#RadLib

RadLib introductory poster including graffiti artwork of a leopard wearing cat-eye glasses

Project goals: 

To organize social justice themed library events for the ALA student chapter at UM

Skills applied: 

Graphic design, marketing and publicity, event ideation, organization, and planning

Tools used:

Google Apps, Adobe Creative Suite

Duration + type:

Fall 2015 semester, Co-planned for a student organization

 

The problem:

We were hoping to achieve a more holistic understanding of the impact librarians have on their communities and social justice as a whole. We needed a way to not only learn what we wanted to learn on our own, but also to share it with other UMSI students.

The results:

We organized a three-part event series for information professionals in the Ann Arbor area. Each event featured a panel of experts in the area and strong attendance with more than 25 attendees.

The team:

Poster artwork by Banksy

RadLib series was organized entirely by Audrey Huggett and myself. Both ALA student chapter officers, we brought different areas of focus to the table with Audrey working in public libraries and myself in academic libraries.

Together we planned the subject matter, scheduled the events, recruited speakers, marketed the events to UMSI students, Wayne State students, and the general Ann Arbor library area.

In addition to the planning, I was in charge of the marketing materials for the events. This includes the graphic design for the various event flyers and digital displays.

 

The inspiration:

In 2015, the Allied Media Conference introduced a brand new conference track: Radical Librarianship. Audrey and I were both unable to attend the event, but were thrilled with the mixture of librarianship with social justice elements presented by the conference track.

Audrey and I felt that often the graduate education assumed careers in high-status areas, precluding large portions of librarianship. Additionally, constraints from UMSI professors removed social equity and accessibility focused classes from the roster during our tenure at the school. We wanted these elements in our UMSI coursework and decided to run a crash-course series re-titled RadLib.

The events:

Poster for the first RadLib with graffiti artwork of a hand made of books grabbing a key

A day in the life of radical librarians

Working with first-generation, rural, and low-income patrons

September 24th, 2015

Artwork by Barys

The Panelists:

  • Katie Dover-Taylor: Reference Librarian, Westland Library, organizer for the “Radical Librarianship” track at Allied Media Conference
  • Victor Liu: Dean of Learning Resources, Washtenaw Community College
  • Hilary Savage: Assistant Director, Belleville Area District Library
  • Sarah Fabian: First Year Experience and Children’s Literature Librarian at Eastern Michigan University
  • Steve Teeri: Library Maker Technician, Ann Arbor District Library, formerly of the Detroit Public Library
  • Valerie Sobczak: Library Technician, Ann Arbor District Library, formerly of the Detroit Public Library
  • Sarah Fabian: First Year Experience and Children’s Literature Librarian at Eastern Michigan University
  • Moderator: Jo Angela Oehrli: Associate Librarian, University of Michigan Library
 
Poster for the second event with graffiti art of a bird chirping and the handicapped symbol in the bird's callout.

Creating radical, accessible spaces

How to implement accessibility in library spaces and services
October 23, 2015

Poster artwork by Banksy

The Panelists:

  • Jane Berliss-Vincent: Assistive Technology Manager, University of Michigan
  • Terry Soave: Manager of Outreach and Neighborhood Services, Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled
  • Carolyn Grawi: Executive Director, Center for Independent Living Ann Arbor
  • Paul Barrow: Public Services Librarian, University of Michigan
  • Joyce Simowski: Information Services and Outreach Librarian, Canton Public Library
  • Moderator: Melanie Yergeau: Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

 

 
Poster for the third event, with graffiti art of a loud speaker on a wall

Social Change in Libraries

Supporting social equity through libraries both as an activist librarian and supporting activism in patrons
December 4, 2015

Poster artwork by Hossam el-Hamalawy

The Panelists:

  • Stephen Griffes: Hatcher-Shapiro-Askwith Onsite User Services Manager, University of Michigan
  • Kate Saylor: Health Sciences Informationist, University of Michigan
  • Victor Liu: Dean of Learning Resources, Washtenaw Community College
  • Alex Rivera: Student Enrichment and Community Outreach Librarian, University of Michigan
  • Moderator: Jo Angela Oehrli: Associate Librarian, University of Michigan Library