Fall/Winter 2016 Issue of "World Libraries"

December 19, 2016

Contact: Scott Shoger, World Libraries editor, sshoger@dom.edu

Out now: fall/winter 2016 issue of World Libraries

The fall/winter 2016 issue of World Libraries -- a peer reviewed, open access LIS journal published by the Dominican University School of Information Studies in River Forest, IL (USA) -- is now available.

Edited by Scott Shoger, the issue features five special features addressing, among other topics, international children’s literature, service to refugee children, censorship in Russia and beyond, the Treaty of Marrakesh and services for the visually impaired, and international peer mentoring for librarians.

In her 2014 Butler Lecture, “Folklore v. Fakelore, the Epic Battle,” Jane Yolen eschews the simplistic formulation of “fakelore” in exploring how stories migrate and mutate across centuries and cultures. The lecture, delivered by the “Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century,” is published for the first time in this issue.

An excerpt: “That our stories are mirrors of our time, reflecting prevalent prejudices and class hatreds, should not surprise us. The tellers, retellers, the originators of art tales do not live in a vacuum but in a specific community. Our stories are part of our tribal mentality, even for those of us who like to think that our tribe is global. We can try to escape small-mindedness, prejudice, hatred, but the verdict of future historians, scholars, and readers will task us for our biases, our judgments, our laws.”

Marianna Tax Choldin, aka Madame Censorship, aka the founding director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, talks with World Libraries about her new memoir on Russian and Soviet censorship, advocating for not only free speech but also its flipside:
 active listening.

“Most of us think of librarians’ work as being more straightforward,” Choldin says in the interview. “You just find some information that somebody needs, or a book someone should read or wants to read. But everything we do deals with much more complex human relationships than we realize at first. I’d suggest listening carefully to what people tell us and recognizing our own inadequacies without losing the confidence that we can do something.”

The issue also features three reports on recent developments in international librarianship.

Three leaders of the International Board on Books for Young People discuss their “Call-to-Action for Refugee Children,” issued in August 2016 at the 35th IBBY World Congress in Auckland. President Wally de Doncker, executive director Liz Page and IBBY member Hasmig Chahinian field questions about IBBY’s ongoing work on behalf of young people, from Lampedusa to Lebanon.

Four IFLA veterans -- Dick Kawooya, Karen Keninger, Victoria Owen and Winston Tabb -- emphasize that much work remains to be done on the Treaty of Marrakesh to make it truly effective for visually impaired patrons.

And Canadian librarian Cate Carlyle talks with fellow members of the International Librarians Network, founded on a peer mentorship model that scraps hierarchy and values the contributions of librarians of any age, from anywhere.

World Libraries continues to accept submissions on library and information topics of interest to an international audience. Contact sshoger@dom.edu
 for more information.