Librarianship and Human Rights, 1st Edition

  • Toni Samek
  • Published By: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1780631030
  • ISBN-13: 9781780631035
  • DDC: 174.9092
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 232 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released September 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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In this book, the reader will encounter a myriad of urgent library and information voices reflecting contemporary local, national, and transnational calls to action on conflicts generated by failures to acknowledge human rights, by struggles for recognition and representation, by social exclusion, and the library institution's role therein. These voices infuse library and information work worldwide into social movements and the global discourse of human rights, they depict library and information workers as political actors, they offer some new possibilities for strategies of resistance, and they challenge networks of control. This book's approach to library and information work is grounded in practical, critical, and emancipatory terms; social action is a central pattern. This book is conceived as a direct challenge to the notion of library neutrality, especially in the present context of war, revolution, and social change. This book, for example, locates library and information workers as participants and interventionists in social conflicts. The strategies for social action worldwide documented in this book were selected because of their connection to elements of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) that relate particularly to core library values, information ethics, and global information justice.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Chandos Information Professional Series.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Author.
1: The Rhetoric.
2: An Urgent Context for Twenty-First Century Librarianship.
3: Human Rights, Contestations and Moral Responsibilities of Library and Information Workers.
4: The Reality.
5: Practical Strategies for Social Action.
6: Prevalent Manifestations of Social Action Applied to Library and Information Work.
7: Specific Forms of Social Action Used in Library and Information Work for Social Change.
Closing Thought.