Radical Libraries, Archives, and Museums Track

Strengthening our knowledge, culture, and collective memory

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How can librarians, archivists, and curators work to disrupt structural inequality and reimagine libraries, archives, and museums as truly inclusive and liberatory spaces? How can social justice organizers, artists, educators, and technologists use libraries, archives, and museums to learn, share, and preserve community voices and histories and enact sustainable change? The Radical Libraries, Archives, and Museums (RadLAM) track returns to the 2018 Allied Media Conference to further explore these questions and co-create strategies to practice radical approaches to library, archival, and curatorial work. We will learn how to use collections, knowledge, programs, and services to support social justice work, empower the public, amplify marginalized voices, and build a better world. Participants will come away with new ideas, strategies, and skills for thoughtful library, archival, and curation practice.

Coordinators of this track are Simon De Salvo, Bekezela Mguni, Celeste Â-Re, Irina Rogova, Jessea Young, Laurel Johnson, Linda Nguyễn, Nakenya Lewis-Yarbrough, Porchia Moore, Shoshanna Wechter, Sine Hwang Jensen, Tess Wilson, Veronica Leigh Milliner, Wit Lopez.


The Radical Libraries, Archives and Museums track (RadLAM) coordinators would like to thank the following people for their contributions:

Kate Crowe
Cynthia Fong
Mioi Hanaoka
Ling-Yi Kung
Emily Schorr Lesnick

Evan McGonagill
Alizarin Menninga
Eiko Mizushima
Hoi-Fei Mok
Aaron Rosenblum

Luke See
Chay Tadeo
Gordon and Lillie Welch
Lynn Wilson
Lydia Yamaguchi

We appreciate your support and hope to share our best ideas and practices with the RadLAM participants at the 20th annual Allied Media Conference.

rad librarians, archives, museums track

Call for Participation

Libraries, archives, and museums do media-based work that educates, informs, and creates bridges to culture and technology. The Radical Libraries, Archives, + Museums (RadLAM) track will address a broad range of media-based organizing themes: envisioning libraries, archives, and museums as centers supporting movements for social equity; providing information and cultural heritage; and serving as places to explore how to use art, media, and technology for social transformation.

We welcome proposals for sessions that will be accessible to participants of all professional backgrounds and will interpret the work of libraries, archives, and museums through the lens of media-based organizing. In previous years we have covered a range of subjects such as restorative justice practices in teen librarianship, community archives that center the narratives of people of color, and anti-racist pedagogy for museum education.

We are especially interested in sessions that:

  • Provide interactive hands-on training, workshops, and skill-building for attendees;
  • Challenge traditional library, archive, and museum structures, institutions, and organizations;
  • Consider the role of librarians, archivists, and curators in strengthening the knowledge, culture, and collective memory of communities impacted by social and economic disparity and state-sanctioned violence;
  • Address racism, sexism, white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, and issues of inclusion in libraries, archives, or museums;
  • Sessions led by or centered around the voices of women, LGBTQ+ individuals, people of color, and members of nondominant communities.

Beyond the themes outlined above, if the idea of Radical Libraries, Archives, + Museums resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you!

For questions about Radical Libraries, Archives, + Museums, or to discuss session ideas with our coordinating team, please contact Veronica Leigh Milliner at vmilliner@gmail.com, Shoshanna Wechter at my.name.is.shoshanna@gmail.com or Nakenya Yarbrough at nyarbrough03@gmail.com

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