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  1. Alternative Library Literature 1986-1987
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1988
    An anthology of writings about alternative literature and sources and producers of alternative literature, as well as about libraries themselves, and about what is happening within libraries to make them more relevant and activist in their orientation.
  2. Alternative Materials in Libraries
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1982
    Handbook with extensive bibliographies. What, where, how and why to buy Alternative and small press publications for libraries - also useful for individuals and bookstore.
  3. Banned Books
    Informal Notes on Some Books Banned for Various Reasons

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1970
  4. Banned Books Online
    Resource Type: Website
    A sampling of books which have been censored or subject to censorship attempts.
  5. Banning of Books Alarms Freedom Advocates
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2010
    The confiscation and banning of books by Malaysian authorities is sending alarm bells ringing among activists, who want the repeal of laws that the government is using to suppress freedom of expression.
  6. Books banned by governments, list of
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    This article intends to list works, such as novels, nonfiction books, short stories, and essays that have banned by governments over time.
  7. Bringing Books and Seeking Peace in Colombia
    Bringing Peace to a Beleaguered Country

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A teacher, two donkeys, and a big pile of books are working to enrich the lives of the children in a small community in Colombia.
  8. The Case for Grassroots Archives 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden histories, and alternative visions.
  9. Censorship Goes To School
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1998
  10. Challenged Books and Magazines List 2009
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1989   Published: 2009
    This updated document provides a list of 100 books and magazines which have been challenged due to their content between the years of 1989 and 2009.
  11. Challenged Books List
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2004
    A partial list of books subjected to censorship attempts in Canada from the early 1980s to 2003.
  12. Connexions
    Volume 7, Number 3 - July 1982 - Prairie Region/Region des Prairies

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1982
  13. Connexions Digest
    Issue 52 - August 1990 - A Social Change Sourcebook

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1990
  14. Docs Populi
    Documents for the public

    Resource Type: Website
    Dedicated to documenting and publishing oppositional artwork of the late 20th century.
  15. Double Fold
    Libraries and the Assault on Paper

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2001
    Double Fold examines the preservation of books in United States libraries over the past 50 years. It details the libraries' "war" on books -- the alarming lack of preservation and the destruction of hundreds of thousands of irreplacable bound originals including 19th-century illustrated dailies. He chronicles the attempts to find ways of preserving books from both the ravages of time and the librairies' lack of shelf space. He also explains how librairies use the spectre of disintegrating books as part of their fundraising stategy. Baker offers aternative solutions to these problems. His ultimate and pesuasive plea is for librairies to stop "executing" the originals.
  16. The Expo Files
    Articles by the Crusading Journalist

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2012
    Collected here for the first time are Stieg Larsson's essays and articles on right-wing extremism and racism, on violence against women and women's rights, on homophobia and honour killings.
  17. Fame & Fortune Online
    Resource Type: Website
    Comprehensive listing of awards available to Canadian journalists.
  18. 451 at Zuccotti Park
    "Where man starts by burning books he ends up by burning people."

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2011
    The books at Zuccotti Park were hauled away in dumpsters belonging to the sanitation department. The pretext of the destruction was "cleaning" the park which, the Mayor said, was filled with "filth". This is the rhetoric of Mein Kampf.
  19. Freedom to Read Week
    Resource Type: Website
    Freedom to Read Week encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom.
  20. Frequently Asked Questions about Sources
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2009
    SOURCES is a media service that connects journalists, editors, authors and researchers with the sources they need for their work. SOURCES spotlights organizations, institutions, government agencies, companies, and individuals who want to share their expertise and points of view with the media. The SOURCES directory is used by thousands of reporters and researchers who need to find quotable sources and reliable information for their news stories or research.
  21. Helping you reach the media 
    How Sources can help you get more and better media coverage

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2009
    Media coverage is the most valuable kind of publicity there is because it is based on the news value or information value of what you do or say, and is therefore far more credible than paid publicity like advertising. SOURCES makes it possible for organizations, institutions, companies, and individuals to reach the media effectively, consistently, and inexpensively. SOURCES has been helping organizations, companies, institutions, and individuals get media attention for over 30 years.
  22. History on the Printed Page
    Against The Current vol. 135

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2008
    A small volume could be produced listing the books dealing with the times I have written about here. I will offer only a couple dozen.
  23. The Ideal Book
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1893
    The designer William Morris describes his ideas about book design.
  24. Keeping Books Safe
    A Bad Law Threatens Our Past

