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10 things on my mind about covid-19

1. Wealthy urbanites are fleeing to their second homes -- buying out grocery stores, expecting personal shoppers and home delivery, swelling vacation towns' size to summer proportions. This is the epitome of the egocentric, classist arrogance that often pervades the United States.2. In India, a planned lockdown of more than a billion people is expected to leave millions dead of starvation. As people become desperate, there will inevitably be rioting, police shootings, and all forms of rampant vi...
Tags: Travel, Human Rights, India, Canada, United States, Labour, Health Care, Loblaws, UFCW, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Poverty And Class, We Like Lists, COVID-19, Brazil Pakistan Nigeria, Blogger Google


things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #31

One of the most frustrating and sad things we encounter at the library are people we can't help, who don't understand why we can't help them -- and who blame us. These are generally people with minimal or no digital literacy (i.e. tech skills).Here's a typical scenario. A customer cannot access their email account because they have forgotten their password. It's likely they changed the password at some point but don't remember doing that, so they're using the old password, or that they're typing...
Tags: Travel, Hotmail, Daniel, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Poverty And Class, Daniel Blake


laundromats, underground libraries, and criminal charges: a library link round-up

I have so many cool stories about libraries and librarians, scattered through multiple email and social media accounts. Lucky for you, I wanted to gather them all in one place. Thanks to everyone who ever sent me one of these.* * * * *Librarians in laundromats! Community librarians are all about taking literacy to the people. In library jargon, we're trying to reach the non-users. If that sounds a bit drug-dealer-ish, it's not a bad analogy: come get a taste, then come back for more.The puns jus...
Tags: Travel, Google, Congress, Washington Post, New York City, US, San Francisco, Syria, Chicago, Austin, Idaho, Socialism, New York Times, Reddit, Ohio, Philadelphia


laundromats, underground libraries, and criminal charges: a library link round-up

I have so many cool stories about libraries and librarians, scattered through multiple email and social media accounts. Lucky for you, I wanted to gather them all in one place. Thanks to everyone who ever sent me one of these.* * * * *Librarians in laundromats! Community librarians are all about taking literacy to the people. In library jargon, we're trying to reach the non-users. If that sounds a bit drug-dealer-ish, it's not a bad analogy: come get a taste, then come back for more.The puns jus...
Tags: Travel, Google, Congress, Washington Post, New York City, US, San Francisco, Syria, Chicago, Austin, Idaho, Socialism, New York Times, Reddit, Ohio, Philadelphia


from the 2018 cupe ontario library workers conference: libraries and the opioid crisis

I recently attended the CUPE Ontario Library Workers Conference, which has become a highlight of my year since I first attended (and was elected to the organizing committee) in 2015. It has eclipsed and replaced the OLA Superconference as the most relevant and enjoyable must-attend conference in my schedule.When I first got my librarian degree, I was very excited about attending my first "OLA" (as it's always called). But I quickly learned that the sessions are a crap-shoot, sometimes relevant b...
Tags: Travel, Toronto, Mental Health, Canada, Labour, Health Care, North America, Toronto Public Library, Columbia, Ola, Justin Trudeau, Ontario, Cbc, Trudeau, Mississauga, Zoe


from the cupe ontario library workers conference 2018: libraries and the opioid crisis

I recently attended the CUPE Ontario Library Workers Conference, which has become a highlight of my year since I first attended (and was elected to the organizing committee) in 2015. It has eclipsed and replaced the OLA Superconference as the most relevant and enjoyable must-attend conference in my schedule.When I first got my librarian degree, I was very excited about attending my first "OLA" (as it's always called). But I quickly learned that the sessions are a crap-shoot, sometimes relevant b...
Tags: Travel, Toronto, Mental Health, Canada, Labour, Health Care, North America, Toronto Public Library, Columbia, Ola, Justin Trudeau, Ontario, Cbc, Trudeau, Mississauga, Zoe


required reading for revolutionaries: jane mcalevey and micah white

I've wanted to write about these two books for a long time, but adequately summarizing them is a daunting task. I just want to say to every activist and organizer: READ THESE BOOKS. I don't want to represent the authors' ideas, I want you to read them yourself.No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age by Jane F. McAlevey and The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution by Micah White are both aimed at activists and organizers -- people who already believe in the need for soci...
Tags: Travel, Activism, Greece, Washington, Iraq, US, Toronto, Spain, Labour, West Bank, Seattle, North Carolina, Occupy movement, White, South, Chicago Teachers Union


what i'm reading: pit bull: the battle over an american icon

If you have an opinion about pitbulls, chances are good that it's based on myth, misinformation, and even disinformation. I know a good deal about dogs, and I thought I knew a lot about pitbulls, yet I was constantly amazed and enlightened by Bronwen Dickey's Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon.Here are some of the things you will learn if you read this book.There is no agreement on what a pit bull is.No one can correctly identify a dog's breed-mix based on the dog's appearance, includin...
Tags: Travel, Dogs, America, Humane Society, Dickey, Bigotry, Laura K, Poverty And Class, Bronwen Dickey, Coalition to Unchain Dogs, Beyond Fences


