Now that’s Library PR

Marin County’s free weekly paper, The Pacific Sun, published a feature article in its last issue about the Marin County Free Library and the broader Marin County consortium of libraries, MARINet. The article is an overview of Marin’s public library system and the new planning process taking place there, which involves public input. I find … Read more Now that’s Library PR

SRRT’s counterparts in education – current controversy

In the area of education research and accreditation standards for primary and secondary education, there is presently a big controversy that parallels SRRT’s fight for social responsibilities in libraries. NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, has long had the idea of social justice embedded into its standards – the words have appeared … Read more SRRT’s counterparts in education – current controversy

Hameeda Al-Bassam

Hameeda Al-Bassam is an Iraqi librarian, a woman who is physically disabled as a result of the violence in Iraq. She operates a small, private library in service to intellectuals and academics. The Alive in Baghdad video blog has an interesting video interview with her, where she talks about working as a librarian under the … Read more Hameeda Al-Bassam

Rory Litwin joins ISC editorial board

Continuing in a self-congratulatory mode, I am proud to announce that I have joined the editorial board of Information for Social Change, the UK-based collective and semi-annual journal. ISC is an organization of the Left, but is extremely diverse politically and intellectually, and handles this diversity in an interesting way. I have followed their work … Read more Rory Litwin joins ISC editorial board

Guantanamo secrecy through plea-bargains

Another example of the Bush Administration’s information evil. Marjorie Heins has some commentary on the Free Expression Policy Project’s website about Guantanamo prisoners’ recantations of abuse charges in exchange for release from custody. The government knows they got the wrong guy, but won’t release him unless he signs off on a promise to back off … Read more Guantanamo secrecy through plea-bargains

Postal Rate Hike would hurt independent publishers

Media critic and theorist Robert McChesney is spearheading the campaign against the postal rate hike, which has Time Warner and other major magazine publishers’ money behind it. This is from the campaign website: Postal regulators have accepted a proposal from media giant Time Warner that would stifle small and independent publishers in America. The plan … Read more Postal Rate Hike would hurt independent publishers

Al Kagan, letter to IFLA Journal on Freedom of the Press, Social Responsibility and the Danish Cartoons

From Al Kagan: One of my colleagues here has encouraged me to distribute this letter more widely, so here it is. It appears in the latest issue of the IFLA Journal 33, 1 (2007): 5-6. Letter to the Editor Freedom of the Press, Social Responsibility and the Danish Cartoons I would like to comment on … Read more Al Kagan, letter to IFLA Journal on Freedom of the Press, Social Responsibility and the Danish Cartoons

Frankentoons back online

For several years I hosted Joel Kahn’s “Frankentoons,” a fun fair-use protest site, on Libr.org, and took it down due to a change in my hosting situation. I just received the following from Joel: Yes, the Frankentoon project is back online! http://www.geocities.com/frankentoons Some things should be noted about this current incarnation: I played no part … Read more Frankentoons back online

Kathleen de la Peña McCook wins Florida Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Kathleen de la Peña McCook has just received the Florida Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented to a librarian whose distinguished record of professional achievements and accomplishments has spanned decades and advanced the stature of libraries within the State of Florida via such activities as risk taking, innovation and significant change. The … Read more Kathleen de la Peña McCook wins Florida Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Brief observation about anti-intellectualism

Anti-intellectualism must be at its peak. Nerdy glasses are in fashion; I hope they promise a recovery of intellectual values in the post-Bush years. Regarding the thinking of anti-intellectuals… They think: If they can’t understand it, it’s ivory tower stuff that excludes the everyday person; it’s elitist, exclusive, and probably BS. Intellectuals are irrelevant. If … Read more Brief observation about anti-intellectualism

Fighting the Bush Doctrine of Disinformation is a Librarian’s Mandate

I urge everybody to read Kathleen de la Peña McCook’s post on her main blog, Fighting the Bush Doctrine of Disinformation is a Librarian’s Mandate. She hits the nail on the head: the key to the our urgent political problems right now are in the Bush Administration’s governance by manipulation of information. She puts a … Read more Fighting the Bush Doctrine of Disinformation is a Librarian’s Mandate

The Librarian Act of 2007

Text from the ALA campaign for this legislation: Next week, to celebrate National Library Week, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) plans to introduce the Librarian Act of 2007. The Librarian Act of 2007 amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for Perkins student loan forgiveness to encourage individuals to become and remain librarians in … Read more The Librarian Act of 2007

Forthcoming from Library Juice Press: Shiraz Durrani

Forthcoming from Library Juice Press Information and liberation: Writings on the politics of information and librarianship By Shiraz Durrani Information and liberation is a retrospective collection of Shiraz Durrani’s articles and conference papers on the politics of information. The book documents the struggle for progressive and relevant information policies and practices over a period of … Read more Forthcoming from Library Juice Press: Shiraz Durrani

SRRT Newsletter – call for contributions

Erik Estep, SRRT Newsletter editor, has asked me to post this call for contributions…. Fellow SRRTers: I hope everyone is having a nice spring. The deadline for submissions for the newsletter is April 30th. Here are the new submission guidelines: (1) Please submit your information with “SRRT NEWSLETTER MATERIAL” in the subject line. Also, it … Read more SRRT Newsletter – call for contributions