LWB at CASLIS Toronto


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In Spring 2009, Erin Field, LWB Membership Director, spoke to the Toronto members of CLA-CASLIS about the work of the organization.

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LWB at CASLIS Toronto

  1. 1. Putting Information in the Hands of the World Erin Fields Membership Director, Librarians Without Borders Librarians Without Borders is not in any way associated with Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders
  2. 2. The next ~45 minutes… <ul><li>Putting it all in context </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing the organization </li></ul><ul><li>Outlining the immediate future </li></ul>
  3. 3. Putting it all in context… <ul><li>871 million illiterate adults </li></ul><ul><li>Must help efficiently and effectively </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Near empty shelves in Angolan library </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Effective and efficient help <ul><li>Used book donations are not sustainable </li></ul><ul><li>Meet the needs of each unique community </li></ul><ul><li>Community must be equal & active partner </li></ul><ul><li>Know other organizations & their expertise </li></ul>
  5. 5. Development Workshop <ul><li>Non-profit working in Angola </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shelter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Micro-financing & small business development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peace building  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>AngoNet – 1 st Internet connection in Angola </li></ul><ul><li>Provides valuable community information </li></ul>
  6. 6. Blue Trunk Libraries (WHO) <ul><li>Health and medical information </li></ul><ul><li>Practical health issues for developing communities </li></ul><ul><li>Possible inclusion in Angolan library </li></ul>
  7. 7. Our Mission <ul><li>Librarians Without Borders strives to improve access to information resources regardless of language, geography, or religion, by forming partnerships with community organizations in developing regions </li></ul>
  8. 8. Our Values <ul><li>Role of Libraries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intellectual freedom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Equal access to information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Access to Information / Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting learning and literacy, reducing poverty, empowering citizens, and building strong communities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Embrace Diversity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work in cultural context with appropriate languages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul>
  9. 9. Humble beginnings… <ul><li>Jorge: “we need books” </li></ul><ul><li>Students: “we will help you get books” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jorge Chimbinda </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Angola Project Liaison </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Student founders… <ul><ul><li>2006 CLA Poster Session Preparation </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Priorities thus far… <ul><li>Create a sustainable organization </li></ul><ul><li>Secure use of our name </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare for 1 st project in Angola </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Partner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>End Users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop Collection </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. A Sustainable LWB <ul><li>Board of Directors </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinator Positions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Committee Liaison </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publications Coordinator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webmaster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource Centre Coordinators </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Executive Officers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-Executive Directors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Secretary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Treasurer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Membership Director </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student Committees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Western Ontario </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>McGill University </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Growing Membership <ul><li>March 2007: 414 members, 48 countries </li></ul>
  14. 14. Sharing “ without borders” namespace <ul><li>Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF): cease and desist using your name </li></ul><ul><li>Began working with pro-bono IP lawyer </li></ul><ul><li>Still negotiating use of the name by means of a co-existence agreement </li></ul>
  15. 15. Our First Project in Angola <ul><li>Biblioteca Tutangi in </li></ul><ul><li>Centro Cultural João Paulo II, </li></ul><ul><li>Huambo, Angola </li></ul>
  16. 16. Where in the World is Angola? <ul><li>Sub-Saharan : bordered on North by Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the East by Zambia and on the South by Namibia. </li></ul><ul><li>2nd largest city: Huambo </li></ul><ul><li>Pop: ~12.2M (July 2006 est.) </li></ul><ul><li>Ranked 161/177 on the UN Human Development Index 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Official language: Portuguese </li></ul><ul><li>Indigenous languages spoken include Umbundu, Kimbundu </li></ul>
  17. 17. LWB-Angola Overview <ul><li>Starting the library literally from scratch </li></ul><ul><li>Secure a committed, local partner in Huambo </li></ul><ul><li>Acquire health resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our goal – place material in central location with collection accessible to students and health practitioners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary focus: nursing materials </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Arrange training for library staff </li></ul><ul><li>Help secure an Internet connection </li></ul><ul><li>Raise $$$ for the project! </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><ul><li>Library to be housed in community cultural center (seen above) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archdiocese of Huambo; Jorge serves as representative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Onsite staff & management of collection provided </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessible facilities provided </li></ul></ul>Our Community Partner
  19. 19. Anticipated End Users <ul><li>Nursing Students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nursing Institute of Huambo – basic level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intermediate Level Program - closed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Superior Level Program – not yet open </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Health Practitioners </li></ul><ul><li>Community Members </li></ul>
  20. 20. Developing the Collection <ul><li>Wish-list of general subject areas </li></ul><ul><li>Located online Portuguese booksellers </li></ul><ul><li>List of potential nursing & medical books </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback from Huambo </li></ul>
  21. 21. Recap: Our First Steps... Learning to Walk was Hard! <ul><li>Limited knowledge about Angola </li></ul><ul><li>No collection development experience </li></ul><ul><li>No fluency in Portuguese </li></ul><ul><li>No educational background in nursing / health sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Little experience dealing with international development projects, trends, and issues </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty communicating with people in Angola </li></ul>
  22. 22. The Immediate Future <ul><li>Finalize agreement with MSF to use our name </li></ul><ul><li>Execute initial phase of Angola project </li></ul><ul><li>Begin strategic planning to help us map the future </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Committee @ the University of Western Ontario </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Questions? www.lwb-online.org [email_address]