UA Chapter -- Summer/Fall 2009 Newsletter

Volume 2, Issue 1

Progressive Librarians Guild

From the President
Kristen Curé
Thanks to our very active and creative chapter members as well as through collaborations with others in the community, Spring semester 2009 was packed with engaging and successful events: • Our first professional development event of the semester was a town hall discussion on the Google Books settlement, led by SIRLS professor Peter Botticelli on February 18, 2009: Google and the Future of Libraries. As an ongoing project through out the semester, we have collaborated with the Dry River Collective to organize and catalog their community resource and zine library. PLG teamed up with LSO to bring the Fourth Annual SIRLS Graduate Student Symposium the first weekend in March. The symposium theme—Proactive Librarianship: Creative and Innovative Approaches to Information—came to life in every aspect of the event. Students attended a dinner with the Symposium Keynote speaker, Rory Litwin the night before the presentations. The day of the symposium, funds were raised for library and literacy projects in Belize and the majority of the student presentations covered progressive topics. On March 25th, 2009, we held the Intellectual Property Workshop for Progressive Librarians to look at how intellectual copyright laws affect many aspects of LIS professions, including: education and scholarly communications, information ethics and indigenous communities. Dan Lee, Kay Mathiesen, Atifa •

Rawan and Eugenia Charles-Newton took part in the panel and sparked an informative and dynamic discussion. On April 1, 2009, we invited Marti Lindsey to present How to Get the Most Impact from Outreach. Her presentation focused on successful outreach approaches for LIS professionals. Dawn Hunziker from the Disability Resource Center brought us the Accessibility Workshop on April 13, 2009. Her very engaging and practical workshop covered how to make web pages and web documents more accessible for people with disabilities. The techniques she covered can also benefit people relying on old computers or even people who use PDAs. • We also participated in three social events this semester: an opening social at Hotel Congress in January, a joint potluck and barbeque with LSO and SLA in April, and our one year anniversary brunch at Lovin’ Spoonfuls in May. continued on next page

From the Editor
Welcome to our third newsletter. From events and workshops to community projects, the past semester has been a whirlwind of activity for PLG-UA. Not only that, our Chapter celebrated its first anniversary. In this issue you can read about a few of the events sponsored by PLG-UA over the last semester: our workshop on community outreach; our townhall discussion on the continued on next page 1

continued from previous page (From the President) • We closed the semester with the awarding of the first ever Most Progressive Faculty Awards at the SIRLS Graduation Ceremony on May 15, 2009.

Traditional Cultural Expression and how progressive librarians can work in culturally competent ways. • Originally started as an Earth Day project, we will be planting a desert tree with the Sahuaro Girl Scout Council on their Tucson day camp and program site. After the success of this spring’s workshop, we have discussed with Dawn Hunziker the possibility of bringing us another Accessibility Workshop. We also plan to complete our initial fundraising efforts for our international library and literacy project so that we can ship our first collection of books to Belize.

As with the Fall semester, the Spring semester brought us additional new members that contributed to the variety of perspectives and voices that participate in our group. Our focus on the position of Project Managers as the event planners and community collaborators of the group has allowed us to continue to program diverse projects and events. Anyone, whether an officer or not, can volunteer to be a Project Manager (or part of a Project Manager’s support team), allowing a wide number of members to become involved and take the lead PLG events. This system helps to make PLG-UA more diverse by bringing more opportunities to more members for leadership and teamwork experiences. It also allows people to focus on the issues that they are most passionate about—if you have an idea for a project or event that you find compelling, you can make it a reality at PLG. The spring and summer have also brought the graduation of two of our officers. Rebecca Bliquez, who served as our very efficient secretary as well as on the symposium planning committee, graduated this year. Nicole Pagowsky also graduated this year. As founding President, she not only worked to bring PLG-UA into being, but it was her vision of the group as fun; creative; and most of all, inclusive; that has allowed us to grow and enabled the success of our many projects and events. In addition to serving as President, Nicole was also a part of the symposium planning committee and a project manager for some of our events. Thanks to both of you for your contributions and good luck in your future endeavors! Finally, a glimpse at some of what is planned for Summer and Fall 2009: • In continued support of commitment to collaboration with the community at large, we are in the early stages of working with Read Between the Bars to organize and catalog their collection. As with our work with the Dry River collective, we feel that establishing community connections is an essential way for us to use our LIS skills to improve our community. We are currently planning a Panel Discussion on 2

