Organizing Ideas

Organizing Ideas

By Organizing Ideas Podcast
Because libraries and archives are never neutral.

Taking a closer look at the relationships between organizing information and community organizing. We talk to information professionals, activists, and other insightful folks who have thoughts about what we mean when we say, “knowledge is power”. Hosted by two new librarians figuring things out as we go. We are based on the unceded and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
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Ep 26 - Books and Feelings in the Time of COVID-19
Episode 26, in which Karen and Allison talk about their feelings during the midst of COVID-19, and books they’ve been reading and shows they’ve been watching in 2020 so far. Read along with the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/y7nx8brh The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic (https://www.andrealukic.com/). You can reach us at: Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com Twitter: @OrganizingPod Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
41:03
May 8, 2020
Ep 25 - Community-Led Teen Librarianship with Ariel Caldwell
We talk with Ariel Caldwell, a Teen Services Librarian at Vancouver Public Library, about teen librarianship, community-led work, juggling 5 calendars, using improv to navigate power dynamics, intergenerational programming, and creating fun! You can reach Ariel at ariel.caldwell [at] vpl [dot] ca. Read along with the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/yckbpmzh The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic (https://www.andrealukic.com/). You can reach us at: Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com Twitter: @OrganizingPod Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
1:10:41
May 1, 2020
Ep 24 - Libraries, "Democracy", and Intellectual Freedom with Sam Popowich
In anticipation of the (now cancelled) British Columbia Library Association 2020 conference on “Libraries, Democracy, and Action,” Sam Popowich, author of Confronting the Democratic Discourse of Librarianship: A Marxist Approach, talks about intellectual freedom and what democracy means in libraries. Follow Sam on Twitter @redlibrarian  Read along with the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/ya9gkmwg The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic (https://www.andrealukic.com/). You can reach us at: Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com Twitter: @OrganizingPod Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic (https://www.andrealukic.com/). You can reach us at: Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com Twitter: @OrganizingPod Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
1:02:48
April 20, 2020
Ep 23 - How are you feeling? COVID-19 Call for Contributions
Hey folks - we hope this mini episode finds you as well as can be considering the current circumstances. We are putting together an episode COVID-19 and invite you to share your thoughts with us in a short audio clip! Find the full details about how to contribute by listening to the episode or reading the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/wzeduor The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic (https://www.andrealukic.com/). You can reach us at: Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com Twitter: @OrganizingPod Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
02:20
April 5, 2020
Ep 22 - Grassroots Libraries and Care in Community (Pre-BCLA Chat) with Y Vy Truong, Rachel Lau, and Avi Grundner
** This episode was recorded on March 12, 2020 before UBC Library, where we were recording, was closed to the public, and we were all encouraged to stay home and physically distance from one another. ** In preparation for the now-cancelled British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) 2020 conference, Karen sat down with Y Vy Truong, Rachel Lau, and Avi Grundner to talk about expectations and ideas for their discussion panel, titled “Collections in Social Movements: Grassroots Libraries in Marginalized Communities.” Our guests: • Y Vy Truong - @YVyTruong / @josspaperlib • Rachel Lau - @racholau / @queer_reads_library • Avi Grundner - @avi_ouslyy / @OutOnTheShelves Read along with the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/u69ug9q The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic (https://www.andrealukic.com/). You can reach us at: • Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com • Twitter: @OrganizingPod • Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
53:09
April 3, 2020
Ep 21 - (Elementary) Teacher Librarianship and Inquiry-Based Learning with Elaine Su
Throw out the whole book! In this episode we chat with Elaine Su, an elementary school teacher librarian and advocate for youth voices, about inquiry-based learning and education practices and reform—and what she means by throwing the whole book out. Follow Elaine on Twitter @elainesoup Read along with the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/tfcl76k The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic (https://www.andrealukic.com/). You can reach us at: • Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com • Twitter: @OrganizingPod • Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
