Following previous events in Bradford, London and Huddersfield, the discourses surrounding radical librarianship and information labour are coming to Brighton.
Neo-liberal and managerialist attitudes are now prevalent within the library and information workplaces. Their pervasiveness has threatened the stability of library and information services, the very nature of organisations and employment within these.
There is no doubt that there are complexities surrounding these issues, from the global political pressures that they stem from to the impact they have on individuals. However, the ideological drive behind the shifts impacting on libraries and information cannot be ignored.
Radical Librarians Collective aims to offer a space to challenge, to provoke, to improve and develop the communications between like-minded radicals, to galvanise our collective solidarity against the marketisation of libraries and the removal of our agency to our working worlds and beyond.
All are welcome to this horizontalist event and anyone is welcome to contribute to the ongoing dialogues or to offer and suggest something new and radical: We want to facilitate dialogue in order to organise and bring about positive changes for a holistic, collective future. However, unlike other such conferences, we want something to be created from these discussions, something that can help facilitate further discussion and mutual support.
To that end, not only do we welcome and encourage engagement on the day, but also in finding ways to build upon the discussions. Ensuring that we are not in isolation, and that like-minded individuals can be part of a constructive and supportive network is crucial for Radical Librarians.
Radical Librarians Collective is operating on a donations policy to allow anyone who would like to come access to the event, irrespective of their financial ability to pay for a ticket. We also encourage those that can afford to do so to contribute a donation in advance or on the day in order to cover the overheads that such events build up. If you'd like to donate to
help with costs, go to the donations page on the website for details on how to do so.
Contact us to get involved.