If not already a member, we hope you will consider joining PLG-UA this semester. Everyone is welcome—new students, students who have been in the program for some time, alumni and LIS professionals in town— and we encourage as much participation as is comfortable for each member. You will find information on how to join in this newsletter, as well as in our online wiki. Cheers! Kristen Curé / President

continued from previous page (From the Editor) Google Books settlement; the Fourth Annual SIRLS Graduate Student Symposium jointly sponsored by PLG-UA and LSO; our newly created Most Progressive Faculty Awards; as well as an update on our ongoing Books to Belize Project. At the core of this newsletter is an in-depth look at one of our community outreach projects: the organization of the small lending library at Tucson’s Dry River Collective. These projects are just a slice of what UA-PLG and its members have been up to over the past semester. Check out From the President for other events and to see what we have in store for the future. Best, Jez Gaddoura / Webmaster

Community Outreach Workshop: How to Get the Most Impact from Outreach
Nicole Pagowsky
Progressive Librarians Guild - UA Chapter invited Marti Lindsey, Director of the Community Outreach & Education Core (COEC) of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC), at the UA School of Pharmacy, to present her new research on community outreach on April 1, 2009. Marti explained her Synergistic Cascading Model of Outreach to our group, along with how to reach audiences at four levels, and how to build on past successes. Community outreach is essential to librarianship; it helps ensure libraries remain (or become) relevant to the communities they serve, helps improve equitable access, and markets the library to those who might not be using it. Progressive Librarians Guild fully supports all of these objectives, and we were interested in learning how to promote them through a better understanding of successful outreach. What is more, Marti is Director of an office with a focus on environmentalism, environmental health, and educating special populations on these topics, so this event was a perfect marriage of interests. An important point Marti makes is that outreach is not effective as one-size-fits-all, and through Marti’s Synergistic Cascading Model of Outreach, Marti was able to demonstrate how there are many different angles to consider when trying to reach individuals and groups with a message. For successful outreach, flexibility is essential; understanding the target audience and their needs (and wants), the environment and methods used to deliver the message, and how best to measure successes means it is imperative to have a mindset of fluidity. After assessment and re-assessment, it might then necessary to adjust and re-direct energies toward more suitable approaches. The event turnout was excellent and some great discussions were spurred through Marti’s presentation. If you

Books to Belize Project
Molly Osborn
The Books to Belize project endeavors to promote literacy and library development in Central America by sending children’s books to Peace Corps Volunteers working in Belize schools. The books have been collected, and fund-raising efforts continue to bring us closer to our goal. We extend our sincere gratitude to the following businesses that have assisted in our efforts. Thank you! The Loft Cinema Bookman’s The Espresso Art Café Raging Sage Adventure Roasters Jimmy John’s Bentley’s House of Coffee & Tea Café Luce

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PLG-UA Founder and former President Nicole Pagowsky receiving the University of Arizona’s Graduate/Professional Leadership Award this Spring. Congratulations! 3

Members (l-r) Molly Osborn, Nicole Pagowsky, Rebecca Bliquez, and Kristen Curé hanging out at the PLG-UA Semester Social held on January 30, 2009, at Hotel Congress.

