Saturday, November 26, 2011

Leading From The Stacks: Dance dance revolution

This is the eighth post in the series Leading From The Stacks, an examination of leadership in the library industry. It was initiated by my course Leading From Any Position.

A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having.
- Emma Goldman

The above video clip is awesome. For many reasons. First, its goofy and makes me laugh. Second, it was filmed at the Sasquatch music festival, which is held in The George Amphitheater, which is the most amazing music venue in the world. Most importantly, it is a video clip of a young man with a lot of courage. It takes a lot of guts to be yourself and, as they say, march to the tune of your own drummer. That is why its so awesome to watch others join in the dance party. The young man is a leader, and he appears to be bringing some joy to a lot of people. 

And I'm glad that I am not the only one who thinks so. Derek Sivers gave a Ted Talk, titled How To Start a Movement. Below is a youtube video, overlaying his theories on the dancing guy video. Check it out: 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

OWS Library Solidarity

 Photo Credit: David Shankbone

The Occupy Wall Street Library movement seems to be getting it's day in the sun. Following my last post, I thought I would share some updates here:

Hack Library School has put together a great post with the library student's perspective on the Occupy Wall Street movement and the roles that libraries are playing. Click on over to check it out.

Rachel Maddow + OWS + Libraries = my head exploading with delight! Watch here.

And here are some more links talking about the current state of the grass-roots movement from around the country. Well, mainly NYC and PDX: 

As these libraries find new homes, I will try and keep updating!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Leading From The Stacks: Finding my voice

This is the seventh post in the series Leading From The Stacks, an examination of leadership in the library industry. It was initiated by my course Leading From Any Position.

One of our class readings was the chapter "Find Your Voice" from The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner. The reading focused on the fact that authentic leadership is effective leadership. The authors offered many exercises that allowed the readers to "find their voice," and approach their organizations with a strong sense of self. One of the exercises was comprised of a list of questions. I found my self thinking about potential answers I would provide, and thought that a selection of these questions would make an excellent post for this series. Without further ado: 

What do you stand for? Why?

Uninterrupted access to Human Rights. Because every person porn on this planet regardless of nationality, race, gender, beliefs, ability, sexual orientation or economic status deserve dignity, respect and opportunity. And I count the freedom to access information and the right to information privacy as human rights.

What do you believe in? Why?

Sense-Making. Following in the footsteps of Brenda Dervin, I believe that information seeking behavior is an individual attempting to add meaning to their experience.  And I feel that this is the foundation of what librarians do: whether it is finding a good book, writing a term paper or finding services and resources, we assist individuals in their process of adding meaning to their experiences.

What are you discontent about? Why?

I am discontented about how current changes in communication technology are affecting the information management industry. Will google searches leading seekers to "good" information? Will we be able to archive digital communication for posterity?  Will politicians claim the internet is why we no longer need to fund libraries? I also feel that these changes are creating new opportunities for librarians to insert their reliance as an important community resource. 

What brings you suffering? Why?

Powerful people, organizations, institutions and governments denying rights, dignity, opportunity and respect to those who are not as powerful. Because it's not fair. While I recognize that life is not fair, we don't need those on top to make it any less fair for everyone else.  

What makes you weep and wail? Why?

Library closures. Denying marriage rights. Environmental degradation. Obtuse and hypocritical politicians. Animal cruelty. Any and all forms of bullying. Because I am a die-hard liberal. 

What keeps you awake at night? Why?

Fear. Specifically I fear that I will succumb to my shortcomings and  fail. I know that I am not alone in this fear, and it is perhaps more universal than we realize. While this might keep me up at night, I try and use it as a motivating factor during the day.

What's grabbed hold and won't let go? Why?

Social networking, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, blogging. Because sharing equals caring. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Occupy Your Bookshelf

I've been thinking of ways to support the Occupy Wall Street movement. I would love nothing more than to join their ranks and camp out, but between finishing school and juggling various jobs, I haven't had the opportunity.

I have been very impressed with the role that librarians have been playing, with the creation of Occupy Libraries in various cities. The OWSLibrary in Zuccotti Park has over 4500 titles, the OccupyPortland library has close to 800 title, and even OccupyMaine has a library with about 50 titles.

While I don't have any books to contribute, I did want to at least make a recommended reading list intended for protesters, participants, observers or anyone who is curious about the movement and and its mission. The list is long, about 50 titles, but Occupy Wall Street is a growing movement that is bringing attention to the economic inequity in our country - a multifaceted and often confusing issue.

