My quick homage. I want to thank you for inviting me. It is an honor to have a chance to re-connect with my alma mater.I would not be here talking to you about my career at the World Bank if I had not done 2 things (1) Get my MLS from SU (2) Work with Marta Dosa for an independent study. Marta introduced me to Peter Hegadus, a former director of the IMF’s Joint Library who in turn, shared my resume with colleagues in the World Bank and IMF and set me on a my career in international development in Washington and at the World Bank. So, thank you Marta and thank you Syracuse and thank myself for not choosing to stay & study in Wisconsin.
As Librarians, I think that we are all about sharing and disseminating information.Today, there really is a shift from knowledge is power to knowledge sharing is power.This is not my original, revolutionary observation. I heard this at the 2011 Computers in Libraries and it resonated with me. It was from Michelle Manafy’s Keynote speech. She is the author of “Dancing with Digital Natives” Some of my colleagues disagree with me about this shift, but the vast majority agree and our organization is responding with Open Development efforts.
Every day when I walk into to work, I am reminded of our collective dream…Our dream is a world free of poverty. The goal of open data, as our newest president Dr. Kim expressed is not about data for data’s sake. The goal of opening data …is to improve the lives of people around the world through access to information. We have implemented our Access to Information policy as well to open documents to researchers and clients through our Archives. (Our Chief Archivist is here if you’d like to know more). http://go.worldbank.org/TRCDVYJ440We have Open Datahttp://data.worldbank.orgOpen Knowledge RepositoryEnable researchers, students, local communities to collect data, measure results, increase knowledge, read reportsOur Office of the Publisher has adopted the most liberal creative commons license to enable sharingOpen Access, Big Data & Development Policy Blog http://blogs.worldbank.org/opendata/node/546Open SolutionsWork together to find solutions to development problems
The Bank is eager to see how we can accelerate solutions by better knowledge sharing and understanding the history of development challenges and working with key players and opening up our data, records and research to encourage innovation.Dr Kim goes on to say that “At the center of our development model, we must lay the groundwork for a new kind of knowledge, what some have called a “science of delivery,” that countries will use to meet the demands of their people.
So the WBG Library sits in this context of this development bank that wants to encourage knowledge sharing. For you to have some context on where I work and how we are staffed.Part of a Library Network of 6 libraries including the Joint Library in the International Monetary FundSit under Library & Archives of Development: Archives, Internal Documents, Library under Chief Archivist6 Staff in HQ work on Research Services & 2 Research Librarians in the field: Nairobi and New Delhi. Offer Training & Outreach to staff via video conferences and webinars & New Staff OrientationsWe handle over 65,000 reference questions a year and over 8,000 in-depth research requests last year.We are poised to serve our decentralized workforce in different regions and time zones to answer questions from one common tracking system. Claire Guimbert served as research librarian for a little over 3 years in Cambodia and helped us prove the virtual librarian model could work for us.
While our mandate as librarians is to serve internal staff of the WBG, we have a unique opportunity to go on mission.A mission usually consists of training staff about valuable content licensed by the Library which is available at the desktop.We also take advantage of being in the country to reach out to information professionals and share information about Open Access and freely available development information whether it comes the World Bank or many other valuable sources.Guide is constantlybeing revised & updated by one of WBG Research Librarians
On example of how we connect and share --- Esther Niamshey, Head librarian for the Upper Volta River Authority in Ghana, attended our sessions in Accra in 2009, she was keen on learning about knowledge management at the Bank and digitizing collections (more in the area of expertise for our internal documents team). When she came in 2010 to attend the Special Libraries Association Conference, she also came to DC and stayed with me personally and I set up meetings with colleagues in the Bank, Fund, InterAmerican Development Bank and LoC.We keep in touch and she informed me that they finally launched an official Knowledge Management program last spring.I love the F2F interaction but with budget issues all around, we need to think about how we can share more virtually, be it Skype, WebEx or other social media tools.University of Senegal visit was eye opening, Director is passionate and innovative…thinking of ways to support young mothers who needed to study and creating shared baby-sitting facilities…struggling to get funding for EconLit and full-text sources because often focus on education in developing countries is at the primary level.
Can anyone guess what either of these photos are?Thanks to my mission in Kenya, I learned about an interesting project that I think could be replicated in other developing countries.
In December of 2010, I visited this solar powered internet café in a modified shipping container.Next door, there was a recycling plant for old computers where they took the equipment and chipped it into construction material. [previous photo]
Does anyone recognize this?Lubuto Library Project in Zambia started in 2007, the NGO was founded by Jane Meyers who formerly worked at the World Bank and The Project plans to build 100 libraries across Africa over the next 10 years. The main focus was giving support to orphaned and vulnerable children and centers on providing culturally appropriate reading materials and also art lessons, a space to interact and is sensitive to the architecture of each community.I have also found that learning about the Gates Foundation winners related to their Global Libraries initiative are also inspirational not just for developing countries.
KNOWLEDGE SHARING GLOBALLY Eliza McLeod Head, Library Research Services The World Bank GroupInformation Management & Technology VPU April 8, 2013
Shift from knowledge is power to knowledge sharing is power.2
Open Development @ the World BankImprove the lives of people around the world through access to information.
“We continue to push the boundaries of knowledgebecause we know it can make the world a betterplace.” Jim Kim, World Bank President, Seoul Korea
World Bank Group Library Serve a global workforce: more than 120 offices worldwide (serve approx. 20,000 staff/consultants)6
WBG Library Connecting & Sharing From 2000-2012 Librarians have been on 35 missions to country offices Open Access, Open Knowledge and Open Development Research Guide http://researchguides.worldbankimflib.org/free-online- resources Participate in Central Bank Librarians Workshops & Listserve UN LINKS ---Library Information Network for Knowledge Sharing UN & Academic Librarians Group in Kenya Sub-Saharan Africa Division of SLA South Sudan, Juba and helping bring librarians together for learning Supreme National Economic Council Project -Cambodia7
Connecting & SharingWe use Skype, LinkedIn, Google Hang outs and Facebook to stay in touch withlibrarians in the field.8