Proactive Librarianship: The 4th Annual Graduate Student Symposium
Kristen Curé
This year, the UA chapter of the Library Student Organization (LSO) teamed up with PLG-UA to organize the 4th Annual Graduate Student Symposium at the School of Information Resources and Library Science. The symposium theme—Proactive Librarianship: Creative and Innovative Approaches to Information—was at the heart of every aspect of the event; from the morning refreshments, to the student presentations, to the keynote speaker. The day opened with coffee and pastries donated by Espresso Art Cafe and Bentley’s in an effort to support library and literacy development in Belize. Molly Osborn, of PLG-UA, had worked throughout the semester as project manager and fundraising coordinator for the Belize library and literacy project and she encouraged symposium attendees to give free-will donations for the morning refreshments as part of a fundraising effort for the Belize project. During the symposium, students presented on a range of 4 topics, including: online health information resources, strengthening diversity initiatives in difficult economic times and Internet literacy education on the Navajo Reservation. PLG-UA members Nicole Pagowsky and Kristen Curé presented research and experiences from working with the Dry River Collective on their infoshop and zine library organization project. Kristen Curé and PLG-UA members Olivia Baca and Yamilia El-Khyat joined classmate Natalia Fernández to present cultural competence as key component for quality service in every LIS context. The symposium planning committee and SIRLS were very honored to welcome Rory Litwin as the keynote speaker at this year’s symposium. Rory Litwin has been active in both the Progressive Librarians Guild parent chapter and in ALA’s Social Responsibilities Round Table for many years. He is currently a reference librarian at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He started sharcontinued on next page

continued from page 3 (Community Outreach) missed the event or would like to hear it again, you can find the podcast and an electronic version of the handout here: [http://milton.sbs.arizona.edu/files/ podcasts/20090401lindsey.mp3]. If not all materials are posted by the time this write up is published, please visit the PLG-UA site to obtain the supplemental items: [http://sirls.arizona.edu/PLG/media]. More information about Marti, COEC, and SWEHSC can be found here: [http://coep.pharmacy.arizona.edu/ about/marti_lindsey.html], with page updates coming soon.

Google and the Future of Libraries: A Townhall Discussion
Jez Gaddoura
In February of this Spring PLG-UA hosted a townhall discussion with Dr. Peter Botticelli, Assistant Professor of Practice at SIRLS, and Coordinator of the Digital Information (DigIn) Program, to talk about the recent Google Books Search Project settlement.

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ing progressive ideas through the web zine he published called Library Juice. He continues to publish Library Juice as an active blog and as recently begun focusing his energy on book publishing through the progressive publishers Library Juice Press and Litwin Books. Rory Litwin was able to spend a few days in Tucson so that he met with students both before and after the symposium in informal settings, in addition to attending and speaking at the symposium. As a result, students were not only able to attend his formal symposium address— From duality to dilemma: Balancing the library on mission, community, and democracy—but they were able to participate in engaging discussions with Litwin in social settings. The 4th Annual Graduate Student Symposium gave SIRLS students the opportunity to share and discuss a myriad of ideas for proactive librarianship and to think about what LIS professionals are already developing in the field. A special thanks goes to all of the symposium volunteers from both LSO and PLG-UA: Rebecca Bliquez, Kristen Curé, Patricia Escarcega, Sara Hayden, Sho Ikeda, Michelle Martin, Molly Osborn, Nicole Pagowsky and Brenda Taylor. Want more information? Symposium: http://sirls.arizona.edu/LSO/symposium Library Juice: http://libraryjuicepress.com/blog/

Dr. Peter Botticelli (above) Begun in 2004 in partnership with the so-called “Big Five” -- University of Michigan, Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, and the New York Public Library -- the Google Books Project (as it is more commonly known) is an ambitious effort to digitize nearly 15 million items within ten years. The project has expanded to include a number of other institutions and libraries and has scanned some 7 million items thus far. Many of the scanned items, while no longer in print or commercially available, are still in copyright. This, in part, is what prompted publishers and authors to sue Google in late 2005. In the Fall of 2008, Google reached a $125m settlement agreement with publishers and authors that would allow it to continue scanning copyrighted materials. The agreement established royalty percentages for copyrighted works included in the project, and created a fund from which authors would receive their portion of advertising revenue. The settlement agreement is currently under review by the Justice Department to assess continued on page 9 5

