Sunday, September 16, 2018
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Building on a growing body of work conducted by IMLS and others over the past several years, the Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the commencement of a new study, Understanding the Social Wellbeing Impacts of the Nation’s Libraries and Museums.
The goal of the year-long project is to gain a better understanding on a national level of the conditions under which museums and libraries contribute to quality of life and wellbeing in the communities they serve. The new study will focus on these institutions’ essential roles within a community to help them demonstrate the success and impact of their programs and services.
Building upon IMLS’s 2016 study Strengthening Networks, Sparking Change: Museums and Libraries as Community Catalysts, this new research is grounded in the social wellbeing framework that looks beyond economic outputs to assess the relative wellness of individuals, communities, and nations. It recognizes that while people value their material standard of living, other factors also matter, including cultural engagement, economic and ethnic diversity, political voice, and social connections.
The study aligns with the IMLS Strategic Plan, Transforming Communities, by strengthening the capacity of museums and libraries to improve the wellbeing of their communities. The research will quantify 10 dimensions of social wellbeing at the county level across the nation that represent material standard of living, economic and ethnic diversity, health, school effectiveness, housing quality, political connection, the presence of cultural institutions and nonprofit organizations in the community, the environment, and personal safety. The study will identify counties where the presence of museums and libraries is most strongly associated with different factors of social wellbeing.
"Approaching this study using the social wellbeing framework acknowledges the many ways that libraries and museums positively impact people and communities beyond a baseline assessment of economic impact.” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “This study seeks to not only demonstrate that community wellbeing is enhanced by the presence of libraries and museums, but also how these anchor institutions truly move the needle.”
The research encompasses literature review of other studies’ findings, data analysis from publicly available sources, and comparative case studies, and the results will be compiled into three issue briefs and a synthesis report for dissemination...This new study, Understanding the Social Wellbeing Impacts of the Nation’s Libraries and Museums, was initiated under the umbrella of IMLS’s flagship Community Catalyst Initiative. The program, which has the long-term goal of developing new approaches, tools, and training for museums and libraries to help them become more sustained and adaptive partners within their communities, works to elevate the essential, impactful “anchor” and “catalyst” roles that these institutions play.
Monday, August 6, 2018
Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey (rapper Loki), Luath Press has won the 2018 Orwell Prize.
McGarvey has profound observations on the role of the library in the community. He notes that the community centre is being imposed on the library to streamline the service in order to justify keeping the library open. This practice undermines the integrity of both the library and the community centre. It undermines the principle that communities should be entitled to these vital amenities independent of one another. (p. 153).
His aim in the book was to explain the emotional pain of poverty and the stress induced by the multiple addictions allied to it. “The experiential reality of poverty is underemphasised and misunderstood,” he says, “and what we have currently is a society with rules and laws, social cues and incentives, that work for emotionally regulated people. But if you grew up in adversity, your whole sense of emotion and risk perception is completely different. The welfare system is based on an assumption that the threat of social humiliation is going to incentivise people, but that’s a complete misunderstanding of what the stress of poverty does to people. They just recoil; they’re frightened of everything, even if that fear sometimes expresses itself as aggression.”
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
40 copies of "The Chain Litany" were printed by Martha Riley at the University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the Katharine Sharp Press in 1982. Read on the Day of Rebellion before the Rotunda in Springfield on June 3, 1982.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018
"Dilemmas and Hopes for Human Rights Education" has been published by Prospects: Comparative Review of Comparative Education. This issue can be found online at: https://link.springer.com/
This issue presents examples from the Global South and Global North, reviewing recent theories, challenges and solutions for enabling a transformative approach to HRE through and against the lens of state power. Drawing on examples from Chile, China, Greece, Pakistan, India, the Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, and the USarticles explore the gap between the emancipatory roots of HRE and the lived educational policies and practices of states and schools.
Friday, March 16, 2018
in one way or another, human rights frameworks concern information and knowledge as essential components of human dignity, self-determination, freedom of expression, and security.--Susan Maret,PhD.
"Access to archives and libraries are an integral part of human rights as information rights" writes Susan Maret* at SPEAK UP! Run by IFLA’s FAIFE Committee, for sharing ideas and exploring how the work of libraries is shaped by, and can promote, human rights around the world.