I am honored to invite you to join us for a webinar on January 5, 2022, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET / 8:30 am – 9:30 am PT. Our Digital Divide webinar is organized by Dr. Mohammed Taher, Chief Information Officer of the Canadian Multi-faith Federation to announce his new book: Handbook of Research on the Role of Libraries, Archives, and Museums in Achieving Civic Engagement and Social Justice in Smart Cities. Read the 15-page Introduction which is available openly and freely online from the publisher. I am happy to pass on a promotional offer of a 50% discount; use the coupon code IG150 at checkout.
Leslie Weir, Canada’s National Librarian, will release the book. Leslie who became the Librarian and Archivist of Canada on August 30, 2019 is the first woman to be appointed to the position since the National Library of Canada and the National Archives of Canada merged in 2004.
A panel moderated by Shalini Urs, founder of the first iSchool in India, will follow Weir. I am looking forward to being a panelist. It is deeply troubling to read the library literature documenting the profession’s lip service to diversity, inattention to equity, disregard of the marginalized, and lack of knowledge justice and genuine collaboratives with marginalized voices. Social justice in libraries, however has a long and good history as well although civic engagement, may not be as well integrated in the context of city planning, growth, redevelopment and education. Dr. Taher’s new book adapts S.R. Ranganathan’s foundational laws for LAM. Chapter authors from around the world describe solutions that facilitate greater democracy, economic development, and justice.
Ranganathan’s fifth law of library science states, “Library is a growing organism.” A corollary is “The growing library experiences pain and becomes resilient.” In this important book and webinar, information professionals, share about the digital divide with empathy and equity in order to shape smart cities where all people can thrive. Join us. The webinar is free, but registration is essential. Register by using this link.
Disclosure: I do not expect to receive, nor have I received, any money from the sale of this book. I have not been paid nor do I expect to be remunerated as a panelist. I will be receiving a free ebook copy of the book from the publisher prior to panel participation.