Saturday, February 21, 2015

'Giving Voice',-President Mary Robinson-at Ballina Library-Human Rights

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Mary Robinson and her husband Nick will be in Mary's hometown of Ballina this weekend (Saturday, February 21, 4 p.m.) to officially open an exhibition in the library containing documents and artefacts from her vast and priceless collection.

The exhibition, appropriately, bears the title 'Giving Voice', for Mary – former President of Ireland and UN Special Envoy for Climate Change – has spent her life 'giving voice' to the most marginalised people around the world.
Mary was Ireland's first female president and is a world authority in the field of human rights, women's leadership and climate justice.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Call for Papers: Freedom Libraries of Freedom Summer

Dear Colleagues,

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
– 33.

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.”

Questions? Please contact Elaine Harger
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

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.