Monthly Archives: October 2014

2014 Braverman Memorial Prize Winner Announced

A few months ago, the Progressive Librarians Guild’s Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize was awarded to Denise Scott, a recent MLIS graduate from the iSchool at the University of Toronto. The Braverman award competition recognizes outstanding written papers on some aspect of the social responsibility of libraries, librarians, or librarianship. Scott’s paper Deconstructing the ‘Books for Boys’ Discourse “provides a critical analysis of the ‘Books for Boys’ discourse and deconstructs some of the gendered assumptions that this discourse relies upon and reinforces.”

The full essay is available here: http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/Braverman_2014.pdf

Thanks for Making Organize and Assemble IV a Success!

This past Saturday PLG Edmonton hosted another successful Symposium. The theme for this year’s Symposium was Commodification of Information Goods and Library Services, and we had a wide range of presenters looking at several facets of the topic.

While those who were unable to make the Symposium missed a great day of engaging presentations, this year we are proud to announce that we will be compiling the articles for publication in a special issue of Progressive Librarian. More details on the special issue will be available on the PLG Edmonton site as we get closer to publication.

Finally PLG Edmonton wishes to thank attendees and presenters, some of whom travelled great distances, to make the Symposium a success. Thanks as well to the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta for hosting the event, and of course to the organizing committee as well.

Two Days Until the PLG Edmonton Symposium!

The PLG Edmonton Symposium, Organize and Assemble IV, is almost here! New information about how to find the Symposium and where to park has been posted in Directions and Parking.

Reminder that we’ll be accepting the registration fee at the door in cash and over PayPal. See the Registration page for fee information.

We’re planning on taking the conversation to Original Joe’s, 8404 109th Street, after the Symposium for an informal reception. Please join us!

Ready, Set, Democracy!

Quick! Only a few days left to comment on the draft of Canada’s Open Government Action Plan. Wait a minute… we only had a few days in the first place. So much for democratic process.

The Harper Government released a Draft Plan on Open Government on October 9, 2014: http://data.gc.ca/eng/canadas-draft-action-plan-open-government-20

But you only have until October 20 to provide comment. And there’s already a Directive on Open Government posted on the Treasury Board Secretariat Policy Suite (effective October 9, 2014): http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx?section=text&id=28108

Hmm…. here’s a little inspiration for filling in that comment form:

Jim Bronskill, writing for the Canadian Press, points out that the Plan has missed the elephant in the room — it does not include much-needed changes to the outdated Access to Information Act: http://metronews.ca/news/canada/1180419/open-government-plan-silent-on-updating-law/

Can’t remember why the Act needs to change? Let the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression remind you: https://cjfe.org/resources/features/your-right-know-dwindling-right-canada

Here’s hoping we see more press coverage on this topic soon. Please add any links you find.

Symposium Online Payment Errors Fixed!

Online payment through PayPal is available for real now on the registration page. The errors have been fixed.

Already Registered?
No worries! You can still pay online through the PayPal buttons – you won’t be registered twice.

Payments can also be made in cash on the day of the symposium at the door.

Registration closes on October 8th. Haven’t registered yet? Check out the Symposium program to get inspired!