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2009
    Imagine a dystopian horror tale in which virtually all books from the past were destroyed...Books that did not meet the ideologies of the publishers, the demands of the mass market, the trends of the day would be destroyed...That incredible scenario is actually playing out in terms of children's books under a law meant to protect toddlers from lead contaminant in toys. Called the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), the law was passed in August 2008 -- quickly, without scrutiny and nearly unanimously.
  25. Librarians and Palestine
    An Interview with Vani Natarajan

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Working to preserve Palestinian records and memory in the face of deliberate destruction by Israel.
  26. The Library at Night 
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2006
    The Library at Night tells the story of the important role of libraries in human civilization and how books are an essential link between the individual and the world.
  27. Marginal Distribution
    Resource Type: Website
    Inactive/Defunct Periodical
    Book distributor.
  28. Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory
    Preservation as subversion: Do grassroots archives have a future?

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27). Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called “the battle of memory”. Mainstream media and institutions of power consign inconvenient histories, struggles, and alternative visions to what George Orwell called “the memory hole.” People’s history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden histories, and alternative visions. Their role is particularly important as official archives are forced to restrict acquisitions, limit access and discard materials as funding is slashed.
  29. Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2011
    An unofficial record of the New York branch of the Occupy movement, Occupy! combines adrenalin-fueled first-hand accounts of the early days and weeks of Occupy Wall Street with contentious debates and thoughtful reflections.
  30. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 17, 2017
    Collective Memory and Cultural Amnesia

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2017
    Our society is obsessed with the short-term present. It devalues memory and the past. But there are those who do remember, and who work to preserve and share our collective memory. But they have to contend with those of us who see historical memory as a way of contributing to the struggle for a different world. For us, knowledge of history is subversive, and remembering can be a form of resistance.
  31. Penguin destroys books
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1990
  32. The Price of Books, The Value of Civilization
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    I have come to think that books occupy this valuable position in our civilisation because they are the only medium for thick descriptions of the world that human beings possess. By ‘thick’ description, I mean an extended, detailed, evidence-based, written interpretation of a subject. If you want to write a feature or blog or wikipedia entry, be it about the origins of the first world war; the authoritarian turn in Russia; or the causes and effects of the 2008 financial crisis, in the end you will have to refer to a book. Or at least refer to other people who have referred to books. Even the best magazine pieces and TV documentaries – and the best of these are very good indeed – are only puddle-deep compared with the thick descriptions laid out in books. They are ‘thin’ descriptions and the creators and authors of them will have referred extensively to books to produce their work.
  33. Reading Lolita in Tehran
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2003
  34. Savage Inequalities
    Children in America's Schools

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1991
  35. Sources Select Resources
    Reviews and information about print and online resources for journalists and researchers

    Resource Type: Website
    First Published: 1977   Published: 2009
    Reviews and information about print and online resources for journalists and researchers.
  36. Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2012
    Richard Sennett contends that "living with people who differ -- racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically -- is the most urgent challenge facing civil society today. We tend socially to avoid engaging with people unlike ourselves, and modern politics encourages the politics of the tribe rather than of the city."
  37. What Johnny Shouldn't Read
    Textbook Censorship in America

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1998
  38. Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere
    The New Global Revolutions

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2012
    From London to Cairo, Wisconsin to Tehran, Paul Mason charts new forms of collective action: fluid networks of agile, Twitter- and Facebook-savvy networks of youthful protesters. The events, says Mason, reflect the expanding power of the individual and call for new ways of thinking about political alternatives, elite rule and global poverty.
  39. The William Morris Internet Archive
    Resource Type: Website
    A subarchive of the Marxists Internet Archive, featuring the works of the English socialist, writer, and artist William Morris.
  40. You Can't Read This
    Forbidden Books, Lost Writing, Mistranslations, and Codes

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2006
    Written for children ages ten and up, You Can't Read This explores the development of alphabets, the decoding of ancient languages, and censorship in Ancient Rome and modern America.

Experts on Livres in the Sources Directory

  1. The British Library
  2. Metropolitan Museum of Art
  3. MoMA Museum of Modern Art
  4. National Print Museum
  5. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
  6. Project Gutenberg
  7. Sources Select Resources
  8. UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  9. The Victoria and Albert Museum
  10. World Digital Library

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