Here’s my keynote from today’s Pennsylvania Library Association conference. It focuses on the intersection between libraries, technology, and the public good.

@robparsons yes for sure. But why not make for-profits subsidize space for non-profits? There was plenty of extra floor space that could have been made freely available too. I get that it’s all about these advertisers subsidizing the good work of the event, but that’s a real thing with real effects beyond the symbolic.

Shocked by the huge exhibitor hall at this library conference. If you used it to extrapolate on the future of libraries, it would be terrifying. I thought I’d see at least some open access commitment, but besides a couple of university presses, everything is for-profit crap totally disconnected from big picture mission. Leave the swag on the tables. This matters.

So pretty out the back window on this crisp morning!

Check out all the newspaper articles #OpenEd18 people wrote!! Very impressive...I had much less success getting participants in that very conference to edit wiki several years ago. Kudos to Amy, Katie, Bonnie. … cc @mackiwg @cogdog @actualham @Downes

I’ve taken my phone and my dog out into a sunny, wind-swept field on a hill. I’m watching from here, trying to keep the whole world from closing in on me. Christine Blasey Ford— and Anita Hill— are brave and heroic beyond what I can even imagine.

@jgmac1106 we are up to $800 now, but until last year it was $400. Adjuncts get 6 now I believe. Was nothing for a long time. Unions made the difference in both cases.

@actualham I think part of the movement must involve moving our professional organizations to a recruitment model rather than a members benefit model.

Hard to push open access when all our top research organizations need the journal revenue to survive.

Instead move everything to the open and get people to join for the mission rather than material

@jgmac1106 But I know so many independent scholars and contingent faculty who are shut out of speaking engagements because they can’t get travel covered or afford the time to go. Not a good way to build an inclusive movement.

@jgmac1106 the honorariums actually erode my sense of worth, to be honest. I feel worthy when I act out of excitement for the mission. But I realize that is a privilege I enjoy because of my relative financial stability. As a salaried public professor, I feel like the sliding scale is fair because some of my outreach can be covered by my own sense of my responsibilities for my main gig (kind of like your 20% commitment).

@jgmac1106 and booking airline tickets makes me want to crawl in a hole for seven weeks. I just hate all that planning.

@jgmac1106 I only go to community colleges for close to free ($25 if need be). If it’s an invited talk, I try to mark the academic labor by requiring compensation. I worked a long time for free but I know it makes it worse for everyone to do it really. I think fac dev events would pay for Indie Web presentations. But yeah it’s hard when you are committed to a movement and have to get it rolling and grow support. I feel ya.

@jgmac1106 you can’t imagine how much I hate that part. I mean, I need to get paid but asking for it, tracking it, collecting it, omg the worst.

Every time I am invited to go and talk about something somewhere, I immediately start down rabbit holes about the most basic terms. You want me to talk about libraries? What the hell do we mean by “library?” About agency? Learning? A chair? A toaster? What even are these things? Does anything have a meaning??!? Thank you for coming to my TED Talk. Talk? What is a “talk?”

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