Friday, May 27, 2016

Coeur d’Alene Public Library & Human Rights Education Institute.

 “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963,” a traveling exhibition opening June 1 at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library examines the relationship between two great people’s movements that resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and the March on Washington in 1963.
Century of change, 1863-1963
Both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization and vision. One hundred years separate them, yet they are linked in a larger story of liberty and the American experience — one that has had a profound impact on the generations that followed.

“Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963” is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The tour of the exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

Monday, May 9, 2016

"The American Library Association's Quest for a Black Library School" by O.Lee Shiflett

The American Library Association's Quest for a Black Library School By: O. Lee Shiflett Shiflett, O. Lee. "The American Library Association's Quest for a Black Library School." Journal of Education for Library and Information Science 35 (Winter 1994): 68-72.

Hampton, Fisk, and Atlanta: The Foundations, the American Library Association, and Library Education for Blacks, 1925-1941 By: Robert Sidney Martin and Orvin Lee Shiflett Martin, Robert Sidney, and Orvin Lee Shiflett. "Hampton, Fisk, and Atlanta: The Foundations, the American Library Association, and Library Education for Blacks, 1925-1941." with Robert Sydney Martin. Libraries and Culture 31 (Spring 1996) : 299-325.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Multidimensional Poverty


Libraries are not mentioned in this report. However living in a low income are is noted as an evil:

4. LOW-INCOME AREA Living in a high-poverty area puts people at a disadvantage, above and beyond their own household’s income-poverty status, because of local factors like the quality of schools, social capital, job connections, and crime.

Our public libraries and excellent school libraries can help mitigate against this "evil" They should be front and center in this report.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Role of the Union in Promoting Social Justice

Gorham, U., Taylor, N. G., & Jaeger, P. T. (2016). Perspectives on Libraries As Institutions of Human Rights and Social Justice. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

See especially:

·         "The Role of the Union in Promoting Social Justice," by Sarah Barriage  pp. 231-243
·         "Critical Reflection on Librarianship and Human Rights: A Book and Continuing Endeavor"Toni Samek. pp 245-263.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow

Cheryl Knott, Not Free, Not For All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow (University of Massachusetts Press, 2015).

In Not Free, Not for All, Cheryl Knott traces the establishment, growth, and eventual demise of separate public libraries for African Americans in the South, disrupting the popular image of the American public library as historically welcoming readers from all walks of life. Using institutional records, contemporaneous newspaper and magazine articles, and other primary sources together with scholarly work in the fields of print culture and civil rights history, Knott reconstructs a complex story involving both animosity and cooperation among whites and blacks who valued what libraries had to offer. African American library advocates, staff, and users emerge as the creators of their own separate collections and services with both symbolic and material importance, even as they worked toward dismantling those very institutions during the era of desegregation.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Concentrated Poverty-Brookings Report

Brookings: U.S. Concentrated Poverty in the Wake of the Great Recession. 2016.

By 2010-14, 14 million people lived in extremely poor neighborhoods—5.2 million more than before the downturn and more than twice as many as in 2000.

The intersection between poverty and place matters. Poor neighborhoods come with an array of challenges that negatively affect both the people who live in those neighborhoods—whether they themselves are poor or not—as well as the larger regions in which those neighborhoods are located.1 Residents of poor neighborhoods face higher crime rates and exhibit poorer physicaland mental health outcomes. They tend to go to poor-performing neighborhood schools withhigher dropout rates. Their job-seeking networks tend to be weaker and they face higher levels offinancial insecurity.