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Serving the People: Information-Sharing at the Baltimore and DC Occupy EncampmentsBy David Piper and Beth Emmerling


Our presentation
Our Presentation DC Occupy

  • Brief Description of Occupy Movement

  • How Information is Shared at Occupy DC

    • On-site Libraries

    • Use of Online Sources

  • Challenges of Being the

    Occupy Baltimore

    Librarian

    Occupy Baltimore

    Participant Oct 2011


O ccupy dc mcpherson square encampment
O DC Occupy ccupy DC McPherson Square Encampment

  • Established first week of October 2011 at McPherson Square (“Liberty Plaza”)

  • Strategically located

    at 15th and K Streets

    McPherson Square

    Encampment Jan 2012


Occupy dc mcpherson square encampment
Occupy DC DC Occupy McPherson Square Encampment

  • Participants at

    McPherson Square

    were generally

    younger (20s)

  • First demonstration

  • Diverse

    GA Meeting

    Occupy DC Oct 2, 2011


Library at occupy dc mcpherson square
Library at Occupy DC DC Occupy McPherson Square

  • Encampment grows, as does library at Occupy DC

  • Early November: Construction began on structurethat would house the

    books better

  • “Information” available

    in various formats on

    different subjects

    Occupy DC Library

    Late-January 2012


Library at occupy dc mcpherson square1
Library at Occupy DC DC Occupy McPherson Square

  • Materials donated “as needed”

  • Collection arranged by genre and format

    Inside

    Occupy DC

    Library

    Jan 2012


Other sources of information
Other Sources of Information DC Occupy

  • Information Tent: “Introductory” Information

    Occupy Baltimore

    Info Tent Oct 2011


Other sources of information1
Other Sources of Information DC Occupy

Various Handouts and Brochures

Bulletin Boards


Occupy baltimore encampment
Occupy Baltimore Encampment DC Occupy

  • Begins October 14, 2011

  • McKeldin Square in

    downtown Baltimore

  • Surrounded by major banks

  • Young, white, middle-class

    Activists at Occupy

    Baltimore Oct 2011


The view from mckeldin
The View From DC Occupy McKEldin


Occupy baltimore encampment1
Occupy Baltimore Encampment DC Occupy

Population shifts

Food and healthcare for

all

Occupy Baltimore

Residents Oct 2011


Library at occupy baltimore
Library at Occupy Baltimore DC Occupy

  • Established third day of

    encampment

  • Materials donated

    WordPress used for on-line library

    LibraryThing used to catalog

    books

    Occupy Baltimore

    Library Oct 2011


Library at occupy baltimore1
Library at Occupy Baltimore DC Occupy

  • Informal user

    interviews

  • Changing demographics

    influenced collection

    development

  • Access to information

    for people without public

    library cards

    Occupy Baltimore Library

    Oct 2011


Eviction of occupy baltimore and occupy dc encampments
Eviction of Occupy Baltimore and Occupy DC Encampments DC Occupy

  • December 12: Occupy Baltimore shut down

  • February 4: Occupy DC shut down

    Tents disposedat

    Occupy Baltimore

    Dec 2011


Online sources of information
Online Sources of Information DC Occupy

  • Occupy Baltimore and Occupy DC Websites (Various types of Info)

    • Schedule of Upcoming Events

    • Links to Facebook/Twitter Pages

      • Up-to-the-minute Updates during actions

      • Requests for donations of materials needed

    • Link to Occupy Baltimore Library Page

    • Phone calls to people without internet


Occupy baltimore actions
Occupy Baltimore Actions DC Occupy

Schools Not Jails Action: School Was In Session

The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass Was Mic-Checked Prior to Arrests



Rewards and challenges of being occupy librarian
Rewards and Challenges DC Occupy Of Being Occupy Librarian

Diversity

Provide books to all people

I am always working on ways to minimize the digital divide


For future research
For Future Research DC Occupy

  • Other Type of Information?

    • Actions and demonstrations

    • Community transitioning with long term goals

    • on- line info and changing needs

    • Anonymous

      Occupy Baltimore

      Participant, Brandi Cross,

      Oct 2011


Thank you
Thank You! DC Occupy

Please Feel Free to Contact Us

David Piper

[email protected]

Beth Emmerling

[email protected]


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