Chapter Project: Organizing a Local Collective’s Lending Library
Nicole Pagowsky
Volunteers from our chapter worked together this semester to partner with Tucson’s Dry River Collective1 to organize their small lending library. The group maintains their library containing books and zines2 themselves, which is located within their infoshop3. Their library had been organized as an aesthetic rainbow, forcing browsing, which served as an impetus for asking us for help in creating a simple, yet more orderly system for organizing and finding materials. Because Dry River collective members are not librarians, and are the ones who would be working with the library, our group wanted them to do the decision-making. We served more so as consultants, offering suggestions, and based on consensus of Dry River, creating a plan for organization. What follows is a brief run down of what has been in the works for the past few months; we hope to have an opening day celebration reception as soon as all the cataloging and physical reorganization is complete, and we hope you will join us!
the book, going in rainbow-order. Although this method was certainly attractive, it made it very difficult to easily find specific items. Likewise, because there was no catalog, the only way to find anything was to look through every single book (or zine), and one would be very fortunate to have previous knowledge of the spine color. To meet this plan in the middle, we found consensus in a visual classification scheme based on main subject heading; in other words, a colored sticker would correspond with a specific subject, and this sticker would be placed on the spine of the book. Again, because this is Dry River’s library and Dry River collective members and friends would be using and maintaining it, we felt it was very important for them to choose their main subject headings for classification of the books. We decided against pre-existing schemes and subject headings, such as Dewey, LCC/LCSH, or similar since the majority of items in the Dry River library are of a radical nature, and these subject headings are still in the process of becoming more accepting and supportive of alternative lifestyles and beliefs. An example would be that a zine created by rape survivors for rape survivors, if using LCSH, would receive the subject heading “rape victims;” another example is that “infoshop” is not even an existing subject heading in LCSH! As Sandy Berman has been arguing for many years, LCSH can be offensive, exclusive, and just plain ignorant; our chapter participated in the Radical Reference LCSH Blogging Party last year (Spring 2008), based on Sandy Berman and Jenna Freedman’s suggestions for new headings or revisions to existing ones4. However, I digress. Dry River chose their own headings based on their collection, their needs, and plans for the future, combined with consideration of our suggestions as PLG-UA. Within LibraryThing, items can receive numerous tags (yet authoritative ones if tagged by Dry River), but on the shelf, as is the only option for tangible items, only one, main subject heading would apply, as correlated with a color-coded sticker. This would be more of a dilemma for the zines, as zines can encompass many subject headings all in one, change subjects capriciously from issue to issue, or be so sporadic and/

Cataloging
We researched a number of options for what could be used as a catalog: a simple relational database from an open source program, Drupal, Koha, Joomla, a spreadsheet, Goodreads, LibraryThing, and probably a few more. Considering Dry River only has a few computers, volunteers might come and go, and not everyone has extensive technological training, we therefore chose the simplest interface with the easiest access, also making it very easy for library users to wield, as well as share their input: we went with LibraryThing. Although Goodreads and LibraryThing have similar purposes, through our exploration, we realized Goodreads was better suited for an individual booklist, whereas LibraryThing would work well for a group and allows for more sophisticated cataloging.

Classification
As stated, Dry River, previously invoked an aesthetic rainbow for their classification system, which forced
browsing. This system was visually based on the color of

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continued from previous page (Dry River Project) do with them. For this, main options can be organizing alphabetically on the shelf and assigning an exorbitant number of tags in the catalog (or filling out the description section – 520 in MARC fields), or to organize by a main subject heading, trying to be as consistent as possible. At this point in time, Dry River has decided to assign main subject headings on the shelf, independent of the books, and will not be cataloging the zines in LibraryThing because their collection rotates so much, and they often do not expect materials to return.

Dry River receives numerous donations, finds materials for free, and has a synergistic relationship with Read Between the Bars, a local books-to-prisoners group here in Tucson. These reasons mean acquisitions and collection development are not a major hurdle for this library. In fact, Dry River recently needed to weed through their collection to pare it down to only materials that would fit with their mission and goals.

