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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Publishing in Spanish is Booming.

As seen in The Economist:

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Raffaele Farina is Now a Cardinal

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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

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