Sunday, December 12, 2010

CFP - Workshop on Libraries and Human Rights

Call for Papers/Posters/Panels

Workshop on Libraries and Human Rights

Friday April 15, 2011

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

School of Information Resources and Library Science

University of Arizona, Tucson

To be held in conjunction with

The Information Ethics Roundtable

Conference on Information Rights as Human Rights

April 15-16, 2011

Keynote Speaker: Toni Samek, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta

It has been said that, “human rights have attained the status of a lingua franca of global moral discourse” (Beitz and Goodin 2009). The focus of this workshop is to critically discuss the role of human rights in libraries and the library professions. Key intersections between libraries and human rights include the following:

* Human rights and international human rights documents as providing a framework of values for library and information professions (Samek 2007, 2008; McCook and Phenix 2007).
* Libraries are crucial human rights institutions, promoting literacy and providing access to information (Aboyade 1984, Zapata 1994, Dent and Yannota 2005).
* Libraries and archives promote human rights by collecting, protecting, and providing access to documents related to human rights and human rights violations (Maret 2005, Stinnet 2009).

Please submit a 500-word proposal for a panel, paper, or poster. The proposal should which address one of the above or closely related topics. E-mail proposals to Please include a mention of the “Workshop” in the subject line and include your full name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address. Address any queries about the conference to Kay Mathiesen (

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2010

Acceptance Notification: January 1, 2011