Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pro-Palestinian Chicago writer addresses peaceful crowd at Evanston library



An overflow crowd listened to Chicago writer Ali Abunimah read from his book, “The Battle for Justice in Palestine,” at the Evanston Public Library on August 11, 2014 after the library’s controversial decision to postpone, and then reissue, his invitation to speak.


See program at YouTube.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Homelessness and U.S. Public Libraries.

Reuters- Ian Simpson-July, 2014.

Brown is among the hundreds of thousands of homeless people who have put the almost 9,000 U.S. public libraries, the most of any country in the world, in the forefront of the battle against homelessness.

See " Quiet, Please - Homeless in Tampa." by Quncy Walters.
QUIET, PLEASE (a short documentary)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Jacksonville Public Library sponsors Dean Phelts on American Beach with Jacksonville Human Rights Commission





The author of two books about American Beach, one of Florida’s most historic blacks-only beach communities, will discuss her books and memories of the Civil Rights Movement at 2 p.m. Saturday Aug. 16, at Jacksonville’s Main Library at 303 N. Laura St.
Dean Phelts, author of “An American Beach for African Americans” and “The American Beach Cookbook,” spent many years as a librarian in the public library’s genealogy department and is a contributor to the Florida Star newspaper.
The free event will be held in the main library’s conference center
The library and the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission are commemorating the 50th Anniversary of 1964’s Civil Rights Act with a special reading list and programs throughout this year. This event is part of the commemoration.


Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2014-08-07/story/american-beach-book-author-speaks-aug-16-jacksonville-main-library#ixzz39k98Nae6

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Librarians and Archivists to Palestine

Librarians and Archivists to Palestine is an independent group of librarians and archivists who traveled to Palestine from June 23 – July 4, 2013. 


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We come from the US, Canada, Sweden, Trinidad & Tobago, and Palestine. We bore witness to the destruction and appropriation of information, and the myriad ways access is denied. We were inspired by the many organizations and individuals we visited who resist settler-colonialism in their daily lives. We connected with colleagues in libraries, archives, and related projects and institutions, in the hopes of gaining mutual benefit through information exchange and skill-sharing. We learned about the common and unique challenges we face—both in different parts of Palestine and in our home contexts. In all our travels and work, we respected the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel and did not partner with any organization that violates this call. 

Now that the delegation has ended, we are committed to sharing what we have seen, applying what we have learned, publicizing projects we have visited, and otherwise breaking down barriers to access in any way we can.

Librarians and Archivists to Palestine