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Reminder: Proposals for PLG Edmonton Organize and Assemble Symposium Due November 11

ORGANIZE AND ASSEMBLE V: GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN THE INFORMATION PROFESSIONS

PLG Edmonton and PLG Calgary invite submissions for our fifth annual symposium, Organize and Assemble V, taking place on February 27, 2016. Practitioners, scholars, activists, students, and other members of the general public interested in library, archival, and allied information services are asked to speak on topics pertaining to this year’s theme: gender and sexuality and the information professions.

Gender and sexuality have dominated public discussion in both Canada and the US this past year, with devastating high profile rape and sexual harassment cases, heated battles over women’s reproductive health services and efforts to provide consent education and LGBT support groups in schools, the dubious rise of men’s rights activism, challenges to women’s safety online, and with transgender rights issues more visible than ever before – the list goes on. Looking within the information professions, it is clear that issues around providing gendered services and being gendered workers have also come to the fore. We see challenges to a public library boys-only robotics program, we hear public outcry against sexual harassment at professional conferences, and we find successful advocacy for gender neutral bathrooms at the 2015 ALA Annual conference.

PLG Edmonton and PLG Calgary are joining together for the first time to host a one-day refereed event in Edmonton that will focus on how issues of gender and sexuality are playing out across the information professions – in the services we provide, in our professional relationships and institutional structures.

In keeping with the theme, we request proposals for presentations on the following possible topics, which include but are not limited to:

  • Gendered labour (representation in unions/associations, negotiating shift work and parenting responsibilities, sexual harassment, representation in leadership, what are/should be the challenges and priorities of a feminist, pro-LGBTQ labour politics in the information professions?)
  • Sexual harassment in public service roles
  • Gender in the children’s library (gendered literacy : “getting boys to read,” programming for fathers)
  • Sex education in the library (programming, services, policies and/or outreach in school, public, academic, special libraries and government, LGBTQ and/or gender-based community archives)
  • Sex in libraries/archives (pornography, erotica, sex workers etc.)
  • Gender, sexuality and cataloguing (discovery and accessibility issues, sexual politics of subject headings, what is missing?)
  • Gender, sexuality and collections (what are we collecting? How and for who? What is missing? Readers advisory)
  • Intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class and/or colonialism in the information professions: spaces, services, collections, policies, advocacy, outreach, hiring practices
  • Gender politics in non-traditional/emerging information professions (the IT department, the tech industry, educational technology, knowledge management, digital humanities)
  • Online privacy and gender-based trolling
  • Professional conference codes of conduct
  • Gendered stereotypes and/or the sexualization of librarians and other information professionals
  • History of gendered labour in the information professions – where have we come from?What have we fought for? Where are we going? What has been limited by our history? What does our history make possible?

Please submit proposals (not to exceed 500 words) for individual and group contributions (e.g., papers, debates, round-tables, critiques, panels, posters, exhibits, manifestos, lightning talks and mini-workshops) via email to plg.edmonton [at] gmail [dot] com by midnight November 11th, 2015. Submitters will be notified of their acceptance by the end of November 2015.

The PLG supports progressive and democratic activities in the area of information services, and the Edmonton Chapter’s Program Committee will review all submissions that recognize (or challenge!) this stance and the PLG statement of purpose more broadly: http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/content/purpose.shtml

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!

Symposium Online Payment Errors Fixed!

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

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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!

Registration Now Open

This year’s Symposium is stacking up to be our most exciting ever!

Keynote speaker Dr. Samuel E. Trosow of University of Western Ontario, is a leading expert on Canadian Copyright. Our excellent lineup of speakers will discuss a wide array of issues related to the commodification of information and library services, including academic publishing, the human right to information, market rhetoric in library planning documents, alternatives to neoliberal conceptions of information and corporate sponsorship of educational websites.

For more details check out the Symposium program and schedule.

Registration will be open from September 15th to October 8th. Register here!

