Saturday, December 3, 2016

Librarians at Midwinter-Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women

John Amundsen
Program Officer, Outreach and Communications
(312) 280-2140

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

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Project Welcome: Libraries and Community Anchors Planning for Resettlement and Integration of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and the American Library Association invite you to the Project Welcome: Libraries Serving Refugees and Asylum Seekers Summit on February 6, 2017 in Chicago.  At the meeting we will learn from and with US and international librarians, international and national governmental agencies, and domestic resettlement and social services about the information needs of refugees and asylum seekers and the library services needed to support and empower them in their resettlement and integration process.  The information will be used to identify priorities and gaps, develop recommendations and an action plan for library services to refugees and asylum seekers.

You are also invited to participate by presenting a poster.  Please read the call for poster below.

For more information on the Summit and  Project Welcome, a one-year IMLS-funded planning grant (May 2016 – April 2017), see

Call for Posters

Are you delivering innovative and successful library-based programs or services for refugees and asylum seekers?  Have you conducted research on the library and information needs of refugees and asylum seekers?

You are invited to submit a poster proposal to present and share your best practices or research with attendees at the Project Welcome: Libraries Serving Refugees and Asylum Seekers Summit, February 6, 2016.  All poster presenters need to register for the Summit.

Proposal Submissions
Please complete the online application form by the December 14, 2016 deadline.

Project Coordinators: Clara M. Chu and Susan Schnuer, Mortenson Center for International Library Program
Project Partners: Michael Dowling and Jody Gray, American Library Association

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Help Ferguson Library's Good Work.

You are amazing! 

Two years ago, we at the Ferguson Municipal Public Library were doing everything we could think of to help the people of Ferguson, Missouri at a time of overwhelming need.  You cared enough to notice, and cared enough to help.  You recognized the special role we, as a library, can play in helping our community heal, and in bringing our community together.  You were one of nearly 12,000 people who gave $10, $20, $40 or more, resulting in $450,000 of donations, all told.  That was more than our yearly budget!  There is a well of gratitude in me that I cannot begin to express.  Thank you.

You changed what kind of library we are.  We were struggling, frankly, when I started on July 1, 2014.  My predecessor had watched her tax-based funding drop dramatically with the housing market, and Ferguson was on the slow end of that recovery.  No more full time staff, almost no programming, and a community with real, tangible needs that a library could meet.  Your donations helped us blossom, growing into a library that worked hard to meet those needs.  For the last two years, we have been blessed with the chance to be a different sort of library.  We are now community focused, with lots of programming, and responsive, with the freedom to run with ideas that help our people.  That is all thanks to you.

But you’ll want to know some specifics.  The first thing I did was hire a Children’s Services and Programming Librarian, Amy Randazzo, and she greatly increased our capacity to build responsive programs for Ferguson.  That’s exactly what we needed!  We increased our programming budget more than ten-fold, and now can target specific needs.   Some of our best work includes, of course, opening up the library as a school in August of 2014 for a week, when the local schools were shut down.  We found out then what kind of library we wanted to be, and have been chasing that vision ever since.  When we saw the people of Ferguson needed to be able to tell their stories without a media filter, and that future historians would need those stories, we worked with Storycorps to record and archive the unedited voices of our people.  When we saw the need for tough, informed conversations about race, we hosted the Readings on Race book club, because when different groups are talking past each other, each with their own language and set of facts, a book provides common language and shared facts.  When we saw the need for young adults to have more and varied economic opportunities, we began holding computer programming classes, robotics classes, and any other program we can think of that leads to practical skills and, eventually, jobs.

We’ve also used those funds to increase our capacity to help our people.  Among our own staff, we turned part time jobs into full time jobs, opening up positions for a full-time Circulation Librarian and a full-time Cataloger.  With a donation from HP and help from a grant, we replaced our PCs that were – literally – held together with duct tape and wire, and expanded our capacity more than twice over in the process.  Your donation also allowed us to address needs that were 20 years overdue.  We put in handicapped-accessible doors, finally, and they are beautiful and slidey and wonderfully welcoming.  We got new carpet – yay! – that is so much more inviting than the (frankly dangerous) patchwork of worn and ripped carpet we had before.  We updated the once-grungy bathrooms with a unique design that specifically addresses the particular challenges of serving the public, a design I hope other public organizations might notice and find useful.  And, we replaced some 20+ year old HVAC units.
That’s a little sampling of what we’ve done with the money you gave us.  We account for every penny.  We agonize over how to make the best use of it.  We use it to increase our capacity to serve our people.  Libraries are like that.

We continue to do the best we can for our community, and we have you to thank for that.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Again, you are amazing!

