Tag Archive for 'information literacy'

10 Reasons to Engage with Wikipedia: Revisiting the Opportunities Papers

#1Lib1Ref has just begun. Around the world, for the next three weeks, librarians will be doing the thing they do best – helping people regardless of background to access quality information – by adding references and improving articles on Wikipedia. Through this, the power of the library field, with its […]

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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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4 Days to Human Rights Day: Libraries as Champions of Free Expression

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” Freedom of access to information and freedom of expression is guaranteed under Article 19 of […]

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5 Days to Human Rights Day: Celebrating Privacy

The third in our series of daily blogs leading up to the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights focuses on privacy. It underlines the vital role that libraries play in protecting and enhancing privacy for all. Privacy is a fundamental human right enshrined in Article 12 of the […]

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An Internet of Trust vs an Internet of Confidence

While the optimism and ambition that helped create the internet are still plentiful, recent years have seen a rise in the feeling that it has brought both good and bad. Fortunately, and despite dramatic headlines in newspapers and speeches by politicians, it seems that for now it is realism rather […]

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Attack of the Zombie Library Clichés

Libraries and librarians are the subject of a rich set of clichés. Simply searching for ‘librarian stereotype’ on Google offers plenty of choice, and ‘Librarians in popular culture’ has its own Wikipedia page. Not all of these are negative by any means. The focus on detail, the quiet, the books […]

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Dodging Deception: The Crossover between Open Access and Media and Information Literacy Weeks

It isn’t only Open Access that is being celebrated this week. Today also marks the first day of Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week, organised by UNESCO. The communities involved in the two events tend to differ. MIL Week brings together educators and journalists, with a strong focus on […]

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