“Rethinking library spaces and services

Libraries are not only collections of print and digital media, but also spaces for critical engagement with information, creative and collaborative work, and preservation of community memory. The Radical Librarianship Track invites participants to go beyond the traditional understanding of the function of libraries. We will explore the ways that libraries can provide innovative services which facilitate the development of ideas and practices for strong communities. Participants will develop strategies for effectively organizing information, media resources, and library spaces to be more accessible to their communities.

This track is coordinated by Andrea Perez, Westland Public Library; Katie Dover-Taylor, Westland Public Library; Rachel Thompson, Seraphine Collective”


“The Radical Librarianship track seeks proposals for presentations, panel discussions, and hands-on workshops. We are looking for presenters and facilitators who have developed innovative, progressive, and radical programs both inside and outside of the traditional library setting.

We welcome proposals that will engage a diverse audience of participants and interpret library work through the lens of media-based organizing.

We are especially interested in sessions that:

Rethink library structures, institutions, and organizations Discuss tailoring library services to underserved populations Explore how libraries can serve as hubs for civic engagement Highlight how to provide services to a community without imposing outsider values and norms Consider how library users can transform from consumer to creator Offer strategies for libraries sustaining communities in crisis Examine new ways libraries can support community education Present best practices for grassroots and DIY libraries Beyond the themes outlined above, if the idea of radical librarianship resonates with you, we want to hear about the work you’re doing!

For questions about the Radical Librarianship track, or to discuss session ideas with our coordinating team, please contact Andrea Perez at amperez23@gmail.com “