Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Guidelines for Outreach to Immigrant Populations - EMIERT

 Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) -2016

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Guidelines for Outreach to Immigrant Populations

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) has published a set of guidelines for library services and programming that facilitate recent immigrants’ inclusion and participation in society while preserving and promoting their distinct cultural and linguistic heritages.  
The library’s role as a place for self-education, enlightenment, citizenship and English language learning is especially relevant, as 14 percent of Americans are now foreign-born. The combined population share of immigrants and their U.S.-born children, 26 percent today, is projected to rise to 36 percent in 2065, according to the Pew Research Center.
This resource provides practical guidance for libraries on the issues to consider when planning and designing library programs and services for new immigrant populations. Topics included are Collection Development, Programming and Services, Staffing and Personnel and Community Engagement.
“Public libraries are particularly challenged to serve a variety of ethnic communities within different neighborhoods, reflecting the multitude of nations from around the world,” said Mimi Lee, chair of the Guideline for Outreach to Immigrant Populations Task Force, and consultant for diversity and literacy services at the New Jersey State Library- Trenton.  
“These guidelines offer ideas and tips for libraries that wish to provide programs and services for immigrants and serves as a starting for libraries that wish to help enable their immigrant patrons to realize their full potential, contribute more to the U.S. economy, and develop deeper community ties.”
The recommendations in this document are the result of a Guideline for Outreach to Immigrant Populations Task Force by EMIERT, whose mission is to provide a forum for the exchange of information on library materials and resources in English and other languages and to promote service for all ethnolinguistic and multicultural communities in general.

EMIERT the Guidelines for Outreach to Immigrant Populations Task Force members and document authors: Mimi Lee, Chair Consultant for Diversity and Literacy Services New Jersey State Library Jamie Johnston PhD Candidate in Libraries and Society Oslo and Akershus University College Martin Blasco Outreach Librarian for Latino and Multicultural Services Washington County Cooperative Library Services Gale Koritansky Branch Manager Arlington Public Library- Westover Branch Yong-Le Yau Senior Librarian Brooklyn Public Library- New Utrecht Library Jhenelle Robinson Library Information Assistant New York Public Library- Pelham Parkway - Van Nest Branch

The guidelines are viewable on EMIERT’s Resources and Bibliographies page.
Founded in 1982, the Ethnic and Multicultural Information and Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) serves as a source of information for recommended ethnic and multilingual collections, services and programs.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Activism and Social Reform Special Collections

Activism and Social Reform Special Collections

Examples of Library Special Collections that Support Social Action and its History.

City University of New York
The Activist Women's Voices Oral History Project and Archive was a project committed to documenting the voices of unheralded activist women in community-based organizations in New York City.

Activist Women’s Voices Oral History Project

Georgia State University Library
Various collections of materials documenting the history of activism at Georgia State University.

AJCP179-13a Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographic Archives.
Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.

Los Angeles History and Culture in Library Special Collections
UCLA Library
UCLA Library Special Collections’ holdings include the papers of many organizations involved in social change, as well as the papers of a number of individual activists.

M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives
University at Albany – State University of New York
Numerous collections related to New York activists and activist organizations. Records include materials from NAACP, New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), and Citizens’ Environmental Coalition.

Michigan State University (radicalism and student activism)

The Radicalism Collection includes books, pamphlets, periodicals, posters, and ephemera covering a wide range of viewpoints on political, social, economic, and cultural issues and movements in the United States and throughout the world.

Bread and Roses:
The Story of the Rise of the Shirtworkers,
Two Eventful Years, 1933-1934
Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (New York, 1935?)

UMass Amherst Libraries
Emphasizing the cross-fertilization between social movements and centers of activist energy, SCUA collects materials from individuals and organizations involved in the struggles for peace and non-violence, social and racial justice, economic justice, agricultural reform, environmentalism, sustainability, alternative energy, organized labor, gay rights, disability rights, spiritual activism, antinuclear activism, and intentional communities.

University at Buffalo – State University of New York (social activism, environmental issues, racial issues, women’s history)
The State University of New York at Buffalo special collections include collections related to campus unrest and social activism, environmental issues in New York, racial issues in New York, and women’s history.

University of Illinois at Chicago University Library
The Midwest Women's Historical Collection (MWHC) documents the history of women and women's issues throughout the Midwest in the 19th and 20th centuries. The MWHC consists of over 100 distinct manuscript collections. It contains the personal papers of individual women and organizational records of women's groups. The collection is particularly strong in the area of social reform, women's political activism, women's professional organizations, education and politics.

University of Minnesota Libraries         
The Social Welfare History Archives collects the records of private-sector social service and social reform organizations and the personal papers of individual leaders in the field.

