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Organizing Ideas

35 EpisodesProduced by Organizing Ideas PodcastWebsite

Because libraries and archives are never neutral. Taking a closer look at the relationships between organizing information and community organizing. We talk to information professionals, activists, and other insightful folks who have thoughts about what we mean when we say, “knowledge is power”. Hos… read more

35 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Ep 35 - Belonging, Safety, and Police Presence in Libraries with Stacy Collins - part 2

January 15th, 2021


In this two-part interview, we chat with Stacy Collins, Research & Instruction Librarian at Simmons University in Boston, about police in …

Ep 34 - Anti-Oppression and Research Guides with Stacy Collins - part 1

January 8th, 2021


In this two-part interview, we chat with Stacy Collins, Research & Instruction Librarian at Simmons University in Boston, about the …

Ep 33 - 2020 Reading in Review with Karen and Allison

December 25th, 2020


Karen and Allison share some personal-professional updates for 2020, as well as some of their reading joys and reading hopefuls.

Listen to the …

Ep 32 - Precarious Work and Knowledge Mobilization with Ted Lee and Ean Henninger at Keeping it ReAL

December 11th, 2020


We welcome back our guests Ted Lee and Ean Henninger from Episode 3 of the podcast to talk about precarious work and knowledge mobilization. We discuss questions and qualms we have about knowledge mobilization, how …

Ep 31 - Library Power Structures with Baharak Yousefi

October 30th, 2020


We sit down with Baharak Yousefi to talk about being a good library boss, the joy and generosity of library Twitter, and the responsibilities of academic freedom... but mostly we talk about power, intersectionality, and …

Ep 30 - Witnessing and Reconsidering Personal Archives with Clara Giménez-Delgado

October 16th, 2020


In this episode, we sat down with Karen’s classmate Clara Giménez-Delgado to talk about her project processing a collection of lantern slides at the …

Ep 29 - Anti-Fascist Librarianship with Lena Gluck

October 2nd, 2020


What is fascism? How have fascists used libraries in their organizing strategies to gain legitimacy? How does this relate to current TERF room bookings at libraries? And why have libraries struggled so much to respond?! …

Ep 28 - Season 3 and Back to School

September 24th, 2020


In this episode we outline our plans for season 3, as well as pass along some advice for folks returning or thinking of applying to library/archives …

Ep 27 - Black Women Artists, Archives, and Futurity with Sierra King

August 26th, 2020


In this episode, we chat with Sierra King, an artist, photographer, and archivist, about her work with Black Women Artists, and her curatorial debut exhibition here. there. everywhere. Sierra talks about Kathleen …

Ep 26 - Books and Feelings in the Time of COVID-19

May 8th, 2020


Episode 26, in which Karen and Allison talk about their feelings during the midst of COVID-19, and books they’ve been reading and shows they’ve been watching in 2020 so far.

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Ep 25 - Community-Led Teen Librarianship with Ariel Caldwell

May 1st, 2020


We talk with Ariel Caldwell, a Teen Services Librarian at Vancouver Public Library, about teen librarianship, community-led work, juggling 5 calendars, using improv to navigate power dynamics, intergenerational …

Ep 24 - Libraries, "Democracy", and Intellectual Freedom with Sam Popowich

April 20th, 2020


In anticipation of the (now cancelled) British Columbia Library Association 2020 conference on “Libraries, Democracy, and Action,” Sam Popowich, …

Ep 23 - How are you feeling? COVID-19 Call for Contributions

April 5th, 2020


Hey folks - we hope this mini episode finds you as well as can be considering the current circumstances. We are putting together an episode COVID-19 …

Ep 22 - Grassroots Libraries and Care in Community (Pre-BCLA Chat) with Y Vy Truong, Rachel Lau, and Avi Grundner

April 3rd, 2020


** This episode was recorded on March 12, 2020 before UBC Library, where we were recording, was closed to the public, and we were all encouraged to stay home and physically distance from one another. **

In preparation …

Ep 21 - (Elementary) Teacher Librarianship and Inquiry-Based Learning with Elaine Su

March 13th, 2020


Throw out the whole book! In this episode we chat with Elaine Su, an elementary school teacher librarian and advocate for youth voices, about …

Ep 20 - Libraries and Disabilities with Jessica Schomberg

February 28th, 2020


We chat with Jessica Schomberg about disability frameworks, intersectionality, cataloguing, relationships, solidarity, prioritizing people over …

