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Libraries in the Context of Capitalism

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METRO Library Council

599 11th Avenue

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New York, NY 10036

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What does it mean for libraries, archives, and museums to serve the public interest in a cultural environment in which profit is all-important? What pressures do we face in a money-driven world, on an institutional level and as individuals?

In 2018, METRO will host a series of symposia to discuss pressing issues in our field, starting with a day-and-a-half long conversation on Libraries in the Context of Capitalism. Taking place at METRO on Thursday, February 1 and Friday, February 2, this event seeks to unpack the tensions that exist for libraries and archives as cost centers in a neoliberal economic climate.


Thursday, February 1

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. : Keynote with Barbara Fister

3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. : Tales from the Trenches

  • Applying not-for-profit philosophies in a for-profit school, presented by Jill Goldstein

  • For-Profit Research: Reference Work in an Art Gallery, presented by Arielle Cohen

  • Using the Library to Empower Diverse Community College Students, presented by Carrie Salazar

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Happy Hour at METRO


Friday, February 2

10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. : Information Flows

  • John Kenneth Galbraith's 1979 Commandments to Librarians: Still Relevant?, presented by Jonathan Cope

  • Reproducing and Resisting Capitalism through Information Literacy, a panel discussion featuring Eamon Tewell, Nora Almeida, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, and Romel Espinel

  • Ending the Neoliberal Nightmare: How Library Publishing Cooperatives can Revolutionize Scholarly Communication, presented by Dave Ghamandi

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. : Labor & Its Discontents

  • Friction in the (Unpaid Internship) Machine: An Organizing Brainstorm, presented by Jeanne Swadosh

  • Reproducing Contingency: Grant-funded labor in digital libraries, a panel discussion featuring Sandy Rodriguez, Amy Wickner, and Ruth Kitchin Tillman

12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. : Lunch (Offsite)

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. : Values & Power

  • Rethinking Value in Academic Libraries, presented by Roxanne Shirazi

  • Organizing for Opposition: How to Build Power to Contest Power, presented by Emily Drabinski

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. : Speculative Design: The Future From Here

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closing Keynote - Organizing the Library and Its Contradictions: Reproduction, Technology, and Hope with Dan Greene

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