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Librarians Without Borders & the Asturias Academy Library Project


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Slides from a talk given to LWB students at the University of Western Ontario on March 2, 2011.

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Librarians Without Borders & the Asturias Academy Library Project

  1. 1. Carolyn Doi Asturias Library Project Manager & McGill Student Committee Liaison Librarians Without Borders [email_address] Project development 2009 - 2011
  2. 2. More about me… LWB member since Fall 2008 (McGill Student Committee) Music Librarian at McGill University since July 2010 Involved in the Asturias Project since it’s inception in 2009 Worked with past McGill LWB chair, Valli Fraser-Celin to organize the first trip to Guatemala in April 2010 Currently the LWB McGill Committee Liaison Project manager for the 2011 Asturias Library Project
  3. 3. More About Asturias… Challenges “ Chronic malnutrition, limited access to health care, widespread poverty, racism and structural violence against the indigenous Mayan population all present significant challenges to our educational project” <ul><li>Unique approach to education </li></ul><ul><li>Teachings of Paulo Friere - “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting an environment of equality and diversity </li></ul><ul><li>INTECAP </li></ul><ul><li>Asturias receives support from: </li></ul><ul><li>Staff & Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Ashoka Fellowship </li></ul><ul><li>The International Community </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>School visits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Donations </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Where is Asturias? Quetzaltenango (Xela)
  5. 5. Asturias Library Project Timelines
  6. 6. 2010 Guatemala Trip <ul><li>10 day trip to Guatemala, organized by McGill student committee </li></ul><ul><li>11 Participants from the LWB McGill Student committee </li></ul><ul><li>Created a document of Library recommendations: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><ul><li>2010 Asturias Library Project Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get to know the community where Asturias is located. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better understand the needs of the school. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a document of library recommendations that reflects the needs of the community. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Since we were there last… <ul><li>New Library space - Opened in January 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>New librarian - Steve Mullany (former director of development) </li></ul><ul><li>New director of development/trip organizers - Malea Hetrick and Chris Warren </li></ul>
  9. 9. Before…
  10. 10. … and after
  11. 11. 2010 -2011 Asturias Library Project <ul><li>LWB Umbrella Project 2010 – 2011 school year </li></ul><ul><li>Cross committee participation in the project </li></ul><ul><li>Collection Development projects </li></ul><ul><li>Guatemala Trip open to all student committees </li></ul>
  12. 12. Collection Development Projects <ul><li>Asturias indicated a priority to get more books on the shelves. </li></ul><ul><li>Student Committee participation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dalhousie </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Western </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>McGill </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U of T </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. 2011 Guatemala Trip - Participants
  14. 14. In-Country Trip Costs <ul><li>$485 per person </li></ul><ul><li>$200 deposit required by March 16 </li></ul><ul><li>Paid to Asturias (they organize all in country arrangements – food, accommodation, transportation, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>In-country cost will be lowered to $450 if paid in full on March 16 through Asturias’ page </li></ul>
  15. 15. Itinerary <ul><li>Final itinerary posted online </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural activities include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Retalhuleu: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Xocomil Water Park </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Takalik Abaj Ruins </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In and around Xela: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Salcaja (learn about traditional weaving, drink rompopo, see oldest church in central america </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ixkik Museum of Traditional Mayan Clothing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aguas Amargas Natural thermal baths </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rio Dulce: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Check out Libraries in Livingston, Ak'Tenamit, hike through jungle </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Explore river in Kayak, hike canyon, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Itinerary <ul><li>Volunteer work activities: </li></ul><ul><li>Observe class </li></ul><ul><li>Help in library </li></ul><ul><li>Help in English/Music class </li></ul><ul><li>Recess games </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops/Learning: </li></ul><ul><li>School tour and history </li></ul><ul><li>Popular education workshop </li></ul><ul><li>History of Guatemala workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Community organizing and change making workshop </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>2011 Asturias Library Project Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Assist with transition of the school library into a community library </li></ul><ul><li>Provide information/guidance on professional development tools for librarianship </li></ul><ul><li>Library activities that can be implemented into the curriculum </li></ul>
  18. 18. Trip Blogging Share your experiences while on the ground in Guatemala Will be embedded in the LWB website – under development now 2010 Trip blog:
  19. 19. Post trip and next year… <ul><li>Share your experiences, spread the word! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CLA Annual Conference Halifax 2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publications in local journals/newsletters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Continued support for the Asturias Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Another trip? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Further collection development? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit from Jorge/Asturias Librarian? </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Upcoming Events… <ul><li>Asturias Project Planning Meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Open to all trip participants (minimum one representative from each student committee) </li></ul><ul><li>March 13, 7:00 pm EST </li></ul><ul><li>CASLIS sponsored talk: LWB & the Asturias Academy Library Project </li></ul><ul><li>Ottawa Public Library, Rideau Branch Library, Ottawa, ON </li></ul><ul><li>Open to the public </li></ul><ul><li>March 24, 5:30 pm EST </li></ul><ul><li>CLA Annual Conference & Trade Show, Halifax, NS </li></ul><ul><li>Fri, May 27 from 10:30-12:00 pm. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Service Learning: Bringing the World into LIS Education” </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Comments? </li></ul>