Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Public libraries have helped shape a more inclusive society ever since the Public Libraries Act 1850

We must defend public libraries from the threat of a market-based ideological framework by Daniel Bailey.

Cradley Heath Public Library

Public libraries have helped shape a more inclusive society ever since the Public Libraries Act 1850 gave boroughs the power to establish book lending services free at the point of use – a service which had a tremendous effect on improving literacy. The collectivised philosophy underpinning these services inspired Conservative Party opposition to this Act on the grounds that they may incubate social agitation and subversion. Today, they still provide a common space where information and literature is accessible to all, help cultivate community spirit, and provide computer and internet facilities particularly valued by the elderly and job-seekers (as noted by a survey conducted recently on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). Indeed, it can be seen as an exemplar of a public good.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

T-Kay Sangwand -Human Rights Archivist

Human Rights Archivist

Archivist T-Kay Sangwand works with human rights groups around the world to preserve the histories of marginalized peoples and everyday individuals caught up in war and genocide.

As the archivist for the Human Rights Documentation Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin, Sangwand acts as a consultant to human rights organizations to develop strategies for preservation of and online access to their records. This approach, called postcustodial archival work, allows these nongovernmental organizations to maintain ownership over their records and to “tell their histories in their own words,” she says.
In 2009, Sangwand cofounded the Society of American Archivists’ Human Rights Archives Roundtable

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Malta Human Rights Library

The Malta Human Rights Library, initially established in 2009, is a resource of documents - legal, activist and academic - on issues relating to human rights in Malta. The library is split into the following sections:

The Library - documents and reports on human rights in Malta
         - Special Collections - there is currently one  collection (Malta Migration Resource Centre) with resources on issues relating to                      migration in Malta

The Courtroom - international, regional and national legislation and court cases on human rights in Malta

The Gallery - resources in art and culture relating to human rights, with a focus on movies and writings of fiction 

The Classroom - resources for educators interested in introducing and discussing human rights topics in their classrooms

Saturday, February 21, 2015

'Giving Voice',-President Mary Robinson-at Ballina Library-Human Rights

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Mary Robinson and her husband Nick will be in Mary's hometown of Ballina this weekend (Saturday, February 21, 4 p.m.) to officially open an exhibition in the library containing documents and artefacts from her vast and priceless collection.

The exhibition, appropriately, bears the title 'Giving Voice', for Mary – former President of Ireland and UN Special Envoy for Climate Change – has spent her life 'giving voice' to the most marginalised people around the world.
Mary was Ireland's first female president and is a world authority in the field of human rights, women's leadership and climate justice.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Call for Papers: Freedom Libraries of Freedom Summer

Dear Colleagues,

The *Progressive Librarian* editors’ cooperative is planning an issue to
commemorate the Freedom Libraries of Freedom Summer 1964 which is being
done in conjunction with reprinting Miriam Braverman’s  50 year old *SLJ*
work “Mississippi Summer” November 1965 *School Library Journal*,  pages 31
– 33.

In a message from one of the editors, (Elaine Harger ) “Progressive
Librarian has an annual LIS student essay contest named in honor of Miriam
Braverman, and so the editors have been thinking that we'd like the next
issue to have articles reflecting on the civil right movement and where
librarianship stands today in relation to the history and present of the

 We'd [*Progressive *Librarian] be happy to have essays, poems, reflection
pieces, academic articles, letters from elders to the next generation of
librarians, images, drawings, graphics, bibliographies, book reviews.

 We haven't yet set a deadline, but it would likely be July/August.”

Questions? Please contact Elaine Harger
eharger at drizzle dot com

Here are links to PLG's website with information about Miriam Braverman
and the essay contest named in her honor

Friday, January 9, 2015

Promoting Global Citizenship through Literature.

Rights of a Child

 Curation in translation: promoting global citizenship through literature. School Libraries Worldwide.n Volume 20, Number 1, January 2014

by Kasey L. Garrison, Charles Sturt University, Australia

Danielle E. Forest & Sue C. Kimmel, Old Dominion University, USA

As curators of the school library collection, librarians ensure the resources they select are of high quality and that they meet students' social needs, including diverse perspectives representative of our world and supportive of global citizenship skills and dispositions. The Mildred L. Batchelder Award given to English translations published in the United States is an option for librarians seeking such cultural diversity for their collections. Using the United Nations’ Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959), this research identifies the strong potential these titles hold for engaging youth and promoting global citizenship.

Universal Health Care:The Affordable Dream

Universal healthcare is often presented as an idealistic goal that remains out of reach for all but the richest nations. That’s not the case, writes Amartya Sen at The Guardian, Look at what has been achieved in Rwanda, Thailand and Bangladesh