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Libraries Are Not Neutral Spaces: Social Justice Advocacy in Librarianship | ALA Annual 2017

Libraries Are Not Neutral Spaces: Social Justice Advocacy in Librarianship | ALA Annual 2017 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
For Cory Eckert, doing social justice work in libraries is not radical. “It’s what we’ve always been doing, but now we’re thinking about it through a different lens.” Eckert, a 2014 LJ Mover & Shaker, reminded attentive listeners on Sunday, June 25 that libraries are not neutral and have never been so.
Before embarking on her current role as a librarian at the Post Oak School (TX), Eckert worked at the Houston Public Library and the Octavia Fellin Public Library (NM). In this latter role, she served a primarily Navajo community where children rarely saw themselves positively represented in literature. Eckert asked the audience to consider whether their libraries perform outreach in English (or other languages), and which parts of town they advertise in (or don’t).
Collection development, organizing displays and shelving, labeling materials with stickers, and taking a stance for or against legislation such as the PATRIOT Act are other common library decisions that may appear neutral but lack objectivity. For those interested in further reading, she cited April Hathcock’s blog At the Intersection. “These are our patrons,” Eckert asserted. “If we can’t make the library nice for them, what are we doing?”
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Libraries Resist: A Round-Up of Tolerance, Social Justice, & Resistance in US Libraries

Libraries Resist: A Round-Up of Tolerance, Social Justice, & Resistance in US Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Libraries are not, nor have they ever been, neutral spaces. They are political. Every decision made in a library, from books to be included in the collection, to displays created, to special populations to reach, is political. Many believe that libraries and librarians are apolitical, but it’s simply not true. It’s impossible to be a neutral space with the goal of reaching a community, be it the public or the academic or the special population the library serves. By inviting all in a community to be in a shared space, libraries embrace the idea of encouraging education, encouraging acceptance and tolerance, and on a much smaller scale, they create policies that ensure these very things happen in their spaces.

No act in the library is too small to foster tolerance and acceptance.

That said, some libraries can and do, thanks to their own policies, embrace their non-neutrality in much louder ways than others. Here’s a look at some of the recent actions taken by libraries of all shapes and sizes and specialties around the USA. The selection of libraries here were submitted by librarians and friends of libraries; in these instances, I’ve included some of the comments received, too, about the ways their communities or administrations have or have not criticized their efforts.
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Ukrainian librarian under house arrest takes case to court of human rights

Ukrainian librarian under house arrest takes case to court of human rights | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

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.

In a move roundly condemned by human rights groups, Sharina went on trial in November 2016 for incitement by stocking books banned in Russia and labelled extremist and “anti-Russian propaganda”. Three weeks after the trial began, embezzlement was added to the list of charges. If found guilty, she faces up to 10 years in prison.

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Are librarians the key to a Future Ready school?

Are librarians the key to a Future Ready school? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
School and district leaders should consider a Future Ready Librarian framework to better enable innovative strategies and practices.
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Maine State Library study finds that Librarian is one of the most trusted professions

Maine State Library study finds that Librarian is one of the most trusted professions | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Maine State Library study finds that Librarian is one of the most trusted professions https://www.lrs.org/2016/12/01/maine-state-library-study-finds-that-librarian-is-one-of-the-most-trusted-professions/   Stephen
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Librarian

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What is a Librarian?
Also known as: School Librarian, Outreach Librarian, Electronic Resources Librarian, Systems Librarian, Medical Librarian, Serials Librarian, Children's Librarian, Catalog Librarian, Technical Service Librarian, Public Service Librarian, Reference and Research Librarian.

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A librarian is a professional trained in information science. Working at a school, a local library, or even for the government, a librarian aides those in need of informational articles and services while managing and organizing those materials as well.

Librarians are responsible for a vast amount of information, from the classic management of books and periodicals to more modern responsibilities involving audio and video recordings, as well as digital resources.

