Progressive Librarians Guild
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PLG at ALA Annual in New Orleans


Please mark your calendars for PLG events at ALA Annual in New Orleans:

PLG Meeting

Sunday, June 24, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Morial Convention Center, Room 225

Please make plans to attend the Progressive Librarians Guild meeting at ALA Annual in New Orleans, where Alessandra Seiter, the 2018 winner of the Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize, will present her winning essay “Libraries, Power, and Justice: Toward a Sociohistorically Informed Intellectual Freedom.”

Seiter’s essay “critically examines the concept of intellectual freedom and the central role it plays in the U.S. library and information science (LIS) profession, challenging the concept’s assumed basis in neutrality and demonstrating the active barrier it presents in its current implementation to existing and future social justice efforts. The paper argues that if LIS is to move from making ineffective calls for equity, diversity, and inclusion to actively working for justice within and beyond the field, then it must adopt an understanding of intellectual freedom that fundamentally considers the sociohistorical context of power in LIS, the United States, and the world.”

Seiter earned a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Vassar College and is currently employed by Boston’s Houghton Library as well as having two graduate research assistant positions for Simmons College and the Boston Public Library. She will earn her MSLS in December 2018.

PLG / Braverman Dinner

Sunday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Mulate’s — The Original Cajun Restaurant
201 Julia Street (11 minute walk from the Convention Center)

PLG members and friends are cordially invited to attend the 2018 Progressive Librarians Guild / Miriam Braverman Prize Dinner in New Orleans. This year's Miriam Braverman Prize is given to Alessandra Seiter for her essay “Libraries, Power, and Justice: Toward a Sociohistorically Informed Intellectual Freedom.”

Mulate’s is reasonably priced, provides some vegetarian options and features live Cajun and Zydeco music. Hope to see you there!

— Mark Hudson, PLG Coordinating Committee