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[InetBib] IFLA Vorkonferenz "The Homeless and the Libraries -The Right to Information and Knowledge For All"
- Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:16:09 +0200
- From: Elke Greifeneder <greifeneder@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: [InetBib] IFLA Vorkonferenz "The Homeless and the Libraries -The Right to Information and Knowledge For All"
Liebe Kollegen und Kolleginnen,
Die IFLA-Sektion » Library Services to People with Special Needs« möchte
Sie hiermit zu ihrer Vorkonferenz zur IFLA 2012 zum Thema "The Homeless
and the Libraries - The Right to Information and Knowledge For All"
einladen. Die Vorkonferenz findet in der Tallinn Central Library am 10.
August 2012 statt. Mit der Fähre kommt man von Helsinki problemlos in
zwei Stunden nach Tallinn.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Program Announcement: Please share with colleagues and please forgive
Colleagues from around the world are invited to participate in the
Satellite Program sponsored by IFLA's Library Services to People with
Special Needs (LSN) Section and Tallinn Central Library in Tallinn, Estonia.
In 1990 the American Library Association approved Policy #61, Library
Services to the Poor. This policy was created based on the belief that
“it is crucial that libraries recognize their role in enabling poor
people to participate fully in a democratic society, by utilizing a wide
variety of available resources and strategies.” The policy, overseen by
ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, includes sixteen
objectives to accomplish this goal, from promoting food drives to
eliminating fees for those who can’t afford to pay them, as well as
creating low-income programs and services.
The “Poor People’s Policy,” as Policy #61 is called, is a statement of
belief and a list of general tenets that all libraries are encouraged to
adopt, similar to the Library Bill of Rights. However, as Sanford Berman
described in a 2006 article in "Street Spirit," the Poor People’s Policy
has not been accepted as widely as that older document. Berman’s
observations on the tension between library ideals and reality are an
insightful and passionate reflection of our profession’s unintentional
hypocrisy. Library services, in general, serve the haves and exclude the
have-nots, a circumstance he labels “classism.” Examples of classism
include the small number of libraries carrying major serials on homeless
issues; the fact that libraries in the lowest income areas are often
open the fewest hours; and policies and laws banning “offensive body
odor,” bathing, or sleeping.
How do librarians measure the impact of what they do? What have we
learned about evaluation and assessing impact the homeless may gain
through active participation at their local public library. Libraries,
especially public libraries, can play a major role in initiating,
partnering and/or seeking out new ways to support the homeless in their
community. Libraries can actively experiment with a variety of
approaches and adjusting services and programs based on the feedback
they receive. Libraries can take the lead within communities in building
an environment of sensitivity and accommodation, to embrace the Poor
People’s Policy and serve as model examples of a library-community
agency partnership created for the benefit of the homeless in their
areas. Come to this full day IFLA Satellite Program and learn how your
colleagues in libraries around the world are addressing homelessness.
COST TO PARTICIPATE: 25 Euros payable at the door (Sorry, no credit
cards or checks). IFLA Registration is not required.
PROGRAM DETAILS AT: https://liberty.wpunj.edu/library/IFLA
CONTACT: Veronica L C Stevenson-Moudamane at vlcsmoudamane@xxxxxxxxx
Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft
Library Hi Tech
Listeninformationen unter http://www.inetbib.de.