Organizing Ideas

Organizing Ideas

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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.


26 - Books and Feelings in the Time of COVID-19
May 8 • 41 min
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…
25 - Community-Led Teen Librarianship with Ariel Caldwell
May 1 • 70 min
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…
24 - Libraries, “Democracy”, and Intellectual Freedom with Sam Popowich
Apr 20 • 62 min
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…
23 - How are you feeling? COVID-19 Call for Contributions
Apr 5 • 2 min
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…
22 - Grassroots Libraries and Care in Community (Pre-BCLA Chat) with Y Vy Truong, Rachel Lau, and Avi Grundner
Apr 3 • 53 min
** 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…
21 - (Elementary) Teacher Librarianship and Inquiry-Based Learning with Elaine Su
Mar 13 • 39 min
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.…
20 - Libraries and Disabilities with Jessica Schomberg
Feb 28 • 54 min
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…
19 - (Web) Archives and Black Culture with Zakiya Collier
Feb 18 • 54 min
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…
18 - Public History with Krista McCracken
Jan 31 • 34 min
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…
17 - Digital Privacy, Information Literacy, and the Library Freedom Institute with Symphony Bruce
Jan 24 • 46 min
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…
16 - Archival Theory Through Participation, Solidarity, and Social Justice with Lara Maestro
Jan 17 • 58 min
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,…
15 - Catalyzing a Community Led Future at the Free Library of Philadelphia with Andrea Lemoins
Jan 10 • 51 min
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…
14 - Navigation, Resistance, and Rebellion with Sarah Dupont and Amy Perreault
Jan 3 • 46 min
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…
13 - Recap and Looking Forward to 2020 (ft. voice messages)
Dec 13, 2019 • 34 min
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…
12 - 2019 Reading Highlights with Allison and Karen
Dec 6, 2019 • 39 min
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 >…
11 - Trans Inclusivity in Libraries and Research with Shelby Miller
Nov 29, 2019 • 34 min
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,…
10 - TPL and Transphobia (round 2) with Niko Stratis
Nov 22, 2019 • 30 min
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…
9 - Rare Books and Manuscripts Section 2019 Conference
Nov 15, 2019 • 25 min
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…
8 - Queer and Radical Knowledge Organization with Avi Grundner
Nov 8, 2019 • 46 min
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…
7 - Public Programming and Professionalization with Y Vy Truong
Nov 1, 2019 • 52 min
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.…
6 - Toronto Public Library and Transphobia
Oct 25, 2019 • 47 min
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…
5 - Community-Led Libraries with Jorge Cardenas
Oct 21, 2019 • 53 min
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…
4 - Invitation to Contribute
Oct 20, 2019 • 1 min
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…
3 - Precarious Work with Ean Henninger and Ted Lee
Oct 11, 2019 • 58 min
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…
2 - Library School and Student Government with Victoria Gomez
Sep 29, 2019 • 46 min
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…
1 - Intro
Sep 25, 2019 • 23 min
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…