Library and Archives Canada Forum with University Partners: Memory Institutions as Equitable, Inclusive and Diverse Places

Mark your calendars! June 21-22-23, 2021   Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is hosting its third LAC Forum with University Partners on the theme of Memory Institutions as Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive Places.   This virtual event will bring together LAC’s university partners and a wide range of participants, including students, college and university faculty and researchers, librarians and archivists, civil servants, and information management professionals. The event will also be open to the public.   The forum will provide an opportunity to discuss the issue of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) from a variety of perspectives. The event is intended to be a platform for the exchange of knowledge and expertise on innovative practices, projects and initiatives. It also aims to address current EDI issues for the gallery, library, archive and museum (GLAM) sector.   Registration for the event is free and will take place online. More information will follow. The forum program will be posted on LAC website in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!   What:      LAC Forum with University Partners: Memory Institutions as Equitable, Inclusive and Diverse Places When:     June 21, 22 and 23, 2021 (1pm – 4pm EST) Where:    Virtual event   For questions about the... read more

Public Libraries and Marxism

Published by Routledge on May 21 Book Description   Public Libraries and Marxism provides a Marxist analytical framework for understanding public libraries and presents a set of proposals for transforming the capitalist libraries of today.   Evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of this Marxist framework, the authors also provide a critical examination of the history, theory and practice of libraries in the Soviet Union and North Korea. Considering what a Marxist library service would look like in the Western capitalist countries of today, Pateman and Pateman synthesise the insights provided throughout the book into a set of Marxist proposals designed to promote the transformation of contemporary Western public librarianship. These proposals suggest how Western public libraries can change their organisation and practices – their strategies, structures, systems and culture – in order to best serve those with the most needs, particularly as society evolves in response to new challenges.   Public Libraries and Marxism will be relevant for scholars and students of library and information science, history, politics and sociology. Outlining the rudiments of a Marxist library service that should be applicable around the world, the book will also appeal to library practitioners who want to develop libraries in a community-led and needs-based direction.   Table of Contents Acknowledgements; Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: The Marxist Interpretation of the Public Library; Chapter 3: V. I. Lenin and Soviet Socialist Public Library System; Chapter 4: Kim Il-Sung and Socialist Public Libraries in North Korea; Chapter 5: The Vanguard Library; Chapter 6: Conclusion; Index. Author(s) Biography   Joe Pateman is a doctoral candidate in politics at the University of Nottingham, UK. Joe’s research interests include... read more