What does a Librarian do?
There are different classes of librarians in this modern era, including public service librarians, reference and research librarians, technical service librarians, collections development librarians, archivists, systems librarians, electronic resources librarians, outreach librarians, and school librarians. The general duties of each are outlined by class below.
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The Librarian Who Saved Timbuktu’s Cultural Treasures From al Qaeda

The Librarian Who Saved Timbuktu’s Cultural Treasures From al Qaeda | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A middle-aged book collector in Mali helped keep the fabled city’s libraries, books and manuscripts safe from occupying jihadists.
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I’m Glad I Went to Library School: A Personal Perspective on On-Site Education

I’m Glad I Went to Library School: A Personal Perspective on On-Site Education | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Two years ago, in the summer of 2015, my husband and I quit our jobs, packed our bags, and left our hometown for Iowa City, where I would be attending library school that fall. Librarianship had been my dream career since 2008, when I started undergrad. Now after years of planning and several library jobs,…
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Librarians across the country protest, resist, and persist » MobyLives

Librarians across the country protest, resist, and persist » MobyLives | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
We’ve already written about the incredible work that librarians are doing on the front lines of the fight against fake news. But their resistance against the current administration is also more immediate, more direct, and more far-reaching than that effort. Elizabeth Flock at PBS NewsHour took a look at what libraries across the country are offering their communities, from protests to sanctuary.

Librarians found the executive orders aimed at immigrants particularly offensive, because, as Massachusetts librarian Elizabeth McKinstry told Flock, “We are huge resources for newcomers to this country, whether it’s for connection to this country, legal resources, testing preparation, citizen tests, services like storytimes or homework help. We are there for the most vulnerable folks in our communities, people on the other side of the digital or language divide.”
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#Fake #News, #Alternative #Facts and #Librarians As Dedicated Defenders of #Truth @jenniferlagarde

#Fake #News, #Alternative #Facts and #Librarians As Dedicated Defenders of #Truth @jenniferlagarde | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

"Let's be clear, there's no such thing as "alternative facts."

The same fact can be used by different people to support alternative opinions, but the facts don't change. Different people can use the same facts to emphasize alternative ideas or to inform different theories, but the facts remain the same. Facts are non-partisan. Facts alone are neutral. It's what we do with them that becomes controversial.

That said, there's a not so old saying that goes "we are drowning in information, but starving for knowledge." (Note: the fact that this saying is attributed to at least 5 different people when I do a quick search for the author is an irony that has not escaped me, but I digress). These days, getting answers to your questions is just about the easiest thing in the world. Getting the right answer is more challenging. Librarians (and Neil Gaiman) have known this for years, but one thing is certain, in the information age, discerning fact from fiction is THE "21st century skill."


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Jeroen Clemens's curator insight, January 28, 4:13 AM
very important task for education
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Trouble spotting fake news? UofT librarians have you covered | Metro Toronto

Trouble spotting fake news? UofT librarians have you covered | Metro Toronto | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Librarians have developed a cheat sheet to help students, and the public, spot shady stories.
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Russian Librarian Faces 10 Years in Jail for Banned Books in Library - nsnbc international

Russian Librarian Faces 10 Years in Jail for Banned Books in Library - nsnbc international | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The former director of Moscow's State Library of Ukrainian Literature, Natalya Sharina, could face 10 years behind bars for her role in adding books that allegedly "incite hatred" to the Library's inventory.
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Elijah Harper inspired Winnipeg librarian to make change

Elijah Harper inspired Winnipeg librarian to make change | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

She calls it her watershed moment. 
Monique Woroniak was 12 when she first saw the man who sparked her passion for social justice. She was watching the news with her parents.
"Elijah Harper stood up in the Manitoba Legislature and held his feather high and effectively killed the Meech Lake accord," she recalled.
"Elijah was the first 'real live Indian' that I remember seeing … ever."

Elijah Harper, a former Manitoba MLA and MP, played a key role in defeating the Meech Lake accord. ((Wayne Glowacki/Winnipeg Free Press/Canadian Press))
Woroniak grew up in a working class family in Winnipeg's Fort Richmond neighbourhood. Her early school days in the city's public school system didn't include much education about Indigenous nations, treaties or colonialism.

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The Spirit of the Archivist and Its Relevance for Content Curators

The Spirit of the Archivist and Its Relevance for Content Curators | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

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Nancy White's curator insight, August 29, 2013 8:48 AM

Excellent post - importance of context & provenance. 

digitalassetman's curator insight, August 30, 2013 8:15 AM

Since graduating from library school, I’ve fielded occasional questions about archiving “as a professional in the field.” Then comes the second question, “So, what kind of archive do you work in?” But I don’t. Although I was trained as an archivist and care deeply about archives, I’ve been an editor or a content strategist on most of my recent projects. And though I sympathize with archivists’ anxiety about their continuing relevance, I’m also excited for them, as I am for anyone who has content worth sharing

Karen du Toit's curator insight, September 3, 2013 5:43 AM

Content strategy practised in archives, and the skills set of the New Archivist! Great article!