Speaker Moderator Emily Drabinski with Panelists Ian Beilin, Jenna Freedman & Haruko Yamauchi
Ian Beilin is an Assistant Professor and Instruction and Outreach Librarian at New York City College of Technology (CUNY). He holds a PhD in European History from Columbia University and an MSIS from the University at Albany. Beilin is an instruction and outreach librarian and teaches City Tech library’s course ...
Ian Beilin is an Assistant Professor and Instruction and Outreach Librarian at New York City College of Technology (CUNY). He holds a PhD in European History from Columbia University and an MSIS from the University at Albany. Beilin is an instruction and outreach librarian and teaches City Tech library’s course "Research and Documentation for the Information Age." He is Vice President/President-Elect of the Library Association of CUNY (LACUNY). His current research projects are on critical information literacy and modes of conformity and resistance among 20th century German academic librarians.
Jenna Freedman is one of the founding moderators of the biweekly Tuesday night #critlib chats. By day she is Associate Director of Communications and a librarian at Barnard College. Other things she's founded or helped found are Radical Reference and the Barnard Zine Library. Library Journal has called her a Mover & Shaker, and ALA a Catalyst for Change. She writes stuff and presents places, but mostly, she catalogs zines and once a year or more, makes her own.
Haruko Yamauchi is a new librarian, who since September 2013 has been teaching research workshops and offering instruction at the reference desk at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College (CUNY), with a particular focus on pre-college students and new researchers. Immediately prior to becoming a librarian, she facilitated teaching partnerships between professional artists and public school teachers for 11 years, through ArtsConnection, a non-profit organization that brings hands-on arts workshops to students (K-12) throughout the five boroughs of New York City. She has an MLS from Queens College, an MFA in creative writing from the New School, and an AB in visual arts from Brown University.
Like any other institution, libraries and archives reflect the gender, race, and class-based power structures that govern society. From selecting materials to classifying and cataloging collections to hiring and promoting diverse staff, the political modes that guide us in our daily lives permeate our work as well.
Ideally, libraries are for everyone: spaces for intellectual exploration, community engagement, and sharing of resources. But libraries don't exist outside the world; they are deeply of it, inescapably marked by ideology. How can we address the tensions between the realities of working within power structures and our ideals as librarians and archivists? What can we do to calibrate our work to align with social justice principles, both in theory and practice?
Please join us at METRO for an interactive discussion with Emily Drabinski, Ian Beilin, Jenna Freedman, and Haruko Yamauchi. Informed and inspired by the weekly #critlib Twitter chats, let's meet in person to discuss and critique the ideologies that underpin our work -- and our libraries/archives.
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