Tuesday, September 20, 2016

United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training-5th Anniversary

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training, OHCHR organized a panel discussion at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Councilon the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training: good practices and challenges on 14 September 2016, 3-6 pm, in Room XX of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. 

See film:
A Path to Dignity

Saturday, September 3, 2016

East Chicago Public Library.Hosts EPA Meeting on Toxic Lead & Arsenic


EAST CHICAGO | Residents received their first peek at a federal proposal to clean up toxic amounts of lead and arsenic from a wide swath of the city's southeast side in a public hearing Wednesday night.
The Environmental Protection Agency is offering to remove up to 2 feet of contaminated soil — the legacy of several lead smelters and refineries that once operated around the Calumet neighborhoods — from the yards of as many as 723 homes.
"The EPA has a lot of experience with residential lead sites," Michael Berkoff, EPA project manager for the East Chicago cleanup since 2006, said during the meeting at the East Chicago Public Library.
Scientists sampled three properties per block in the 322-acre area bounded by Chicago Avenue on the north, 151st Street on the south, the Indiana Harbor Canal on the west and Parrish Avenue on the east and found lead levels as high as 9,406 parts per million and arsenic levels as high as 567 parts per million, Berkoff said.
EPA's recommended "protective" levels — to which the properties would be returned after the proposed cleanup — are listed as 400 parts per million for lead and 26.4 parts per million for arsenic.
"A 'part per million' is like one drop of water in a barrel full of water," Berkoff said Wednesday.

The site of the former U.S. Smelter and Lead Refinery Inc., one of the now-closed plants that once stood at 151st Street and Kennedy Avenue, is part of the EPA's Superfund program, through which $28.9 million in federal funding is earmarked for the local cleanup project.
Mayor Anthony Copeland said he would like to see a "massive" cleanup of the neighborhoods, not just the roughly 57 percent of the 1,271 properties in the area with the worst measured contamination.
"It would be a missed opportunity," Copeland said. "Just removing dirt wouldn't really revitalize that area — for that amount of money, the benefits could be a lot more significant."
Redevelopment plans for the Calumet neighborhoods long have been stalled by the high cost of containing the toxic dust produced by complete demolitions of the many abandoned buildings in the area, and the foundations of unsafe structures torn down by the city have been left in place.
Public comment on the project will be accepted by EPA until Aug. 11, after which the responses will be evaluated in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management before a schedule for design and implementation is set.
The timetable includes a possible 2014 start for the work, with two years estimated for its completion.
Copies of the complete EPA cleanup plan are available at both East Chicago Public Library locations, 2401 E. Columbus Drive and 1008 W. Chicago Ave., and online at http://epa.gov/region5/cleanup/usslead/.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Librarians for Peace-Mortenson Center for International Library Programs


The Libraries for Peace web portal was created to advance the mission of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs to strengthen international ties among libraries and librarians worldwide for the promotion of international education, understanding, and peace.  Libraries as information, education and cultural centers have a role in advancing peace internationally.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Rights Group Condemns Military 'Crackdown' on Bandung Community Library

Jakarta. Military action against a street library in Bandung, West Java, last week has drawn the ire of a human rights watchdog, which lashed out against the action by calling it an abuse of power.
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Members of the military district command in the province reportedly shut down a display of free books near a public park on Saturday night (20/08) while conducting an operation against motorcycle gangs they deemed to be violent.
Three members of the community reportedly sustained injuries during the altercation and they have since sought assistance from the Bandung Legal Aid Institute.
The Indonesian Military (TNI) meanwhile said Saturday's library event could have had "negative" consequences, without providing any explanation about the legality of its actions.
Citing the 2004 Law on the Indonesian Military, Al Araf of the Jakarta-based Indonesian Human Rights Monitor (Imparsial) said on Wednesday that "there has clearly been a separation of tasks between different players in the security establishment."

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Guidelines for Outreach to Immigrant Populations - EMIERT

 Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) -2016

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Guidelines for Outreach to Immigrant Populations

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) has published a set of guidelines for library services and programming that facilitate recent immigrants’ inclusion and participation in society while preserving and promoting their distinct cultural and linguistic heritages.  
The library’s role as a place for self-education, enlightenment, citizenship and English language learning is especially relevant, as 14 percent of Americans are now foreign-born. The combined population share of immigrants and their U.S.-born children, 26 percent today, is projected to rise to 36 percent in 2065, according to the Pew Research Center.
This resource provides practical guidance for libraries on the issues to consider when planning and designing library programs and services for new immigrant populations. Topics included are Collection Development, Programming and Services, Staffing and Personnel and Community Engagement.
“Public libraries are particularly challenged to serve a variety of ethnic communities within different neighborhoods, reflecting the multitude of nations from around the world,” said Mimi Lee, chair of the Guideline for Outreach to Immigrant Populations Task Force, and consultant for diversity and literacy services at the New Jersey State Library- Trenton.  
“These guidelines offer ideas and tips for libraries that wish to provide programs and services for immigrants and serves as a starting for libraries that wish to help enable their immigrant patrons to realize their full potential, contribute more to the U.S. economy, and develop deeper community ties.”
The recommendations in this document are the result of a Guideline for Outreach to Immigrant Populations Task Force by EMIERT, whose mission is to provide a forum for the exchange of information on library materials and resources in English and other languages and to promote service for all ethnolinguistic and multicultural communities in general.

EMIERT the Guidelines for Outreach to Immigrant Populations Task Force members and document authors: Mimi Lee, Chair Consultant for Diversity and Literacy Services New Jersey State Library Jamie Johnston PhD Candidate in Libraries and Society Oslo and Akershus University College Martin Blasco Outreach Librarian for Latino and Multicultural Services Washington County Cooperative Library Services Gale Koritansky Branch Manager Arlington Public Library- Westover Branch Yong-Le Yau Senior Librarian Brooklyn Public Library- New Utrecht Library Jhenelle Robinson Library Information Assistant New York Public Library- Pelham Parkway - Van Nest Branch

The guidelines are viewable on EMIERT’s Resources and Bibliographies page.
Founded in 1982, the Ethnic and Multicultural Information and Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) serves as a source of information for recommended ethnic and multilingual collections, services and programs.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Activism and Social Reform Special Collections

Activism and Social Reform Special Collections

Examples of Library Special Collections that Support Social Action and its History.

City University of New York
The Activist Women's Voices Oral History Project and Archive was a project committed to documenting the voices of unheralded activist women in community-based organizations in New York City.

Activist Women’s Voices Oral History Project

Georgia State University Library
Various collections of materials documenting the history of activism at Georgia State University.

AJCP179-13a Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographic Archives.
Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.

Los Angeles History and Culture in Library Special Collections
UCLA Library
UCLA Library Special Collections’ holdings include the papers of many organizations involved in social change, as well as the papers of a number of individual activists.

M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives
University at Albany – State University of New York
Numerous collections related to New York activists and activist organizations. Records include materials from NAACP, New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), and Citizens’ Environmental Coalition.

Michigan State University (radicalism and student activism)

The Radicalism Collection includes books, pamphlets, periodicals, posters, and ephemera covering a wide range of viewpoints on political, social, economic, and cultural issues and movements in the United States and throughout the world.

Bread and Roses:
The Story of the Rise of the Shirtworkers,
Two Eventful Years, 1933-1934
Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (New York, 1935?)

UMass Amherst Libraries
Emphasizing the cross-fertilization between social movements and centers of activist energy, SCUA collects materials from individuals and organizations involved in the struggles for peace and non-violence, social and racial justice, economic justice, agricultural reform, environmentalism, sustainability, alternative energy, organized labor, gay rights, disability rights, spiritual activism, antinuclear activism, and intentional communities.

University at Buffalo – State University of New York (social activism, environmental issues, racial issues, women’s history)
The State University of New York at Buffalo special collections include collections related to campus unrest and social activism, environmental issues in New York, racial issues in New York, and women’s history.

University of Illinois at Chicago University Library
The Midwest Women's Historical Collection (MWHC) documents the history of women and women's issues throughout the Midwest in the 19th and 20th centuries. The MWHC consists of over 100 distinct manuscript collections. It contains the personal papers of individual women and organizational records of women's groups. The collection is particularly strong in the area of social reform, women's political activism, women's professional organizations, education and politics.

University of Minnesota Libraries
The Social Welfare History Archives collects the records of private-sector social service and social reform organizations and the personal papers of individual leaders in the field.

University of Washington Libraries
Highlights of the GLBTQ archival collections at University of Washington Libraries include Northwest Lesbian and Gay History Museum Project oral histories, the LGBT Northwest serials and related ephemera collection, and the Pride Foundation Ephemera Collection.

Women and Social Movements, Intl.
Wide variety of collections concerning women’s rights, women’s history, and social issues.

York University Libraries (Canada)
Materials relating to women’s involvement as activists in social reform and its history, at various local, national and international levels.

--complied by Shawn Ohtani
Research Associate
University of South Florida