Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Date of this Version

2010

Abstract

This paper explores the role of all kinds of libraries (school, college, university, public and national) in promoting education for peace. This paper investigates how libraries can play their part in peace building in Pakistani society. The methodology is a review of the related literature and informal discussion with educationists, psychologists, sociologists, library professionals and other society members. Extensive discussion with international participants from various countries was also conducted during the International Conference in India in February, 2010. It concluded that libraries, by organising, seminar, conferences, book displays, fairs and exhibitions can create an environment where conflict and relationships may be explored and the possibilities of resolving conflicts peacefully may be established. The literature and experts suggested that libraries can support research in order to understand the nature and origins of violence and its effects on both victim and perpetrator. New technologies as, wikis, folksonomy, Flickr, Podcasting, You-Tube, social networking sites (MySpace, Facebook), virtual worlds (Second Life), Web 2.0, and Library 2.0. may be used to show people that violence and war are learned and not an intrinsic part of human nature and to explain to the globe that Pakistan and Pakistanis are peace loving not terrorists.

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