Being a librarian is a political act– one that takes as its identity radical inclusivity, and which strives to help everyone in a community meet their information needs. It values accurate information and free and open access for everyone. These values are under attack in the most blatant way we’ve seen in our lifetimes, but it’s facile to suggest that “the resistance starts now.” Just by being librarians, we are fundamentally part of resistance to systemic ignorance and intolerance. Think hard about the fact that the Library Bill of Rights was first adopted in 1939, as the world was crashing toward war, information was controlled by fascist and dictatorial rulers, and minorities of all descriptions were dehumanized by vicious propaganda.
Everyone deserves to be literate, to have access to the best and most accurate information available, and to use this to inform their civic and personal decisions. You are already part of the resistance. ~Erinn
- We re-visited the GORGEOUS winter pop-up gardens created around Pittsburgh by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and community volunteers.
- Don’t forget to send us your stories of #InclusiveCreativity in your library / art practice.
- Lots of #PittsburghPride this week– the brilliant folks at The Labs @ CLP are back with a report from The CLP Music Department
Around the Web
- #DidYouKnow? The first American opera company was an African-American company.
- ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom is tracking hate crimes at libraries (along with materials challenges). Learn more about how to report them.
- Hands down, this week’s best follows are the brave citizens who run the Rogue / Alt Twitter accounts that are challenging climate change denial– including @AltNatParkSer The Unofficial “Resistance” team of US National Park Service, @RogueNASA, and @BadHombreNPS. FOLLOW.
from Library as Incubator Project http://ift.tt/2k17yCf