Progressive Librarians Guild @ UBC
A FORUM FOR THE OPEN EXCHANGE OF RADICAL VIEWS ON librarianship
PROGRESSIVE LIBRARIANS GUILD
Great news! Professor Lisa Nathan agreed to be our faculty adviser. This is the first step to becoming a real club under LASSA. Next step? We have to adopt our constitution, name a chair and treasurer, and show up at a LASSA meeting. We're on our way!
Additionally, the Progressive Librarians Guild of Vancouver (the former PLG @ UBC) has given us the thumbs up! YAY!
Thank you, you visiting this site, for all the support. When I started my degree at SLAIS, it was a big change from my political science undergraduate degree and my time working with NGOs. Everyone was more agreeable, everyone was proud of their field, it was a loving and positive environment. It wasn't long, however, before I started noticing that this quiet, peaceful, and somewhat complacent attitude was a Cowslip's Warren, covering a darker underbelly (Watership down reference? Anyone?). For the first year at SLAIS, I wondered why people weren't more worked up about it-- why, in our female-dominated profession, is management male-dominated? Are women really not promoted because "they just don't apply", or is there more to it? Why do we still use such blatantly racist cataloguing systems? Why do librarians talk about neutrality like it's always a good thing? And why is everyone so white?
When I started to voice my frustrations, I realized quickly that I had underestimated my peers. You were quick to jump into the conversation and contribute ideas that I hadn't even considered. These discussions have been some of the more enriching of my degree, and I'm deeply grateful to you wonderful, critical-thinking, norm-questioning bad-asses. Just because our profession is old does not mean it has to be conservative. Just because we're expected to be frumpy doesn't mean we can't be free-thinkers.
I look forward to many more discussions that end with more questions than answers, and I look forward to leaving this place better than we found it.
Cheers to that,