Presentation by Kristen Cure & Nicole Pagowsky, University of Arizona School of Information Resources & Library Science (SIRLS) M.A. Students for 4th Annual SIRLS Graduate Student Symposium. Originally presented March 7, 2009 - recording completed on later date.
Community-run infoshop libraries provide access to information of special interest. Typically organized and maintained by non-librarians, there often is little organization to the collection. We present our collaboration with the Dry River Collective, as PLG-UA (Progressive Librarians Guild - UA Chapter), to organize their library. We wanted to explore how can we create systems of organization that are sustainable and efficient as well as supportive to the purpose and mission of infoshops. We will be discussing what an infoshop is, options for organization (including special materials, such as zines), our course of action for Dry River, and why infoshops are important to communities and should be of interest to libraries and information professionals.