Monday, March 27, 2017

All they needed to do was spend some time in a union hall

In These Times. 3.25.2017.

An American dilemma because when good-paying jobs began to vanish for workers with a strong back, grit to do a tough or mindless job and little education besides high school, it’s like somebody stole their soul.

Why White Working Class Americans Are Dying “Deaths of Despair” by Stephen Franklin.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

REFORMA Call for Libraries, Librarians and Information Workers to Support Human Rights

REFORMA Call for Libraries, Librarians and Information Workers to Support Human Rights
The members of REFORMA represent Latino and Spanish speaking communities around the nation, and throughout the world. Our mission to provide services to all without discrimination to their country of origin, their citizenship status, or any other distinguishing status in our libraries is part of the foundation of our work. Information services are an essential part of our access to the democratic process and human rights.

REFORMA defends human rights of all persons without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, national or social origin, birth or other status as stated in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

REFORMA declares that all human beings including immigrants have the fundamental right to access to information as stated in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

REFORMA rejects any legislation that infringes on the rights of anyone in the USA or its territories, citizens or otherwise and declares that all human beings including immigrants have fundamental rights.
REFORMA opposes the federal travel ban against Muslims and the executive orders on immigration and visas.

REFORMA advocates for libraries and information workers to provide access to information to our patrons to help them understand the new executive orders.

REFORMA asserts that this is a humanitarian plea for dignity and justice for immigrants and refugees.

REFORMA reaffirms its support for immigrant rights as stated in the American Library Association Resolution in Support of Immigrant Rights 2006-2007 CD #20.2.

REFORMA will continue to support the REFORMA Children in Crisis Project to assist unaccompanied refugee children who are being processed, and Dia de los Ninos/ Dia de los Libros, a celebration emphasizing the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

REFORMA fully supports the efforts of the Libraries Serve Refugees initiative and encourages librarians and information workers to stay engaged with our communities as per REFORMA's statement dated November 18, 2016.

REFORMA is the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. Established in 1971 as an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), REFORMA has actively sought to promote the development of library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino oriented materials; the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural library professionals and support staff; the development of library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino community; the establishment of a national information and support network among individuals who share our goals; the education of the U.S. Latino population with regard to the availability and types of library services; and lobbying efforts to preserve existing library resource centers serving the interests of Latinos. For more information, please visit

Thursday, March 9, 2017

For Urban Library Service-Thank you Bob Holley

Wayne State University professor emeritus Robert P. Holley has pledged a record-setting $500,000 gift to the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS). Expanding a commitment he began 17 years ago, Holley becomes the most generous single-gift donor in the school’s 50-year history.
Half-million-dollar pledge sets record, aims to boost urban library professionals
The gift has dual purposes: to expand the Robert P. Holley Endowed Scholarship Fund and to establish the Robert P. Holley Endowed Support Fund. The Holley Endowed Scholarship supports SLIS students who plan to work in urban areas and serve underrepresented communities, while the Holley Support Fund will provide ongoing funding to support the SLIS mission.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

2016 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award given to Wendy Campbell

In a small town in western Montana, Wendy Campbell turned a difficult situation into an opportunity to show her fellow citizens how libraries are vital to communities as safe places for education and communication. For her efforts, Campbell, director of the Darby Community Public Library, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award, given annually by the faculty of the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and cosponsored by Libraries Unlimited.
Earlier this year, the Darby Library hosted a series of lifelong learning cultural programs for its service community of 4,000 people. As described in Campbell’s article in American Libraries, one of the three programs, “Perspectives on Islam,” sparked strong protest by several community members. In response, Campbell met with the library board and spoke with several groups—including library staff and volunteers, library patrons, community leaders, the local school board, high school teachers and administration, the county sheriff’s office, the state librarian, and the Office for Intellectual Freedom—to find a way to hold the program and help expand cultural awareness in her community. The commitment she received from these groups supported her steadfast efforts.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Libraries Respond: Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers


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

Ukrainian librarian under Russian house arrest takes case to court of human rights

Moscow's Library of Ukrainian Literature / Biletsky V.S./

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

Libraries Collect Signs from J21, 2017 marches.

Protesters build a wall of signs outside the White House for the Women's March on Washington during the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency, Jan. 21, 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."