John Pateman has worked in public libraries for 40 years in a number of different roles ranging from Library Assistant to Chief Librarian.
John was Chief Librarian of three library systems in the UK: Hackney, a diverse inner London borough; Merton, a multicultural London suburb; and Lincolnshire, a large rural county.
John is currently Chief Librarian and Chief Executive Officer at Thunder Bay Public Library.
John was part of the research team which produced Open to All? The Public Library and Social Exclusion (2000), which informed the Working Together Project (2004-2008) in Canada.
John is the author of Developing a Needs Based Library Service (2003), Public Libraries and Social Justice (2010, with John Vincent) and Developing Community-Led Public Libraries (2013, with Ken Williment). His latest publication is Managing Cultural Change in Public Libraries (2018, with Joe Pateman).
John writes a column – ‘Open to All?’ – for Open Shelf, the OLA online journal, which explores barriers to library use and how to reduce or remove them.
John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and he received the National Culture Award from the Cuban government for his work in support of Cuban libraries.
John was a founding member of Information For Social Change and the Cuban Libraries Solidarity Campaign. He is a member of the CFLA-FCAB Indigenous Matters Committee and the Progressive Librarians Guild Co-ordinating Committee.
Born November 3rd 1949. Martyn worked in libraries from April 1972 until March 2011.
He has been a pacifist activist since 1968. Martyn was initially active within Peace Pledge Union (the British Section of WRI – War Resisters International) and campaigned against the French *nukiller bomb tests in the pacific and nukiller power within Greenpeace (London) 1974-1985; you can view the Mcspotlight website, which gives a brief history of Greenpeace (London group) in which Martyn was involved from 1973 to 1985.
Martyn has also been a volunteer within the War Resisters International from 1985 up to the present day. Martyn was also a regular contributor to Peace News and the Housmans Peace Diary & directory.
Martyn as been a vegetarian since Jan 26th 1970, & has a particular interest in vegetarian information resources, he also has an interest in the circa 9,000 clandestine publications which existed throughout Europe during the Nazi occupation and dictatorship. Martyn was also involved in Anti-Falkland War activities.
In October 2012 he was one a group of former Greenpeace (London) activists who publicly unmasked Dr Robert Lambert as a former police undercover spy.
You can read about Martyn’s experiences as an activist within the peace movement on the Danish Peace Academy Web site.
Also see Martyn’s ISC and LWPM archives, held at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam.
I’m a member of the Finnish Library Association, and a lover of wisdom. My formal education includes a MA from the university of Helsinki (1973). My working experience is varied. I have served ship-builders as an electrician, taught children at schools, and spent over a decade, the 1980s, as director of Folkets bildningsfönd, (The people’s Educational Association) a Leftist Finland-Swedish organiser of study-circles, local history projects, etc. Since the beginning of the 1990s, I have earned my living as a provider of services to internet users and publishers of digital information. The cooperative society “Katto-Meny” (Kaapeli.fi), which has been my employer, grew out of its cooperation with Helsinki City Library 1993-1995 in the creation of a first webserver for the public library. Now I’m retiring from my work at Kaapeli.fi. However, I intend continue as a library and World Social Forum (WSF) activist.
My second name, “Böök”, probably means “book”, but not exactly the thing you read. Rather, it has to do with the European beech (fagus sylvatica).
John Vincent has worked in the public sector (primarily in public libraries) since the 1960s. He worked for Hertfordshire and Lambeth library services, and, most recently, for Enfield library service.
Since 1999, John has been the Networker for “The Network – tackling social exclusion in libraries, museums, archives and galleries”, running training courses and conferences, producing a monthly newsletter, and working on specific projects (such as the Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded project to advocate the role that libraries play in supporting children and young people in care and Phase 2 of “Welcome to Your Library”).
John contributes regularly to Public Library Journals and to CILIP Update, and also leads workshops and gives talks at a number of events.
In 2006 he co-authored with John Pateman two chapters in the British Librarianship and Information Work series: From Equal Opportunities to Social Exclusion (1991-2000) and From Social Inclusion to Community Cohesion (2001-2005).
I’m a librarian by profession, but since 1999 a freelance journalist and consultant, on library issues and for library journals mainly. For the time being I’m the editor of the news column of the web site of the Norwegian Library Association. I have been chief librarian of a small public library and librarian at two university colleges, in pedagogy and engineering; I was also a consultant at the Norwegian State Directorate for Public Libraries in Oslo for 17 years.
