Saturday, May 2, 2015
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Public libraries have helped shape a more inclusive society ever since the Public Libraries Act 1850
We must defend public libraries from the threat of a market-based ideological framework by Daniel Bailey.
Public libraries have helped shape a more inclusive society ever since the Public Libraries Act 1850 gave boroughs the power to establish book lending services free at the point of use – a service which had a tremendous effect on improving literacy. The collectivised philosophy underpinning these services inspired Conservative Party opposition to this Act on the grounds that they may incubate social agitation and subversion. Today, they still provide a common space where information and literature is accessible to all, help cultivate community spirit, and provide computer and internet facilities particularly valued by the elderly and job-seekers (as noted by a survey conducted recently on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). Indeed, it can be seen as an exemplar of a public good.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Human Rights Archivist
Archivist T-Kay Sangwand works with human rights groups around the world to preserve the histories of marginalized peoples and everyday individuals caught up in war and genocide.
As the archivist for the Human Rights Documentation Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin, Sangwand acts as a consultant to human rights organizations to develop strategies for preservation of and online access to their records. This approach, called postcustodial archival work, allows these nongovernmental organizations to maintain ownership over their records and to “tell their histories in their own words,” she says.
In 2009, Sangwand cofounded the Society of American Archivists’ Human Rights Archives Roundtable
Saturday, March 14, 2015
The Malta Human Rights Library, initially established in 2009, is a resource of documents - legal, activist and academic - on issues relating to human rights in Malta. The library is split into the following sections:
- The Library - documents and reports on human rights in Malta
- Special Collections - there is currently one collection (Malta Migration Resource Centre) with resources on issues relating to migration in Malta
- The Courtroom - international, regional and national legislation and court cases on human rights in Malta
- The Gallery - resources in art and culture relating to human rights, with a focus on movies and writings of fiction
- The Classroom - resources for educators interested in introducing and discussing human rights topics in their classrooms
Saturday, February 21, 2015
- See more at: http://www.con-telegraph.ie/news/roundup/articles/2015/02/20/4035909-giving-voice-in-ballina-library/#sthash.7HTczGMl.dpuf
Sunday, February 15, 2015
The *Progressive Librarian* editors’ cooperative is planning an issue to
commemorate the Freedom Libraries of Freedom Summer 1964 which is being
done in conjunction with reprinting Miriam Braverman’s 50 year old *SLJ*
work “Mississippi Summer” November 1965 *School Library Journal*, pages 31
In a message from one of the editors, (Elaine Harger ) “Progressive
Librarian has an annual LIS student essay contest named in honor of Miriam
Braverman, and so the editors have been thinking that we'd like the next
issue to have articles reflecting on the civil right movement and where
librarianship stands today in relation to the history and present of the
We'd [*Progressive *Librarian] be happy to have essays, poems, reflection
pieces, academic articles, letters from elders to the next generation of
librarians, images, drawings, graphics, bibliographies, book reviews.
We haven't yet set a deadline, but it would likely be July/August.”
eharger at drizzle dot com
Here are links to PLG's website with information about Miriam Braverman
and the essay contest named in her honor
For more on Freedom Summer see: http://crdl.usg.edu/
and Freedom Libraries: http://littleknownb
lacklibrarianfacts.blogspot. com/2011/07/freedom-libraries. html