About

PLG Edmonton is a chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild. Our membership is made up of Canadian archivists, communications specialists, educators, librarians, library technicians, researchers, and other information professionals from Edmonton, AB and the surrounding area.

The PLG is committed to:

  • providing a forum for the open exchange of radical views on library issues.
  • conducting campaigns to support progressive and democratic library activities locally, nationally and internationally.
  • supporting activist librarians as they work to effect changes in their own libraries and communities.
  • bridging the artificial and destructive gaps between school, public, academic and special libraries, and between public and technical services.
  • encouraging debate about prevailing management strategies adopted directly from the business world, to propose democratic forms of library administration, and to foster unity between librarians and other library workers.
  • critically considering the impact of technological change in the library workplace, on the provision of library services, and on the character of public discourse.
  • monitoring the professional ethics of librarianship from a perspective of social responsibility.
  • facilitating contacts between progressive librarians and other professional and scholarly groups dealing with communications and all the political, social, economic and cultural trends which impact upon it worldwide, in a global context.

Points taken from PLG’s statement of purpose and commitment.

As a group, PLG Edmonton members are interested in understanding, promoting, defending, and extending the discourse around information issues, policies, and resources. The principles of the Edmonton chapter of the PLG are to:

  • Stand in solidarity with struggling workers and refuse to cross picket lines;
  • Uphold freedom of speech, thought, and expression in the workplace and classroom;
  • Strive for democratic workplaces and classrooms;
  • Uphold academic freedom in educational institutions for faculty and students;
  • Critically examine and oppose any power imbalances in the workplace; and
  • Not accept the notion of the neutrality of information workers and strongly oppose the commodification of information that turns the information commons into privatized commercial zones.

PLG Edmonton members come from a diverse set of backgrounds, workplaces, and specializations. As individuals, each member pursues their own interests, opinions, and worldviews. Each member retains their respective voice, and participates in the chapter through democratic and open discussion, dissent, negotiation, and consensus building.