“Do We Have A Sign That SaysWeirdos Welcome?”: Spaces of Access    and Control in Urban Libraries                 Dan Gree...
Methods•   Regular interviews with 12 librarians•   Who received their MLSs from iSchools•   Fieldwork at DC public librar...
"We cant create a nation of information haves and have-nots.The on-ramps to the information superhighway must beaccessible...
•   62.1% of library branches are the only free    computer access in their area•   60.2% of libraries reported increased ...
“Do We Have A Sign That SaysWeirdos Welcome?”: Spaces of Access    and Control in Urban Libraries                 Dan Gree...
Aprils Secret Sticker Systemgjgjg         •   "Gold star If you manage to use the             library appropriately..."   ...
"Two Ends of the [Digital] Chain Gang"
MCI "Anthem"(1997)
•   Library culture in informational capitalism    o   iSchools    o   customer service    o   austerity overload•   Contr...
"The best readingfor the largestnumber at theleast cost.”(ALA founding motto,1893)
"...public libraries could not have expectedat the turn of the millennium that theirroles in the provision of e-government...
"Man there was a stink like you would not believe. Youregoing to eliminate libraries first of all and then youre goingfrom...
"Public libraries prosper whenever thecountry is experiencing economicstringency."                         - The maybe tru...
"If you look at a nudie picture and you do it in away that other people dont have to see it, itdoesnt bother me...[I]f the...
“Do We Have A Sign That SaysWeirdos Welcome?”: Spaces of Access    and Control in Urban Libraries                 Dan Gree...
'Do We Have A Sign That Says 'Weirdos Welcome?': Urban Libraries and the Control of Access - Daniel Greene
'Do We Have A Sign That Says 'Weirdos Welcome?': Urban Libraries and the Control of Access - Daniel Greene
'Do We Have A Sign That Says 'Weirdos Welcome?': Urban Libraries and the Control of Access - Daniel Greene
'Do We Have A Sign That Says 'Weirdos Welcome?': Urban Libraries and the Control of Access - Daniel Greene
'Do We Have A Sign That Says 'Weirdos Welcome?': Urban Libraries and the Control of Access - Daniel Greene
'Do We Have A Sign That Says 'Weirdos Welcome?': Urban Libraries and the Control of Access - Daniel Greene
'Do We Have A Sign That Says 'Weirdos Welcome?': Urban Libraries and the Control of Access - Daniel Greene
'Do We Have A Sign That Says 'Weirdos Welcome?': Urban Libraries and the Control of Access - Daniel Greene
'Do We Have A Sign That Says 'Weirdos Welcome?': Urban Libraries and the Control of Access - Daniel Greene
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'Do We Have A Sign That Says 'Weirdos Welcome?': Urban Libraries and the Control of Access - Daniel Greene

  1. 1. “Do We Have A Sign That SaysWeirdos Welcome?”: Spaces of Access and Control in Urban Libraries Dan Greene American Studies, University of Maryland @greene_dm dgreene1@umd.edu
  2. 2. Methods• Regular interviews with 12 librarians• Who received their MLSs from iSchools• Fieldwork at DC public libraries
  3. 3. "We cant create a nation of information haves and have-nots.The on-ramps to the information superhighway must beaccessible to all, and that will only happen if thetelecommunications industry is accessible to all." (Al Gore, 1994)
  4. 4. • 62.1% of library branches are the only free computer access in their area• 60.2% of libraries reported increased usage of workstations over the previous year• 31.7 % of urban public libraries reported reduced hours in 2010-2011, 16.5% in 2011- 2012 John Carlo Bertot et al. "2011-2012 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Survey.”
  5. 5. “Do We Have A Sign That SaysWeirdos Welcome?”: Spaces of Access and Control in Urban Libraries Dan Greene American Studies, University of Maryland @greene_dm dgreene1@umd.edu
  6. 6. Aprils Secret Sticker Systemgjgjg • "Gold star If you manage to use the library appropriately..." • "Special snowflake if you really think the rules dont apply to you..." • "And paint bucket for Youre as dumb as paint. Youre teachable, youre just dumb."
  7. 7. "Two Ends of the [Digital] Chain Gang"
  8. 8. MCI "Anthem"(1997)
  9. 9. • Library culture in informational capitalism o iSchools o customer service o austerity overload• Control o permissions o sleep o porn
  10. 10. "The best readingfor the largestnumber at theleast cost.”(ALA founding motto,1893)
  11. 11. "...public libraries could not have expectedat the turn of the millennium that theirroles in the provision of e-governmentinformation, communication, and serviceswould rapidly expand as governmentagencies increasingly offloadedaccess responsibilities on public libraries,often directing people to publiclibraries for help." - Jaeger and Bertot (2011)
  12. 12. "Man there was a stink like you would not believe. Youregoing to eliminate libraries first of all and then youre goingfrom service to science. Leaving the people out, that face-to-face. Nothing wrong with theory, I love theory, but peopleare somehow getting kicked out. Not long afterwards theyclosed Wasserman library. Heartbreaking. Oh my God, veryheartbreaking. There was a big big stink about the person-to-person service versus the cold, electronic seemingly end-allapproach that looked at face-to-face as kind of antiquated.No!" - Becca
  13. 13. "Public libraries prosper whenever thecountry is experiencing economicstringency." - The maybe true, maybe not "Librarians Axiom" (Stephen James, 1986)
  14. 14. "If you look at a nudie picture and you do it in away that other people dont have to see it, itdoesnt bother me...[I]f they dont have access toa computer in another spot and its an outlet, itdoesnt really bother me.” - Rachel
  15. 15. “Do We Have A Sign That SaysWeirdos Welcome?”: Spaces of Access and Control in Urban Libraries Dan Greene American Studies, University of Maryland @greene_dm dgreene1@umd.edu

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