Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Local libraries help communities cope after shootings in Dallas, Baton Rouge amd Minnesota-July 2016

Libraries Respond to Recent Crises: Local libraries help communities cope

American Libraries.

 July 11, 2016
The library is a place where patrons learn more about the issues at stake from credible sources, find quality books, take advantage of community resources, utilize safe spaces, learn from others, and engage in self-care as they confront one of the most difficult periods in recent memory.
The following are just a few of the many ways libraries are responding to community needs:

Libraries Respond to Recent Crises: Local libraries help communities cope

American Libraries.

 July 11, 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

“Beyond the Dream: Falmouth Talks Race”

This summer, the trustees of Falmouth Public Library will host a series of talks on the topic of race relations and racial justice. Entitled “Beyond the Dream: Falmouth Talks Race,” the series will include lectures as well as open discussion facilitated by experts in the field.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Human Rights Education -New UN Resolution.

A new UN resolution on Human Rights Education emphasizes the strategic role of National Human Rights Institutions concerning the promotion of human rights education.

The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed on a new resolution on Human Rights Education and Training at the Human Rights Council’s Thirty-first session this spring. The resolution reconfirms and supplements state parties' commitment to national implementation of international standards for human rights education five years after the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training from 2011.....
The new resolution text  states "Recognizes the important role of national human rights institutions in promoting effective policies on human rights education and training, and calls upon them to contribute further to the implementation of human rights education programmes".
"This is the first time we see a resolution on education which stresses the strategic role of NHRIs on promoting effective policies for human rights education and training. Focus has shifted from NHRI assisting in conducting education programmes on human rights, to assisting in the development of effective policies at the structural level. In other words, this reflects the shift in focus amongst NHRIs to work across their NHRI mandates such as coordination, giving advice and monitoring on human rights education

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Help Flooded West Virginia Libraries-Rainelle and Clendenin

To donate to the Clendenin Public Library, go to: http://kanawhalibrary.org/get-involved/support-us/
To donate to the Rainelle Public Library, mail a check to Rainelle Public Library – 378 7th Street Rainelle, WV 25962 (preferred) or go to https://www.youcaring.com/rainelle-public-library-594323#.V3UvSrDYGPU.facebook.

Rainelle Public Library

As many are aware Rainelle Public Library sustained considerable damage in the recent flooding.  The library had 5 feet of water in it, the print collection was destroyed along with at least 90% of the furnishings and 100% of the computers.  A church group was in the last two days and did miraculous work in removing wet materials and furnishings that cannot be saved.  Everything is on the curb waiting for the National Guard.   The floors will be power washed today and the drying process will begin.  Next, a contractor has been secured to remove the interior sheathing and insulation and check the electrical wiring.  They really are further down the road than anyone would have expected them to be at this point.
Now, for the question on everyone’s lips, what about books!  They are interested in book donations, but are weeks, possibly months away from ready for print materials.  Please if anyone has materials they need to be stored with the donor and Rainelle will put out the word when the library is ready.
Efforts are being made to establish a command center or my favorite description after seeing the library yesterday, a “dry place” for the staff and trustees to operate the recovery efforts.  A trailer style field office would enable the staff and trustees access to an onsite telephone and fax and allow the WVLC techs to put in temporary data lines and computers. Electrical power may be available as soon as tomorrow.
Rainelle Public Library could also use monetary donations.  Sarah Palfrey, Summersville Public Library is establishing an online donation account, please be aware online services retain from 3-8% of the donation. Checks may be made to and mailed directly to: Rainelle Public Library – 378 7th Street Rainelle, WV 25962.
For more information, contact Ann Farr.

Clendenin Branch of the Kanawha County Public Library

The Clendenin Branch of Kanawha County Public Library appears to be a total loss.  A lot of people are already talking about donating books and we really appreciate the offers of assistance that are coming in.  However, we are a long way from being in a position where we can consider replacing the collection and we could not deal effectively with donations if they are received.
The best thing people can do right now is contribute money, cleaning supplies, water, etc. to help people in need.  The homes of several of our staff members are completely gone and others are currently uninhabitable, a situation that is widespread across this County and in other counties across the state.  Once we get past the immediate crisis, we will be glad to let people know how they best can help.
For more information, contact Alan Engelbert.

Monday, June 27, 2016

OLOS History A Bibliographic Timeline of the American Library Association, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services.

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This document presents a "bibliographic timeline" spanning 25 years of the American Library Association (ALA), Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS). For each year (1968-1996), one or more major activities, resolutions/ALA proceedings, and/or publications involving library r,ervice to the disadvantaged are identified. Highlights include historic developments in literacy programs; funding; policy; training; collections; information dissemination; publications; and personnel. A list of the OLOS Committee Chairs (1970-1996) and OLOS Committee and Subcommittee members (1970-1996) are provided.


Lippincott, K. & Taffae, S.M. (1996) 25 Years of Outreach: A Bibliographic Timeline of theAmerican Library Association, Office for Literacy andOutreach Services. ED 396 755 IR 055 926.





Sunday, June 26, 2016

Human rights in culturally diverse societies

Human rights in culturally diverse societies
Book: Human rights in culturally diverse settings

This updated publication contains the Committee of Ministers’ guidelines to member States on the protection and promotion of human rights in culturally diverse societies as well as the Compilation of Council of Europe standards relating to the principles of freedom of thought, conscience and religion and links to other human rights upon which the Guidelines are inspired. These standards are based mainly on the European Convention on Human Rights and the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, but also on conclusions and recommendations of other monitoring mechanisms and other Council of Europe bodies.
The Guidelines are innovative as they do not consider these standards in isolation, rather they rethink and recast them through their interaction with other human rights: freedom of expression, freedom of association and assembly, the right to private life. They are intended as a realistic and usable tool which reflects the often complex interplay of different rights within diverse societies.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award-2016


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Elizabeth  Martinez

The REFORMA  Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement (LAA) Award Committee recognizes those who have achieved excellence in librarianship over an extended (over 20 years) period of service and who have made significant and lasting contributions to REFORMA, as well as to the Latino and the Spanish-speaking communities.
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On receiving the 2016 Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement (LAA) Award.



Elizabeth Martínez influenced librarianship in so many ways. She was a cofounder of REFORMA; she established the Mexican American Library Training Institute at California State University, Fullerton. She was City Librarian in Los Angeles; county librarian of Orange County, Executive Director of the American Library Association, and director of the Salinas Public Library where she revitalized the Cesar Chavez Library. She created the SPECTRUM Scholarship Program, a national program administered by ALA to recruit American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students to librarianship.
On her retirement from the Salinas Public Library Stanford University collected her papers for its archives. Roberto Trujillo, curator and head of Stanford's Special Collection, stated that Elizabeth Martínez’ role in the Chicano movement, its history as it relates to schools, libraries and other cultural centers is worthy of documentation. Her professional activity is a record of involvement and engagement that was strong, focused, and very much a part of a communal sense of responsibility for a greater public good for the Mexican communities in Los Angeles.
Elizabeth Martínez changed librarianship in the United States forever. REFORMA honors her remarkable achievements with this award which inspires us to follow her good work. I am grateful to have been nominated for this honor and dedicate the honorarium to the REFORMA scholarship fund.

With gratitude, Kathleen

Kathleen de la Peña McCook
Distinguished University Professor of Librarianship

School of Information, University of South Florida