A New UN Report on Public Spaces and Human Rights Highlights Place of Libraries
As public spaces, open to all members of the community, libraries enable people to exercise and enjoy their human rights. A new report from the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights highlights this role, and the conditions for it to be realised. It provides a useful advocacy tool for libraries.
Libraries around the world are increasingly realising the potential of their spaces as a means of delivering on their missions. In addition to being quiet places to study, they are proving their value as spaces for meetings, workshops and for community interaction.
Especially in a digital age, these physical spaces have an important role both for individuals and communities. They provide opportunities to realise a variety of human rights, including participation in civic life, freedom of access to information, and cultural rights. They allow for a social, shared dimension to rights, going beyond the individual.
Direct to Full Text: Report of the Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Right (via UN)
24 pages; PDF.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.