Information for Social Change Issue 34 now available / Call for papers
We are proposing an ISC conference in Liverpool, UK in mid 2015 (likely early Spring), at present we are considering an open and informal format for the conference for broad coverage of topics of interest to ISC Editorial Board members, contributors and readers.
Further revelations have emerged surrounding the failings of the so-called ‘Academy schools’ in the UK, demonstrating the dire consequences of these de-regulated, for-profit providers:
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Book publication – LGBT People and the UK Cultural Sector – The Response of Libraries, Museums, Archives and Heritage since 1950
New book available from Library Juice Press
The Conservative-LibDem UK government has launched what many commentators are describing as an intimidating roadside publicity campaign to persuade illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin, the campaign features lorries with high visibility placards worded “106 ARRESTS LAST WEEK”, “GO HOME OR FACE ARREST” and similar slogans, with large graphic images associated with crime and punishment, such as handcuffs . The campaign appears to profile certain ethnic groups, with the automated answer line for the advertised phone line offering advice on deportation in Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu or English (apparently limited to South Asian languages). A twitter trend has emerged with individuals calling the telephone line offered to ask for assistance to “go home” e.g. by asking for the taxi fare from their office… As one blogger has pointed out, the ConDem campaign is a reminder of racist behaviour more common to previous decades than 2013.
A town hall is sacking nearly a THIRD of its library workers – while scrapping plans for four modern community centres after realising they were too expensive.
Britain’s libraries are making the public pay for services previously provided for FREE before the Tory-led Coalition’s cuts, a shock survey reveals today.
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.
In December 2012 the Ethical Consumer launched a campaign to boycott Amazon in response to the growing anger amongst consumers, smaller traders and elected politicians about the company’s systematic tax avoidance. Their irresponsible attitude to tax has distorted markets and contributed to the erosion of our public services…
Today WRI bids farewell to Martyn Lowe, the longsuffering Cockney cherub who has been a reliable help week in week out for nearly 28 years. Martyn, proud of his Cockney (East London) heritage, is leaving London for Liverpool … but he has agreed to come down and help once or twice a year.
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Please see details of the following book publication by John Pateman and John Vincent: (more…)
On November 5th we will celebrate twenty years since the founding meeting of Librarians Within the Peace Movement (LWPM). The inaugural meeting of LWPM was held in Bloomsbury on November 5th 1989. (more…)
From September 17th to 21st 2008 the European Social Forum (ESF) is being held in Malmö, in the south of Sweden. More than 20 000 people are expected to participate in the forum, which is a meeting place for social movements in Europe. During five days seminars and workshops will be mixed with culture, music, activism and demonstrations. (more…)
ISC Calls for the decision to make the Aerospace and Defence Librarians Group (ADLG) a Special Interest Group within CILIP (the Chartered Institute of library & Information Professionals) to be rescinded… (more…)
With increasing use of agency staff in libraries, education and other sectors, there is a need to regulate and establish rights for agency employees. If you are in the UK you can use this form to petition local MPs to support an agency workers bill on 22/02. (more…)
“Her work goes far beyond the three standard measures of academic performance: teaching, research, and service. Her teaching “is deeply informed by her commitment to, and scholarship in, human rights and the core values of the profession…” (more…)
The UN General Assembly has voted for a 16th consecutive year to recommend that the US ends its trade embargo on Cuba, imposed more than four decades ago. (more…)
This week, the UK government approved the use of 14 private firms to work within the NHS, these include BUPA, AXA and other US health care companies (announced by the Labour health minister Ivan Lewis). Many commentators feel this represents a further step towards privatisation of the UK health services and transformation from a public service to a non-tax funded and profit-based system. (more…)
The New Tactics in Human Rights Project [New Tactics in Human Rights] will feature monthly tactical discussions on a specific tactic and its adaptability to other contexts and issue areas. (more…)
Three members of the ISC editorial board – John Pateman, John Vincent and Shiraz Durrani – are featured in a new book about public libraries. (more…)
A first meeting has taken place of people and groups opposed to plans to build a huge, privately-run military academy at St Athan near Cardiff. This vast, privately-owned training school will be run by a consortium ‘Metrix’, with partners including arms manufacturers Raytheon and the Open University. More information and how to get involved in the campaign here: (more…)
Anti-arms trade campaigners and writers at Reed Elsevier’s scientific journals today welcomed the publisher’s move to pull out from organising defence shows. (more…)
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) received the 2007 CLA award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada. (more…)