Dry River Library’s mission statement:
Dry River, functioning as a radical resource center, hosts a library in order to provide an array of radical books in an attempt to educate and inspire. We believe in an anti-authoritarian, autonomous, hate-free future and we believe that education is one of the many vessels through which to get there. We are here for you to find useful information, good reads, and inspiring, dangerous ideas. This is one of the best library mission statements I have ever seen. Since they clearly know what they are setting

Circulation
Which brings up circulation. Dry River had been using an openly visible sign out sheet for borrowers to write their name, contact information, the item(s) they were borrowing, and the date. Because they are a non-hierarchical collective, they wanted all volunteers to have the same access to the same information (not just library volunteers having access to what has been checked out and by whom). Considering their circulation system, individual privacy would conflict with group transparency. Having all information out in the open could not only create a potential chilling effect for library users (especially because materials are of a radical nature), but could also be a personal danger with the recent wave and always-present possibility of FBI raids of infoshops5. With user information out in the open, it would be even easier for federal agents to just take it or even come in unannounced and scan the list. These considerations, although Dry River collective members did not seem too worried about the potentiality, prompted us to suggest a discreet circulation system that would be easy to destroy in a moment’s notice. This also would mean not including user information in the catalog. Therefore, when an item is checked out, it will receive a tag in LibraryThing noting it is checked out and the date it was borrowed, but there will be no corresponding user information anywhere on the Dry River computers. Instead, a concealed box with check out slips or a more discreet, easily destroyable checkout list will be employed for only Dry River library volunteers to monitor.

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PLG Fair Trade Tote Bags

Acquisitions, Collection Development, &
Preservation

These one-of-a-kind totes were sewn by DouglaPrieta Works, a women’s cooperative based in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, and feature PLG-UA’s custom logo designed by artist Dorothy Gambrell of the Cat and Girl web-comic. A limited number of tote bags are still available. Contact PLG-UA Fundraising Coordinator Patricia Escarcega at pie@email.arizona.edu for more details. 7

Introducing the Most Progressive Faculty Awards
Kristen Curé
This spring, PLG-UA wanted to recognize faculty who have exhibited excellence and progressiveness. PLGUA members established criteria for evaluating faculty progressiveness as well as rules for choosing the award recipients. It was determined that each semester, at the SIRLS graduation ceremony, one award would be presented for full-time faculty and one award for adjunct faculty. No person would be able to win consecutively. The nominees for full-time faculty were Dr. Pati Montiel-Overall and Dr. Hong Cui. The adjunct nominees were Dr. Margaret Higgins and Dr. Judi Moreillon. The award nominees were chosen because they showed progressiveness in at least two of the following criteria: 1. Progressive research 2. Activism and community work or outreach 3. Progressive teaching style (interactions with students, involvement, integration of technology) 4. Professional development (working to incorporate progressive values into professional career; contributing/participating in professional organizations in a progressive manner such as activity in SRRT, PLG, action councils, etc.) After all students were asked to vote, Dr. Judi Moreillon won the Most Progressive Adjunct Faculty for her progressive teaching style as exhibited in the interactive and creative website for her course Children’s and Young Adult Literature in a Multicultural Society that took full advantage of Web 2.0 tools. Dr. Moreillon was also recognized for her community activism and outreach as shown through her involvement in the renowned collection of international youth literature—World of Words—and her advocacy for family literacy through Pima County Public Library’s Project L.I.F.T. Dr. Hong Cui won the Most Progressive Full-time Faculty award for her progressive teaching style that values student feedback and input while integrating hands-on experience into the foundation of the virtual or physical 8

Dr. Hong Cui (left) and Dr. Judi Moreillon (right) classroom. Dr. Cui was also recognized for her community outreach as exhibited through her readiness to advise students in their community projects as well as follow-up by incorporating a review of these projects into her future courses so that outreach projects will be used as concrete examples in her lessons. We appreciate the efforts and excellence of our entire faculty, but are especially proud to congratulate and give special recognition to Dr. Judi Moreillon and Dr. Hong Cui as the Spring 2009 winners of the Most Progressive Faculty Awards!

