Librarians Without Borders:  International Service Learning in Guatemala <ul><li>Robyn Maler </li></ul><ul><li>Carolyn Doi...
Librarians Without Borders (LWB) <ul><li>Non-profit organization  </li></ul><ul><li>Strives to  improve access to informat...
Miguel Angel Asturias Academy <ul><li>Private, non-profit Pre K-12 school in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala </li></ul><ul><li>F...
LWB – Asturias Project Beginnings <ul><li>Student-led initiative: LWB McGill Student Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Dialogue ...
Asturias Academy Library <ul><li>2009 – 2010 under construction </li></ul><ul><li>Jan 2011 official launch  </li></ul><ul>...
Asturias Library, April 2010
Asturias Library, January 2011
What’s happening now? <ul><li>2010 – 2011 Asturias Library Project </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-committee participation </li></...
LWB Cross-Committee Participation 2011 Guatemala Trip and Collection Development Projects
2011 Guatemala Trip Goal <ul><li>To support the transition of the school library into a public library </li></ul><ul><ul><...
Putting the „Public“ in Public Library <ul><li>Who is the public? Who are the community members? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li...
Challenges <ul><li>Language barrier </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spanish and K’iche’ speakers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paucity ...
Itinerary <ul><li>April 22-24:  Retalhuleu </li></ul>
<ul><li>April 25-29:  </li></ul><ul><li>Asturias Academy, Xela </li></ul>
<ul><li>April 30-May 3:  </li></ul><ul><li>Rio Dulce & Livingston </li></ul>
Activities at Asturias <ul><li>Lead by different participants and subgroups </li></ul><ul><li>Programming </li></ul><ul><u...
Activities at Asturias <ul><li>User needs assessments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To determine users‘ information needs </li></u...
Activities at Asturias <ul><li>Community outreach and engagement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on information gathered from ...
Activities at Asturias <ul><li>Library marketing strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on information gathered from user ...
Activities at Asturias <ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The blog will provide timely and concise updates on the project ...
<ul><li>Trip document </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommendations  Action plan </li></ul></ul>Activities at Asturias <ul><ul><li...
Partnership Outcomes <ul><li>Asturias Academy </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians Without Borders </li></ul><ul><li>Improved rela...
Future Plans <ul><li>Opportunity for students to share their experiences from the trip with each other and the professiona...
Thank you!  <ul><li>Visit  lwb-online.org/  for more information on this project  </li></ul><ul><li>  #LWB_Online </li></u...
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Presentation given at the Ottawa Public Library on March 24, 2011 and hosted by CLA-CASLIS.

Librarians Without Borders (LWB) is a non-profit organization that strives to improve access to information resources by forming partnerships with community organizations in developing regions. In this talk, Carolyn Doi and Robyn Maler will speak about the student-led collaboration between Librarians Without Borders and the Asturias Academy Library, a private, non-profit, K – 12 school in Guatemala that aims to create informed, critically-thinking, and socially conscious citizens through a unique model of education.

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Librarians Without Borders: International Service Learning in Guatemala

