Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Radical Teacher soliciting proposals for an issue on teaching about human rights.

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Radical Teacher  is soliciting proposals for an issue on teaching about human rights.  We imagine a range of responses from exploring how teaching about human rights can be accomplished from a radical point of view to critiques of how and why some human rights education programs, or human rights discourse in general, sideline radical perspectives.  We are primarily interested in essays/articles but would also consider interviews, poetry, and other types of submissions.  

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library Remains Open Following Civil Unrest after Death of Freddie Gray.

All branches of the city’s Enoch Pratt Free Library, however, stayed open and welcoming local residents, media and anyone else who needs to make use of them.
“It’s at times like this that the community needs us,”  Roswell Encina, the library’s director of communications, told MTV News. “That’s what the library has always been there for, from crises like this to a recession to the aftermath of severe weather. The library has been there. It happened in Ferguson; it’s happening here.”

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Public libraries have helped shape a more inclusive society ever since the Public Libraries Act 1850

We must defend public libraries from the threat of a market-based ideological framework by Daniel Bailey.

Cradley Heath Public Library

Public libraries have helped shape a more inclusive society ever since the Public Libraries Act 1850 gave boroughs the power to establish book lending services free at the point of use – a service which had a tremendous effect on improving literacy. The collectivised philosophy underpinning these services inspired Conservative Party opposition to this Act on the grounds that they may incubate social agitation and subversion. Today, they still provide a common space where information and literature is accessible to all, help cultivate community spirit, and provide computer and internet facilities particularly valued by the elderly and job-seekers (as noted by a survey conducted recently on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). Indeed, it can be seen as an exemplar of a public good.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

T-Kay Sangwand -Human Rights Archivist

Human Rights Archivist

Archivist T-Kay Sangwand works with human rights groups around the world to preserve the histories of marginalized peoples and everyday individuals caught up in war and genocide.

As the archivist for the Human Rights Documentation Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin, Sangwand acts as a consultant to human rights organizations to develop strategies for preservation of and online access to their records. This approach, called postcustodial archival work, allows these nongovernmental organizations to maintain ownership over their records and to “tell their histories in their own words,” she says.
In 2009, Sangwand cofounded the Society of American Archivists’ Human Rights Archives Roundtable

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Malta Human Rights Library

The Malta Human Rights Library, initially established in 2009, is a resource of documents - legal, activist and academic - on issues relating to human rights in Malta. The library is split into the following sections:

The Library - documents and reports on human rights in Malta
         - Special Collections - there is currently one  collection (Malta Migration Resource Centre) with resources on issues relating to                      migration in Malta

The Courtroom - international, regional and national legislation and court cases on human rights in Malta

The Gallery - resources in art and culture relating to human rights, with a focus on movies and writings of fiction 

The Classroom - resources for educators interested in introducing and discussing human rights topics in their classrooms

Saturday, February 21, 2015

'Giving Voice',-President Mary Robinson-at Ballina Library-Human Rights

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Mary Robinson and her husband Nick will be in Mary's hometown of Ballina this weekend (Saturday, February 21, 4 p.m.) to officially open an exhibition in the library containing documents and artefacts from her vast and priceless collection.

The exhibition, appropriately, bears the title 'Giving Voice', for Mary – former President of Ireland and UN Special Envoy for Climate Change – has spent her life 'giving voice' to the most marginalised people around the world.
Mary was Ireland's first female president and is a world authority in the field of human rights, women's leadership and climate justice.

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