Radicalism and Libraries and Archives

Friday, 3 March 2017, Wolfson Suite, IHR, Senate House

Senate House Library, the Institute for Historical Research and the Institute of English Studies are hosting a one-day conference examining the themes and issues facing the sector today including, as who works in libraries and who uses libraries, what is in collections and how collections are being developed, how books and information are organised and the current events in librarianship and with libraries.



9.30am - 9.45am      Registration

9.45am - 10.00am    Welcome

10.00am - 11.30am   Panel 1, Session I: What?

                                  What is in collections and how are collections being developed?

  • Wendy Russell (BFI National Archive, British Film Institute): We will not be silenced! Ken Loach's 'Questions of Leadership'
  • Lisa Redlinski (College of Arts and Humanities): Underground and Alternative Press Collection: Radical Brighton
  • Lucas Richert (University of Strathclyde): 'Mind Meddling': Exploring Radical Psychiatry in Archives

11.30am - 11.45am    Break

11.45am - 1.15pm      Panel 2: How?

                                   How are books, manuscripts and information being organized and what is the impact of information professionals' decisions?

  • Julio Cazzasa (Senate House Library): Cataloguing the radical material: an experience with a flexible approach
  • Alycia Sellie (CUNY): Unique to OCLC: The Peculiarities and Marvels of American Life and Librarianship as Viewed through the Wisconsin Historical Society's Newspapers and Periodicals Collection
  • Gregory Toth (Senate House Library): Challenging library classifications: The journey to make them less discriminative

1.15pm - 2.00pm      Lunch

2.00pm - 3.30pm      Panel 3, Session II: What?

                                 What is in collections and how are collections being developed?

  • Mairéad Mooney (University College Cork): Carnegie Library in Cork: Radical Collections
  • Amy Todman (National Library of Scotland): From radical to mainstream?: Archiving Engender from the 1990s to the present
  • Siobhan Britton (University of Brighton), What We Do Is Secret?' Examining Issues Around the Collection, Preservation and Accessibility of Zines in Libraries

3.30pm - 3.45pm     Break

3.45pm - 5.15pm     Panel 4: Who?

                                Who works in libraries and archives? Who uses them?

  • Tamsin Bookey (Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives): A radical idea: putting ‘widening participation’ into practice
  • Katherine Quinn (University of Warwick): Enabling liberatory education: The challenge of radical librarianship in the UK HE context

  • Kirsty Fife (National Media Museum in Bradford) and Hannah Louise Wright (University of Dundee): Decentring Qualification: A Radical Examination of Archival Employment Possibilities

5.15pm - 5.30pm     Conference close

5.30pm - 6.30pm     Wine reception

This event is part of the Radical Voices exhibition season which runs from 16 January - 31 March 2017. For more information or any problems and queries about booking please contact Senate House Library Events & Engagement by telephone on 020 7862 8417 or by email at shl.whatson@london.ac.uk.

The School of Advanced Study is part of the central University of London. The School takes its responsibility to visitors with special needs very seriously and will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to its facilities in order to accommodate the needs of such visitors. If you have a particular requirement, please feel free to discuss it confidentially with the organiser in advance of the event taking place.