Organize and Assemble IV
9 AM – 4:30 PM
Rutherford South (Room TBA)
School of Library and Information Studies
University of Alberta

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CFP – Organize and Assemble IV: Commodification of Information Goods and Library Services

PLG Edmonton invites submissions for our fourth annual symposium, Organize and Assemble IV, taking place on October 18, 2014. Practitioners, scholars, activists, students, and other members of the general public interested in library, archival and allied information services are asked to speak on topics pertaining to this year’s theme: the commodification of information goods and library services.

Recent political, economic, and technological change have resulted in the growing commodification of information and the marketisation of library services. The consequences range from increasingly restrictive intellectual property rights to the recasting of library patrons as customers to the outsourcing of entire libraries to private companies. Resistance to this trend has emerged, aimed at safeguarding the intellectual/knowledge commons and advancing alternatives to intellectual property. Tension around the economic nature of libraries and information is a core issue for all librarians and information professionals.

This one-day refereed event will provide an interactive forum for the identification and exploration of contemporary issues of commodification of information, access, equity, and social justice as they connect with and disconnect from the rhetoric and reality of library and archival studies and services locally and globally. This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Samuel E. Trosow from the University of Western Ontario — a leading expert in Canadian copyright — who has served on the CLA copyright committee and is co-author of the recently published, second edition of Canadian Copyright: A Citizen’s Guide.

 In keeping with the theme, possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Market rhetoric in library services (e.g. customers, library CEOs)
  • Intellectual property rights (copyright, patents, etc.)
  • Alternatives to intellectual property and promotion of the knowledge/information commons (gift/sharing economy, open access, open source software, etc.)
  • Fees for services and the role of cost-recovery vs. for profit models in libraries, museums, and archives
  • Outsourcing and privatization of library services
  • The intersection of the information marketplace and issues of race, gender and/or class
  • The economics of library services and information (public vs. private information, artificial scarcity, pricing models for information)

We are also thrilled to announce that the conference proceedings will be published in Progressive Librarian, thereby exposing the content of our local symposium to an international audience. Accordingly, we are inviting proposals for print materials such as cartoons, poems, resource lists, reviews, etc. to be considered for inclusion in the issue.

Please submit proposals (not to exceed 500 words) for individual and group contributions (e.g., papers, debates, round-tables, critiques, panels, posters, exhibits, manifestos, performances, and mini-workshops) and for print materials to be included in the conference proceedings via email to plg.edmonton [at] gmail [dot] com by midnight July 4th, 2014. Submitters will be notified of their acceptance by July 18th.

The PLG supports progressive and democratic activities in the area of information services, and the Edmonton Chapter’s Program Committee will review all submissions that recognize (or challenge!) this stance and the PLG statement of purpose more broadly: http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/content/purpose.shtml.

Registration Now Open for Organize and Assemble III

Registration is now open for the 2013 PLG Symposium: Organize and Assemble III! This year’s theme is Precarious Labour and we have a very exciting line up of speakers.  On this site you will find the registration form, program, Symposium schedule and information on how to get there. See below for a more detailed description of our theme.

If you have any questions please contact plg.edmonton AT gmail.com.

Registration will be open until October 18, 2013.

This Year’s Theme: Precarious Labour
While the new economy is often celebrated for possessing increasing flexibility (‘work at home,’ ‘be your own boss,’ ‘set your own hours’) the reality is that ‘flexibility’ has been stressed to obscure the increasing precariousness of labourers. The flexible economy is best characterized by the decline of stable full time employment forcing workers to respond to a new reality where unemployment, underemployment, temporary work, outsourcing and downsizing are the prospects for a larger number of workers – ranging from students and recent graduates to veteran employees who have been deemed dispensable in the competitive, global economy. Precarity has been a particular mark of the information professions, where labour is less reliant on huge investments of fixed capital (such as factories) and can be done largely with low cost information and communications technologies anywhere, anytime.