The Tennessee Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling, stating that the Madison County Library Board had the right to seek privatization of the library management. (more…)
Charleston, WV April 24, 2007] The West Virginia Labor History Association voted unanimously on Saturday, April 21, 2007 at its monthly board meeting to support the preservation of the Blair Mountain battle site. There will be a press conference in support of the nomination at noon on May 1 in the lower rotunda of the State Capitol. Members of WVLHA will attent the press conference in support of preserving Blair Mountain, the site of one of America’s greatest labor events. Between August 25 and September 4, 1921 more than 10,000 armed coal miners marched to Blair Mountain to fight for their union and their lives. Last year the National Trust for Historic Preservation listed Blair Mountain as one of the most endangered historic sites in America. Read More…
Information for Social Change has undertaken a review of policies and procedures, a process which reflects the formalisation of ISC as a voluntary led, progressive and collective-based organisation. The new policies and procedures are intended to define the aims and objectives of ISC as an activist organisation and as a periodical, but also to outline the means through which ISC undertakes its stated aims to reflect and comment on the broad range of social, cultural and economic issues in the context of information, education and related spheres of activity. The policy document also defines the submission and publication process for contributions to the ISC journal and Web site, ensuring the mechanisms and procedures of ISC are transparent to ISC members, contributors and general users. (more…)
Fallen Angel: The Political Cartoons of the Daily Worker Cartoonist Gabriel I can thoroughly recommend this exhibition of cartoons by Jimmy Friel which is on display at the Political Cartoon Gallery in Store Street, London, until 28 April 2007. The gallery is directly opposite the London HQ of CILIP. But there any similarities end…. Read More (more…)
Washington, D.C., March 30, 2007 – The Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate of the United States Library of Congress this morning announced a new initiative for its cataloging workflow. A pilot program — expected to launch by late spring — will involve outsourcing several resource description operations to Mountain View, California-based Google. (more…)
Hot on the heels of the threats to close Wanlockhead library, certain libraries in Dorset and Painswick library, comes the shocking news that the Feminist Library in London is threatened with closure. (more…)
Painswick library in the Cotswolds, is under threat of closure. Philip Booth, Green Party Stroud District Councillor, Gloucstershire has been drawing attention to this on his blog, ‘Ruscombe Green’, and relates it to Ruth Rikowski’s work. (more…)
This book includes contributions from a variety of academics and professionals, looking at KM from different perspectives. The book is divided into 4 parts: Social, Economic, Political and Philosophical Perspectives; Practical Perspectives; Cultural Perspectives and Theoretical Perspectives. Both Ruth Rikowski and Paul Catherall have contributed chapters to this new book (also edited by Ruth), Ruth’s chapters include: Leadership in the knowledge revolution: an Open Marxist theoretical perspective and analysis. Knowledge management: internal, external and social cultures. An Open Marxist theoretical analysis of knowledge management within and across cultures. Knowledge management: an Open Marxist theoretical perspective and analysis. (more…)
Organised by Cambridge Education Not for Sale 24-25th October 2006, from 6pm – 5am Report and Reflections – Ruth Rikowski (more…)
John Pateman’s article ‘Two Cheers for Inclusion’ has been published in the 20th anniversary edition of the Public Library Journal (Vol. 21, No.4, 1986-2006). In this article John looks back at all the articles which he has written for PLJ over the past 20 years. Some common themes emerge – social class, internationalism and social exclusion. John concludes that, while there has been some progress with regard to public libraries tackling social exclusion, he can still only give them ‘Two Cheers for Inclusion’.
John Vincent and John Pateman have written a chapter on ‘From Equal Opportunities to Tackling Social Exclusion’ in British Librarianship and Information Work 1991-2000 (edited by J. Bowman, Ashgate, 2006). (more…)
Part of the International Demonstrations planned for the next round of UN Climate Talks in Nairobi. Rally at US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, London, 12.00 noon (more…)
The International Convention of Local Communities against GATS. The next Convention will be held in Geneva 28-29 September
Education and Social Class (more…)
The e-learning scene is currently reeling from recent legal action taken by e-learning software company and market leader, Blackboard on its competitor, Desire2Learn. Blackboard has been awarded a patent on around 50 features of e-learning which are apparently unique to the Blakboard system, some commentators beleive this will undermine the development of new learning systems and threaten popular open source systems such as Moodle which offer an alternative to commercial systems such as Blackboard. Read Full Article.
Librarians are freedom fighters, says author – Article by Dawn Ford on Dr. Toni Samek and her upcoming book Librarianship and Human Rights (Chandos Publishing 2006).
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Overview of this UNESCO Wales event by Paul Catherall. (more…)
Books Not Bombs. (more…)
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