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."

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Timmins Human Rights Wall of Fame officially unveiled inside the Timmins Public Library

Timmins Human Rights Wall of Fame was officially unveiled inside the TimminsPublic  Library lobby on Tuesday, just in time to kick-off the search for the 2017 inductees.
The wall is set up underneath the staircase inside the library lobby and features bold lettering in both French and English, the pictures of the three individuals who have been inducted onto the Wall of Fame in the past two years, and several hand-drawn posters from local students calling for an end to racism.

Tom Baby from the Timmins Multicultural Centre conducted the unveiling of the wall on Wednesday with current inductees standing behind him.
“We were here three years ago to announce this project. We envisioned a wall of fame to be placed in here somewhere, now we finally have it up and ready to go,” he said.
The unveiling also coincided with the multicultural centre's launch of the third annual Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination campaign.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Risks and Benefits of Visibility: Librarians Navigating Social and Political Turbulence

LOR, P. J. (2016). Risks and Benefits of Visibility: Librarians Navigating Social and Political Turbulence. Library Trends, 65(2), 108-127.

The deliberate burning of libraries is nothing new, but it seems surprising that such incidents have also occurred in peacetime in democracies. What does this say about community perceptions of libraries and the response of the library profession? Mostly, libraries are not very newsworthy. In some countries they are largely invisible; in others they may only attract public attention when they are threatened by cutbacks or closures or when things go badly wrong. The visibility and invisibility of libraries in the political arena confer risks, as well as benefits. As a framework for an exploration of this topic, libraries in various countries are conceptualized as being located in the political space on a continuum, from invisible to highly visible, on which the risks of visibility and invisibility can be situated. Some observations, with particular reference to library development in South Africa, follow on how librarians see themselves and their institutions in relation to the communities and societies they serve. This paper concludes that the risks of invisibility outweigh those of visibility, but that the political awareness, engagement, and commitment of the library profession are critical.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Library Workers at the Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women

Image of the Atlanta March logo

CHICAGO - ALA invites Midwinter attendees and Atlanta-area library workers wishing to participate in the Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women to gather in Hall A3 of the Georgia World Congress Center for poster making from 10:30am-12:30pm on Saturday, January 21. 
The Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women will be a peaceful demonstration of solidarity bringing together members of underrepresented communities, women, and their allies in Georgia and nationally.  
You do not have to be registered for Midwinter to attend the poster making session. Maps of the March route and directions to the Center for Civil and Human Rights will be available.  People who wish to travel together to the march are encouraged to gather at the poster-making session by 12:15pm.  A limited amount of poster supplies from the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services will be available, please consider bringing supplies to share. 
If you’re interested in joining discussions and getting updates about library workers’ participation in the march, please join the Facebook Group

World Report 2017: Demagogues Threaten Human Rights

In the 687-page World Report, its 27th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries.
World Report Cover 2017

World Report 2017: Demagogues Threaten Human Rights

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Civil Rights Training at Nashville Public Library.

In light of recent and continuing conflicts between citizens and police across the nation, the Nashville (TN) Public Library (NPL) has partnered with the Nashville Police Department on a groundbreaking diversity education initiative that aims to improve understanding and communication between police forces and citizens. The program, Civil Rights and a Civil Society, uses NPL’s Civil Rights Room collections to spark dialogue and learning among the officers. 
Interview with Andrea Blackman

Hughes, K. . (2016). Civil Rights Training at Nashville Public Library. Public Libraries, 55(6), 32-33.

Andrea Blackman gave a tour of the Civil Rights Room at the Nashville Public Library. She used historic images and videos to talk about the civil rights movement in Nashville, and spoke about why the city became a model of integration for other Southern cities in the 1960s.