We’ve made an updated video that I hope you’ll watch, so you can see what we’ve been up to in vivid, camera-that-came-with-my-phone quality, at

Now (yes, you knew this was coming), we want you to help us again.  We are looking at that donation money running out, and we want to extend our expanded capacity as long as we can.  We are an independent library, not part of the city government, so we have to find our own opportunities to sustain the library.  Therefore, we’re seeking resources from many sources, and that includes asking you for help.  We know that you understand the importance of our little library, and the work we have done for the people of Ferguson.  Please do help us keep this work going, if you can afford to, at (our Paypal Donation link).  Thank you.

Scott Bonner
Director, Ferguson Municipal Public Library
2015 Library of the Year
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The Ferguson Municipal Public Library District (43-0899661) is registered (per a Section 218 agreement) as a state or local government agency.  We are tax deductible under this 170(c)(1) designation, for political subdivisions.  Our type of organization is listed specifically in Publication 526 Charitable Contributions, as being tax deductible as long as the donation is being used for a public purpose, and we use all donation money to serve the public.,-State-&-Local-Governments/Governmental-Information-Letter

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Human Rights Archives at Duke University Libraries

Human rights collections at Duke University Libraries range from the papers of individuals (e.g. Peter Storey papers) to the records of organizations (e.g. The Center for Death Penalty Litigation records). They include local North Carolina based groups as well as organizations operating on a transnational and international scale.  

Latin America is particularly well-represented by such collections as the Marshall T. Meyer papers (Argentina) and The Center for International Policy records (Columbia, Cuba, drug trafficking), and the Coletta Youngers papers (Peru and the Andean region).  Other regions such as South Africa (the Peter Storey papers) and the Middle East (the Marty Rosenbluth papers) are also documented.

Friday, November 4, 2016

LIBRARIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS – caring for the whole community- Includes Loida Garcia-Febo

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LIBRARIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS – caring for the whole community

8 October 2016
Fri 25 November 2016 09:30 – 16:30
Goethe-Institut London, 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2PH
A one-day seminar organised by EUROLIS (the consortium of librrians from European cultural institutes in London) and CILIP, focusing on the role of libraries as institutions at the forefront of profound changes in society.

Loida Garcia-Febo, President of Information New Wave, IFLA Governing Board Member (USA) “Diversity and Ethics: to foster dialog about inclusion and ethics in libraries” 
Leading experts from Spain, Italy, France, Portugal,  Germany, the UK and the USA will present current projects and share their experiences and ideas with the audience.
The seminar will be chaired by Martyn Wade, Chair of the CILIP Board and IFLA FAIFE committee.
Overview of the speakers and seminar:
  • 09:30 – 10:00 Registration – Tea and coffee
  • 10:00 – 10:10 Introductions  
  • Welcome: Angela Kaya, Director of Goethe Institut London
  • Introduction: John Lake, Vice Chair of CILIP ILIG, UK
  • 10:10 – 10:50 Martyn Wade, Chair of the Conference (UK) “Librarians, Libraries, and Article 19 0f the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”
  • 10:50 – 11:30 Diana Puyo, Head of Programs at Libraries Without Borders (France) 
  • Tea and coffee break
  • 11:45 – 12:25 Britta Schmedemann, Bremen Public Library (Germany) “Bremen Public Library – culture on the move”
  • 12:25 – 13:05 Helena Topa Valentim, New University of Lisbon (Portugal) “Languages and books in the quest for human rights”
  • Lunch break
  • 14:00 – 14:40 Paz Fern├índez, Library Director at the Fundaci├│n Juan March (Spain) "The right to privacy vs the right to access information: a real-life case of the right to be forgotten”
  • 14:45 – 15:00 Loida Garcia-Febo, President of Information New Wave, IFLA Governing Board Member (USA) “Diversity and Ethics: to foster dialog about inclusion and ethics in libraries” (Presentation via Skype)
  • Tea and coffee break
  • 15:15 – 15:55 Dr. Marino Sinibaldi, Journalist and writer, Director General of Rai 3 (Italy) “Books and Freedom”
  • 16:00 – 16:30 Panel discussion
Fri 25 Nov | 9:30am – 4:30pm| £ 60 (£50 conc.) including lunch | At the Goethe-Institut London | Tickets are available on Eventbrite
John Lake 
Vice Chair of ILIG and member of Eurolis.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training-5th Anniversary

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training, OHCHR organized a panel discussion at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Councilon the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training: good practices and challenges on 14 September 2016, 3-6 pm, in Room XX of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. 

See film:
A Path to Dignity