University of Washington Libraries
Highlights of the GLBTQ archival collections at University of Washington Libraries include Northwest Lesbian and Gay History Museum Project oral histories, the LGBT Northwest serials and related ephemera collection, and the Pride Foundation Ephemera Collection.

Women and Social Movements, Intl.
Wide variety of collections concerning women’s rights, women’s history, and social issues.

York University Libraries (Canada)
Materials relating to women’s involvement as activists in social reform and its history, at various local, national and international levels.

--complied by Shawn Ohtani
Research Associate
University of South Florida

"Citizenship and Agency Under Neoliberal Global Consumerism A Search for Informed Democratic Practices."

"Citizenship and Agency Under Neoliberal Global Consumerism A Search for Informed Democratic Practices."
 John Buschman

This article situates the ethics of information professionals within its contemporary public and political settings. An information ethics so contextualized can help promote the kinds of democratic and global citizenships that are the basis of this special issue of the Journal of Information Ethics. While this paper cannot fully canvas the issues raised, it can take us some way in balancing our perspective on the political issues packed inside the goals of an informed, global citizenry. It proposes a coherent network of concepts about the political context of the contemporary world by mapping its challenges. The article reviews the political and public content of the concepts of global and globalization, citizen and citizenship, and discusses the implied agency of the informed global citizen. It concludes with a discussion that draws out some of the broad responses to these contexts. The call for papers for the Information Ethics Roundtable 20¡4 conference describes global citizenship as the possession of “knowledges, skills and attitudes that make it possible … to be actively involved in local, national and global institutions and systems that directly or indirectly affect their lives” (University 38 Journal of Information Ethics, Spring 2016 Journal of Information Ethics / Volume 25, Number 1 / Spring 2016 / pp. 38–53 / ISSN 1061-9321 / eISBN 978-1-4766-2189-0 / © 2016 McFarland & Company, Inc.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

"Legal Formulations of a Human Right to Information."

Kelmor, Kimberli M.2016. "Legal Formulations of a Human Right to Information." Journal of Information Ethics 25, no. 1: 101-113.

There is a growing body of law across the globe that seeks to define a right to information. Any study of such laws quickly reveals a great diversity of definitions for both the type of information covered and the nature of the right. Access to various particular types of information is routinely granted in piecemeal fashion through all levels of government including national sub-constitutional laws, national constitutions, and regional and international treaties. In the hierarchy of individual rights, constitutionally granted rights are commonly perceived as the strongest and are most likely to be accepted as inviolable. Thus, the increasing number of constitutional provisions granting a right to information, while still technically granting the right as a matter of law, does at least suggest that such constitutional rights have a source and justification that goes beyond mere law. In the end, a mature statement of the right to information is more than a list of its current enumerations. Both effective advocacy and sound legal interpretation will benefit from starting with the full statement of the right to information -- the human right -- to the information that is needed to live self-actualized. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Local libraries help communities cope after shootings in Dallas, Baton Rouge amd Minnesota-July 2016

Libraries Respond to Recent Crises: Local libraries help communities cope

American Libraries.

 July 11, 2016
The library is a place where patrons learn more about the issues at stake from credible sources, find quality books, take advantage of community resources, utilize safe spaces, learn from others, and engage in self-care as they confront one of the most difficult periods in recent memory.
The following are just a few of the many ways libraries are responding to community needs:

Libraries Respond to Recent Crises: Local libraries help communities cope

American Libraries.

 July 11, 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

“Beyond the Dream: Falmouth Talks Race”

This summer, the trustees of Falmouth Public Library will host a series of talks on the topic of race relations and racial justice. Entitled “Beyond the Dream: Falmouth Talks Race,” the series will include lectures as well as open discussion facilitated by experts in the field.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Human Rights Education -New UN Resolution.

A new UN resolution on Human Rights Education emphasizes the strategic role of National Human Rights Institutions concerning the promotion of human rights education.

The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed on a new resolution on Human Rights Education and Training at the Human Rights Council’s Thirty-first session this spring. The resolution reconfirms and supplements state parties' commitment to national implementation of international standards for human rights education five years after the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training from 2011.....
The new resolution text  states "Recognizes the important role of national human rights institutions in promoting effective policies on human rights education and training, and calls upon them to contribute further to the implementation of human rights education programmes".
"This is the first time we see a resolution on education which stresses the strategic role of NHRIs on promoting effective policies for human rights education and training. Focus has shifted from NHRI assisting in conducting education programmes on human rights, to assisting in the development of effective policies at the structural level. In other words, this reflects the shift in focus amongst NHRIs to work across their NHRI mandates such as coordination, giving advice and monitoring on human rights education