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Serving the People: Information-Sharing at the Baltimore and DC Occupy Encampments By David Piper and Beth Emmerling. Our Presentation. Brief Description of Occupy Movement How Information is Shared at Occupy DC On-site Libraries Use of Online Sources Challenges of Being the

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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
  • 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
Occupy 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 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 DCMcPherson 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

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Library at Occupy DCMcPherson 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
  • Information Tent: “Introductory” Information

Occupy Baltimore

Info Tent Oct 2011

other sources of information1
Other Sources of Information

Various Handouts and Brochures

Bulletin Boards

occupy baltimore encampment
Occupy Baltimore Encampment
  • Begins October 14, 2011
  • McKeldin Square in

downtown Baltimore

  • Surrounded by major banks
  • Young, white, middle-class

Activists at Occupy

Baltimore Oct 2011

occupy baltimore encampment1
Occupy Baltimore Encampment

Population shifts

Food and healthcare for

all

Occupy Baltimore

Residents Oct 2011

library at occupy baltimore
Library at Occupy Baltimore
  • Established third day of

encampment

  • Materials donated

WordPress used for on-line library

LibraryThing used to catalog

books

Occupy Baltimore

Library Oct 2011

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Library at Occupy Baltimore
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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 ChallengesOf 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
  • 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!

Please Feel Free to Contact Us

David Piper

capsredswiz@yahoo.com

Beth Emmerling

bemm14@gmail.com