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Shah Commission of Inquiry Report 1, page 1

LEGACIES OF CONFLICT in South Asia: The Right to Heal

How many of us first developed an understanding of the Indian subcontinent and its peoples from the writings of Vikram Seth, Salman Rushdie or Rohinton Mistry? Their stories, A Suitable Boy, Midnight's Children and A Fine Balance, introduced the rest of the world to the socio-political tensions fomenting in India since its independence from Britain in 1947.

6th annual Geo4LibCamp moves online with record attendence

On February 8, 9, and 10th 2021, 175 people from across the globe met for the 6th annual Geo4LibCamp. This time the conference was hosted online using the Zoom platform. Previous Geo4LibCamps have been hosted on Stanford University's campus at the Hartley Conference Center and in the David Rumsey Map Center. This year's online event broke prevoius attendence records of the event that brings together those building repository and associated services for geospatial data to share best practices, solve common problems, and address technical issues.

Text of the 19th Amendment

100th Anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

August 18, 2020
by Kris Kasianovitz

"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."

-Text of the Nineteenth Amendment

On August 18, 1920, the state of Tennessee became the thirty-sixth state to ratify the 19th Amendment. Congress passed House Joint Resolution No. 1 (H. J. Res. 1) on June 4, 1919. It took another year and almost two more months for the required three-fourths of state legislatures to ratify the amendment before it could be added to the Constitution of the United States. The National Park Service 19th Amendment by State guide provides a good overview of the ratification by states and territories. Prior to the ratification of this amendment, some states and territories had already granted women full or partial voting rights for president only. 


ANSI releases select standards for COVID-19 support (UPDATED)

Several librarians across the United States have been petitioning ISO and ANSI to release or open up access to several critical standards in the response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic. ANSI has announced a portal that contains several of these important standards, including standards for the fabrication of ventilators and standards for incident management response, released to the public. At this time, 31 of these ISO standards have been released, and you can access them by visiting the following links.