I haven’t been to an Annual ALA Conference yet, so it’ll be interesting to see how my attention can hold up to meeting so many people and hearing so many ideas. I’ve been to a number of smaller conferences, but nothing on this scale.
Building from the Critical ALA Annual 2018 list of “sessions of possible interest to critical library workers” made by Eamon Tewell and others, here’s a schedule of where I intend to be while in NOLA. I’ll do my best to update this throughout the week, so we can try to meet up if you’d like. Messaging me on Mastodon or Twitter would be great ways to get in touch.
I’ll do my best to always have an In the Library with the Lead Pipe button on my backpack or lanyard to make it easier to spot me. Please feel free to chat about the journal’s submission or open peer review processes, talk about ideas you have, or anything else. I’ll bring a few buttons with the journal logo’s to give away as well.
I’ll probably also bring a small number of earplugs. So if you plan to go out dancing or if you see me out somewhere loud, ask and I might have some for you & your ears.
Group Note-taking > Live Tweeting
There’s a growing practice of shared note-taking at unconferences and conferences, like at CLAPS2016 and at the #critlib Unconference 2017 in Baltimore. Let’s keep that going and try using more privacy-respecting platforms this time around.
If you’re interested in helping take group notes—which seem like a more hospitable format than live tweeting for many of us—I’m planning to make publicly-editable Etherpad notes hosted at RiseUp. It’ll be like shared Google Docs, only on a platform that helps avoid Google’s many privacy-destroying tentacles.
My plan is to:
[x] make a pad for each session I'll attend @done
[x] give each pad a 1 year lifespan (which anyone can do as they create a pad) @done
[x] link to those pads here @done
- ultimately move our collectively-written notes somewhere else to be determined, such as my site or maybe something like a Sandstorm.io instance for library workers and/or other folks interested in #critlib-type things.1
Lastly, please: if there’s a microphone, always use the microphone.
I’m flying in today—and I wish I could be listening to KEXP’s breakdown of Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back while in flight. Hopefully they record it or at least spell out the playlist somewhere. Fear of a Black Planet was much more formative for me but I’d love to learn anything I could about the Bomb Squad’s production process for any of their albums.
I might be down to meet up for vegetarian/vegan food, coffee, or other stuff this evening. Let me know!
In the morning & early afternoon I’ll be exploring NOLA and the convention center.
Meet the Authors: Mariko Tamaki and Shea Fontana (most likely)
Whiteness in LIS: Tracing its Impact, Mapping Resistance
In the Library in the Lead Pipe meet up in the Networking Uncommons
Bridging the Gap: Supporting Subject Liaisons to Become Ambassadors for Digital Scholarship in Academic Libraries
Neutrality and Its Discontents: Exploring the Ethics of Librarianship in a Partisan World
OR MORE LIKELY
Progressive Librarians Guild Meeting
Que(e)ry at ALA New Orleans
Evidence Based Library and Information Practice is…
Buried in a “Dying” Field: Pessimism, Uncertain Futures, and the LIS job search
When to Speak Up, When to Listen: Allyship, Race, and Communication in the Academic Library
Open Education Resources (OER): Where Libraries Are and Where We are Going
Making a Sandstorm instance is kind of pie-in-the-sky as a goal for me at the moment, but I can definitely put the notes on my blog at minimum. If you’re interested in helping with a Sandstorm instance for library workers, let’s talk! ↩