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Saturday, June 17 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Soul of a Public Library

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In early 2017, five librarians were terminated from a toxic workplace and began to speak out after years of resistance to policies and misinformation we believed had a negative impact on our community. We will share our struggle to support each other, to transform working conditions for the remaining staff, and to organize locally for a new library governance structure. Join us to explore the timeline of our resistance and develop strategies for surviving and resisting a culture of fear at work.


Kristy Cooper

Public Librarian turned library vigilante, The Library Defense Network
Kristy Cooper is an experienced public librarian. She has also worked in non-profits and has an MBA in Non-Profit Management. She has presented and published articles about starting adult literacy programs in public libraries. She also writes young adult novels.

Katie DT

Public Librarian
Katie (she/her) is a public librarian interested in literacies, anti-racism and emergent strategy.
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Andrea Perez

Public Librarian, MSW Student, Wayne State University School of Social Work
Andrea Perez was a co-coordinator of the Radical Librarianship tracks at AMC2015 and AMC2016. She is currently studying to become a social worker.
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Alexis Tharp

Librarian, Public Librarian
I'm a public librarian and occasional freelancer/volunteer doing stuff with data, communication and design. Ask me about my cat. She/her

Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
State Hall: Room 114