39:56
March 13, 2020
Ep 20 - Libraries and Disabilities with Jessica Schomberg
We chat with Jessica Schomberg about disability frameworks, intersectionality, cataloguing, relationships, solidarity, prioritizing people over productivity, unions, and their new book, co-authored with Wendy Highby, coming out in April: “Beyond Accommodation: Creating an Inclusive Workplace for Disabled Library Workers.” Follow Jessica on Twitter @schomj Read along with the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/rrgfs5o The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic (https://www.andrealukic.com/). You can reach us at: Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com Twitter: @OrganizingPod Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
54:24
February 28, 2020
Ep 19 - (Web) Archives and Black Culture with Zakiya Collier
We hop on Skype to chat with Zakiya Collier from the Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture about her work web archiving (which is not what Gmail does), the Hashtag Syllabus Movement, critical archival studies, and “fugitive discernment”. Follow Zakiya on Twitter @ZZcollier Read along with the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/u84dvwo The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic (https://www.andrealukic.com/). You can reach us at: Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com Twitter: @OrganizingPod Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
54:36
February 18, 2020
Ep 18 - Public History with Krista McCracken
We chat with Krista McCracken about public history, colonialism and archives, how slooooowww archives are to change (and why there’s so much resistance to challenging power structures!), and embroidery as a form of feminist resistance. Check out Krista’s blog and follow them on Twitter @KristaMcCracken. The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic. Read along with the transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1frHtDAYAnv8fmrrzYu1e1tYhKIcmsKHwT7tchZjn7Lg/edit?usp=sharing  You can reach us at: Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com Twitter: @OrganizingPod Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
34:29
January 31, 2020
Ep 17 - Digital Privacy, Information Literacy, and the Library Freedom Institute with Symphony Bruce
Symphony Bruce, Resident Librarian at American University Library, shares her experience with the Library Freedom Institute, and talks to us about information literacy, digital privacy and safety, and how information is empowerment. Follow Symphony on Twitter @curlsinthelib Read along with the transcript (links to resources included): https://tinyurl.com/t4znf6f The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic (https://www.andrealukic.com/). You can reach us at: Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com Twitter: @OrganizingPod Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
46:08
January 25, 2020
Ep 16 - Archival Theory Through Participation, Solidarity, and Social Justice with Lara Maestro
Lara Maestro talks about knowledge-keeping practices and living archives in the Philippines from her thesis, “Alternative Becomings, Alternative Belongings: Cordillera Case Studies of Records in Context,” and the values and framework that guided her work, which include participation, solidarity, and social justice. You can check out more of Lara’s community organizing work at Sulong at UBC on their Instagram and Facebook pages. The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic. Read along with the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/s7ul7sl You can reach us at: • Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com • Twitter: @OrganizingPod • Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
58:22
January 17, 2020
Ep 15 - Catalyzing a Community Led Future at the Free Library of Philadelphia with Andrea Lemoins
Andrea Lemoins, Community Organizer at the Free Library of Philadelphia, talks about her work with community, professionalization, library school, Afrofuturism, Yusef Omowale’s article “We Already Are”, community archives, and an upcoming Memory Lab project. Follow Andrea on twitter @ALemoins The reading list from the Community Archives and Digital Cultural Memory class at the Rare Book School: (https://rarebookschool.org/courses/library/l115/reading-list/) The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic. Read along with the transcript. The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic. You can reach us at: • Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com • Twitter: @OrganizingPod • Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
51:58
January 10, 2020
Ep 14 - Navigation, Resistance, and Rebellion with Sarah Dupont and Amy Perreault
