L4P: Libraries for Peace

The year 2016 was not a good year for peace-makers. We saw continuing violence and destruction in many parts of the world, as well as the rise of intolerant, ill-informed, and intransigent political leaders. I believe that librarians have a role – a duty – to play in combating war-talk and promoting peace. I draw your attention to an initiative of the Mortenson Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It has created a website http://librariesforpeace.org/, which includes a web page on which those interested can share stories of what their libraries are doing to promote peace, and learn what libraries around the world are currently doing. There is an interactive map on which librarians’ pledges for peace, celebratory events, and stories can be shared.

About Peter Lor

Peter Johan Lor is a Netherlands-born South African librarian and academic. He is a part-time professor in the Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He also teaches a course in international and comparative librarianship at the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA.
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