Progressive Librarians Guild
radical views on library & info issues

Statement of purpose

PLG's core ideas

Progressive Librarians Guild — Statement of Purpose

(in revision 2017)

Libraries are an important intersection of the individual, communities and knowledge. We see librarianship as a profession and practice that serves to enable the creation of and access to a multitude of forms of human expression, experience and aspiration. We also recognize that libraries are sites where structures of injustice, exploitation, control, and oppression are nourished, normalized and perpetuated. The Progressive Librarians Guild exists to expose and call out librarianship's active and passive complicity and acceptance of those systems, to offer and practice alternatives to those systems, to empower the voices of those excluded from positions of power and/or the historical record and to develop a praxis that contributes to on-going pursuits of human rights and dignity.

PLG's original statement of purpose from 1990 can be found here (Progressive Librarian, issue 1, page 44).

Last updated: 01.05.2017