Friday, February 24, 2017
The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services has added materials to its Libraries Respond page for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. The new links offer advice on responding to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement actions.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Natalya Sharina, a Ukrainian librarian held under house arrest in Russia since October 2015, has taken her case to the European court of human rights in Strasbourg. Since her arrest in 2015, the Russian authorities have extended the order for Sharina, director of the Ukrainian Literature Library in Moscow, to be detained at home repeatedly, despite calls for her release.
Monday, January 30, 2017
Chicago's Newberry Library said the dozens of signs it had received so far added to "millions of items in [its] collection, ranging from medieval manuscripts to the signs that people marched with last Saturday," --"They will be part of a new collection focused on recording the social turmoil that has rocked the United States in recent years, including protests against racial injustice, Alex Teller told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a telephone interview."
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Timmins Human Rights Wall of Fame was officially unveiled inside the TimminsPublic Library lobby on Tuesday, just in time to kick-off the search for the 2017 inductees.
Monday, January 16, 2017
LOR, P. J. (2016). Risks and Benefits of Visibility: Librarians Navigating Social and Political Turbulence. Library Trends, 65(2), 108-127.
The deliberate burning of libraries is nothing new, but it seems surprising that such incidents have also occurred in peacetime in democracies. What does this say about community perceptions of libraries and the response of the library profession? Mostly, libraries are not very newsworthy. In some countries they are largely invisible; in others they may only attract public attention when they are threatened by cutbacks or closures or when things go badly wrong. The visibility and invisibility of libraries in the political arena confer risks, as well as benefits. As a framework for an exploration of this topic, libraries in various countries are conceptualized as being located in the political space on a continuum, from invisible to highly visible, on which the risks of visibility and invisibility can be situated. Some observations, with particular reference to library development in South Africa, follow on how librarians see themselves and their institutions in relation to the communities and societies they serve. This paper concludes that the risks of invisibility outweigh those of visibility, but that the political awareness, engagement, and commitment of the library profession are critical.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
CHICAGO - ALA invites Midwinter attendees and Atlanta-area library workers wishing to participate in the Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women to gather in Hall A3 of the Georgia World Congress Center for poster making from 10:30am-12:30pm on Saturday, January 21.
The Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women will be a peaceful demonstration of solidarity bringing together members of underrepresented communities, women, and their allies in Georgia and nationally.
You do not have to be registered for Midwinter to attend the poster making session. Maps of the March route and directions to the Center for Civil and Human Rights will be available. People who wish to travel together to the march are encouraged to gather at the poster-making session by 12:15pm. A limited amount of poster supplies from the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services will be available, please consider bringing supplies to share.
If you’re interested in joining discussions and getting updates about library workers’ participation in the march, please join the Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1846100042303729/.
In the 687-page World Report, its 27th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries.