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A US academic library promotes pluralism with technology

A US academic library promotes pluralism with technology Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to share how a US university library used technology to promote pluralism after a desecrated Qur'an was found near the local Islamic Center in September 2010. Design/methodology/approach – Efforts undertaken by library staff are described in this case study. Special attention is paid to the technology used by various library committees and units. Findings – Institutional support for diversity enabled a swift and unified response. Partnerships with community and campus organizations enriched a library display and engendered a public program. LibGuides, QR codes, a public service announcement, social media, web features, and an audio recording were used to publicize and extend the reach of the exhibit and panel discussion. Originality/value – Libraries can promote pluralism through exhibits and public programming. Impact can be magnified through the use of technology. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Hi Tech News Emerald Publishing

A US academic library promotes pluralism with technology

Library Hi Tech News , Volume 28 (6): 3 – Aug 9, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0741-9058
DOI
10.1108/07419051111173900
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to share how a US university library used technology to promote pluralism after a desecrated Qur'an was found near the local Islamic Center in September 2010. Design/methodology/approach – Efforts undertaken by library staff are described in this case study. Special attention is paid to the technology used by various library committees and units. Findings – Institutional support for diversity enabled a swift and unified response. Partnerships with community and campus organizations enriched a library display and engendered a public program. LibGuides, QR codes, a public service announcement, social media, web features, and an audio recording were used to publicize and extend the reach of the exhibit and panel discussion. Originality/value – Libraries can promote pluralism through exhibits and public programming. Impact can be magnified through the use of technology.

Journal

Library Hi Tech NewsEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 9, 2011

Keywords: Libraries; Technology; Co‐operation; Information media

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