Tag Archive for 'human rights'

Library Stat of the Week #2: From 2017 to 2018, the largest declines in political and civil freedoms were felt across high and upper-middle income countries

Libraries have a major role to play in delivering fundamental freedoms. The possibility to access information is not only a human right in itself, but also an enabler of others. Where people lack it, they will struggle to participate in democracy, to realise opportunities to improve their jobs and their […]

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School Libraries Deliver on the Rights of the Child

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the signature of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. While this was not the first international agreement to focus on the specific needs of children, it is the most high-profile, and has put the idea of children’s rights firmly on the political […]

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Helping Teachers Help All Learners: Libraries and Minority Languages

Through providing materials, developing information literacy skills, offering a space for study, and acting as a gateway to lifelong learning opportunities, libraries are a key part of the education infrastructure. The service libraries provide is universal, but there are cases where they can be particularly important, for example for speakers […]

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Government, Culture and Access: Where Did you Go, André Malraux?

The French Ministry of Culture is celebrating its 60th birthday. In its day, it was a rarity – indeed, France was the first major democracy to create one. Sixty years on, it is almost the idea of not having a ministry of culture, with a minister, that seems odd. Clearly […]

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1 Day to Human Rights Day: Bringing Rights Together

In the last of our series of blogs in the run up to Human Rights Day, we’re looking at situations where different human rights risk being in tension with each other. We argue that in a number of key areas of potential clash, the work, professionalism and ethics of librarians […]

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2 Days to Human Rights Day: The Right to Culture

At two days to Human Rights Day 2018, the second-to-last of IFLA’s daily blogs looks at the right to participate in the cultural life of the community, or in short, the right to culture.  Amongst policy areas, culture is often seen as one of the least important. It rarely grabs […]

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3 Days to Human Rights Day: The Right to Participate in Government

For the fifth in our series of blogs looking at different articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, today’s contribution looks at the right to participate in government. It shows how libraries, by providing access to information – and helping people to use it – can support an active […]

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