what i'm reading: leaving lucy pear

The year is 1917. A teenage girl from a wealthy family is pregnant, the result of rape -- by a man who her mother pushed her to pursue for marriage. Now the girl is being forced to surrender her baby to an orphanage. She has met the person who runs the orphanage, and she cannot bear the thought.The girl devices a plan, a way she can leave her infant daughter to be found by a large family who will, she hopes, raise her as their own.Ten years later, the lives of the woman who left the child and t...
Tags: Travel, History, Atlantic, Solomon, Sacco, Vanzetti, What I'm Reading, Felix Frankfurter, Laura K, Poverty And Class, Lucy Pear, Anna Solomon


postscript: some clarifications and addenda to my recent post on cultural appropriation

Many people have been discussing my recent post about cultural appropriation on Facebook. I'm not surprised that many people disagree (that's why I wrote it, to put my countering opinion out there), but I have been surprised by how many progressive people do agree.From the negative comments, I can see that I wasn't clear on a few important points.1. The entire post refers to white, first-world people calling out other first-worlders with accusations of cultural appropriation -- not aboriginal pe...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples, Laura K, Poverty And Class, Hal Niedzviecki


accusations of cultural appropriation are a form of bullying -- and don't reduce racism

I'm increasingly dismayed by accusations of cultural appropriation that are used as weapons, rather than as a tool for raising awareness and educating. Accusations of appropriation have become a form of bullying, a weapon wielded to police and enforce a superficial obeisance to a behavioural code -- while doing nothing to address the underlying issues.Cultural appropriation is real. It's a valid issue.I'm not saying that cultural appropriation is not real. It is. I'm not saying claims of appropr...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, New York, Human Rights, India, Cowboys, Americas, Disney, US, Atlantic, Elvis Presley, Indigenous Peoples, Miley Cyrus, Jamie Oliver, Eastern Europe


it's crunch time at the bargaining table

Now here's an interesting calendar of events.June 27-29: The Negotiating Committee for CUPE Local 1989, Mississauga Library Workers Union, returns to the bargaining table for three days.June 30: The Negotiating Committee presents membership with a settlement offer. If the bargaining team recommends ratification, there is a ratification vote. If we do not recommend ratification, there is a strike vote.July 2: Summer programming begins at all our libraries. Free programs for children and youth at...
Tags: Travel, Labour, Brampton, Mississauga, Laura K, Toronto And Mississauga, Poverty And Class, CUPE, Mississauga Library Workers Union


rtod: we only want the earth

On the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, these Revolutionary Thoughts of the Day are brought to you by the great Irish socialist, James Connolly.The day has passed for patching up the capitalist system; it must go. (1910)This speech, from 1897, is recreated in the excellent Ken Loach film "The Wind that Shakes the Barley":If you remove the English army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organisation of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be...
Tags: Travel, England, History, Earth, Feminism, Labour, Socialism, Ken Loach, Erin, Connolly, Dublin Castle, Laura K, Poverty And Class, James Connolly, Revolutionary Thought Of The Day, Socialist Republic


precariously yours: notes from the 2016 cupe ontario library workers conference

Last week I attended the CUPE Ontario Library Workers Conference, my second year, and my first since being elected to the organizing committee. This year's theme was precarious work, and nothing could be more relevant to library work today.All three keynote speakers were excellent, with engaging, eye-opening presentations that brought our picture into sharp and disturbing focus.Count it and name it, so we can change itWayne Lewchuk, professor of economics and labour relations at McMaster Univers...
Tags: US, Toronto, Mental Health, Esa, Canada, Labour, Ontario, Unifor, McMaster University, Southern Ontario, Laura K, Poverty And Class, CUPE Ontario Library Workers Conference, Michelynn Lafleche, Poverty and Employment Precarity, PEPSO


dispatches from ola 2016, part 2: libraries and prisons

I've had a longstanding interest in prison libraries, and was happy to meet another librarian-friend who shares this. But I was very pleasantly surprised at the large turnout for the talk Prisons and Libraries: A Relationship Worth Incubating at the 2016 OLA Super Conference. A panel of three librarians who serve incarcerated people in different capacities gave the presentation.Why prison libraries? From a rehabilitation perspective, there is a high correlation between illiteracy and crime, and ...
Tags: Human Rights, Canada, Indigenous Peoples, North America, Avi Steinberg, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Poverty And Class


things i heard at the library: digital divide edition (#20)

In library school we talked a lot about the digital divide, the ever-increasing gap between those who have access to information and communication technology, and those who do not. Public libraries are one of the very few institutions that exist to bridge that gap, however imperfectly.What does the digital divide look like on the ground? In my library, located in one of the lowest-income communities in Ontario (and in Canada), we see the digital divide in action every single day.This week a fami...
Tags: Canada, United States, Ontario, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Poverty And Class