PLG-UA Officers
Fall 2009

President: Kristen Curé Co-President: Yamila El-Khayat Treasurer: Diana Olivares Secretary: Georgia Taylor Fundraising Coordinator: Patricia Escarcega Faculty Advisor: Tom Wilding President: Nicole Pagowsky Co-President: Kristen Curé Treasurer: Diana Olivares Secretary: Rebecca Bliquez Webmaster: Jez Gaddoura Fundraising Coordinator: Patricia Escarcega Faculty Advisor: Tom Wilding

Spring 2009

On the Stacks

No one player or institution controlled the wires, the protocols, or the information. As a result, the internet evolved to resemble a public highway. This outcome was not inevitable, and Lessig explores how the internet came in to being to explain what kept it from evolving in to a private road. The central message of The Future of Ideas is that if the internet is to continue to enable creativity it needs to be kept free and open. In particular, market forces that dominate in the real world must be kept from inappropriately leveraging their power to control future development of the virtual world, and the government should play a role in making sure this does not occur. Rather than getting mired in technical details, Lessig deftly uses them to illustrate the big picture. Anyone curious about the history of the internet, the dismal state of current copyright law, and the critical importance of open and free access to information should take a look at The Future of Ideas. -Jez Gaddoura

The Future of Ideas
by Lawrence Lessig
The Future of Ideas is an examination of the factors that enabled the explosion in creativity at the end of the 20th century -- the internet revolution. Published in 2001, The Future of Ideas was written by widely-regarded law professor, copyright reform activist, and co-founder of the Creative Commons, Lawrence Lessig. The internet, according to Lessig, can be broken down into three layers: a physical layer, a code layer, and a content layer. The model might best be described in terms of a highway. The physical layer, which consists of the hardware used to connect machines together on the internet -- the wires, the computers, the routers and so on --- are like the road on which we drive. The code layer, consisting of the protocols used to send information across these interconnected machines, can be thought of as the rules governing the road -- which lanes may be used, at what speeds and times, and for what purposes. The last layer, the content layer, is what usually gets the most attention. These are the cars -- cargo and passengers -- or on the internet, the information, that gets passed along the physical layer according to the rules set out at the code layer. Information is, of course, what it is all about. The Future of Ideas posits that what made the internet the perfect vehicle for creative development was that to a large extent all three of these layers -- the physical, code, and content layers -- were kept free and open for individuals and companies to develop as they saw fit.

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anti-trust issues.1 The PLG-UA townhall discussion was a well-attended and lively event. Views ranged from optimism about the possibility of gaining access to millions of items that are currently out of print, to concern over whether libraries will have sufficient access to scanned materials and whether the settlement gives too much power to Google. One point of agreement emerged, however: because of the huge scale of the project and settlement, the library world is sure to be impacted -- for better or for worse. Check out the podcast of this event at: http://sirls.arizona.edu/node/1613 (1) For example, see the recent NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/10/technology/ companies/10book.html

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out to accomplish with the library in general, we sug-

Footnotes
(1) See our write up on Dry River in the inaugural issue of the PLG-UA newsletter, volume 1, issue 1, published for fall semester 2008. Dry River site: http://www. dryriver.org (2) Do-It-Yourself, self-published periodicals, typically of low print runs, and not created for money. See: http:// www.barnard.edu/library/zines/whatarezines.htm (3) A community space often serving more marginalized populations, used for meetings, entertainment, education, and often containing a small library. See: http:// wiki.infoshop.org/Infoshop (4) See Inaugural Issue of the PLG-UA newsletter for write up about this. You can also visit our blog: http:// plg-sirls.blogspot.com (5) See Long Haul Infoshop, California, where the FBI stormed in, broke locks, took computers with library information, and presented the warrant well after doing so: http://thelonghaul.org/?cat=5

gested they construct a collection development policy to make weeding and collecting easier. They are currently working on this policy. Although all materials in the library can be borrowed, they have low circulation, so on one hand they might want to consider preservation (especially for the zines), but at the same time, it might not be an issue. Because of this, at this point in time, preservation is not factoring in to the library plan.

