Friday, January 9, 2015

Promoting Global Citizenship through Literature.

Rights of a Child

 Curation in translation: promoting global citizenship through literature. School Libraries Worldwide.n Volume 20, Number 1, January 2014

by Kasey L. Garrison, Charles Sturt University, Australia

Danielle E. Forest & Sue C. Kimmel, Old Dominion University, USA

As curators of the school library collection, librarians ensure the resources they select are of high quality and that they meet students' social needs, including diverse perspectives representative of our world and supportive of global citizenship skills and dispositions. The Mildred L. Batchelder Award given to English translations published in the United States is an option for librarians seeking such cultural diversity for their collections. Using the United Nations’ Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959), this research identifies the strong potential these titles hold for engaging youth and promoting global citizenship.

Universal Health Care:The Affordable Dream

Universal healthcare is often presented as an idealistic goal that remains out of reach for all but the richest nations. That’s not the case, writes Amartya Sen at The Guardian, Look at what has been achieved in Rwanda, Thailand and Bangladesh

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Socially Responsible Librarianship Collaborating With Community


Radical Reference: Socially Responsible Librarianship Collaborating With Community

Morrone, Melissa and Friedman, Lia Radical Reference: Socially Responsible Librarianship Collaborating With Community. The Reference Librarian, 2009, vol. 50, n. 4, pp. 371-396.

To date, the written record of socially responsible librarianship chiefly concerns outreach to previously-disregarded constituencies and the relationship between library collections and the alternative press. Although librarians and activists have long shared a history, descriptions of their collaborations are scarce, and there is little to no documentation of the provision of reference and information literacy services in the context of socially responsible library work. In this article, we discuss the history of Radical Reference (RR), a collective of progressive library workers and students. We consider RR’s evolution from a “street” and online reference collective to one that provides a variety of socially conscious information services. We also explore examples of RR members' forming extra-institutional bonds with activists and independent journalists.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Human Rights Day #rights365

Logo Human Rights Day 2014: Human rights 365

Human rights 365

On 10 December every year, Human Rights Day commemorates the date on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.”
This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values.
In 2014 the message from Human Rights 365 is unequivocal: the UN Human Rights Office stands by its mandate and stands with the millions of men and women globally, who risk their all for human rights.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Archive of human rights activist to be unveiled at NUI Galway

Professor Kevin Boyle

The National University of Ireland, Galway will house the archives of Kevin Boyle, legal  and human rights academic, barrister and activist in its James Hardiman Library.

James Hardiman Library. Igniting Curiosity, Encouraging Scholarship  

The archive contains a wealth of material and unique insights into the field of human rights, legal research and scholarship.

John Cox, University Librarian, NUI Galway, explains the significance of the Boyle archive: “The sheer breadth of subject matter, as well as the vast amounts of personal correspondence, allow for new insights and understandings of Kevin Boyle’s contributions to the discipline of human rights and the practice of law. It is an honour for the Library to be entrusted with this archive, one which illustrates the far reaching effect Kevin Boyle’s work had on individual people’s lives. Now and into the future, the archive will serve as a valuable resource to researchers in the field.”