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Does Oregon Need a Librar* Revolution?

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A short talk given at the 2013 Oregon Virtual Reference Summit in Silverton, Oregon. Video can be seen here: http://vimeo.com/67850764

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Does Oregon Need a Librar* Revolution?

  1. 1. Presented by Emily FordUrban & Public Affairs LibrarianPortland State UniversityFor the 2013 Oregon Virtual Reference SummitDOES OREGON NEED A LIBRAR*REVOLUTION?
  2. 2. CLIENT REVOLThttp://www.flickr.com/photos/wheatfields/1614979200/ - CC- by-nc-saHaug, M. R., &Sussman, M. B.(October 01, 1969).Professional Autonomyand the Revolt of theClient. SocialProblems, 17, 2, 153-161.
  3. 3. Image courtesy of MichaelGonopolsky’s Facebookpage.https://www.facebook.com/michael.gonopolsky
  4. 4. LOSS OF AUTONOMYclients professionals institutionsloss of autonomy
  5. 5. LIBRARIANS AS CLIENTSclients professionals institutions
  6. 6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorri37/4261104525/ - CC-by-nc-sa
  7. 7. ―Every profession is being radicalized [L. radix-root:searching for the root of the matter] as itspractitioners refuse to draw any ―conflict of interest‖line between their lives and their work. Naturally, thisdispleases the hierarchs and the sachems. Librarianswith personal commitment, a ―code,‖ do not playfollow the leader. They do not hold orders ashacks, apologists, or nitpickers. Their responsibility isnot to any power structure at all, but to the patronand to the profession. True professionalismimplies evolution, if not revolution;those who “profess” a calling havecertain goals and standards forimproving existence, whichnecessarily meansmoving, shaking, transforming it.” –Celeste West, 1972
  8. 8. WE DON’T NEED A LIBRAR* REVOLUTION, WEALREADY HAVE ONE.
  9. 9. OREGON LIBRARY REVOLUTIONARIES
  10. 10. WHAT WILL WE—INDIVIDUALLY ANDCOLLECTIVELY—DO TO MOVE, SHAKE, ANDTRANSFORM OUR COMMUNITIES?
  11. 11. Presented by Emily FordUrban & Public Affairs LibrarianPortland State Universityforder@pdx.edu2013 Oregon Virtual Reference SummitTHANK YOUhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/stargardener/7037360553/ - CC- by-nc-nd

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