LACUNY Presents "Libraries, Information, and the Right to the City" on April 5, 2013


Registration is now open for the 2013 LACUNY Institute, presented by the Library Association of the City University of New York on Friday, April 5, 2013. Entitled Libraries, Information, and the Right to the City, this day-long event takes place at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

The press release for this event provides the following description:

In recent years movements of scholars and activists have advanced a concept known as “the right to the city.” As the noted geographer David Harvey puts it, “the right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city.”ⁱ The majority of the world’s population now resides in urban areas, making questions surrounding the city central to understanding the shape of the 21st century. The goal of the 2013 institute is to create a dialogue about how library and information professionals can (or should) move beyond being guarantors of access and become engaged in communities’ production of knowledge. We consider “the city” to be the public sphere broadly defined. The massive technological transformations of recent years have changed the nature of both libraries and the public sphere. At the 2013 LACUNY Institute we would like to explore the roles of libraries and information in the polis of the future. Situated at the heart of a global metropolis the Library Association of the City University of New York is in an excellent position to initiate this dialogue.

Keynote speakers include Christine Pawley, former director of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and historian of print culture in America, and Jessa Lingel, doctoral student at Rutgers and author of "Occupy Wall Street and the myth of the technological death of the library."

The full program and registration information is available here.