Progressive Librarians Guild
PROGRESSIVE
LIBRARIANS GUILD
radical views on library & info issues

Actions and position statements

PLG's activities throughout time

 

2017 | 2016 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003| 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996


Past PLG positions, actions and news have been also published, among many others, at Kathleen de la Peña McCook's Librarian blog (web.archive.org) and at Rory Litwin's Library Juice.


2017


Jul.17. Launch of PLG blogs in English and in Spanish.

Jun.22. PLG's activities at ALA Annual in Chicago (June 22-27).

May.08. PLG announces its activities at ALA Annual in Chicago (June 2017).

May.06. PLG-CC Open Letter to Evanston Public Library Board and Director.

Apr.23. PLG-CC responds to petition "Protect Feminist Books at Vancouver Women's Library".


2016


PLG Edmonton votes to dissolve chapter, June 28. | Statement from PLG Coordinating Committee on the Dissolution of Edmonton Chapter, June 29.


2014


PLG endorses the Gaza Statement (Librarians, Archivists, and Information Workers all for end of siege on Gaza).


2013


PLG endorses the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance.

PLG responds to the NSA mass surveillance issue in a letter to Open the Government.org.

PLG Resolution on Divestment of Holdings in Fossil Fuel Companies and Libraries' Role in a Peaceful Transition to a Fossil-Fuel-Free Economy.


2012


PLG Statement on Censorship and the Tucson Unified School District.


2011


PLG Statement on Occupy Wall Street.

Response to McMaster University librarian Jeff Trzeciak from the Edmonton chapter of the PLG.

PLG Stands in Solidarity with Public Employees.


2010


PLG Coordinating Committee issues a Statement on Wikileaks and the Library of Congress, December 4.


2009


PLG Opposes the Actions of the Hyatt Company. Read the Resolution on the Boycott, October 14.

PLG supports the Right to Read Campaign in Gaza. The right to read is realized in Article 19 to include access to information, intellectual freedom, and right to communicate. Endorsing the Right to Read Campaign is in line with the 1997 Resolution on IFLA, Human Rights and Freedom of Expression. Endorsed June 21.

PLG Calls for Elsevier to End Corrupt Publishing Practices and for Library Associations to Take Advocacy Role on Behalf of Scientific Integrity, May 12.

PLG endorsed Historians Against the War (HAW) Statement.


2008


PLG Statement on WiFi in Libraries and the Precautionary Principle, June 16.


2007


PLG stands in solidarity with the striking Vancouver Public Library workers of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 391 as they fight for a fair and equitable contract that addresses pay equity, improvements to employee benefits, access to training, fair treatment of part-time and auxiliary library workers, protection against contracting-out and technological change, August 1 (web.archive.org).

PLG Coordinating Committee endorsed a campaign by the Center for Constitutional Rights calling on Congress to restore the time-honored right of habeas corpus to prisoners being held at Guantanamo, May 1.

The CPUSA Archive Donation to NYU, March 19.

PLG Supports the Petition to the U.N. General Assembly to Try President of the United States George Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Condolezza Rice, and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, February 13.

"I'm Alright, Jack". Mark C. Rosenzweig on Bush Budget and Libraries. February 12. (web.archive.org)

PLG Endorses AHA Resolution on United States Government Practices Inimical to the Values of the Historical Profession, January 11.

Mark Rosenzweig's essay The Global War on Terror.

PLG endorsed the Iraq Moratorium, an organized method of protest for the third Friday of each month (beginning in 2007).


2006


PLG re-affirms its support for the Declaration of Cultural Human Rights, December 20.

PLG supports the bookmobile project of Libros para Cuba (Books for Cuba), November 6.

PLG Condemns Violent Treatment of Mostafa Tabatabainejad at Powell Library, UCLA, November 27.

PLG stands with Amnesty International, October 17.

PLG supports Indianapolis librarians, August 6.

PLG resolutions on Bush Impeachment and Immigration, March 18.


2005


PLG Opposes John Roberts' Confirmation to the Supreme Court, September 21.

PLG Opposes ALA Award to Laura Bush, April 27.

Joint Letter to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence PATRIOT Act Oversight, April 18.

San Francisco Bay Area PLG delegation supports read-in to keep Salinas Public Libraries open, April 2.

¡Libros Sí! ¡Bombas No!


2004

Resolution Against the Use of Torture as a Violation of the American Library Association's Basic Values, ALA Council, June.

Librarians Say No to Occupation!


2003


Statement concerning the dismantling of the State Library of Florida, March 11.


2002


Statement in opposition to library worker involvement in the US Department of Justice "Terrorism and Information Prevention Systems" Program.


2001


Emergency Declaration for a Halt to Preparations for Bombing Afghanistan, September 26

Seattle Statement Citizens Shaping the Network Society (web.archive.org).

Open letter from librarians against the murder of people exercising the right to protest against corporate globalization at the Genoa conference, July 25.

Marriott Boycott, June 19 (at Library Juice).


2000


Presentation to the Vienna meeting of progressive librarians by Mark Rosenzweig, entitled What Progressive Librarians Believe: An International Perspective.

Ten Point Program developed by Mark Rosenzweig for the groups which met at the Vienna Conference of progressive librarians sponsored by KRIBIBIE | En español: Diez puntos de Viena.

Letter on Socially Responsible Investing.


1999


PLG contingent at WTO meeting.

Political Censorship at the NEA.


1998


Letter protesting US treatment of Iraq, December 18.


1997


Legal Repression against Oakland Protestors Supporting Liverpool Dockers.

PLG: Why We Keep on Going.


1996


Caravan for Justice Statement.