Since December of 2010, there has been ongoing change and upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa. The Arab Spring, in general, and the Egyptian revolution of January 2011 in particular, are considered by some to have been successful as a result of protesters, the use of technology, and social networking tools. There are many ways to support a social movement, and the efficient and effective sharing of information is one of them.
Amanda Click was the Coordinator of Instruction at the American University in Cairo Library and experienced the Egyptian Revolution first hand. She will discuss her own views on these events, as well as the different ways that the creating, sharing, and preserving information has played an important role in recent social movements.
“I initially applied for the grant, with the help of Tracey Wright (director of Special Events and Community Relations) and Michelle Anderson (grants specialist), so that we could raise awareness surrounding Islamic Culture, in a way that would be nonthreatening,” stated Andy Foskey, librarian. “I felt it was important for two main reasons: one, we have no reported Muslim population in our service area; two we are a very military-friendly campus, and we have students coming back from serving in Muslim countries. I wanted to provide an opportunity for understanding what can sometimes be a very polarizing culture.”
Click received her bachelor of science in science, technology, and culture from Georgia Tech and her MLIS in library and information studies from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in information and library science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
This program is being provided in conjunction with the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys Grant received by the college. The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association.
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