In this episode we sit down with two amazing Métis librarians and information professionals at the University of British Columbia. Sarah Dupont is the Head of Xwi7xwa Library, and Amy Perreault is Senior Strategist for Indigenous Initiatives at the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT). Sarah and Amy talk about Indigenous engagement, the importance of elders and finding community, and some of the projects that they’re working on. Some links to things mentioned (more in the transcript): • UBC Indigenous strategic plan: https://aboriginal.ubc.ca/indigenous-strategic-plan/ • UBC library strategic framework: https://about.library.ubc.ca/about-us/strategic-framework/ • TRC calls to action: http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf • MMIWG report: https://mmiwg-ffada.ca/ • UNDRIP: https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/declaration-on-the-rights-of-indigenous-peoples.html • FNCC: https://slais.ubc.ca/programs/specializations/fncc/ • Indigitization: http://www.indigitization.ca/ • Indigenous Foundations: https://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/home/ • Xwi7xwa Library Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xwi7xwa • Xwi7xwa Library Twitter: https://twitter.com/Xwi7xwaLibrary • Sarah’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/dupontsarah • Indigitzation Twitter: https://twitter.com/indigitization The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic. Read along with the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/t33duyv You can reach us at: • Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com • Twitter: @OrganizingPod • Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
46:26
January 3, 2020
Ep 13 - Recap and Looking Forward to 2020 (ft. voice messages)
This pod is winding down for the end of 2019! In this episode we reflect on what we’ve learned over the past few months, play some audio clips from listeners, share what we’re hoping and planning for in 2020, and talk a little bit about how we make the podcast and how you can get involved! The transcript is available here. The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic. You can reach us at: • Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com • Twitter: @OrganizingPod • Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
34:32
December 13, 2019
Ep 12 - 2019 Reading Highlights with Allison and Karen
Allison and Karen get together to discuss their reading highlights as our home planet completes another arbitrary circuit around the sun. Books mentioned: > Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui > Starlight by Richard Wagamese > The Tiger Flu by Larissa Lai > Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars by Kai Cheng Thom > Trickster Drift by Eden Robinson > Disappearing Moon Cafe by SKY Lee > Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang > Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory > Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole > The Hungry Ghosts by Shyam Selvadura > Rebent Sinner by Ivan Coyote > Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) by Hazel Jane Plante (illustrated by Onjana Yawnghwe) - Read this and join Allison for a book club discussion in January at Burnaby Public Library! Details here. > All That Matters by Wayson Choy We also talk about:  > VPL's "What Do I Read Next?" and BPL's "Find Your Next Fiction Read" services > BookRiot's 2019 Read Harder Challenge > VPL's 2019 Book Bingo The transcript is available here. The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic. You can reach us at: > Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com > Twitter: @OrganizingPod > Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
39:25
December 6, 2019
Ep 11 - Trans Inclusivity in Libraries and Research with Shelby Miller
Shelby Miller, a student in the MLIS program at UBC’s iSchool and an employee at Vancouver Public Library, joins us for a conversation about working at VPL as a non-binary trans employee, what’s wrong with the liberal utopian idea of intellectual freedom, and her thesis project on the information seeking habits of transgender individuals. Shelby recently participated (with Allison, Hazel Jane Plante, Leah Tottenham, and syr) in a roundtable discussion for the BCLA Connect newsletter called “Not Cis in LIS: A Roundtable Discussion about Being Trans in Libraries,” and we were very glad to build on this conversation in person! Read the transcript here. The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic. You can reach us at: Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com Twitter: @OrganizingPod Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
34:26
November 29, 2019
Ep 10 - TPL and Transphobia (round 2) with Niko Stratis
Allison chats with Niko Stratis, who has been heavily involved in responding to Meghan Murphy’s event at Toronto Public Library, about this event, the impact it has had on trans people, how libraries might rethink “intellectual freedom” if we’re committed to being trans inclusive, and the failures of media coverage of the event. Read their piece, “Someone Tell The Media That Trans Folks Were At The Meghan Murphy Protests, Too” and check out their Twitter feed to learn more about their work.  Read the transcript here.  The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic. You can reach us at: > Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com > Twitter: @OrganizingPod@organizingpod > Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
30:00
November 22, 2019
Ep 9 - Rare Books and Manuscripts Section 2019 Conference
