I’ve been invited by the Librarians Without Borders (LWB) executive to speak at an upcoming event in Ottawa. Since its inception in 2005, the LWB has worked to increase fair and equitable access to information, regardless of geography, politics or religion. Both the LWB executive and its student groups have forged relationships with community organizations and individuals interested in promoting literacy in developing regions.
The event will showcase the accomplishments of our student chapters from the University of Western Ontario, the University of Toronto and McGill University. Together, we’ve sent students to Guatemala and Costa Rica, hosted guests from Tanzania and raised funds for worthy local causes. I urge anyone interested in learning more about information access in developing countries to come out and share our experiences.
Below is the official invite from the LWB website:
Event in Ottawa: Putting Information in the Hands of the World
Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Over the last year, Librarians Without Borders‘ Student Committees have been involved in a number of local and international information access projects. LWB has undertaken these projects in order to improve access to information for the people in these communities. Specifically, LWB students have been engaged in a number of projects to build libraries in Canada, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.
To celebrate the accomplishments of our students, Librarians Without Borders is pleased to partner with CLA-CASLIS to offer an evening program in Ottawa, where representatives of various student committees will be talking about their work.
Please join us! Come learn about their amazing projects and hear how MLIS students are helping to put information in the hands of the world!
LWB-McGill Committee: Valli Fraser-Celin and Carolyn Doi
LWB-University of Toronto Committee: Mark Gelsomino
LWB-University of Western Ontario Committee: Erin Walker, Aubrey Kirkpatrick, and Kris Meen
When: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Ottawa Public Library Auditorium (120 Metcalfe St)
Admission: By donation (suggested amount: $5 – $10).
All proceeds from this event will go to Librarians Without Borders
Register at <http://tinyurl.com/lwb-2010>
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Check out these links to find out what our student groups have been up to and to learn more about the groups and individuals we’ve partnered with.
The event is being graciously hosted by the Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Systems (CASLIS).
Here’s the Librarians Without Borders main site.
Paul Francescutti, a television producer/director, has produced Remote Access, a documentary chronicling his travels to remote libraries in Kenya and Peru.
One of the several worthy causes we’ve raised money for. The Children’s Book Bank operates out of the ethnically diverse Toronto neighborhood of Parkdale and supplies books, literacy support and programming to children in need.
Read about the LWB McGill chapter’s trip to Guatemala…
…and the LWB Western chapter’s trip to Costa Rica!
Many thanks to Jessica, who recommended me to the people organizing the event. Check out her library blog here: