Category Archives: Social Justice

Social Justice & Librarianship Conference

I was lucky enough to checkout some of the eChicago conference last weekend.  It is a small, niche, conference about community informatics.  The Keynote’s were both great.  They spoke about projects in Haiti and with China.  It really got me to thinking that a social justice & librarianship mini-conference would be super awesome.  Perhaps some would say that I am too busy to take on such a project, but I think it’s time and no one else has stepped up.

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Book: Public Libraries and Social Justice

Just a quick post to mention a new book that I am totally excited about!  The book is title Public Libraries and Social Justice by John Pateman and John Vincent out of the UK.  The recommendation comes to me from someone I admire a great deal, Toni Samek. Toni, besides an awesome name, is a vigorous advocate for social justice, social responsibility and human rights.  I suggest looking at some of her work!

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Last message from the Deskset before the book drive

Hey All,

The big day is tomorrow!!!  Just wanted to send out a final update.  We have over 70 people marked as coming with another 50 or so as maybe.  We are looking for a big turnout.  As for books, new paperbacks is what we are looking for.  Other books will gladly be accepted and rerouted to another institution.

We have received some great publicity.  Check out the feature on the Chicago Deskset over at the Chicagoist.

We hope that you are as excited as we are.  The article shows the need for us to come together and step up, and I’m glad that we are doing it.  We are looking forward to meeting and seeing everyone tomorrow.  We have been busy planning this and future events.  And to those who cannot make it this time, we look forward to seeing you at the next event!

P.S. If you forgot, here are the details of the event:

Where: The Grafton Pub and Grill (Western stop, Brown Line and there is also ample street parking and a paid lot across the street)

When: April 10th, 2010 3:00pm-5:00pm

What to bring: one (or more!) age appropriate paperback book, ideas of future charities/fundraisers you would like to support

Who is invited: check out our About Us page for details but just about everyone! Library workers, students, book lovers, friends, family! If you are interested in our mission, then you are invited!

We’ll also be raffling off a gift certificate to Unabridged Bookstore, mingling and just getting together to decide where this group will go next!

Here is the Facebook event page:

Please make sure you RSVP if you plan on attending. If you don’t have a facebook account, please leave a comment below letting us know you plan on attending. Also please note that The Grafton has asked us to have table by table tabs. So be prepared with either cash or be willing to split tabs! And if you are interested in helping out or you just have questions, shoot us an email at:

chicagodeskset[at sign]gmail[dot]com

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