Informed Agitation: Community Access as Community Activism

Speaker Moderator: M. Schreiner; Panelists: M. Fair, A. Perricci, S. Smith-Cruz, & C. Tobar
Molly Fair (Building an Archive from Below: Reflections from Interference Archive) is an archivist, activist, and artist. She is a co-founder ofInterference Archive in Brooklyn, NY, a public study center and collection of materials produced by social movements. She is also a collective member of Justseeds Artists' Cooperative.Anna Perricci (“Why ...

Molly Fair (Building an Archive from Below: Reflections from Interference Archive) is an archivist, activist, and artist. She is a co-founder ofInterference Archive in Brooklyn, NY, a public study center and collection of materials produced by social movements. She is also a collective member of Justseeds Artists' Cooperative.

Anna Perricci (“Why Archive?” and Other Important Questions Asked by Occupiers) is an archivist, installation artist, and educator. She earned a MSI in Archives and Records Management and a graduate teaching certificate at the University of Michigan. Since completing graduate research on the preservation of the Atari 2600 and highly ephemeral artworks, she has collaborated with artists and activists in New York City to preserve their work. Anna is currently a Web Archiving Project Librarian at Columbia University, where she is coordinating the creation of new web archives including one that focuses on contemporary composers' websites. She has completed art projects and engaged in professional collaborations in Surinam, Japan, South Africa and Russia. She earned a BA in history, a certificate in women's studies and a Post-baccalaureate certificate in sculpture at Brandeis University.

Maggie Schreiner (“Less Rent, More Control!”: Creating an Accessible Archive for New York City’s Oldest Tenants Union) is an adjunct archivist at the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives and a community organizer based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MA in Archives and Public History from New York University. Maggie is the chair of the Advocacy Committee of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, and is a member of Librarians and Archivists to Palestine and the Rude Mechanical Orchestra.

Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz (Queer Housing Nacional Google Group: A Librarian’s Documentation of a Community-Specific Resource) started the Queer Housing Nacional email list because she wanted to disrupt the lack of attention to gentrification in communities of color by queer white folks, but possibly creating a community-specific resource for queer women of color, or those who were intentional allies. Shawn is an archivist at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, a faculty librarian at the Graduate Center of the City University New York, and co-producer of Rivers of Honey, a Cabaret highlighting the art of women of color. She holds a BS in Queer Women's Studies from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, and an MLS from Queens College where her thesis paper, titled, "Sources on Queer Theories for the Production of Lesbian of Color Identity Formation through Literature, Art or Documentation" can be read here. You can find out more about Shawn and her work at shawntasmith.commons.gc.cuny.edu.

Cynthia Tobar (Documenting the Untold Stories of Feminist Activists at Welfare Rights Initiative: A Digital Oral History Archive Project) is an archivist, oral historian, and metadata specialist who is interested in collecting stories that highlight the meaningful connections between activist groups and policy makers, creating public history projects that are freely accessible to everyone in the community. Cynthia is the founder of theWRI Oral History Project, which is documenting the Welfare Rights Initiative (WRI), a grassroots student activist and community leadership training organization located at Hunter College. An avid traveler, cinephile, and foodie, Cynthia enjoys cooking at home in Brooklyn with her son, who's an aspiring chef.

Full Description

In librarianship today, we encourage voices from our field to join conversations in other disciplines as well as in the broader culture. People who work in libraries and are sympathetic to, or directly involved in, social justice struggles have long embodied this idea. Indeed, many in our profession make use of their skills in the service of those causes.

In this panel, authors of the 2014 publication, Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond will discuss community archives projects from the Lesbian Herstory Archives to Occupy Wall Street, and will explore the (sometimes fraught) relationship between community-based and institutional archives.


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When?

Thu, Jun. 12, 2014
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. US/Eastern

How Much?

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Where?

METRO Training Center
57 East 11th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003