The democratic potential of public libraries made me choose library education in 1973, and I’ve been engaged in democracy issues since then; I published a book on The Independent Public Library in 2001 (in Norwegian only), but I wrote a short version in English for ISC.
I’m member of the City Council of my home town, Moss (28 000 inhabitants), very nicely situated by the Oslo Fjord, 60 km south east of Oslo. My party is a small, but rather lively radical (ex-)Maoist party, the Red Electoral Alliance (RV).
Joe Pateman is a PhD student, Universality of Nottingham, UK, with a specific interest in the disciplines of Marxist political theory and International Political Economy (IPE). Joe has written several essays from the Marxist perspective, on topics such as globalization, inequality, poverty, international relations, political strategy, racism and Hegemony. Joe is currently writing a dissertation that critically analyses the relationship between capitalism and democracy, and is planning on specialising within this area whilst pursuing an academic career In Politics. Joe studied overseas as an exchange student at the University of Hong Kong during the midst of the protests that occurred there in 2014. Joe has visited the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea as a student ambassador, and is interested in bringing the North Korean ideologies of Juche and Songun into mainstream western academic discourse. Joe authored an article in the journal ‘Studies in East European Thought’ on Lenin, see: Pateman, J. (2019) ‘Lenin without dogmatism’, Studies in East European Thought, 71(2), pp.99-117.
Ken Williment is currently a branch manager at Halifax Public Libraries, where he and his team work with the local community to identify needs and deliver services to address them. Prior to this, he worked as a Community Development Manager, during and post Working Together Project. In this role, he worked closely with branch and service managers to integrate community-led approaches within library staff work. Ken has written on community-led approaches on the Social Justice Librarian blog, and has written numerous journal articles in Canada, United States, Sweden, the UK and France. He has also co-published a book on Community-Led work with John Pateman.
Ken attributes his grounded approach to working with community on a number of important experiences since his childhood. Raised on a farm in rural Manitoba, Ken then did a brief stint as a Social Worker with the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg and in Mental Health in inner-city Michigan. He also studied International Labour Migration in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State, before finding his way back to Canada and eventually to Librarianship. In each context Ken learnt about the importance of working with community members to harness their assets and strengths to begin to address systemic barriers faced by individuals.
Paul helped to re-design the ISC Web pages for World Wide Web Convention (W3C) Web standards and accessibility compliance, manages the compilation of the ISC issue, developed the ISC policies and has contributed a range of ISC issue material and occasional papers.
Paul worked briefly in primary education, in further education ICT teaching and worked for almost ten years as a Web developer working on a variety of Web-based systems at the former North East Wales Institute of Higher Education (now Glyndŵr University).
A qualified librarian and having become a Chartered member of CILIP, Paul worked in a range of library related roles and is currently E-Learning librarian at the University of Liverpool. Paul has also worked periodically as a visiting lecturer for Higher Education in the area of IT and Information Science and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Paul has been involved in a variety of CILIP related groups and was a committee member of Career Development Group Wales from 2001-2009.
Paul’s research includes educational applications of the World Wide Web, E-Learning, global Internet ethics and equalities, Web accessibility and contemporary liberalization of education, libraries and wider society – particularly in relation to the impact on services for young people.
Paul has written a text on e-learning entitled Delivering e-learning for Information Services in Higher Education, available from Chandos Publishing, in addition to articles, chapter contributions and conference papers on his research interests. Paul’s PhD was focused on part-time distributed study in an E-Learning context (Manchester Metropolitan University).
Paul is an active trades union branch official, having been involved in UNISON and currently, UCU.
ISC Contributors / former editorial board members
The following individuals have been active within the ISC Board and have contributed to the ISC journal.
Kingsley Oghojafor, is a former ISC board member and a graduate of mass communication, he lives in Nigeria. Kingsley is a freelance writer and an author who has written several articles and books including topics such as self-publishing, regional issues and IT. He can be reached at kingsleyoghojafortrustyahoo.co.uk
Lacey Prpić Hedtke
Lacey Prpić Hedtke is a former ISC board member and is a radical librarian, zinester and antiquarian photographer. She holds a BFA in photography from the Art Institute of Boston in Boston, Massachusetts and an MLIS from St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her path from photography through librarianship led her to her current position in the grants department at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. She’s contributed book and zine reviews to Library Journal, ARLIS/NA Reviews, and LIBREAS Library Ideas. Lacey is a founder, editor and writer for LIBREAS Library Ideas journal, based in Berlin, Germany. She contributed essays and created the events calendar for Art Review and Preview! Newspaper, an art newspaper in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a weekly contributor to l’etoile Magazine and was a web editor for Not For Tourists in 2005.
