Guatemala Trip Information Meeting: Recording Available Online

Join Librarians Without Borders on Sunday, February 5 at 9 pm EST / 6 pm PST for an online information meeting about our upcoming service trip to Guatemala. This is an open meeting — all are welcome! 

Access the recording of the February 5 information meeting here (no password required).

 

LWB will be in Guatemala from April 21-May 1, 2017 to work with our partner, Miguel Angel Asturias Academy.  At the information meeting a presentation will be given introducing our partner and outlining trip goals and logistics.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions. Anyone who is interested in applying for the trip is welcome to attend the meeting.

Learn more about the trip and access the trip application form here. The deadline for applications is February 13.

A recording of the meeting will be posted afterward for those who cannot attend. For more information contact servicetrip2017@lwb-online.org.

Access the web meeting using the links/information provided below:

Join WebEx meeting
Meeting number: 625 816 161
Meeting password: LWB2017
Join by phone
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Access code: 625 816 161

 

Call for Volunteers: 2017 Guatemala Service Trip

This is the eighth consecutive spring that LWB is traveling to the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Since 2010 over 120 librarians and library science students have spent more than 40 working days onsite to help our partner realize and grow their dream of an open stacks, circulating school library. What started as cinder blocks in 2010 is now the vibrant center of the school.

LWB uses this annual service trip to execute our remote work on the ground, to discuss emerging needs with our partner, and to re-connect with students and school staff. We invite you to work alongside us this year from April 21 to May 1, 2017.

This year’s work at the Academy will include ongoing collection management activities (cataloguing, processing, and organizing materials), library programming for students, and training for teachers. LWB works with Asturias to also provide opportunities for trip participants to engage in activities that will help nurture a comprehensive understanding of libraries, education and culture in Guatemala. Typically trip participants are also given the opportunity to help finalize the last weekend activity (for example, visit scenic Lake Atitlán or trek to one of Guatemala’s volcanic peaks).

Primary Projects

  • Cataloging, processing, and adding new items to the library’s collection.
  • Library programming targeting all students and levels through multi-day library events.
  • Professional development workshops for teachers supporting library integration into the curriculum.

Housing and Food
While in Quetzaltenango (Xela), participants will stay and eat most of their meals at the COFA Catholic Retreat Centre. On the weekends meals are eaten with a local family or at local restaurants. Vegetarian options will be available.

Expectations
All trip volunteers are expected to:

  • Attend online meetings (3-4) to discuss projects and receive training on the Asturias Library and the local community context. These meetings are mandatory for all volunteers.
  • Join and contribute to a working team before the trip.
  • Participate in pre-and post-trip assessments (e.g. evaluation surveys).

Program Fees
The program fee is $1525 CAD* (= ~$1160 USD) for 11 days. This total covers lodging, food, transportation and entrance to all activities within Guatemala, as well as a fundraising fee to support LWB programs. Trip participants are responsible for paying their own airfare to and from Guatemala.

There is a $500 CAD non-refundable deposit due by all accepted applicants by February 24. The remainder of the fees ($1025 CAD) can be paid at the same time or by March 10*.

In addition, all trip participants are expected to bring extra spending money for additional purchases such as souvenirs and snacks, as well as occasional meals in Guatemala ($50-100 is adequate).

Note, in previous years some participants have created crowdfunding campaigns to wholly or partially offset the costs of the trip. LWB uses our social media channels to promote those campaigns for participants.

Important Dates

  • Guatemala Information Meeting (online) – February 5 @ 9 pm EST
  • Application Deadline – February 13
  • Successful applicants selected and notified – February 18
  • $500 CAD* non-refundable deposit due – February 24
  • $1025 CAD* remainder of program fees – March 10

*Note: The $1525 CAD may be revised to a new final figure if a significant change in exchange rate occurs. Should this happen, the information would be published by February 24.

How to apply: Submit a completed volunteer application to servicetrip2017@lwb-online.org by February 13.

How to “do” International Librarianship: An Article from LWB

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LWB’s Co-Executive Director Melanie Sellar recently authored “Strategies for Engaging in International Librarianship: Misconceptions and Opportunities” in the San Jose State University Student Research Journal. Download this contribution here.

The invited essay looks at the ways that we currently “do” international librarianship and identifies strategies for making that work more robust, reciprocal, action-oriented, and long-lasting in its impact.

