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Discussion Archie Green Laborlorist and Librarian has Died

by Kathleen McCook on Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 04:47 pm

Julie Ardery writes in Daily Yonder.

Archie Green who taught us "laborlore" and persuaded Congress to establish a national folklife center has died. 

Julie Ardery writes in Daily Yonder.

Archie Green who taught us "laborlore" and persuaded Congress to establish a national folklife center has died. 

Archie studied library science at University of Illinois (training that shows throughout his immense, impeccable archives, now at the University of North Carolina). At University of Pennsylvania, he earned a folklore degree, writing the dissertation that would become Only a Miner.

He lobbied hard and successfully for the creation of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.In 2007, the Library honored him as a “Living Legend.”

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Discussion Franklin Rosemont, labor activist, has died.

by Kathleen McCook on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Franklin Rosemont, surrealist poet, artist, historian, street speaker, & labor activist, died of an aneurysm on Sunday, April 12th in Chicago, Illinois...Rosemont was a leading figure in the reorganization of America’s oldest labor press, the Charles H. Kerr Company....

Franklin Rosemont, surrealist poet, artist, historian, street speaker, & labor activist, died of an aneurysm on Sunday, April 12th in Chicago, Illinois...Rosemont was a leading figure in the reorganization of America’s oldest labor press, the Charles H. Kerr Company....

Elaine Harger, co-founder of the Progressive Librarians Guild, had this to add on the PLG listserv: Franklin and Penelope Rosemont are tied to PLG’s story in that they organized PLG’s first outing at an ALA conference. They gave us a tour of the Waldheim Cemetary in Chicago, burial place of many leftists. We have a photo of PLGers with the Rosemonts standing in front of the monument erected to the Haymarket Martyrs.

[see post at Library Juice].

 

 

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Online Doc "AFSCME Library Workers Make America Happen"

by Kathleen McCook on Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 08:26 pm

See the photo of the banner that is now hanging on the front window of AFSCME's DC office . It says "AFSCME Library Workers Make America Happen" and notes that National Library Workers Day is April 14th.

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Unions contribute to a stable, productive workforce—where workers have a say in improving their jobs.Library workers in public, academic and school libraries have organized in unions for better wages, working conditions and benefits. Unionization as a human right was included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as Article 23 when the UDHR was issued in 1948. Sixty years later, unions continue to be viewed as fundamental to democracy.

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