Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Collective and the Community-Calgary Central Library

The dynamic triple-glazed façade is composed of a modular, hexagonal pattern that expresses the library’s aims to provide a space that invites in all visitors. Aggregated variations on the hexagon form scatter across the building’s curved surface in alternating panels of fritted glass and occasional iridescent aluminum. From these shapes emerge familiar forms: Parts of the pattern might resemble an open book, snowflake-like linework, or interlocking houses, anchoring the ideas of the collective and community. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South wins Gleason Award

The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South - Cover

The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism (Louisiana State University Press, 2018) by Wayne A. Wiegand and Shirley A. Wiegand, has won the  Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award bestowed by the American Library Association (ALA) Library History Round Table (LHRT).

ALA Joins Groups Opposing Census Citizenship Question Supreme Court arguments will be heard April 23

On April 1, the American Library Association (ALA) joined an amicus brief to the US Supreme Court opposing the last-minute addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. ALA joined the American Statistical Association, American Sociological Association, and the Population Association of America in support of the plaintiffs in Department of Commerce v. New York. The case was appealed directly to the Supreme Court after a federal court ruled for the plaintiffs and ordered the Commerce Department to remove the question.

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"Diversity's Discontents: In Search of an Archive of the Oppressed"

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"Diversity's Discontents: In Search of an Archive of the Oppressed"  is free to access (for a short time only).

Jarrett M Drake (2019) Diversity’s discontents: in search of an archive of the oppressed, Archives and Manuscripts,

Australian and US-based archivists have recently begun to confront their complicity in a documentary landscape that excludes and erases the voices and views of minority, oppressed and poor communities. Archival professional organisations in both countries attempt to confront this issue by focusing on the homogeneity of the profession, specifically through using the discourse of diversity. Thus, this keynote address, delivered at the 2017 conference of the Australian Society of Archivists in Melbourne, explores the following question: how, if at all, does diversity form part of the solution for dismantling the white supremacy of archives? It begins this inquiry by recounting the author’s participation and experience with diversity projects of the Society of American Archivists, before speculating how archivists might transition away from the language of diversity and towards the language of liberation through the concept of an archive of the oppressed. The central argument of the address is that dismantling white supremacy in archives requires archivists abandon the neoliberal discourse of diversity and adopt an archive of the oppressed, or a cooperative approach in which oppressed peoples are positioned as subjects in our own liberation.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Refugees, asylum, migration and statelessness: teaching materials

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In this UNHCR Teachers’ Toolkit you can find free-of-charge and adaptable UNHCR teaching materials on refugees, asylum, migration and statelessness, and a section dedicated to professional development and guidance for primary and secondary school teachers on including refugee children in their classes.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia by María McFarland Sánchez-Moreno is winner of 2018 Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America.

The Duke University Human Rights Center@the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Human Rights Archive at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library have named María McFarland Sánchez-Moreno’s book, There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia (Nation Books, 2018) as the winner of the 2018 Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. McFarland will visit Duke University during spring semester 2019 to accept the award.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Organic Role of Libraries as Centers of Inclusiveness and Support.