Polish Railway Station Turned Library and Cultural Centre

This is a wonderful example of space revitalization for the benefit of all. I wholeheartedly hope that this “Station Culture” continues to create a welcoming atmosphere for patrons and travelers alike.

A railway station turned into a modern library and cultural center

What Canada’s Immigration Policies Say about the Status of Disability in Canada

“Disabled people in these scenarios are not seen as having any inherent value beyond that they may be cute children. This is bad enough in the context of what it says about disabled people trying to enter Canada. The problem worsens when you realize that this is essentially how Canada views its disabled citizens.”


Every so often in Canada (and other countries but I’m focusing on Canada here) a sad story will appear in the papers. It’s one that we’ve seen before and will unfortunately see again. A family has been denied permanent residency because a family member (usually a minor child) is disabled. The most recent iteration of this recurring story involves the family of York University professor Felipe Montoya. The Montoyas were denied permanent residency because their son, Nico has Down Syndrome.

Nico is being refused under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act under health grounds. The relevant section of the act maintains that someone can be denied permanent residency in Canada if,

  •  (1) A foreign national is inadmissible on health grounds if their health condition

    • (a) is likely to be a danger to public health;

    • (b) is likely to be a danger to public safety; or

    • (c)

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“Illegal Aliens” no Longer Library of Congress Approved Subject Heading

Wonderful news on the library cataloguing front for undocumented immigrants and people wishing to research or search for information in this subject matter, the Library of Congress has agreed to stop using the term “illegal aliens” for non-citizens whom lack residency papers. This is thanks to the efforts largely from activists at Dartmouth College.

Hopefully more offensive terms will also be removed in the future.


Information Privacy in an Age of Surveillance

This article by Ian Clark talks about the problems of not speaking out in our profession as librarians and information professionals, and its effects on the intellectual privacy of library patrons. According to IFLA’s Statement on Privacy in the Library Environment we have a responsibility to ensure that our patrons have access to tools that will protect their privacy online and the ability to use them, and respect and advance the privacy of our patrons in practice as well as principle.

Why librarians need to act on mass surveillance

Quotes for International Women’s Day

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” — Audre Lorde

“I myself have never able to find out precisely what a feminist is. I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.” — Rebecca West

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” — Janis Joplin

“A woman is like a tea bag — you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“As though femininity is something you can lose the way you lose your pocketbook; hmm, where in the world did I put my femininity?” – Françoise Grioud

Renowned mathematician is bent on proving academic journals can cost nothing | Vox

I am rooting for this mathematician.
This is excellent news because academic journal pricing has gotten completely out of hand. In a market where the people writing the articles the journals publish and whom need the journals to publish articles so they can do good research and need to be published by these journals so that they can maintain their academic status (publish or perish) the publishing companies can cash in big time. Which they have been doing, much to the chagrin of academic and special librarians and especially the librarians whom are in charge of the library budget. The pricing of academic journals has become unsustainable for the market they serve and it is past time that it be fixed.

Source: Renowned mathematician is bent on proving academic journals can cost nothing | Vox #publishing #academic #journals #libraries #nonprofit #free