Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ahmed Mansoor Selected 2015 Laureate Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

Ahmed Mansoor Selected as the 2015 Laureate Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

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Ahmed Mansoor was selected by a jury of 10 Global Human Rights organizations (See list below). The Award is given to Human Rights Defenders who have shown deep commitment and face great personal risk. The aim of the award is to provide protection through international recognition. Strongly supported by the City of Geneva, the Award will be presented on Oct. 6th.
The Jury consists of 10
leading Human Rights NGO’s

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Booksellers and librarians file brief in new NSA spy case

The American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) has joined the American Library Association (ALA) and other library groups in urging a federal court to limit the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance of international electronic communications, including those relating to the purchase and use of books. On September 3, ABFE and ALA filed an amicus brief in support of an ACLU lawsuit challenging Upstream, a once-secret program that was revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward J. Snowden.

Human rights as a topic and guide for LIS research and practice.


Mathiesen, K. (2015), Human rights as a topic and guide for LIS research and practice. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 66: 1305–1322.

  • human rights;
  • ethics;
  • freedom of information
In this global information age, accessing, disseminating, and controlling information is an increasingly important aspect of human life. Often, these interests are expressed in the language of human rights—for example, rights to expression, privacy, and intellectual property. As the discipline concerned with “facilitating the effective communication of desired information between human generator and human user” (Belkin, 1975, p. 22), library and information science (LIS) has a central role in facilitating communication about human rights and ensuring the respect for human rights in information services and systems. This paper surveys the literature at the intersection of LIS and human rights. To begin, an overview of human rights conventions and an introduction to human rights theory is provided. Then the intersections between LIS and human rights are considered. Three central areas of informational human rights—communication, privacy, and intellectual property—are discussed in detail. It is argued that communication rights in particular serve as a central linchpin in the system of human rights.

(Good article, but please PLEASE let's not informatics- icize human rights.)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pope Francis, Human Rights and Librarianship

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“Paper, People and Work," A Review of the Dorothy Day-Catholic Worker Collection at Marquette University, by Robert P. Russo. Catholic Library World 84 (March 2014).

Carmine J. Bell

For her article, Libraries and Human Rights Education which December 2006 issue of Catholic Library World .

K. McCook-"Social justice, personalism, and the practice of librarianship: Catholic worker movement and ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table." Catholic Library World 72, no. 2 (December 2001).

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Julius Rosenwald and Libraries -New Documentary

Julius Rosenwald is known to the library world for his funding of libraries and schools for African-Americans in the South.

Roughen, P. p. (2014). Julius Rosenwald: A Review of the Literature on His Motivations and Impact in Redefining Library Service in the South. Southeastern Librarian, 62(2), 2-9.

New documentary: Rosenwald

Monday, September 7, 2015

Human Rights Web Archive

The Human Rights Web Archive @ Columbia University is a searchable collection of archived copies of human rights websites created by non-governmental organizations, national human rights institutions, tribunals and individuals. Collecting began in 2008 and has been ongoing for active websites. New websites are added to the collection regularly.



WebsitesOver 600
Searchable DocumentsOver 50 Million
Archived DocumentsOver 115 Million
Archived Data SizeOver 5TB

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Nkoana-Mashabane honoured by Nelson Mandela Library

The Nelson Mandela Library has honoured International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with a National Women's Award.

The Library, which is based at the Protea Glen Secondary School in Soweto, said Minister Nkoana-Mashabane was chosen for the Award in recognition of her dedication to the promotion of human rights, women's empowerment and gender equality and as a leader and role model for young women.