Student chapters have played an important role in the 20+ year history of the Progressive Librarians Guild. In addition to providing a conduit for the flow of PLG’s values and ideas into library and information science programs and schools and exposing multitudes of new library workers to issues related to radical librarianship, PLG’s student chapters provided spaces across North America for new perspectives and ideas to germinate.
The activities of student chapters included everything from hosting events, talks and panels that addressed professional, political, and societal issues that impact library and information workers and students; collaborating with like minded campus and community groups and providing space for discourse, discussion and education on radical issues and topics in librarianship. Some groups went even further, for example, the PLG Student Chapter at St. Catherine’s University maintained the membership database and coordinated mailing the Progressive Librarian for years in addition to its normal work.
Below are links to the St. Catherine’s University chapter (currently active) as well as a list of schools that in the past have maintained a PLG student chapter. For more information please contact: PLG at progressivelibrariansguild.org.
St. Kate's PLG Chapter
The College of St. Catherine Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) Student Chapter emphasizes collaborations with local libraries and activist groups. The St. Kate's PLG promotes campus discussion about progressive library issues while connecting students to ongoing radical library volunteer efforts. By incorporating service and action into St. Kate's MLIS program, the PLG student chapter embraces and expands upon the College's tradition of social responsibility. Contact: progressive at stkate.edu. Twitter: @SCUPLG. Website: stkatesplg.wordpress.com
These colleges, universities and local/regional areas have previously supported PLG student chapters:
- University of Western Ontario – PLG London
- Toronto Area PLG Chapter
- University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
- School of Information Management (SIM), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Drexel University
- Emporia State University
- Indiana University
- Piedmont (South Carolina)
- School of Library, Archival, and Information Science (SLAIS) at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver
- Pratt Institute's School of Information and Library Science (SILS), New York City
- St. John's University
- Simmons GSLIS
- University of Arizona
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- University of Missouri
- Wayne State University (Detroit)
If you are active in a PLG chapter, please contact PLG@progressivelibrariansguild.org so that updated information can be added to this website.