On the Organizing Ideas podcast, we take a closer look at the relationships between organizing information and community organizing. We talk to information professionals, activists, and other insightful folks who have thoughts about what we mean when we say, “knowledge is power.”

Because libraries and archives are never neutral.

How to Listen

Find us on your favourite podcast app, or subscribe to our RSS feed. Our episodes are hosted at https://anchor.fm/organizing-ideas.

You can find us on Twitter @OrganizingPod.

Karen and Allison sit side-by-side on a sunny couch, surrounded by hanging patches and posters.
Left: Karen Ng. Right: Allison Jones

Who We Are

Organizing Ideas is hosted by two new librarians/archivist figuring things out as we go. We’re interested in examining power and talking about our experiences and observations of ways in which libraries and archives are never neutral.

Allison Jones

  • they/them/their
  • @allisonlouisejones
  • https://allisonlouisejones.wordpress.com
  • Recent MLIS grad
  • Working precariously in public libraries
  • Cares about: community-led libraries; Indigenous information practices; social movement history and education; teen and adult programs and services; digital literacy
  • BA in Anthropology

Karen Ng

  • she/her/hers
  • @litelbokewyrm
  • https://ywkarenng.wordpress.com
  • MLIS/MAS student
  • Student worker in rare books & special collections and a public library
  • Cares about: public service; transnational histories of the book; participatory practices in archival description; reading rooms; reference; and identity formations in special collections
  • BA in English and Medieval Studies


Our cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic.

Victoria Gomez and Sam Frederick also volunteer their time to help us with transcribing the audio to the interviews.

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