Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Human Rights Web Archive @ Columbia University

The Human Rights Web Archive @ Columbia University 

is a searchable collection of archived copies of human rights websites created by non-governmental organizations, national human rights institutions, tribunals and individuals. Collecting began in 2008 and has been ongoing for active websites. New websites are added to the collection regularly.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Steve Woolfolk-Honored by ALA but Charged by city

The Kansas City Public Library and a librarian who was arrested last year during a public event are receiving two national awards for defense of free speech....
Kansas City Library  wins the Paul Howard Award for Courage, given biannually for “unusual courage for the benefit of library programs or services.”
Steve Woolfolk, the library’s director of public programming, will receive the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity, named for the pen name of Daniel Handler, author of the “A Series of Unfortunate Events” books.
But the same week the awards were announced, city prosecutors filed two new charges against the librarian.
The awards and the charges stem from a May 9 incident in which the librarian, Steve Woolfolk, intervened to try to stop the arrest of library patron Jeremy Rothe-Kushel during the question-and-answer part of a talk by Middle East expert and diplomat Dennis Ross at the Plaza library.

some of what we knocked down were the load-bearing walls of our democracy

technology companies have routinely stashed profits overseas, destroyed local journalism and mid-tier publications of all sorts, and achieved a level of concentration that leaves us with Google, Facebook, and Amazon as essentially the companies controlling the working Internet.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Collective Memory and the Historical Past

Barash, Jeffrey Andrew. Collective Memory and the Historical Past. University of Chicago Press, 2016. 

Crucial to Barash’s analysis is a look at the radical transformations that the symbolic configurations of collective memory have undergone with the rise of new technologies of mass communication. He provocatively demonstrates how such technologies’ capacity to simulate direct experience—especially via the image—actually makes more palpable collective memory’s limitations and the opacity of the historical past, which always lies beyond the reach of living memory. Thwarting skepticism, however, he eventually looks to literature—specifically writers such as Marcel Proust, Walter Scott, and W. G. Sebald—to uncover subtle nuances of temporality that might offer inconspicuous emblems of a past historical reality.

Discussion at JHI Blog-April 17, 2017.
Andrew  Dunstall.

Barash bases his argument on a formal analysis of memory, symbols, and temporal intentionality. Finitude for him is a matter of logical form: living memory can only extend a certain length; the selection of what we remember is secondary for him. Finitude itself supplies no clear ethical principle, however. Which normative struggles, which injustices breathe life into “living memory”? Often such struggles far exceed that memory, as I have argued elsewhere. Barash, to my mind, implies these questions at various points, but does not make them explicit. Barash’s work is a provocative opening. When we come to reflect on our heritage, whether age-long or recent, the point is to choose what is worth preserving, and what needs changing.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness

Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness

The IFLA LSN and Working Group on Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness invites you to review the draft of the Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Public Libraries as Instruments for Social and Political Activism

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Diedre Conkling is a  public librarian in Oregon who has spent most of her career working to encourage public libraries to embrace progressive social change, environmental issues, and politics and spurred them to be part of the movements that make those changes possible. She answers questions about the role public libraries should take in this time of great social and political upheaval in an interview with Sara Fiore in Public Libraries Online:

Public Libraries as Instruments for Social and Political Activism

Human Rights Video Project (classic project)

Human rights & Libraries history.

The Human Rights Video Project

The Human Rights Video Project was a grant opportunity for public libraries. Supported by a major grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation, the Human Rights Video Project awarded sets of 12 videos on human rights topics to 300 public libraries across the country.
Fifty libraries received grants through the Human Rights Video Project to present public programs on human rights topic in partnership with a non-profit community activist organization. These libraries received the sets of videos, supporting materials, and $750 to use to defray the cost of presenting the public program. An additional 250 libraries received 12 videos and supporting materials.
The video collection was selected by a panel of librarians, filmmakers, and human rights professionals and covers topics such as globalization and labor rights, landmines, the prison industry in the U.S., sexual violence in war, police brutality, disability rights, rights to education, justice for torture victims, globalization and International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies, post-apartheid South Africa, Israel/Palestine, AIDS in Africa, and U.S. immigration and political asylum. Some titles in the package are Behind the Labels (Witness Films, 2001), Every Mother's Son (Filmmakers, 2003), Calling the Ghosts (Women Make Movies, 1996), and Well-Founded Fear (The Epidavros Project, 2000).
Carmine Bell, “Libraries and Human Rights Education.” Catholic Library World 77 (December 2006): 112-20