If you can, please come out and support Berkeley Public Library workers this week at 2 important meetings. We will be presenting a Petition of No Confidence against Library Director Jackie Griffin at Tuesday's City Council meeting and at Wednesday's Board of Library Trustees meeting.
During the 2004 Republican National Convention as thousands of protesters massed in New York City, a group of 40 volunteers came to their aid, researching questions about the convention and offering "ready reference kits" -- city maps, schedules of demonstrations, lists of telephone numbers for lawyers, hospitals and lodgings.
West calls herself an "anarchist librarian." She sits on the Social Responsibilities committee of the American Library Association, maintains librarian.net to provide links to resources for other librarians, and is heavily involved with promoting readers' rights. She is also the coeditor of "Revolting Librarians Redux," a collection of essays and stories on radical library issues such as book banning and sexuality tolerance. The original "Revolting Librarians" was a small compilation from the 1970s.
The following is a transcript of a talk on anarchist librarians that Chuck gave at the Counterpoise-sponsored post-ALA conference last June in Orlando. Howard Besser's remarks on anarchist librarians will be posted here later this week.