Karen Ng shares a letter written after the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section “Response and Responsibility: Special Collections and Climate Change” conference in Baltimore in June 2019. This episode includes written statements and a voice recording from Ayoola White, Aramis Sanchez, and Marielle Stockton. Read along with the transcript here. The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic. You can reach us at: • Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com • Twitter: @OrganizingPod • Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
25:55
November 15, 2019
Ep 8 - Queer and Radical Knowledge Organization with Avi Grundner
This episode we got to sit down with Avi Grundner, a MLIS/MAS student at UBC who is working on a Queer Subject Heading Thesaurus for Out on the Shelves Library. We talk about queer and radical knowledge organization and the power of seeing yourself represented in these systems.  Read along with the transcript here. The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic. People and resources mentioned this episode: Avi Grundner and Out on the Shelves Emily Drabinski’s article Queering the Catalog: Queer Theory and the Politics of Correction Out on the Shelves Tag Cloud Out on the Shelves Catalogue Out on the Shelves Classification System LOC cataloguer Netanel Ganin An Archive of Our Own Wrangling Guidelines Library of Congress Subject Headings, including Two-Spirit People and Gender Non-Conforming People (we also recommend Xwi7xwa Library’s guide on Two-Spirit & Indigenous Queer Studies) Academic resources Avi recommends: Drabinski, E. (2013). Queering the Catalog: Queer Theory and the Politics of Correction. The Library Quarterly, 83(2), 94-111. doi:10.1086/669547 Bates, J., & Rowley, J. (2011). Social reproduction and exclusion in subject indexing. Journal of Documentation, 67(3), 431-448. doi:10.1108/00220411111124532 Mai, J. E. (2011). Folksonomies and the New Order: Authority in the Digital Disorder. Knowledge Organization, 38(2). You can reach us at: Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com Twitter: @OrganizingPod Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
46:04
November 8, 2019
Ep 7 - Public Programming and Professionalization with Y Vy Truong
In this episode we got to sit down with Y Vy Truong, who is the librarian for joss paper library based in Vancouver’s Chinatown. We got to talk about public programming, professionalization, and what it means to build both collections and communities. Read along with the transcript here. Things mentioned this episode: > Y Vy Truong: @YVyTruong > joss paper library: @josspaperlib > ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence > American Library Association and accreditation > Loretta Ross > Vocational awe > Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H. Chung Collection > Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies program The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic. You can reach us at: > Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com > Twitter: @OrganizingPod > Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
52:48
November 1, 2019
Ep 6 - Toronto Public Library and Transphobia
In the wake of Toronto Public Library’s room booking to Meghan Murphy, we sit down to talk with Alicia Elliott, an incredible Tuscarora author from Six Nations of the Grand River, and one of the original signatories on a petition called “Stop Hate Speech from Being Spread at the Toronto Public Library.” This episode also includes statements from a number of trans community members and library workers about the impacts of this event, including Niko Stratis, John Fink, and Leanna Jantzi.  Numerous resources and folks to follow if you’d like to learn more about this situation are linked in the episode transcript. Read along here.  The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic. You can reach us at: > Email: organizingideaspod@gmail.com > Twitter: @OrganizingPod > Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
47:19
October 25, 2019
Ep 5 - Community-Led Libraries with Jorge Cardenas
What is community-led work in and for libraries? We got to sit down with Jorge Cardenas in Allison’s home to talk about what it means to work in libraries with a community-led focus. Jorge is a community librarian and currently manages Burnaby Public Library’s McGill branch. He is also an instructor at the University of British Columbia, where he co-taught the Community-Led Libraries class with Christie Menzo, and is now teaching it solo for the 2019-2020 academic year. Some resources mentioned in the episode: > Community-Led Libraries Toolkit: https://www.vpl.ca/sites/vpl/public/Community-Led-Libraries-Toolkit.pdf? > Public Library Leaders program, organized by the Canadian Urban Library Council: http://www.culc.ca/projects/plleaders/ Jorge can be reached at: > Twitter: @libliothecary > Email: jorge [dot] cardenas [at] ubc [dot] ca The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic. Read along with the transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dRf7o8hTo1ZOhxLu8ZFWbclUPAy4X2nfqzqbYVpFyWo/edit?usp=sharing You can reach us at: > Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com > Twitter: @OrganizingPod > Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
