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Public Librarians Launch Libraries4BlackLives

Public Librarians Launch Libraries4BlackLives | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
On July 21, the Movement for Black Lives’ National Day of Action, a team of four public librarians with backgrounds in social justice launched a new initiative, Libraries4BlackLives (L4BL). Jessica Anne Bratt, branch manager at Grand Rapids Public Library, MI; Sarah Lawton, neighborhood library supervisor for Madison Public Library, WI; Amita Lonial, learning experiences manager at Skokie Public Library (SPL), IL; and Amy Sonnie, adult literacy and lifelong learning librarian at Oakland Public Library, CA, joined forces earlier in the summer to create a website that would bring together library-based advocates who want to support the ideals and activism behind the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
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The Great Library Rescue of Timbuktu

The Great Library Rescue of Timbuktu | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
Haidara told nobody outside his fellow librarians what he was doing—not even his family.
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Libraries aren't 'dead in the water' – even if some have given up

Libraries aren't 'dead in the water' – even if some have given up | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
Many libraries are now being transferred to be run by community groups. These volunteers play an important role but libraries should not be sacrificed for economic or political expediency.
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‘We Are Worried About The Books’: Kremlin Targets Moscow’s Ukrainian Library

‘We Are Worried About The Books’: Kremlin Targets Moscow’s Ukrainian Library | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
Russia’s Ukrainian library is facing closure after the arrest of its director amid a dramatic deterioration in cultural ties between the two former Soviet nations.
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Free librarian Natalya Sharina, detained for 'anti-Russia propaganda'

After police allegedly found work by banned writer Dmitry Korchinksy, Natalya was forced to spend two nights in a prison cell and is now under house arrest, facing up to five years in jail – simply for exercising her right to freedom of expression. Demand that the Russian authorities release her immediately.
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Government surveillance — this is just the beginning

Government surveillance — this is just the beginning | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
Privacy researcher Christopher Soghoian sees the landscape of government surveillance shifting beneath our feet, as an industry grows to support monitoring programs. Through private companies, he says, governments are buying technology with the capacity to break into computers, steal documents and monitor activity — without detection. This TED Fellow gives an unsettling look at what's to come.
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Surveillance, libraries and digital inclusion | infoism

Surveillance, libraries and digital inclusion | infoism | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
Looking at the impact of Snowden's surveillance revelations upon our understanding of the digital divide and the role of librarianship in tackling it.
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Europe Is Spying on You

Europe Is Spying on You | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
A number of governments risk undermining democracy while pretending to protect it.
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Privacy before Profit: European Court of Justice Rules “Safe Harbor” is invalid

Privacy before Profit: European Court of Justice Rules “Safe Harbor” is invalid | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
Congratulations, @MaxSchrems. You've changed the world for the better. http://t.co/HmGpRq5Dgt http://t.co/rTLYHhvmoY
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Librarians as Immigration Lawyers | American Libraries Magazine

Librarians as Immigration Lawyers | American Libraries Magazine | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
Libraries and librarians are getting Board of Immigration Appeals Recognition and Accreditation to practice immigration law in their communities.
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Booksellers and librarians file brief in new NSA spy case » peoplesworld

Booksellers and librarians file brief in new NSA spy case » peoplesworld | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
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ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom announces sponsorship of Let’s Encrypt initiative

ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom announces sponsorship of Let’s Encrypt initiative | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
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Syria's secret library - BBC News

Syria's secret library - BBC News | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
Enthusiasts have stocked an underground library in Syria with books rescued from bombed buildings - and users dodge shells and bullets to reach it.
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How US libraries are becoming community problem solvers

How US libraries are becoming community problem solvers | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
From Obamacare to getting kids reading, libraries have a bigger part to play in local communities than ever before, says Larra Clark
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Closing libraries is a fine way to keep the poor powerless

Closing libraries is a fine way to keep the poor powerless | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
For all of this, blame libraries. They can take credit or blame for much of my existence.

Libraries across the countries are shutting down at a terrifying rate, the BBC has revealed. And those libraries that haven’t yet shut appear to be getting run down with a view to doing so.

Cutting parts of the service and making them harder to access means that fewer people will end up there — and once they become neglected, the libraries can be closed down without much regret or commemoration.
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The digitization of libraries: From content consumption to content creation

The digitization of libraries: From content consumption to content creation | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
How the digitization of libraries is evolving library spaces and building communities.
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Edward Snowden Explains How To Reclaim Your Privacy

Edward Snowden Explains How To Reclaim Your Privacy | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
The NSA whistleblower sat down with The Intercept’s Micah Lee in Moscow.
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You are not what you read: librarians purge user data to protect privacy

You are not what you read: librarians purge user data to protect privacy | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
US libraries are doing something even the most security-conscious private firm would never dream of: deleting sensitive information in order to protect users
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The Boy Who Could Change the World

The Boy Who Could Change the World | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
“One of the minor puzzles of American life is what question to ask people at parties and suchly to get to know them,” a nineteen-year-old Aaron Swartz wrote in 2006.
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EU privacy regulators give EU, U.S. three months to find new data pact

EU privacy regulators give EU, U.S. three months to find new data pact | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
Companies could face action from European privacy regulators if the European Commission and United States do not come up with a new system enabling them to shuffle data across the Atlantic in three months, the regulators said on Friday.
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The role of libraries in times of crisis

The role of libraries in times of crisis | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
This post is part of a series of blogs we are publishing about the role of libraries in times of crisis. Other blogs in the series include Welcoming Refugees to the UK (and to Libraries).
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ISIS Destroys Iraqi Cultural Heritage; Librarians Work to Save It - Information Space

ISIS Destroys Iraqi Cultural Heritage; Librarians Work to Save It - Information Space | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
“Obliterate”… …from the Latin oblitteratus, meaning “to cause to be forgotten.” In the modern sense, to obliterate means to “remove all traces of memory from the earth, to destroy utterly.” (Dictionary.com) A powerful message about the potential for Iraqi culture’s obliteration greets users who try to enter the Baghdad Museum International’s webpage (the full site can be → Read More
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New Hampshire: Kilton Library’s Tor Relay is Back Online | LJ INFOdocket

New Hampshire: Kilton Library’s Tor Relay is Back Online | LJ INFOdocket | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
The decision to reactivate the Tor Relay after it was taken offline (it's now back online) came Tuesday night after a library board meeting and vote by library trustees in Lebanon, New Hampshire. The relay was taken offline after a letter from the Dept.
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The internet hasn't killed privacy – but it has changed it forever

The internet hasn't killed privacy – but it has changed it forever | Librarians in times of social unrest | Scoop.it
You often hear it said that 'privacy is dead'. Our cybersecurity expert explains why that's not true, yet.
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