Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018

"Dilemmas and Hopes for Human Rights Education"

"Dilemmas and Hopes for Human Rights Education" has been published by Prospects: Comparative Review of Comparative Education.  This issue can be found online at: 

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

Human Rights as a Foundation for Practice-Susan Maret,PhD

Susan Maret,PhD

IFLA -- Postcard Article 19

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. 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Neutrality and the People- ALA President's Program- Midwinter Conference-2018

Neutrality and the People

Background Reading  (Chrono order)-- compiled by ALA President's Program Panelist, 
Kathleen de la Peña McCook.

Jack London (1903). People of the Abyss.

Civilization has made possible all manner of creature comforts and heart's delights. In these the average Englishman does not participate. If he shall be forever unable to participate, then Civilization falls. There is no reason for the continued existence of an artifice so avowed a failure. But it is impossible that men should have reared this tremendous artifice in vain. It stuns the intellect. To acknowledge so crushing a defeat is to give the death-blow to striving and progress. (ch. 27

(Thank you Roy Tennant for digitizing this collection). 

Frank Adams, with Myles Horton (1973).  Unearthing Seeds of Fire: The Idea of Highlander.

Highlander serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South. We work with people fighting for justice, equality and sustainability, supporting their efforts to take collective action to shape their own destiny. Through popular education, language justice, participatory research, cultural work, and intergenerational organizing, we help create spaces — at Highlander and in local communities — where people gain knowledge, hope and courage, expanding their ideas of what is possible.

Sanford Berman (2005). “Classism in the Stacks: Libraries and Poverty.” American Library Association. 

William T. Vollmann (2007). Poor People. Eco.
             “Because I wish to respect poor people's perceptions and experiences, I refuse to say that I know their good better than they; accordingly I further refuse to condescend to them  with the pity that either pretends they have no choices at all, or else, worse yet, gilds Their every choice with my benevolent approval." (P.170)

James J. Lorence (2011) The Unemployed People's Movement: Leftists, Liberals, and Labor in Georgia, 1929-1941. Athens: University of Georgia Press.

Martha C. Nussbaum (2011).  Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Gerald W. McEntee and Lee Saunders (2012). The Main Street Moment: Fighting Back to Save the American Dream. New York: Nation Books.

Matthew Desmond (2016). Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. New York: Crown.

Kathryn J. Edin, and H. Luke Shaefer. (2016). $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America. Boston: Mariner.

Sarah Jones (2016). “Liberals Should Try Not Having So Much Contempt for the Poor.” New Republic, December 13.

Sam Quinones (2016). Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic. New York: Bloomsbury.

Brian  Alexander. (2017). Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town. New York: St. Martin’s.

Lauren Barack (2017) "Librarians Reach Out To Dreamers." School Library Journal 63 (October): 18.   

Jenny Bossaller (2017).  "Alternatives to Apathy and Indifference: Civic Education in Public Libraries." Library Quarterly 87 (July): 195-210.

Michael Dowling (2017) "Project Welcome: Libraries planning for resettlement and integration of refugees." American Libraries 48, (September 2): 24-26.

Kathleen de la Peña McCook (2017). "From the One-Mule Tenant Farmer to the Hillbilly Highway: How Librarians Can Support the White Working Class," The Library Quarterly 87 (July):  257-267.

ALA President's Program

Panel Discussion
Date:Sunday, February 11, 2018 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

American Library Association President, Jim Neal February 2018

Are Libraries Neutral?

Have They Ever Been?    .   Should They Be?  

The question of neutrality in librarianship is an old one.  ALA’s 1939 Code of Ethics for Librarians calls for unbiased “recommendations”.  This is seen in the ALA Library Bill of Rights principles that present the library as content neutral, open and accessible to all. We will explore the following questions with the aim of challenging our thinking and practices:
  • Were libraries ever neutral?
  • Has the time come to question neutrality?
  • Are libraries through their practices, collections, services and technologies able to be neutral?
  • Can libraries be neutral as part of societies and systems that are not neutral?
  • Rather than neutral, should we advocate for a distinct set of values?
  • How can we do so and maintain trust in our communities?
A group of ALA members from academic library, public library, and library education backgrounds engage the issues.  A formal debate, with two speakers in the affirmative and two in the negative, followed by commentary from a reactor panel and a conversation with attendees, moderated by ALA President, Jim Neal.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Digital Curation of the The Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional (Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive, AHPN)

How can we process 80 million pages of historical documents?

The Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional (Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive, AHPN)..
 In 2010, the University of Texas at Austin partnered with the AHPN to build an online portal to a digital version of the archive.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Coming to America Who Should We Welcome, What Should We Do?

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The immigration issue affects virtually every American, directly or indirectly, often in deeply personal ways. This guide is designed to help people deliberate together about how we should approach the issue. The three options presented here reflect different ways of understanding what is at stake and force us to think about what matters most to us when we face difficult problems that involve all of us and that do not have perfect solutions.

The issue raises a number of difficult questions, and there are no easy answers:

Should we strictly enforce the law and deport people who are here without permission, or would deporting millions of people outweigh their crime?

Should we welcome more newcomers to build a more vibrant and diverse society, or does this pose too great a threat to national unity?

Should we accept more of the growing numbers of refugees from war-torn regions, or should we avoid the risk of allowing in people whose backgrounds may not have been fully checked?

Should our priority be to help immigrants assimilate into our distinctively American way of life, including learning English, or should we instead celebrate a growing mosaic of different peoples?

The concerns that underlie this issue are not confined to party affiliation, nor are they captured by labels like “conservative” or “liberal.”

The research involved in developing the guide included interviews and conversations with Americans from all walks of life, as well as surveys of nonpartisan public-opinion research, subject-matter scans, and reviews of initial drafts by people with direct experience with the subject.
This issue guide presents the following three options for deliberation:
Option 1: Welcome Immigrants, Be a Beacon of Freedom
This option says that immigration has helped make America what it is today- a dynamic and diverse culture, an engine of the global economy, and a beacon of freedom around the world.
Option 2: Enforce the Law, Be Fair to Those Who Follow the Rules
This option says we need a fair system, where the rules are clear and, above all, enforced. With an estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally, our current system is unjust and uncontrolled. 
Option 3: Slow Down and Rebuild Our Common Bonds
This option recognizes that newcomers have strengthened American culture in the past. But the current levels of immigration are so high, and the country is now so diverse, that we must regain our sense of national purpose and identity.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Human Rights Watch’s 28th annual review of human rights practices around the globe.

World Report 2018 is Human Rights Watch’s 28th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from late 2016 through November 2017.

[if link does not work go directly to the Human Rights Watch website & download].