Monday, October 10, 2011

OccupyWallStreet protest movement calls on librarians to help build the People's Library

Library Journal - By Michael Kelley, Oct 5, 2011 

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Protesters with painted faces look on after a march to Los Angeles City Hall during the "Occupy Los Angeles" demonstration in solidarity with the ongoing "Occupy Wall Street" protest in New York City on October 1, 2011
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As the OccupyWallStreet protest movement has held firm and spread since its inception September 17, the northeast corner of Zuccotti Park (renamed Liberty Plaza by the protesters) in lower Manhattan has become the home for the budding revolution's People's Library.
The library already has a website, which proclaims that "information is liberation," and this morning, October 5, a "call for librarians" went out.
"We need help building our catalog and writing our history. Our readers are enthusiastic and some of them need help finding the right book," the post reads. "The right book for the right reader is fundamental to successful librarianship, so we need public services folks to come out and conduct reference interviews with people and help them find 'their' book."
One librarian who responded even before the call went out is Mandy Henk, an access services librarian and assistant professor at the Roy O. West Library at DePauw University in Indiana. She made the 12-hour drive to New York last week to volunteer after seeing a posterboard sign with a list of things the library needed, including librarians.
"If these brave young people (and not so young people) were asking for members of my profession to come and help build and maintain a library, how could I refuse?" Henk said. "If my professional skills could do some good for people sleeping outside in the cold and rain to affect the kind of change I want to see, why wouldn't I go? What excuse did I have?" she said.
Full piece at Library Journal.

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