Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples today, Thursday September 13, by a vote of 143 in favour, 4 against and 11 abstensions.

4 against: U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia – all English speaking countries.

And this is what Indians and Non-Indians think of each other, according to this qualitative report.

Power of voluntary actions

A lot of great points made in this article. Like the points made in Glennor Shirley’s blog, there are ideas here that transcend the situation they are discussing, i.e. global warming. Interesting insights are given into what motivates people to change their behavior for the greater good.

Here are some highlights:

“Numerous psychological studies have shown that people are more likely to agree to take a big action if they’ve previously agreed to smaller, similar actions. ”

“Small behaviors are important not only for the direct environmental impact they have, but because they often lead to more and more pro-environmental behaviors over time.”

“People reject scary messages like the danger of global warming if they don’t think there is anything feasible they can do to fix it.”

“Both voluntary action and policy changes were crucial to winning the war [WWII] .”

“Restrictive policies are not without their problems.”

Foreign Librarian in Library Land

This is the newest blog from Glennor Shirley, prison librarian extraordinaire. There are lessons on cross-cultural understanding that could be applied to any professional working in an adopted country.

Cuban libraries

This was a post from the REFORMA listserv. There are some good links here to articles and resources that talk about Friends of Cuban Libraries.

Librarians or Dissidents: Critics and Supporters of the Independent Libraries in Cuba Project, by Stuart Hamilton

The ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table also has a lot of information on their site:

LIS professor in Guam

Library professor helps develop library on remote island.