Progressive Librarians Guild calls for Bush’s impeachment and trial for war crimes

The Progressive Librarians Guild endorsed a petition to impeach President Bush and to have Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and Gonzales tried for war crimes by an international tribunal. The petition, written by Francis Boyle of the University of Illinois Law School and Joan Russow of the Global Compliance Research Project, is carefully framed within the … Read more Progressive Librarians Guild calls for Bush’s impeachment and trial for war crimes

Progressive Librarian in full text

Folks at the Progressive Librarians Guild have put the full text of back issues of their journal, Progressive Librarian, online. Coverage goes back to issue number one, from 1990. I was on the editorial board of Progressive Librarian for a number of years, and consider them an important venue for library literature that works to … Read more Progressive Librarian in full text

What is a progressive librarian?

From Caroline Nappo of the UIUC GSLIS PLG chapter: Dear Colleagues, Last week the University of Illinois GSLIS chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild hosted a panel discussion titled “What is a ‘Progressive Librarian’?” Our guests were Carolyn Anthony, Sanford Berman, Allison Sutton, and Anke Voss. Professor Abdul Alkalimat moderated the discussion. An audio recording … Read more What is a progressive librarian?

K. McCook indexes Progressive Librarian

Kathleen de la Peña McCook has been indexing Progressive Librarian, and has worked through all issues published in the 1990s. The index will be published in Progressive Librarian in a future issue, and can now be found on Kathleen’s blog. Progressive Librarian index, 1990-1999 Book reviews published in Progressive Librarian, 1990-1999 Acronyms used in Progressive … Read more K. McCook indexes Progressive Librarian

Urgent message from LoC Professional Guild

Dear Friend of the Library of Congress, We are sending you this message because the Library of Congress Professional Guild, AFSCME Local 2910, needs your help. For over thirty years our union has worked with management to forge a constructive relationship at the Library of Congress. Together we have built a modern and progressive workplace … Read more Urgent message from LoC Professional Guild

The Progressive Librarian’s Guild stands with Amnesty International

The Progressive Librarians Guild approved endorsement of the following Amnesty International statement last night… AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA PRESS RELEASE Tuesday, October 17, 2006 Amnesty International Vows to Push for Clarification on Detainee Legislation (Washington, DC) Larry Cox, Amnesty International USA’s Executive Director, issued the following statement in response to President Bush signing the “Military Commissions … Read more The Progressive Librarian’s Guild stands with Amnesty International

PLG supports Indianapolis librarians

RESOLVED, that the Progressive Librarians Guild support sister and fellow librarians in Indianapolis, Indiana in gaining union representation. Below is PLG’s position and letter of support: Progressive Librarians Guild Rider University Library 2083 Lawrenceville Rd. Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 August 8, 2006 Library Board Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library P.O. Box 211 Indianapolis, IN 46206-0211 Dear Indianapolis-Marion … Read more PLG supports Indianapolis librarians

How Library Juice got started (and how it got its name)

I was just asked on Twitter how Library Juice got its name, from someone who wondered why we don’t state it in our “about” pages. I think a lot of people wonder why a serious business has what some might consider a silly-sounding name, so I think I should address that. The first part of … Read more How Library Juice got started (and how it got its name)

In Defense of Libraries and Culture in the Middle East

In Defense of Libraries and Culture in the Middle East Statement from the Progressive Librarians Guild: Media coverage of the destruction of libraries and antiquities in northern Iraq during March 2015 has aroused the indignation of people around the world. The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has initiated this destruction and used … Read more In Defense of Libraries and Culture in the Middle East

PLG’s 25th Anniversary – A Message to Members from Elaine Harger

Elaine Harger sent the following note to PLG members this morning… Dear PLGers, Yes, 25 years ago, about 20 librarians from up-and-down the east coast met in NYC for the first meeting of what became the Progressive Librarians Guild. We didn’t have a name until the midwinter conference of ALA in Chicago in 1990, but … Read more PLG’s 25th Anniversary – A Message to Members from Elaine Harger

CFP: Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Calling all Activist-Librarians-to-be!! The MIRIAM BRAVERMAN MEMORIAL PRIZE, a presentation of the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG), is awarded each year for the best paper about some aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries, or librarianship. Papers related to archivists, archives, and archival work are also eligible. The winning paper will be … Read more CFP: Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize

Elisabeth Jones’ Comments on the Google Books Fair Use Decision

I had the opportunity to chat with Elisabeth Jones at the ASIS&T conference earlier this month about the controversy over Google Books. Our conversation was on my mind when I posted that email discussion on the Google Books fair use decision, and I asked her if she would be interested in writing a follow-up. As … Read more Elisabeth Jones’ Comments on the Google Books Fair Use Decision

Email discussion on the recent Google Books copyright decision

An interesting, overlapping discussion about the recent Google Books copyright decision took place on the Progressive Librarians Guild email discussion list and the Social Responsibilities Round Table discussion list over the past few days. I have permission from the participants to reproduce that discussion here. I used to do this frequently with the original Library … Read more Email discussion on the recent Google Books copyright decision

My problem with Banned Books Week

Some of my colleagues in the Progressive Librarians Guild used to complain that Banned Books Week was an unfortunate distraction from the greater problem of a propagandistic media system. I shared that view and still do, but it is not the objection that I want to explain today. My problem with Banned Books Week is … Read more My problem with Banned Books Week

Alison M. Lewis new Chief Acquisitions Editor for Library Juice Press

Litwin Books PO Box 3320 Duluth, MN 55803 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Subject: Library Juice Press announces appointment of Alison M. Lewis, Ph.D. as Chief Acquisitions Editor. Duluth, MN — July 15, 2011. Library Juice Press, publisher of “books for librarians with a critical edge,” is proud to announce the recruitment of Alison M. Lewis, a … Read more Alison M. Lewis new Chief Acquisitions Editor for Library Juice Press

Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize – Call for Submissions (student paper contest)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Are you an LIS student interested in activism and the struggle for social justice? Do you stay awake at night thinking about how your politics might inform your professional practice? The MIRIAM BRAVERMAN MEMORIAL PRIZE, a presentation of the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG), is awarded each year for the best paper about … Read more Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize – Call for Submissions (student paper contest)

2010 Braverman Prize Winner

June 1, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize Winner Announced (University of Oregon, Eugene, OR) The Progressive Librarians Guild is pleased to announce the winner of the 2010 Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize. This year’s prize has been awarded to Kristen Hogan for her essay entitled ‚ “‘Breaking Secrets’ in the Catalog: Proposing the … Read more 2010 Braverman Prize Winner