June 18, 2018

Progressive Library Organizations Update, 2013-2017

Al Kagan
ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table

Abstract
This article is a five-year update to the author’s book, Progressive Library Organizations: A Worldwide History, published by McFarland in 2015. It includes information on all the organizations covered in the book except the Library and Information Workers Organisation of South Africa which folded in 2000. These six organizations are from Austria, Germany, Sweden, UK, and US. The analysis is based on several new interviews in 2017, documents, publications, correspondence, and much personal experience. These organizations are in various states of health, and two of them have transformed into new structures. We can take heart that activist librarians continue to organize themselves to push back against the neoliberalism that pervades our profession and the world at-large.

Article here, in the Journal of Radical Librarianship: https://journal.radicallibrarianship.org/index.php/journal/article/view/27

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