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Freedom of Information and Sustainable Development

Policy makers and representatives of inter- and non- governmental organizations will examine the relationship between the right to information and development at an international experts meeting on “Freedom of Information and Sustainable Development, Sealing the Link.” at UNESCO Headquarters on 17 and 18 March, 2008.

Memphis Mayor Slaps Face of Library Staff

The Tennessee Library Association has sent a letter to the Mayor of Memphis regarding the "recent dismissal of one of our premier library leaders * Judith Drescher of the Memphis Public Library *-- a slap in the face to many dedicated, well-educated library staff who have devoted their lives to providing informational and educational resources to the citizens of this state."
See "Open Letter to the Mayor of Memphis."

50th Anniversary of Kik-Step

Between the Scylla & the Charybdis in 2009 Budget

Libraries are between the Scylla and the Charybdis in the 2009 federal budget. While libraries nationwide are suffering budget cuts and truly need additional revenues such as those announced by IMLS, how can we enjoy our privileged status while children's welfare is cut and the health care system slashed?
See LIBRARIAN for details.

Hillsborough Cty. GAY PRIDE BAN closes doors to cooperation with Tampa

A pair of Hillsborough [Florida] county commissioners are using passage of a tax-cutting Amendment to pitch merging some government services with the city of Tampa. Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio’s reaction: A very firm no. Iorio said she has no interest in letting the county shape recreation programs in light of the county's nearly three-year-old ban on gay pride displays at libraries.
See Librarian for details.

Bush (43) Library at SMU Still Under Protest

A group of Methodists is stepping up efforts to force a church vote in July on whether Southern Methodist University has the right to lease out land for the George W. Bush Presidential Library and policy institute.
Rev. Andrew Weaver, an SMU alumnus who is spearheading a fight against the land deal from New York, said he hopes to force a vote at a regional meeting in Dallas in July and persuade delegates not to ratify the mission council action. His group so far has collected about 11,200 signatures on a petition, he said.
More here: Bush Library at SMU Still Protested.

Anti-Gay Teen Writer, Orson Scott Card, Wins YALSA's Edwards Award

Teen author, Orson Scott Card, is the topic of much discussion as the Edwards honor bestowed by the ALA’s YALSA has brought to general attention Card’s views against tolerance for homosexuals.
See Librarian for more.

Art Garfunkle's Library


The Garfunkle Library is discussed in the article"King of Reading" New Yorker. The library is a listing of every book Art Garfunkle has read over the last 30 years

Publishing in Spanish is Booming.

As seen in The Economist:
The market for books in Spanish is thought to be the second-largest in the world. It is the biggest for books in translation, which account for about a fifth of the 120,000 Spanish titles published each year. With sales up by 7.5% in 2005—growth is strongest in Argentina, Mexico and Colombia—it is expanding faster than many other book markets. Since many of the world's 400m Spanish-speakers live in developing countries, it has great potential: literacy rates are high and incomes are rising. (Ibero-American publishing, which also includes books in Portuguese, is worth about $6 billion a year.)...

more see Librarian.

Raffaele Farina is Now a Cardinal

Raffaele Farina, Vatican Archivist and Librarian, is now a Cardinal.

Human Rights Books-Myers Center Awards, 2007.

The 2007 Myers Center Outstanding Book Awards Advancing Human Rights have been announced.
http://www.myerscenter.org/

BOSTON, MA (Dec. 5, 2007) - They definitely are passionate about books, and about social justice. For twenty-three years, the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America has identified books speaking of too-often erased histories and too scantily noticed ideas and strategies for a more humane future.
Here are the 2007 winners:
* Kenny Fries, The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory. (Carroll & Graf).

