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5/22/2014 3:42:57 PM

Spring 2014 WestPac News Available Now

The Spring 2014 edition of WestPac News is now available.  In it you’ll find updates on UELMA, including WestPac’s letter of support, changes to WestPac’s Grants and Awards Committee from Incoming Chair Jaye Barlous, and information about the 2014 WestPac Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.  There’s also a new column, WestPac Q & A, which will feature a chapter member and ask them some “interesting questions.”  The featured member in this issue is Angus Nesbit, Law Reference Librarian at University of Oregon School of Law.

Posted By Kristen Moore at 5/22/2014 3:42:57 PM  0 Comments
5/21/2014 4:59:06 PM

Book Review: A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power

A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power, by Jimmy Carter, 2014. Hardcover, 224 pages, $28.00 ISBN: 978-1476773957.
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I’m grateful to Jimmy Carter for writing A Call to Action, which discusses the mistreatment of women around the world. The 224 page book contains chapters on unequal pay for women’s work, rape, human trafficking, “honor” killing, spousal abuse and other subjects. The value of the book for me lies in the clear explanation of each problem that women confront, statistics and details. Before I read the book, I knew something about most of the problems that Carter relates, but I didn’t fully understand the genesis of the abuses or how they are executed. 

President Carter explains how the maltreatment of women is often justified by the scriptures of major religions and then debunks those justifications. In Carter’s eyes, unfair and violent/abusive treatment of women is the number one problem in the world today. 

One reviewer of A Call to Action on Amazon.com remarks that the book would have been better if it had been written by a woman. I question that assertion, because Jimmy Carter displays a great deal of sensitivity and understanding in this resource. We women are lucky to have a champion like Carter, former President of the United States and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Few individuals have such stature and first-hand knowledge. President Carter has visited many nations around the world and discussed women’s issues with dignitaries and “average folks” alike. The book contains many extended quotations by experts. 

The end of the book lists 23 actions that readers can pursue to advance the cause of women’s rights worldwide.  I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s a “must” for anyone who cares about equality and fair treatment of women.

Author: Janet Lewis Reinke (reinkej@fiu.edu) is Head of Research Services at Florida International College of Law Library, Miami, Florida. 

Posted By Catherine Lemmer at 5/21/2014 4:59:06 PM  0 Comments
5/20/2014 3:30:09 PM

Spring 2014 ALLUNY Newsletter Available

The Spring 2014 issue of the ALLUNY Newsletter is out.  If you’re interested in what is going on in ALLUNY, you want to give this a read.  There’s a lot of chapter news. You’ll also find links to “library related tattoos” in the Editor’s Corner by Barb Briggs, along with a photo of her new kitten.  Elaine Knecht gives some reasons to take a break and ideas of how in “But I Digress…”  And, Marissa K. Mason discusses Court-PASS, a free research tool for searching NYS Court of Appeals case materials.     

Posted By Kristen Moore at 5/20/2014 3:30:09 PM  0 Comments