26 episodes

Because libraries and archives are never neutral.

Taking a closer look at the relationships between organizing information and community organizing. We talk to information professionals, activists, and other insightful folks who have thoughts about what we mean when we say, “knowledge is power”. Hosted by two new librarians figuring things out as we go. We are based on the unceded and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Organizing Ideas Organizing Ideas Podcast

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    • 5.0, 3 Ratings

Because libraries and archives are never neutral.

Taking a closer look at the relationships between organizing information and community organizing. We talk to information professionals, activists, and other insightful folks who have thoughts about what we mean when we say, “knowledge is power”. Hosted by two new librarians figuring things out as we go. We are based on the unceded and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

    Ep 26 - Books and Feelings in the Time of COVID-19

    Ep 26 - Books and Feelings in the Time of COVID-19

    Episode 26, in which Karen and Allison talk about their feelings during the midst of COVID-19, and books they’ve been reading and shows they’ve been watching in 2020 so far.

    Read along with the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/y7nx8brh

    The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic (https://www.andrealukic.com/).

    You can reach us at:


    Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com

    Twitter: @OrganizingPod

    Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/



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    • 41 min
    Ep 25 - Community-Led Teen Librarianship with Ariel Caldwell

    Ep 25 - Community-Led Teen Librarianship with Ariel Caldwell

    We talk with Ariel Caldwell, a Teen Services Librarian at Vancouver Public Library, about teen librarianship, community-led work, juggling 5 calendars, using improv to navigate power dynamics, intergenerational programming, and creating fun!

    You can reach Ariel at ariel.caldwell [at] vpl [dot] ca.

    Read along with the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/yckbpmzh

    The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic (https://www.andrealukic.com/).

    You can reach us at:


    Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com

    Twitter: @OrganizingPod

    Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/



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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep 24 - Libraries, "Democracy", and Intellectual Freedom with Sam Popowich

    Ep 24 - Libraries, "Democracy", and Intellectual Freedom with Sam Popowich

    In anticipation of the (now cancelled) British Columbia Library Association 2020 conference on “Libraries, Democracy, and Action,” Sam Popowich, author of Confronting the Democratic Discourse of Librarianship: A Marxist Approach, talks about intellectual freedom and what democracy means in libraries.

    Follow Sam on Twitter @redlibrarian 

    Read along with the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/ya9gkmwg

    The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic (https://www.andrealukic.com/).

    You can reach us at:


    Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com

    Twitter: @OrganizingPod


    Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic (https://www.andrealukic.com/).

    You can reach us at:


    Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com

    Twitter: @OrganizingPod

    Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/



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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep 23 - How are you feeling? COVID-19 Call for Contributions

    Ep 23 - How are you feeling? COVID-19 Call for Contributions

    Hey folks - we hope this mini episode finds you as well as can be considering the current circumstances. We are putting together an episode COVID-19 and invite you to share your thoughts with us in a short audio clip! Find the full details about how to contribute by listening to the episode or reading the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/wzeduor

    The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic (https://www.andrealukic.com/).

    You can reach us at:


    Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com

    Twitter: @OrganizingPod

    Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/



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    • 2 min
    Ep 22 - Grassroots Libraries and Care in Community (Pre-BCLA Chat) with Y Vy Truong, Rachel Lau, and Avi Grundner

    Ep 22 - Grassroots Libraries and Care in Community (Pre-BCLA Chat) with Y Vy Truong, Rachel Lau, and Avi Grundner

    ** This episode was recorded on March 12, 2020 before UBC Library, where we were recording, was closed to the public, and we were all encouraged to stay home and physically distance from one another. **

    In preparation for the now-cancelled British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) 2020 conference, Karen sat down with Y Vy Truong, Rachel Lau, and Avi Grundner to talk about expectations and ideas for their discussion panel, titled “Collections in Social Movements: Grassroots Libraries in Marginalized Communities.”

    Our guests:

    • Y Vy Truong - @YVyTruong / @josspaperlib
    • Rachel Lau - @racholau / @queer_reads_library
    • Avi Grundner - @avi_ouslyy / @OutOnTheShelves

    Read along with the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/u69ug9q

    The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic (https://www.andrealukic.com/).

    You can reach us at:

    • Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com
    • Twitter: @OrganizingPod
    • Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/



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    • 53 min
    Ep 21 - (Elementary) Teacher Librarianship and Inquiry-Based Learning with Elaine Su

    Ep 21 - (Elementary) Teacher Librarianship and Inquiry-Based Learning with Elaine Su

    Throw out the whole book! In this episode we chat with Elaine Su, an elementary school teacher librarian and advocate for youth voices, about inquiry-based learning and education practices and reform—and what she means by throwing the whole book out.

    Follow Elaine on Twitter @elainesoup

    Read along with the transcript: https://tinyurl.com/tfcl76k

    The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic (https://www.andrealukic.com/).

    You can reach us at:
    • Email: organizingideaspod [at] gmail [dot] com
    • Twitter: @OrganizingPod
    • Website: https://organizingideaspod.wordpress.com/



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    • 39 min

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