, education and access to information. We work in a collaborative virtual setting and are dedicated to information activism to foster a more egalitarian society. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.radicalreference.info </li></ul></ul>
    2. 2. <ul><li>Serving activists and independent journalists </li></ul><ul><li>online </li></ul><ul><li>in the street </li></ul><ul><li>in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Helping ourselves, too </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><li>international e-mail collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>website archive </li></ul><ul><li>lightningbug </li></ul><ul><li>decision making process </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>in the street </li></ul><ul><li>ready reference kits </li></ul><ul><li>handouts </li></ul><ul><li>rumor control </li></ul><ul><li>communications </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>in the classroom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>conference, IMC, and classroom skillshares on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fact checking , FOIA & FOIL , public library resources , advanced Internet research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>At ALA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>skill shares at Counterpoise , now SRRT booth on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>police codes, blogging with Bloglines , street reference , alternative libraries , etc. </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Helping ourselves, too </li></ul><ul><li>Library Education Forum March 11, 2006 in NYC </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical Mass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pride parade </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Local collectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>autonomous </li></ul></ul>

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