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A US academic library promotes pluralism with technology

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 9 August 2011

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.

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Citation

Margolis, D.J. (2011), "A US academic library promotes pluralism with technology", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 28 No. 6, pp. 25-27. https://doi.org/10.1108/07419051111173900

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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