53:20
October 21, 2019
Ep 4 - Invitation to Contribute
We are preparing an episode in response to Toronto Public Library’s recent room booking to Meghan Murphy, a well-known transphobic speaker. We would like to include the voices and perspectives of more trans people to hear how trans people are thinking and feeling about this room booking and similar events elsewhere. If you would like to leave us a voice message to include in the episode, please visit anchor.fm/organizing-ideas and click on "Send a Voice Message." You can also email us a written message that we can read for the episode at organizingideaspod@gmail.com. You are welcome to include your name or to remain anonymous. We hope to gather all these messages by Wednesday October 23rd by the end of the day so that we can have this episode up by Friday the 25th. In the meantime, we send our love, rage, and solidarity. Take care. Read the full transcript of this mini-episode here. As always, you can reach us at: > Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com > Twitter: @OrganizingPod > Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
01:45
October 20, 2019
Ep 3 - Precarious Work with Ean Henninger and Ted Lee
In this episode we got to sit down with Ean Henninger and Ted Lee to talk about precarity in the library, archival, and information field. It’s a fascinating conversation, ranging from the challenges of addressing the lack of diversity in LIS to the mental and physical toll of precarious work, to the inevitable question: how do we dismantle capitalism!? Read along with the transcript. Resources > Follow Ean on Twitter: @rhymewithzinger; @LISprecarity > Follow Ted on Twitter: @teioh > Isabell Lorey’s book “The State of Insecurity” > SAA19 Archivist Salary Transparency Open Spreadsheet (updated October 2019) > Ted’s tweet about the postmodern condition and his thread about precarity and capitalism > April Hathcock’s twitter and her article “White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS" > LIS Precarity’s research page  > Alaniz, D. (2019). Reflections on temporary appointments and innovation/diversity culture in libraries and archives.  > Bacevic, J. (2019). Knowing Neoliberalism. Social Epistemology 33(4), 380-392. > Henninger, E., Brons, A., Riley, C., & Yin, C. (2019). Perceptions and experiences of precarious employment in Canadian libraries: An exploratory study. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, 14(2). Fact checking! > The City of Burnaby’s $1 billion surplus that Allison mentions isn’t a surplus, it’s a reserve fund.  > From Matthew Battles’ Library: An Unquiet History: Dewey developed a serious cough after being caught in a fire and doctors thought he wouldn’t live long, so he became obsessed with efficiency. “In superficial retrospect, the decision [to admit women to the School of Library Economy at Columbia] looks like a pioneer move in women’s rights. But as his biographer Wiegand points out, Dewey actually used the admittance of women to the college to the same end he used their hiring in the library: to define the profession down. Women were already socially subordinate to the men who filled faculty roles; for Dewey, this subordination nicely mirrored the professional subordination of librarians to professors and other experts—a subordination he deemed necessary to the efficient workings of the library.” (144) The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic. You can reach us at: > Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com > Twitter: @OrganizingPod > Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com
58:13
October 11, 2019
Ep 2 - Library School and Student Government with Victoria Gomez
We're thrilled to get to sit down and talk to our friend and classmate, Victoria Gomez. Victoria is an MLIS student at the University of British Columbia, and (among many other things) is the co-president of our student association, LASSA (Library and Archival Studies Student Association). This is a great episode especially for anyone new to the UBC iSchool, thinking about pursuing an MLIS, or interested in student government and community-led work with students. You can find Victoria on Twitter at @LibVick. The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic. Read along with the transcript. You can reach us at: > Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com > Twitter: @OrganizingPod > Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
46:56
September 29, 2019
Ep 1 - Intro
Hello! We're Allison and Karen, and this is the introduction to this podcast project about organizing ideas and community organizing. We are two new librarians/archivist figuring things out as we go, including how to piece together a podcast. We go over some personal introductions as well as what we're hoping to cover in the upcoming episodes. (Note: this episode was recorded a few months ago during the summer.) The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic. A transcript is available here. You can reach us at: > Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com > Twitter: @OrganizingPod > Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/
23:20
September 26, 2019