Zine Librarian Jenna Freedman joined the 46th Annual Conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) in New York City, which ran from February 25 - March 1, 2018. The event focuses on the intersection of art and visual information professionals.
The panel, "Thinking Outside the (Library) Box: Using Your Librarian Skills for the Public Good," took place on February 27th. This panel explored how librarians can decenter the institution and create spaces, physical and virtual, that are active sites of resistance and activism. Attendees gained a greater knowledge of how this work, which has happened on the margins of our field for a long time, can relate to their library practice both within and outside the institution.
Following bell hooks’ model for critical pedagogy, the panel was a guided, open-ended discussion between a number of librarians, archivists and information activists who have been doing this work both in and outside of the traditional institutional strongholds of librarianship.