In partnership with SFU's school of communication

Radical Librarianship

Libraries, archives, and museums do media-based work that educates, informs, and creates bridges to culture and technology. The Radical Librarianship Track will address a broad range of media-based organizing themes: envisioning libraries and archives as centers for supporting movements for social equity; as information providers for social justice workers; and as places to explore how to use art, media, and technology for social transformation. In this track we will specifically consider the role of librarians and archivists in strengthening the knowledge, culture, and collective memory of communities impacted by chronic divestment and gentrification.

We welcome proposals for sessions that will be accessible to participants of all ages and backgrounds, and interpret the work of libraries as spaces where artists, educators, technologists, and activists convene to access, document, share, organize, and find solutions to issues that impact their communities.

We are especially interested in sessions that:

  • Challenge traditional library and archive structures, institutions, and organizations.
  • Discuss best practices for community-based organizations that provide books, technology, internet access, creative materials, or collaborative opportunities for people of color, queer and gender nonconforming folks, disabled people, incarcerated people, and undocumented people.
  • Consider the role of librarians and archivists in strengthening the knowledge, culture, and collective memory of communities impacted by chronic divestment and gentrification.
  • Address racism, white supremacy or issues of diversity and inclusion in libraries, archives, or museums.
  • Discuss mental health and self-care for workers in libraries, archives, or museums.

Beyond the themes outlined above, if the idea of Radical Librarianship resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you.