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University of Liverpool staff told to accept new terms, or face dismissal

The University of Liverpool was today accused of putting “a gun to the head” of almost 3,000 staff who face dismissal unless they accept revised terms and conditions.

Furious union officials warned strike action could follow the move.

The university insist its move to “standardise terms and conditions” would bring “equity across the institution”.

In the firing line are 2,803 workers, whose jobs include librarians, computer technicians, clerical posts and groundsmen.

The proposed changes have been subject to long-running talks between the university and union chiefs whose fear the non-teaching staff’s revised terms would force them to work over 35 hours a week, at weekends and evenings and Bank Holidays without lieu days or overtime.

For further details see http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/incoming/university-liverpool-staff-told-accept-4291057

Shiraz Durrani: Never be silent; publishing and imperialism in Kenya, 1884-1963 2006 review by John Pateman

This important book is well researched and scholarly, but at the same time written in a popular style and very accessible. It tells the inspiring story of the successful Mau Mau resistance movement against imperialism and colonialism in Kenya. It also tells the story of how central publishing and information were to this struggle for freedom. While it deals with a particular country and period in history, it is timeless and relevant in the sense that these struggles continue today.
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Caribbean Libraries in the 21st Century: Changes, Challenges and Choices, edited by Cheryl Peltier-Davis and Shamin Renwick (Information Today, 2007) – reviewed by John Pateman

A book on Caribbean libraries is rare and so this is a most welcome addition to the field of international and comparative librarianship. The editors set out ‘to document the state of Caribbean libraries in the 21 st century by examining the responses of these institutions to the changes, challenges and choices in an increasingly electronic and virtual information environment.’
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Barbarians at the Gates of the Public Library by Ed D’Angelo, Library Juice Press, 2006 – reviewed by John Pateman

In this well argued, well written and well presented book, Ed D’Angelo seeks to demonstrate ‘how post modern consumer capitalism threatens democracy, civil education and the public good’. One key public good and vehicle for civil education is the Public Library, and D’Angelo argues that there are a number of ‘Barbarians at the Gates of the Public Library.’ These include market forces, consumerism, privatisation, materialism and commodification. I would add liberal democracy to this list, and this is where I diverge from much of D’Angelo’s thinking. Some of this divergence may be due to the following three factors: I have a UK perspective; I have a Marxist analysis; and my starting point is that public goods are a product of Capitalism.
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The Fact of Blackness: Frantz Fanon and Visual Representation Edited by Alan Read Reviewed by Julian J. Samuel – ‘Ignoring the role of violence in Fanon: playing with the bones of an exhumed hero’

Please see the following PDF: The Fact of Blackness Frantz Fanon and Visual Representation Edited by Alan Read Reviewed by Julian J. Samuel – ‘Ignoring the role of violence in Fanon playing with the bones of an exhumed hero’

“From Modernisation to Capabilities: Changing Views of ICTs in the Development Process” Talk at the Development Informatics Department, University of Manchester by Richard Heeks on Monday 19th February 2007 – write up by Paul Catherall

“From Modernisation to Capabilities: Changing Views of ICTs in the Development Process” Talk at the Development Informatics Department, University of Manchester by Richard Heeks on Monday 19th February 2007

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Conference Follow-up: Ruth Rikowski and Anneliese Dodds at GLOBALISATION, LIBRARIES, INFORMATION AND EDUCATION, a Career Development Group Wales and Information for Social Change event, Swansea University, 02/12/05 by Paul Catherall

Ruth Rikowski and Anneliese Dodds at GLOBALISATION, LIBRARIES, INFORMATION AND EDUCATION, a Career Development Group Wales and Information for Social Change event, Swansea University, 02/12/05. Continue reading