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AZLA 2010 Keynote Address by Anthony Molaro


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The Keynote Presentation for the AZLA 2010 conference. There were technical issues, so the presentation was converted into Powerpoint from Keynote and lost some formatting.

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AZLA 2010 Keynote Address by Anthony Molaro

  1. 1. Pushing it Forward: Social Justice, Civic Librarianship and Information Activism Anthony Molaro, MBA, MLIS Head of Technical Services & Technology, Messenger Public Library
  2. 2. Story
  3. 3. My Technology Fail
  4. 4. Story
  5. 5. How many of you read stories?
  6. 6. How many of you review stories?
  7. 7. What makes a story great?
  8. 8. Do these sound like page turning stories?
  9. 9. A librarian who has spent their entire life creating perfect collections?
  10. 10. What about a director who has fought hard to create well attended programs?
  11. 11. These are good stories...
  12. 12. But are they page turners?
  13. 13. Or are they a little boring?
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. What makes a story great?
  17. 17. Conflict?
  18. 18. Fear?
  19. 19. Hard work?
  20. 20. A great story needs a character. A character who wants something and overcomes conflict to obtain it.
  21. 21. Story Their Story Your Story Our Story
  22. 22. Mission How many of us have missions statements that contain the word community in them?
  23. 23. Why?
  24. 24. Is community synonymous with story?
  25. 25. Stories for the 21st Century Library Social Justice Digital Divide Disadvantaged Persons and Inequality
  26. 26. Stories for the 21st Century Library Information Activism
  27. 27. Stories for the 21st Century Library Sustainability Going Green @ Your Library In your community Local First
  28. 28. Social Justice
  29. 29. 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.
  30. 30. Prisoner’s Right to Read
  31. 31. Shelves are not meant to be empty
  32. 32. 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.”
  33. 33. Right to Read
  34. 34. That’s a page-turning story!
  35. 35. Digital Divide
  36. 36. Disconnected
  37. 37. Silenced
  38. 38. Information Activism
  39. 39. “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
  40. 40. “sledgehammer to break down the barriers of censorship, of ignorance, of apathy about the state of the world.” - Molaro
  41. 41. Remove Barriers
  42. 42. Sledge Hammer
  43. 43. So that ideas and stories can freely pass
  44. 44. Sustainability
  45. 45.
  46. 46.
  47. 47. Green change on a community-scale
  48. 48. Local First
  49. 49.
  50. 50. Possibilities
  51. 51. What is the conference charity for AZLA this year?
  52. 52.
  53. 53. Yohannes Gebregeogis
  54. 54. Everyday People Changing the World
  55. 55. A Librarian Changing the World
  56. 56. Nancy Hatch Dupree
  57. 57. “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.”
  58. 58. A Librarian Changing the World
  59. 59. 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.
  60. 60. Librarians Changing the World
  61. 61. One of my fears
  62. 62. A Librarian Changing the World
  63. 63. A Librarian Changing the World
  64. 64. YOU! Changing the World
  65. 65. Do you believe?
  66. 66. ...saved my life.
  67. 67. Saved my life! Passion A new beginning I’m working againInspiration I wrote my life story
  68. 68. What stories does your life tell?
  69. 69. What stories does your library tell?
  70. 70.
  71. 71. Keep Stories
  72. 72. Share Stories
  73. 73. Make Stories
  74. 74. Keep Stories Make Stories Share Stories
  75. 75. So What?
  76. 76. In the words of Laurie Halse Anderson…
  77. 77. … Speak Loudly
  78. 78.
  79. 79. What will you do?
  80. 80. We are all living a story. Our lives are telling a story. What story is your life telling?
  81. 81. Comfort and stability or A rich story with twists and turns? A great adventure awaits you
  82. 82. Where does your story intersect with their story?
  83. 83.
  84. 84. How do you want to write your story?
  85. 85. Conflict?
  86. 86. Fear?
  87. 87. Hard work?
  88. 88. Authentic
  89. 89. Intentional
  90. 90. Relational
  91. 91. A great story needs a character. A character who wants something and overcomes conflict to obtain it.
  92. 92. A great story needs a character. A character who wants something and overcomes conflict to obtain it, but does it through relationships.
  93. 93. Let story guide you!
  94. 94. But it takes one thing
  95. 95.
  96. 96. My goal has been this…
  97. 97. Pushing It Forward
  98. 98. It’s go time: take a moment to write down that one plot that scares you
  99. 99. What is it?
  100. 100. Thank you for being part of my story!
  101. 101. Questions?
  102. 102. Anthony Molaro, MBA, MLIS Head of Technical Services & Technology, Messenger Public Library