I have the list broken up into four categories: The first category contains books that speak to economic and social theory, philosophy and history; the second looks at how our economy got to be where it is; the third contains books that deal with activism and possible alternatives economic models and the final category contains a bit of everything. I put out a call on Facebook, Twitter and Google + asking folks what they might recommend for an #OWS reading list, and some amazing titles were shared and I wanted to be sure that they were included.

I'm very happy with this list. I feel that there is something for everyone. I understand that it contains material that is pretty left of center, but that's where #OWS tends to hang out. Do you think anything is missing from this list? Is there anything that seems out of place? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts!

Without further ado, an occupy reading list:

I. Getting a Good Foundation: Theory, Philosophy and History

Author: David Orrell
Illustrator: Borin Van Loon
Year: 2011
Publisher: Totem Books

Author: Dan Cryan
Illustrator: Sharron Shatil
Year: 2005
Publisher: Totem Books

Author: Donald A. Ritchie
Year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Author: Richard Bellamy
Year: 2008
Publisher:  Oxford University Press

Author: Bernard Crick
Year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Author: Herbert Marcuse
Year: 1964
Publisher: Beacon Press

Author: Henry David Thoreau
Year: 1849

Author: Jonathan Swift
Year: 1729

Author: Mahatma Gandhi & Bharatan Kumarappa
Year: 1961
Publisher: Schocken Books

Title: Empire
Authors: Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri
Year: 2001
Publisher: Harvard University Press

Author: Howard Zinn
Year: 2003
Publish: HarperCollins

Author: John Brooks
Year: 1999
Publisher: Wiley

Author: Edward Chancellor
Year: 2000
Publisher: Penguin

Author: Noam Chomsky
Editor: Anthony Arnove
Year: 2008
Publisher: New Press

Author: James S. Kunen
Year: 1969
Publisher: Random House

II. What happened: Context of the Economic Recession and the Current Distribution of Wealth in America

Editor: Katrina vanden Heuvel
Year:  2009
Publisher: Nation Books

Author: Arianna Huffington
Year: 2011
Publisher: Broadway

Author: Lawrence Lessig
Year: 2011
Publisher: Twelve

Author: Glenn Greenwald
Year: 2011
Publisher: Metropolitan Books

Authors: Fred Magdoff & Michael D. Yates
Year: 2009
Publisher: Monthly Review Press

Authors: John Bellamy Foster & Fred Magdoff
Year: 2009
Publisher: Monthly Review Press

Author: Ron Suskind
Year: 2011
Publisher: Harper

Author: David C Korten
Year: 2003
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Author: Thom Hartmann
Year: 2007
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Author: Chris Hedges
Year: 2010
Publisher: Nation Books

III. Moving Forward: Activism and Alternatives

Authors: Donatella Della Porta & Mario Diani
Year: 2010
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Author: T. V. Reed
Year: 2005
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Author: Anthony M. Orum & John G. Dale
Year: 2008
Publisher; Oxford University Press

Authors: Jerome Armstrong & Markos Moulitsas
Year: 2006
Publisher: Chelsea Green

Author: Saul Alinksy
Year: 1989
Publisher: Vintage

Authors: Michael Ratner & Margaret Ratner Kunstler
Year: 2011
Publisher: The New Press

Author: David C Korten
Year: 2010
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Author: Kelly Coyne
Illustrator: Eric Knutzen
Year: 2010
Publisher: Process

Authors: Scott Kellogg & Stacy Pettigrew
Year: 2008
Publisher: South End Press

Author: Paulo Freire
Year: 2008
Publisher: Continuum

Editor: Howard Zinn
Year: 2002
Publisher: Beacon Press

IV. Miscellaneous

Author: Mark Hersgaard
Year: 1999
Publisher: Broadway

Author: Abbie Hoffman
Year: 1995 (25th Anniversary Edition)
Publisher: Da Capo Press

Author: Pablo Neruda
Editor: Ilan Stavans
Year: 2005
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Author: George Oppen
Year: 1968
Publisher: New Directions

Author: Starhawk
Year: 1997
Publisher: Beacon Press

Author: Naomi Klein
Year: 2008
Publisher: Picador

Author: Naomi Wolf
Year: 2007
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

Author: Elaine Brown
Year: 1993
Publisher: Anchor

Author: Audre Lorde
Year: 2007
Publisher: Crossing

Title: The Lorax
Author: Dr. Seuss
Year: 1971
Publisher: Random House

Author: Munro Leaf
Illustrator: Robert Lawson
Year: 1936
Publisher: Viking

Editors: Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers & Jeff Jones
Year: 2006
Publisher: Seven Stories Press

Author: Mark Rudd
Year: 2009
Publisher: William Morrow