Conclusion
Dry River Collective Members are currently cataloging materials and then will be color-coding them and adding items to the shelves. They are also working on a collection development policy. We are answering questions as they come up and have offered to assist with more cataloging if they would like our help. From conducting a great deal of research on the topic of infoshops, radical libraries, and zines, Kristen Cure (incoming PLG-UA President) and I (outgoing PLG-UA President) put together a presentation on this project for the 4th Annual SIRLS Graduate Student Symposium, and shared our information on Saturday, March 7, 2009. We include more details about the options we had and why we chose what we did; a more extensive background on zines; why infoshops and zines are important; and why librarians and traditional libraries should be interested in them. We re-recorded our presentation and will have it synchronized in SlideShare, available to view in the near future (although, our original presentation was much better!). We also provided a handout of all of our resources and references. Please check [http:// sirls.arizona.edu/PLG/media] for some or all of these items when they are posted. If you would like more information, you can contact me (nicolepagowsky@gmail.com) or Kristen (kkcure@ email.arizona.edu), and we can also send you any of those materials mentioned directly. Finally, I would like to thank Dr. Hong Cui, who advised us on this project.

Check out PLG-UA online
http://sirls.arizona.edu/PLG Event podcasts and other media at: http://sirls.arizona.edu/PLG/media

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Considering joining PLG-UA?

Here’s a rundown on chapter membership!
1. WHO CAN JOIN PLG? Library and Information Science students at SIRLS, alumni of SIRLS, and current library workers in Tucson at any level can join. 2. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? $20 for 2 years of membership 3. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF JOINING? PLG: UA is one of only six student chapters of PLG in the country, and currently the newest, so you would have the opportunity to shape the direction of our chapter and help build our programs, events, and structure. You would be able to participate in creating our newsletter, work with Tucson community groups to create ties and organize events, and get to know fellow students in the SIRLS program, alumni, and community library workers. Please complete the membership form and pay the appropriate dues to join. If you are interested in joining the PLG parent organization, please go to their website for more information on dues and benefits: http://libr.org/plg/index.php 4. HOW MUCH OF A COMMITMENT DO I NEED TO MAKE? As much or as little as you would like. We have bi-weekly meetings, collaborate on our wiki, and promote discussion through our listserv. We don’t require a certain amount of participation, but do encourage at least some. However, if you choose to run for an officer position, most will require a substantial time commitment. 5. WHERE DO I SEND MY DUES? You can send them C/O our Treasurer to the SIRLS building: School of Information Resources and Library Science PLG: UA Chapter -- C/O Treasurer 1515 E. 1st St. Tucson, AZ 85719 -Checks should be made out to -“Progressive Librarians Guild: UA Chapter” 6. WHAT IF I’M A DISTANCE STUDENT IN THE SIRLS PROGRAM OR AN ALUMNI WHO HAS

MOVED OUT OF TOWN? Distance members are able to attend meetings through Breeze, collaborate on the wiki and through the listserv, and contribute to our newsletter. Distance students can also run for certain officer positions (Webmaster/Newsletter Editor and Fundraising Coordinator). 7. WHO CAN BE AN OFFICER? Because we are a University group, only students can run for officer positions; however, any paying member can become a “Project Manager.” A Project Manager (PM) takes the lead in organizing a particular even, and reports information to the group. There can be more than one PM per project. 8. I’VE NEVER REALLY DONE ANY ACTIVISM IN THE PAST; WOULD I FEEL AWKWARD JOINING? No; you do not have to be a “seasoned” activist to join PLG: simply an interest in progressive librarianship and hopefully a willingness to participate and collaborate with us is all we ask. 9. I’M STILL NOT SURE IF I’M INTERESTED OR NOT, WHAT ELSE CAN HELP ME DECIDE? That’s okay -- you can still join the listserv and come to our meetings to get a feel for PLG to see if you want to become a member. To subscribe to the listserv: Send an email message to: listserv@listserv.arizona.edu with an empty subject line, and with the following as the only line in the body of the message: subscribe UA-PLG Yourfirstname Yourlastname Because the list engine registers your email address as a subscriber instead of your name, only the email account you registered will be allowed to receive postings or to post messages. You may register all of your email addresses. We discourage students from subscribing with a Hotmail email address as this has caused problems the LSO listserv in the past. 10. I’M NOT A LIS STUDENT, ALUMNI, OR WORKER; HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE? We are unable to take individuals as members who do not fall in the above categories; however, we are very interested in collaborating with community groups, so please do get in touch with us if you are with another group!

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