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Access to information & the power to transform communities

  1. 1. Loida Garcia-Febo Assistant Coordinator, New Americans Program and Special Services Queens Library November 13, 2008
  2. 2. Access to information on the Internet, HIV, public health Strategies Projects and Partners
  3. 3. Costa Rica Brazil Mexico Colombia Jamaica Philippines
  4. 4. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
  5. 5. The World Wide Web allows searchers to ‘Seek, receive and impart’ information. It gives access to all sorts of information and ideas. The internet provides not just text, but sound, images and video, and it is interactive too. It does all this regardless of frontiers.
  6. 6. While the dissemination of HIV/AIDS information depends on cultural and local settings, the right to receive such information is universal. It is included in article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Provision of HIV/AIDS information is thus not a question of charity, but a duty of humanity.
  7. 7. Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women Goal 4: Reduce child mortality Goal 5: Improve maternal health Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development
  8. 8. The World Health Organizations states that public health is “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals.”
  9. 9. Infectious diseases Road accidents Nutrition
  10. 10. “it is vital that up-to-date, relevant information is available to decision-makers at all levels…” Presidents, doctors, parents – they are all decisions makers.
  11. 11. regardless of age, race, nationality, religion, culture, political affiliation, physical or other disabilities, gender or sexual orientation support the right of users to seek information of their choice. respect privacy access should neither be subject to any form of ideological, political or religious censorship, nor to economic barriers.
  12. 12. Internet Providing training for searchers Assisting searchers to use the Internet effectively Providing access that is as free of restrictions as possible HIV/AIDS Access to information about prevention and treatment Access to sexual and reproductive health services, as sexual intercourse remains the main mode of transmission Access to means of prevention such as condoms and clean needles Access to treatment
  13. 13. Public Health ◦ Health literacy ◦ Tools to assess and evaluate quality of sources ◦ Environmental scan ◦ Develop materials according to culture and needs ◦ Define the boundaries of the librarian’s role ◦ Advocacy ◦ Understand local laws
  14. 14. HIV/AIDS and Public Health ◦ educational brochures, ◦ websites, ◦ some libraries in Nigeria and Zimbabwe work with the local government to organize screenings. ◦ educational programs ◦ theatre productions ◦ musicals
  15. 15. Internet ◦ Write policies on Internet access/use ◦ Install specific software that gives access to databases, etc. ◦ Provide Internet assistance to users ◦ Provide training in Internet information literacy Computer literacy Navigation skills ◦ Bookmark and reference local content
  16. 16. Gain better understanding of local situation Possibilities of information dissemination through others Openly address stigma and discrimination Receiving financial and community support Avoid duplication
  17. 17. Schools and education Media NGOs Community Leaders Faith-based organizations Community-based organizations Government organizations Advocacy groups International organizations Charities
  18. 18. Video Competition for Young filmmakers - Allen County Library - USA Q Alfabetización Digital BiblioRedes – Computer literacy (Chile) Curso de Creación de Sitios Web - Building web pages at the library (Chile) hvznRnw&feature=related