Lacey has a strong interest in independent publishing, and has self-published seven zines (small-run handmade artist books): Likes/Dislikes (2005) Very True (2005), Etiquette (2006), Cereal Boxes and Milk Crates: Zine LIbraries and Infoshops are…NOW! (2007), Likes/Dislikes 2 (2008), Toxic (2008) and Excitement and Adventure (2009). She has visited zine libraries in North America and Europe, and is thrilled that these usually collectively-run spaces continue to thrive. In 2008, Lacey traveled to her homeland of Croatia to present Cereal Boxes and Milk Crates in poster form at the BOBCATSSS Symposium. For three years, Lacey was a collective member of the Belfry Center for Social and Cultural Activities, a collectively run community space where she curated art shows, coordinated music shows, and spent most of her time organizing, cataloging and building the Bat Annex Free School’s lending zine library, which was housed in the Belfry. She has contributed her librarian skills to the Stevens Square Center for the Arts zine library, and has given talks and been a visiting artist focusing on zine making and librarianship at St. Catherine University, the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has participated in zine fests across the Midwest, and has been a Twin Cities Zinefest co-organizer for several years. In response to the 2008 Republican National Convention in her city of Saint Paul, Minnesota, she co-founded the Twin Cities Radical Reference Collective. She is also a Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize Selection Committee Member for the Progressive Librarians Guild and is interested in all forms of radical and progressive librarianship and activism. She continues to work in Civil War-era photography processes, and teaches them at the Minneapolis Photo Center. She also plays the concertina in a cute-core band called Bla Bla Blacksheep. She spent two years learning mediumship at The Greater Boston Church of Spiritualism in Watertown, Massachusetts. Lacey lives in Minneapolis with her dog and many instruments. She is constantly researching something esoteric and of questionable relevance to her life, and is always learning.
Edgardo is a former ISC board member and started working in LIS social issues in 2001, developing libraries in indigenous and rural communities in northern Argentina. He became involved with the IFLA and UDC editorial board, and with Open Access Initiatives in Latin America, and with several LIS Journals’ editorial boards. Edgardo maintains a weblog [http://www.bitacoradeunbibliotecario.blogspot.com/ bitacora de un bibliotecario], with an English version named http://www.thelogofalibrarian.blogspot.com The log of a librarian. Edgardo also gives classes, conferences and workshops on LIS social activism and the social role of librarians.
Helen Raduntz is an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Centre of Research in Education, Equity and Work, University of South Australia, whose career has involved working in industry and secondary education, education union activism, and academic teaching and research. Subsequent to her doctoral research she has continued her interests in the development of a Marxian critique for contemporary capitalism, in the continuing impact of marketisation on education and education for social change, and in mounting a critique on the subject of intellectual property and the work of information professionals. Among her publications is a chapter entitled ‘The Marketisation of Education within the Global Capitalist Economy’ published in 2005 in the book Globalising Public Education: Policies, Pedagogy and Politics, edited by Michael W. Apple, Jane Kenway and Michael Singh, and published by Peter Lang Publishing, New York.
K. R. Roberto
Gill Harris (UK) – LINK
Toni Samek (Canada) – Chair, Canadian Library Association’s Advisory Committee on Intellectual Freedom
Ruth Rikowski (UK) – Chandos Publishing and London South Bank University
Ruth’s blog can be found at: http://www.blogger.com/profile/07994566100983908536
Visit the Rikowski website, ‘The Flow of Ideas’ at www.flowideas.co.uk
Ruth Rikowski, an information professional for over 30 years, has worked in both the public and the private sectors.
In more recent years she moved into the writing, publishing and academic field. It was during this period that she connected with Information for Social Change, hoping in some small way to be able, at the very least, to help to slow down the commercialisation and privatisation bandwagon.
She has many published articles and reviews and 3 books:
- ‘Globalisation, Information and Libraries’, Chandos Publishing: Oxford , 2005
- ‘Knowledge Management: social, cultural and theoretical perspectives’, (edited by) Chandos Publishing: Oxford , 2007
- ‘Digitisation Perspectives’ (edited by), Sense Publishers: Rotterdam , The Netherlands, 2011