This book offers a series of arguments, critical analyses, and case studies on how today’s information professionals/librarians can sustain their strong traditions of best practices in community government information services, organization, access, and preservation. Building on their paper
and print traditions the chapters will offer several ways information professionals build the next century of theory and effective government information expertise, and take advantage of new ways to become civically engaged. The chapters do not just react in a tactical (or operational) fashion.
Rather, they clearly acknowledge that all aspects of government information services and organization will expect new foundations of theory and technique. They will also challenge readers to build a better narrative on how librarians, archivists, and other information researchers can shape, and be
shaped by, the Internet’s digital revolutions especially in their roles as civic stewards/advocates critical to the successful sustainability of public information.
Libraries are supposed to serve all people in the community, but some still struggle to provide support for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In an age of increasing social consciousness and awareness of diversity, individuals with IDD deserve the greatest attention and
support to achieve equality, yet how to do so remains a legitimate question as most library services are not yet prepared to offer the help needed.
In Libraries and Reading, expert authors Matthew Conner and Leah Plocharczyk examine the modern history of libraries and diversity, the recent legislative history of those with IDD such as No Child Left Behind and mainstreaming policies; learning theories such as social constructivism, cognitivism,
preliteracy, and Universal Design for Learning; and case studies of library outreach around the globe. Including real-world examples, they show how we can make big changes through small steps.
In a climate of tightened budgets and severe demands on public literacy resources, the moral imperative of helping those with IDD runs up against practical barriers. Conner and Plocharczyk go to the foundations of social justice in Cultural Studies to show how the means of integrating those with
disabilities into libraries and communities can be found in our everyday practices.
John Carlo Bertot, Paul T. Jaeger, Ursula Gorham, Natalie Greene Taylor, Paul T. Jaeger
Academic, public, school, and special libraries are all institutions of human rights and social justice, with an increasingly apparent commitment to equality, to ethical principles based on rights and justice, and to programs that meet needs related to human rights and social justice. Key topics at
the intersection of information, human rights, social justice, and technology include information access and literacy, digital inclusion, education, and social services, among many others. Edited by Ursula Gorham, Natalie Greene Taylor, and Paul T. Jaeger, this volume is devoted to the ideals,
activities, and programs in libraries that protect human rights and promote social justice. With contributions from researchers, educators, and practitioners from a range of fields, this book is an important resource for library professionals in all types of libraries, a reference for researchers
and educators about all types of libraries, and an introduction to those in other fields about the contributions of libraries to human rights and social justice.