Call for Librarians

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from the librarians of #occupywallstreet!

We write today to invite you to help build the People’s Library. We are working together to build a library for both the people of the city and for those who have joined the occupation. We are a mixed bunch of librarians and library-loving individuals who strongly support the #occupy movement and who also know that information is liberation. We liberate through knowledge. If you want to know more about #occupywallstreet and the #occupy movement please read the Principles of Solidarity and the Declaration of Occupation.

Right now need many different kinds of donations. We need books of resistance and people’s history. We need economics and finance books. We need contemporary philosophy and ecology. We need DIY books.  We especially need non-English books and materials for low literacy readers. Print outs of free stuff from the web are valuable to us– I personally handed out at least two copies of Citizens United on Saturday before the march. Also, we’re a free lending library operating on the honors system, so our materials come and go rather rapidly; multiple copies are always welcome. On that note, we need as many copies of “A People’s History of the United States” by Zinn as possible. We simply can’t keep a copy in stock as there are so many people who want to read it.

On a practical note, we are an outside library so we have some operational challenges. We are using plastic boxes and tarps to protect our materials. However, our collection is growing by leaps and bounds each day and we need more boxes and more tarps to protect our materials. Any you can send us would be welcome and put to good use.

We also need you. Our collection is growing rapidly and we need help organizing it and keeping it orderly. We want to save the time of our readers, but to do that we need help marking, sorting, and shelving materials. We need help building our catalog and writing our history. Our readers are enthusiastic and some of them need help finding the right book. The right book for the right reader is fundamental to successful librarianship, so we need public services folks to come out and conduct reference interviews with people and help them find “their” book. The Library is constantly evolving and changing and we invite you to be a part of it.

You can send donations to:

Occupy Wall Street/Library Committee
118A Fulton St. #205
New York, NY 10038

In Solidarity,
Simmons ’03


Filed under Mandy, Solidarity

13 responses to “Call for Librarians

  1. Kate Angell

    Hi! I am a reference librarian and would really love to help any way I can. I wanted to send a link to the Directory of Open Access Journals, where anyone can download journal articles for free in many subject areas including economics, law, and political science: Journals of many languages are included.

  2. Let us know how we can help from a distance with any kind of cataloguing or tagging of materials.

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  4. Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in NEW YORK STATE is eligible for a free New York City library card.

    Here is the catalog listing for the Zinn book. It is also available as a downloadable audio book. If you have a card, you can reserve the book online and request a copy be delivered to your local branch. You can also renew it online.

  5. FreeUS

    I believe Zinn’s book is available free on the web as a PDF. I will look for the link. I know printing probably costs more than buying the book, but it might still be helpful.

  6. Raiding my library’s used book sale this afternoon. I’ll see if there’s anything good that I can send to OWS. Bonus–library discards have jackets to keep them warm and dry! :)

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  8. Lauren is a great place for free educational resources. Tons of free books to download.

  9. Lauren has tons of free, amazing educational resources. Big collection of free books that can be downloaded amongst many other things.

  10. redstockinggrandma

    I am a semi-retired Long Island public librarian. I will be there Friday to discuss how I can help out most Fridays. Mary Joan Koch

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