* Saidiya Hartman, Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)/

* The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex, edited by INCITE!
Women of Color Against Violence. (South End Press)

* Sara Littlecrow-Russell, The Secret Powers of Naming, (University of Arizona Press)

* Tina Lopes & Barb Thomas, Dancing on Live Embers: Challenging Racism in Organizations, (Between The Lines)

* Micki McElya, Clinging to Mammy: The Faithful Slave in Twentieth-Century America, (Harvard University Press) * Steven Salaita, Anti-Arab Racism in the US, (Pluto Press)

* Alex Sanchez, Getting It: A Novel (Simon & Schuster)
* Chip Smith, The Cost of Privilege: Taking on the System of White Supremacy and Racism,(Camino Press)
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Human Rights Day, 2007.

Human Rights Day marks the anniversary of the Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Over the years, a whole network of human rights instruments and mechanisms has been developed to ensure the primacy of human rights and to confront human rights violations wherever they occur.

Human Rights Day, 2007.

The Dag Hammarskjöld Library was dedicated on 16 November 1961 in honour of the late Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld. The Library Building, a gift from the Ford Foundation adjoins the Secretariat at the south-west corner of the headquarters site.

Richie Partington terminated for defense of Rodman Philbrick's _The Last Book in the Universe_.

Richie Partington was terminated at the Bellevue Union School District after he refused to discuss whether Rodman Philbrick's "The Last Book in the Universe" was appropriate for elementary school students.

Richie Partington reviews children's books on his Web site, Richie's Picks. He recently was named to the selection committee for the 2009 Caldecott Medal, a prestigious children's literature award.

Richie Partington terminated for defense of Rodman Philbrick's _The Last Book in the Universe_.

Richie Partington was terminated at the Bellevue Union School District after he refused to discuss whether Rodman Philbrick's "The Last Book in the Universe" was appropriate for elementary school students.

Richie Partington reviews children's books on his Web site, Richie's Picks. He recently was named to the selection committee for the 2009 Caldecott Medal, a prestigious children's literature award.

The US government has already gone too far

"The US government has already gone too far in displacing the constitutional and legal rights that we have evolved as our own national standard. ... What our enemies mainly hope to achieve through their terror is the destruction of the values that they hate and we cherish. We must protect those values as well as we can, even as we fight them. That is difficult: it requires discrimination, imagination and candour. But it is what patriotism now demands."

Ronald Dworkin has won the Holberg International Memorial Prize.
See Librarian 442.

Before Memex

Richard R.Yeo. “Before Memex: Robert Hooke, John Locke, and Vannevar Bush on External Memory.” Science in Context 20. 2007.

Whereas Bush modeled the memex on the associative processes of natural memory, Hooke and Locke concluded that an external archive had to allow collective reason to overcome the limits of individual memory, including its tendency to freeze and repeat patterns of ideas. Moreover, they envisaged an institutional archive rather than one controlled by the interests and mental associations of an individual.

Amos Oz wins Prince of Asturias Award for Letters

"I believe imagining the other can be an antidote to fanaticism."

Regarded by critics as one of the main authors of contemporary Hebrew fiction, his work has been translated into over thirty languages. His novels and essays delve into the tensions suffered by both the Israeli and Palestinian societies. He was one of the founders of the Peace Now pacifist movement, established in 1978 by officers and soldiers of the Israeli army reserve.

Social annotation and the marketplace of ideas

Sherman Dorn on social annotation tools.

DEFINING ACADEMIC FREEDOM FOR 2007

Today, the American Federation of Teachers-- which has about 165,000 members in higher education-- is issuing its own statement on academic freedom:

Academic Freedom in the 2ist Century College and University:Academic Freedom for all Faculty and Instructional Staff. The AFT Statement on Academic Freedom.

More here: Union Librarian

Mitch Freedman on Pay Equity.

SEE THE VIDEO!.

October 24, 2007 talk by former American Library Association President Mitch Freedman on Pay Equity. Intro. by CUPE 391 President,Alex Youngberg.
Renowned pay equity advocate and former American Library Association (ALA) President Mitch Freedman, MLS Phd, spoke at the Central Library on pay equity in libraries. As ALA President from 2002-2003, Mr. Freedman established the Task Force on Pay Equity for Library Workers. SEE THE VIDEO!.

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