Saturday, April 17, 2021

The Preservation and Annihilation of Memory.


The Preservation and Annihilation of Memory.

The annihilation of books, ideas, and free expression is the topic of a new Substack newsletter.

"because they contained nothing but superstition and the devil's falsehoods, we burnt them all"

Bishop Diego de Landa burns Mayan books in 1562.

Eduardo Hughes Galeano, Memoria del fuego (Memory of Fire Trilogy, 1986).

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Juan E. Méndez Book Award to Theresa Keeley.

The Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America honors the leadership and legacy of Juan E. Méndez, a champion of justice who has devoted his life to the defense of human rights. Méndez is the former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and current Professor of Human Rights Law at American University.  The award honors an outstanding book of non-fiction, including graphic works, published in English on human rights, democracy and social justice in contemporary Latin America.  Méndez’s papers are housed at Duke University Libraries’ Human Rights Archive, one of the largest collections of human rights materials.  

Theresa Keeley’s Reagan’s Gun-Toting Nuns: The Catholic Conflict Over Cold War Human Rights Policy in Central America!

Penn Press Human Rights Series. Dignity Rights Updated.

Dignity Rights:Courts, Constitutions, and the Worth of the Human Person. Updated 2020.

Dignity Rights is the first book to explore the constitutional law of dignity around the world. (Updated 2020).

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Digital Equity & Digital Privilge: A Call to Action - Dr. Ray Pun

 Digital equity means "a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy” (NDIA, 2019, para. 1)."


Raymond Pun (he/him/his) has worked in libraries for over 15 years at various institutions. Ray has served as a Reference/Instruction Librarian and supported digital literacy, student engagement, community engagement, and scholarly communications. He has published and presented extensively and is an active member of the American Library Association (ALA). Ray holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fresno; a Master of Library Science from CUNY Queens College; and a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in History from St. John’s University.

Slide deck is here.


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Clearwater Public Library System's Prison Letter Program Honored with Florida Library Association Maria Chavez-Hernandez “Libraries Change Peoples’ Lives” 2020 Award

 Florida Library Association

Maria Chavez-Hernandez “Libraries Change Peoples’ Lives” 2020 Award

Prison Letter Program
Clearwater Public Library System

The Clearwater Public Library System’s Prisoner Letter Program answers basic reference questions and provides research assistance to prison inmates throughout Florida. The program works to fulfill the needs of an underserved population. The Prison Letter Program provides outreach to incarcerated persons and receives between fifty to eighty letters a month from more than 35 State Correctional Facilities. With the belief that the core values of intellectual freedom and librarianship should benefit all Floridians, Clearwater Public Library System gladly provides information access for inmates.

Video about the Program is here: 

For deep background on library services and incarceration forthcoming book: 

Austin, J. (2021).  Library services and incarceration: Recognizing barriers, strengthening access (working title).  Chicago: American Library Association.  (A prepublication chapter from this book is available here.)

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Literature for Justice


In 2017, the National Book Foundation began the Literature for Justice program to highlight books that contribute to the dialogue around mass incarceration and justice. Since then, the need for those perspectives has only grown, and this year’s list adds seven more titles to help us think through these issues.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Alliance of Information and Referral Systems. E-Conference 2020.

The Alliance of Information and Referral Systems is the professional membership association for community Information and Referral (I&R). AIRS is the driving force behind the delivery of quality I&R services and the sole source for standards, program accreditation and practitioner certification for the I&R sector.

2020 Virtual e-Conference  September 16-18, 2020.