2008

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  • April 7, PLG, ASIS&T, and SIR hosted a panel discussion on the Digital Divide. Speakers Jessamyn West, Susan O'Connor, and Pat Oyler addressed access issues from rural, urban, and international perspectives. They spoke about their experiences and some of the problems (and solutions) for provided access and training users in new technologies, and they took questions for the audience.
  • PLG held two open house sessions to introduce the organization and progressive issues to GSLIS students, March 24 and March 27. We spoke with a few students about things they are concerned about and got some excellent ideas for future events and projects.
  • February 27, PLG held a screening of Freedom of Expression, co-produced by GSLIS West student Jeremy Smith, who was here to answer questions and discuss making the film.
  • Tuesday, November 13, the GSLIS International Relations group, SIR, showed the following film:
"Amandla! -- A Revolution in Four-part Harmony," a very dramatic, moving, and high-energy documentary about the role of music in South Africa's struggle to end apartheid. If there is one film you should watch this year, this is the one! Light refreshments will be served.
There was a discussion after the film on life in South Africa during the struggle, the part that libraries play during such movements, and the role of archivists in preserving the kind of historically and culturally significant phenomenon depicted in this amazing documentary.
  • Prison Book Program Book Drive - A Success!

Your secretary/wikimistress, Erin, volunteered at the overwhelmingly successful book drive in Brighton Center. I arrived about 1pm, and the church's driveway was packed with books and volunteers. Throughout the afternoon, volunteers sorted, packed, labeled, and scanned roughly 10,000 books (an estimate). They will be distributed to prisoners around the country and children in New Orleans; sold at the City Mission used bookstore; and sent to literacy organizations all over the world by Better World Books. One of the few times I looked up from packing, I did see one of the Simmons boxes towards the back of the pile - thanks to everyone who donated! Check out Wendy's pictures of the drive.

The Prison Book Program will be having volunteer hours on Saturdays in November and December for those of you who want to get involved, but can't trek out to Quincy on a weeknight. Check their website for details!

  • Skill Share

On Saturday, September 22, PLG hosted the second annual GSLIS Skill Share, an event that revolved around GSLIS students teaching and learning from one another. A number of the students and recent alumni who presented workshops at the Skill Share have agreed to make sound recordings or other materials related to their workshops available on the PLG wiki.

  • Check out the PowerPoint slides corresponding to Hagar Shirman's workshop on WebJunction.
  • Eli Guinnee and Amy Buckland's keynote address is now available as a podcast.
  • Podcasts of student-taught workshops should be available soon!


Newsflash: Northeastern University Acquires the Chinese Progressive Association Historical Records

In Boston’s Chinatown, the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) supports adult education, civic empowerment, workers rights, youth leadership, and community information and referral services. It also participates in citywide and regional coalitions, including the Asian Pacific American Agenda Coalition, Boston Tenant Coalition, Civic Engagement Initiative, Fair Wage Campaign, Immigrant Workers Center Collaborative, New Majority, and Whose Boston. Follow this link (here) to read more about the Chinese Progressive Association Historical Records, and to find out about other archives of private, non-profit, community-based organizations that are concerned with social justice issues.