  1. 1. Librarians Without Borders: International Service Learning in Guatemala <ul><li>Robyn Maler </li></ul><ul><li>Carolyn Doi </li></ul>
  2. 2. Librarians Without Borders (LWB) <ul><li>Non-profit organization </li></ul><ul><li>Strives to improve access to information resources regardless of language, geography, or religion, by forming partnerships with community organizations in developing regions. </li></ul><ul><li>LWB is made up of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student committees at five universities in Canada </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer Executive Team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Board of Directors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General members </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Miguel Angel Asturias Academy <ul><li>Private, non-profit Pre K-12 school in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala </li></ul><ul><li>Founded in 1994 to eliminate education disparities through subsidized tuition </li></ul><ul><li>Aims to create informed, critically-thinking, socially conscious citizens through curriculum </li></ul>
  4. 4. LWB – Asturias Project Beginnings <ul><li>Student-led initiative: LWB McGill Student Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Dialogue began in Fall 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>LWB trip to Guatemala, Spring 2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>11 LWB McGill students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 days cultural visits and volunteer work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn more about the community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop library manual of recommendations in collaboration with Asturias staff </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Asturias Academy Library <ul><li>2009 – 2010 under construction </li></ul><ul><li>Jan 2011 official launch </li></ul><ul><li>Located within the school </li></ul><ul><li>Current users: Asturias students & staff </li></ul><ul><li>Future plans: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open up the library to the community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ongoing collection development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library Collection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Level 1 – under 7 years (542) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level 2 – 8 to 12 years (1022) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level 3 – 13 and up (147) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Total collection (~2000) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Asturias Library, April 2010
  7. 7. Asturias Library, January 2011
  8. 8. What’s happening now? <ul><li>2010 – 2011 Asturias Library Project </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-committee participation </li></ul><ul><li>2010-2011 LWB Umbrella Project </li></ul><ul><li>Collection Development Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Service Learning Trip, April 2011 </li></ul>
  9. 9. LWB Cross-Committee Participation 2011 Guatemala Trip and Collection Development Projects
  10. 10. 2011 Guatemala Trip Goal <ul><li>To support the transition of the school library into a public library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LWB McGill’s April 2010 trip to the Academy was a relationship-building experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We can now build on the foundations laid over the last year to extend services to the wider Xela community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each student committee brings its own unique strengths and experience </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Putting the „Public“ in Public Library <ul><li>Who is the public? Who are the community members? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Of Spanish, Mayan, or other descent </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Native speakers of Spanish, K‘iche‘, or other Mayan languages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Different educational socio-cultural backgrounds </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Family members of Academy students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Likely have no experience with public libraries or reading for pleasure </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>How does this user group differ from the library‘s present user group? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Challenges <ul><li>Language barrier </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spanish and K’iche’ speakers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paucity of resources in K’iche’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Socio-cultural differences </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of a tradition of public libraries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Existing libraries are underfunded and underutilized </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Itinerary <ul><li>April 22-24: Retalhuleu </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>April 25-29: </li></ul><ul><li>Asturias Academy, Xela </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>April 30-May 3: </li></ul><ul><li>Rio Dulce & Livingston </li></ul>
  16. 16. Activities at Asturias <ul><li>Lead by different participants and subgroups </li></ul><ul><li>Programming </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Development and field-testing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Identifying gaps in the collection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Balancing the collection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>K'iche' audio-book project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Development of K‘iche‘-language audio book resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Librarian training </li></ul>
  17. 17. Activities at Asturias <ul><li>User needs assessments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To determine users‘ information needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We will assess demographic information, socio-cultural and educational background, languages spoken and written, literacy levels, personal priorities, work and leisure activities </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Activities at Asturias <ul><li>Community outreach and engagement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on information gathered from user needs assessment and knowledge of community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategies to target and engage women, the impoverished, indigenous people, and other marginalized groups in the community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development of special outreach programs for these groups </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Activities at Asturias <ul><li>Library marketing strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on information gathered from user needs assessment and knowledge of community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing strategies outline ways to inform different community groups, especially adult women, K‘iche‘ speakers, and indigenous people, about the library and its activities </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Activities at Asturias <ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The blog will provide timely and concise updates on the project ’ s goals and objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows people around the world to follow the project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three blogging coordinators will be responsible for mobilizing blogging efforts during the trip </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Every team member will contribute to the blog </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Trip document </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommendations Action plan </li></ul></ul>Activities at Asturias <ul><ul><li>Programming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collection development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staffing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lending policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Partnership Outcomes <ul><li>Asturias Academy </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians Without Borders </li></ul><ul><li>Improved relationship with LWB and international community </li></ul><ul><li>Increase awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>Support for the Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guidelines </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Improved relationship with Asturias and library community in Guatemala </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity for LWB to grow as a non-profit org. </li></ul><ul><li>LWB students benefit from service learning model </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Experiential learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presented opportunities for professional growth </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Future Plans <ul><li>Opportunity for students to share their experiences from the trip with each other and the professional library community. </li></ul><ul><li>Continued communication and collaboration with Asturias </li></ul><ul><li>As priorities change, so will the relationship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>another trip </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>continued fundraising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expansion of the library </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Thank you! <ul><li>Visit lwb-online.org/ for more information on this project </li></ul><ul><li> #LWB_Online </li></ul><ul><li>Find us at the CLA Conference in Halifax - May 27 th </li></ul>

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