Non-profits in Action: Making a Difference by Improving Access to Information

Posted: March 18, 2012 in Librarians Without Borders
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Over the past several years, I’ve involved myself in the non-profit, pro-literacy group Librarians Without Borders (LWB).  Seven years after its inception as a small student run group at the University of Western Ontario , LWB boasts over 1000 international members.  It has launched literacy initiatives across the globe.  Apart from our core of dedicated, passionate volunteers and supporters, one of our greatest strengths is the support network we’ve built with similarly minded non-profit groups.

One of the major constraints on non-profit groups (especially smaller, volunteer driven organizations) is a poverty of human resources.  There is such a need for the services non-profit groups offer, yet the burden of providing those services often falls upon the shoulders of too few people.  Cooperation, info sharing and mutual support can help fill those gaps, and we can all prosper because of it.

On Wednesday, March 21st, 2012, the University of Ottawa LWB Committee will sponsor an event that will demonstrate the importance of these bonds.  Many thanks to representatives from SchoolBox and Village Link Tanzania for agreeing to speak at the event.

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Royal Oak, 161 Laurier East (Basement)
Cost: Free

Non-profits in action: Making a difference by improving access to informationInterested in projects that make a difference in Central America, the Caribbean and Africa? Want to learn more about how libraries and access to information can improve the lives of people all over the world? The uOttawa Librarians Without Borders chapter ( is hosting an informal information night, showcasing organizations that are making a difference. Stop by for a drink and some snacks, meet like-minded people, network, and get involved. You’ll hear from representatives from non-profit groups including Village Link Tanzania ( and SchoolBOX ( that are working in Africa, the Caribbean and Central America.***********************************************************
Charité en action : Faire une différence en améliorant l’accès à l’information.

Vous êtes intéressés par des projets qui font une différence en Amérique Centrale, aux Caraïbes et en Afrique? Vous désirez en apprendre plus sur comment les bibliothèques et l’accès global à l’information peuvent améliorer la vie d’individus à travers le monde? Le comité UOttawa de Librarians Without Borders ( organise une soirée d’information informelle sur ce sujet. Passez donc prendre un verre et manger une bouchée, rencontrer des gens qui partagent vos idées, faire du réseautage et vous impliquer.

Vous pourrez en apprendre plus au sujet d’organisations à but non lucratif telles que Village Link Tanzania ( et SchoolBox ( qui œuvrent en Afrique, dans les Caraïbes et en Amérique Centrale.*

*Italicised text courtesy of uOttawa Librarians Without Borders Committee
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