Monday, August 30, 2010

MSLIS Monday: Radical Reference

Have you heard of the Radical Reference librarians?  I read about them recently and realized I have found kindred spirits.  Their mission statement is "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."

It began prior to the Republican National Convention in New York City in 2004 and helped demonstrators and others with information ranging from where the bathroom is to what are the politicians backgrounds.  Taking reference to the streets to help people is a brilliant idea for me and shows librarians are so much more than just "shushers"  behind a desk.

There is a Syracuse Radical Reference Collective, although the page doesn't appear active.  I have signed up to volunteer with them and hope to have further information in the future to share here.

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