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This book is one of the lasting monuments of the library underground, though the contributors surely never imagined this kind of respectful archiving. Thirty years on, its mixture of wild-eyed idealism and bleary-eyed realism is still a testament of solidarity with the enthusiastic, disgruntled or just plain bolshy librarian, the sort of thing that the Association of Assis...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published January 1973 by Bootlegger Press
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LOOOOOOVED IT! I was struck by how much of the content was still applicable to us 40 years later, which is sad in some cases and liberating in others. This is a wonderful read for anyone with an interest in radical librarianship because it has so many different takes on what that constitutes.
This book is from 1972 and it shows in both the language and ideas it uses. "Groovy" "Hip" Tuned in". In addition to the word choice, many of the ideas in the book also clearly shouted Hippy. "Dance with the life force, open on the edge of experience," for example. Or the somewhat joking suggestion that the hard drugs should go in the AV department. The book was written in a time of free schools, free love, draft resistance and communal living - none of which are so prevalent today. This makes s...more
Hey! This book is great! It's a collection of essays by radical librarians about revolutionizing the profession, and even though it's 36 years old, a lot of it is still relevant today! There's material about creating unbiased subject headings, serving non-mainstream populations, crushing censorship, organizing both materials and workers, and generally having a righteous attitude about things. What use does the future have for stodgy reference librarians, redacted reading material, a blind eye tu...more
Revolting Librarians was published 40 years ago by a small group of liberal and radical librarians. Reading this book in the new millenium shows you how much has changed in the library world (technology, subject headings in online catalogs are more socially and culturally relevant and sensitive) and how much hasn't changed (inept management). Most of these essays were written by "hippie-type" librarians which made it hard for me to relate to and made the first half of the book difficult to read....more
This book is obviously dated, but I find that to be so charming. The art, the small press feel, and the fuck the man, hyperbolic hippie revolutionary language just makes me smile, what can I say. Not super relevant to current issues in the field, but it is really interesting what the current issues were in 1973. Just got the Redux, curious to see how it compares.
Feb 07, 2008 Danielle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Librarians, Library School Students, Activists, Book Nerds
While obviously a little dated (like 1970s groovy dated) this book is an energizing look into radical librarianship and the politics behind librarianship in general. If you love books and working towards a better world, READ THIS BOOK, librarians can be more helpful and more on board with your "agenda" than you'd expect.
Some of the material is dated in its hippy-ness, but many of the concepts are still useful, including the necessity for librarians to be concerned about others. The best piece is on providing library services to migrant farm workers.