Ep 19 - (Web) Archives and Black Culture with Zakiya Collier

February 18th, 2020


We hop on Skype to chat with Zakiya Collier from the Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture about her work web archiving (which is not what …

Ep 18 - Public History with Krista McCracken

January 31st, 2020


We chat with Krista McCracken about public history, colonialism and archives, how slooooowww archives are to change (and why there’s so much …

Ep 17 - Digital Privacy, Information Literacy, and the Library Freedom Institute with Symphony Bruce

January 25th, 2020


Symphony Bruce, Resident Librarian at American University Library, shares her experience with the Library Freedom Institute, and talks to us about information literacy, digital privacy and safety, and how information is …

Ep 15 - Catalyzing a Community Led Future at the Free Library of Philadelphia with Andrea Lemoins

January 10th, 2020


Andrea Lemoins, Community Organizer at the Free Library of Philadelphia, talks about her work with community, professionalization, library school, …

Ep 14 - Navigation, Resistance, and Rebellion with Sarah Dupont and Amy Perreault

January 3rd, 2020


In this episode we sit down with two amazing Métis librarians and information professionals at the University of British Columbia. Sarah Dupont is …

Ep 13 - Recap and Looking Forward to 2020 (ft. voice messages)

December 13th, 2019


This pod is winding down for the end of 2019! In this episode we reflect on what we’ve learned over the past few months, play some audio clips from listeners, share what we’re hoping and planning for in 2020, and talk a …

Ep 12 - 2019 Reading Highlights with Allison and Karen

December 6th, 2019


Allison and Karen get together to discuss their reading highlights as our home planet completes another arbitrary circuit around the sun.

Books mentioned:

> Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui
> Starlight by Richard …

Ep 11 - Trans Inclusivity in Libraries and Research with Shelby Miller

November 29th, 2019


Shelby Miller, a student in the MLIS program at UBC’s iSchool and an employee at Vancouver Public Library, joins us for a conversation about working …

Ep 10 - TPL and Transphobia (round 2) with Niko Stratis

November 22nd, 2019


Allison chats with Niko Stratis, who has been heavily involved in responding to Meghan Murphy’s event at Toronto Public Library, about this event, …

Ep 9 - Rare Books and Manuscripts Section 2019 Conference

November 15th, 2019


Karen Ng shares a letter written after the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section “Response and Responsibility: Special Collections and Climate Change” …

Ep 8 - Queer and Radical Knowledge Organization with Avi Grundner

November 8th, 2019


This episode we got to sit down with Avi Grundner, a MLIS/MAS student at UBC who is working on a Queer Subject Heading Thesaurus for Out on the Shelves Library. We talk about queer and radical knowledge organization and …

Ep 7 - Public Programming and Professionalization with Y Vy Truong

November 1st, 2019


In this episode we got to sit down with Y Vy Truong, who is the librarian for joss paper library based in Vancouver’s Chinatown. We got to talk about public programming, professionalization, and what it means to build …

Ep 6 - Toronto Public Library and Transphobia

October 25th, 2019


In the wake of Toronto Public Library’s room booking to Meghan Murphy, we sit down to talk with Alicia Elliott, an incredible Tuscarora author from Six Nations of the Grand River, and one of the original signatories on …

Ep 5 - Community-Led Libraries with Jorge Cardenas

October 21st, 2019


What is community-led work in and for libraries? We got to sit down with Jorge Cardenas in Allison’s home to talk about what it means to work in libraries with a community-led focus. Jorge is a community librarian and …

Ep 4 - Invitation to Contribute

October 20th, 2019


We are preparing an episode in response to Toronto Public Library’s recent room booking to Meghan Murphy, a well-known transphobic speaker. We would …

Ep 3 - Precarious Work with Ean Henninger and Ted Lee

October 11th, 2019


In this episode we got to sit down with Ean Henninger and Ted Lee to talk about precarity in the library, archival, and information field. It’s a fascinating conversation, ranging from the challenges of addressing the …

Ep 2 - Library School and Student Government with Victoria Gomez

September 29th, 2019


We're thrilled to get to sit down and talk to our friend and classmate, Victoria Gomez. Victoria is an MLIS student at the University of British …

Ep 1 - Intro

September 26th, 2019


Hello! We're Allison and Karen, and this is the introduction to this podcast project about organizing ideas and community organizing. We are two new librarians/archivist figuring things out as we go, including how to …

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