Friday, April 15, 2016

Multidimensional Poverty

FIVE EVILS: MULTIDIMENSIONALPOVERTY AND RACE IN AMERICA

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.


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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dr. Carla Hayden-Nominee for 14th Librarian of Congress

Excellent video interview with Dr. Carla Hayden, a  librarian, a scholar, an activist for libraries as president of ALA-- first woman, first African American nominee. Her commitment to access is highlighted.

Carla Hayden



Saturday, February 27, 2016

Community Building-10 Years Ago in RUSQ.




It has been ten years since the Reference and User Services Quarterly ended the "Community Building" column. Some important topics to remember.

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Volume 40, Number 1
“Librarians and Comprehensive Community Initiatives”
Kathleen de la Peña McCook

Volume 40, Number 2
“Service Integration and Libraries: Will 2-1-1 be the Catalyst for Renewal?”
 McCook

Volume 40, Number 3
“Community Building and Latino Families”
Marcela Villagrán, Guest Columnist

Volume 40, Number 4
“Community Indicators, Genuine Progress, and the Gold Billion”
 McCook and Kristen Brand, Guest Columnist


Volume 41, Number 1
“Collaboration Generates Synergy: Saint Paul Public Library, the College of St. Catherine, and the ‘Family Place’ Program”
Carol P. Johnson, Ginny Brodeen, Helen Humeston,
and Rebecca McGee, Guest Columnists

Volume 41, Number 2
“Authentic Discourse as a Means of Connection Between Public Library Services Responses and Community Building Initiatives”
 McCook

Volume 41, Number 3
“Service to Day Laborers: A Job Libraries Have Left Undone”
Bruce Jensen, Guest Columnist

Volume 41, Number 4
“Cultural Heritage Institutions and Community Building”
 McCook and Marla A. Jones, Guest Columnist


Volume 42, Number 1
“The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
of the Broward County Library”
Henrietta M. Smith, Guest Columnist

Volume 42, Number 2
“Alaska Resources Library and Information Services: Building Community in the Forty-Ninth State”
Juli Braund-Allen and Daria O. Carle, Guest Columnists

Volume 42, Number 3
“Sustainable Communities and the Roles Libraries and Librarians Play”
Frederick W. Stoss, Guest Columnist

Volume 42, Number 4
“Using a Homeless Shelter as a Library Education Learning Laboratory: Incorporating Service-Learning in a Graduate-Level Information Sources and Services in the Social Sciences Course”
Lorna Peterson, Guest Columnist


Volume 43, Number 1
“Suppressing the Commons: Misconstrued Patriotism vs. a Psychology of Liberation”
 McCook

Volume 43, Number 2
“Transformations of Librarianship in Support of Learning Communities”
Eino Sierppe, Guest Columnist

Volume 43, Number 3
“A Passion for Connection: Community Colleges Fulfill the Promise
of Cultural Institutions”
Carmine J. Bell, Guest Columnist

Volume 43, Number 4
“Community, Identity, and Literature”
Elaine Yontz, Guest Columnist


Volume 44, Number 1
“Public Libraries and People in Jail”
 McCook

Volume 44, Number 2
“A Digital Library to Serve a Region: The Bioregion and First Nations Collections of the Southern Oregon Digital Archives”
Mary Jane Cedar Face and Deborah Hollens, Guest Columnists

Volume 44, Number 3
“The Homeless and Information Needs and Services”
Julie Hersberger, Guest Columnist

Volume 44, Number 4
“Building Lead-Free Communities”
Frederick W. Stoss, Guest Columnist


Volume 45, Number 1
“Human Rights and Librarians”
 McCook and Katherine J. Phenix, Guest Columnist

Volume 45, Number 2
“Poverty, Poor People, and Our Priorities”
John Gehner, Guest Columnist

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Loss of a Library-Venice, Florida



The Venice, FL branch of the Sarasota Public Library has been closed. It was deemed a public health concern.   The next closest library is just over five miles away--a huge hindrance to people who rely on public transportation. The community is much poorer for the lack of this library and the fact that it has been weeks and probably will be months before a temporary location is found and years before a permanent location is established just hurts my heart.  The Sarasota County Government  (Links to an external site.)
 website has a lot of information.
 This video is a little long, and there are a lot of emotions running high, but I advise anyone who thinks that libraries will be obsolete or have little importance for the future at least skip around in this video a little.  There are lots of people who are very passionate about their library.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhLSZMMAUTI (Links to an external site.)
"Pages - Venice Library Update." Pages - Venice Library Update. Web. 19 Feb. 2016.