Abstract: Higher education institutions are increasingly formalizing internationalization priorities into their strategic plans. As a result library and information science (LIS) programs and academic libraries are beginning to encourage the inclusion of more international perspectives in student experiences. One means of doing so is by drawing upon international librarianship (IL), an LIS field of study since the 1950s. However, IL is a relatively small field that is not understood well. In order for IL to be studied, practiced, and funded in ways that are appropriate to its potential, this essay revisits the concept of IL, discusses some of its misconceptions, and advocates for more intentional, reciprocal, and reflective applications. It is also argued that IL praxis should be coupled with critical theorist (or critical librarian) values, in order to achieve the most balanced relationships.

Guatemala Trip Information Meeting: February 9 Online

GT Info Meeting Blog Join Librarians Without Borders on Tuesday, February 9 at 9 pm EST / 6 pm PST for an online information meeting about our upcoming service trip to Guatemala. This is an open meeting — all are welcome!

LWB will be in Guatemala from April 22-May 2, 2016 to work with our partner, Miguel Angel Asturias Academy.  At the information meeting a presentation will be given introducing our partner and outlining trip goals and logistics.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions. Anyone who is interested in applying for the trip is welcome to attend the meeting.

Learn more about the trip and access the trip application form here. The deadline for applications is February 23.

A recording of the meeting will be posted afterward for those who cannot attend. For more information contact servicetrip2016@lwb-online.org.

Access the web meeting using the links/information provided below:

Join WebEx meeting
Meeting number: 624 005 092
Meeting password: LWB2016
Join by phone
1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
Access code: 624 005 092

 

Call for Volunteers: Guatemala 2016 Service Trip

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Service Trip Description 

Every Spring since 2010 LWB travels to the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala to execute our remote work on the ground, to discuss emerging needs with our partners, and to re-connect with the students and school staff. We invite you to join us and work alongside us this year from April 22 to May 2, 2016.

This year’s work at the Academy will include ongoing collection management activities (cataloguing, processing, and organizing materials) and information literacy/outreach programming for students and teachers. LWB works with Asturias to also provide opportunities for trip participants to engage in activities that will help nurture a comprehensive understanding of libraries, education and culture in Guatemala. Typically trip participants are also given the opportunity to help finalize the last weekend activity (for example, visit scenic Lake Atitlán or trek to one of Guatemala’s volcanic peaks).

Primary Projects

  • Continued support of ILS implementation and lending system at the Asturias Academy through collection management support.
  • Information literacy and outreach programming targeting all students and levels through multi-day library events.
  • Professional development workshops for teachers supporting library integration into the curriculum.

Housing and Food
While in Quetzaltenango (Xela), participants will stay and eat most of their meals at the COFA Catholic Retreat Centre. On the weekends meals are eaten with a local family or at local restaurants. Vegetarian options will be available.

Expectations
All trip volunteers are expected to:

  • Attend online meetings (3-4) to discuss projects and receive training on the Asturias Library and the local community context. These meetings are mandatory for all volunteers.
  • Join and contribute to a working team before the trip.
  • Participate in pre-and post-trip assessments (e.g. evaluation surveys).

Program Fees
The program fee is $1500 CAD* (= ~$1080 USD) for 11 days. This total covers lodging, food, transportation and entrance to all activities within Guatemala, as well as a fundraising fee to support LWB’s Guatemalan programs. Trip participants are responsible for paying their own airfare to and from Guatemala.

There is a $500 CAD non-refundable deposit due by all accepted applicants by March 3. The remainder of the fees ($1000 CAD) can be paid at the same time or by March 10*.

In addition, all trip participants are expected to bring extra spending money for additional purchases such as souvenirs and snacks, as well as occasional meals in Guatemala ($50-100 is adequate).

Important Dates

  • Guatemala Information Meeting (online) – February 9
  • Application Deadline – February 23
  • Successful applicants selected and notified – February 29
  • $500 CAD* non-refundable deposit due – March 3
  • $1000 CAD* (remainder of program fees) – March 10

*Note: The $1500 CAD may be revised to a new final figure if a significant change in exchange rate occurs. This information would be published by March 3.

How to apply: Submit a completed Volunteer Application to servicetrip2016@lwb-online.org by February 23. Thank you!

Annual General Meeting: July 29, 2015

Librarians Without Borders is hosting our 10th Annual General Meeting

Members: Please join us to hear about LWB work over the last year.

Date: Wed, July 29, 2015

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm EST

Place: Online via web conference

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Our AGM will be held as a webinar to allow members near and far to participate. The instructions for registration will be sent via email to all of our members later this week. If you do not get your AGM package and invite, please contact membership@lwb-online.org to request a new email be sent. We look forward to convening with you.

Join our Team: Accepting Nominations for Executive Leadership

Librarians Without Borders’ 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) is soon approaching, and with it comes elections of particular Executive positions as required by our bylaws. Download and read the job descriptions below for more information about what we’re looking for and how to apply.

Executive Team

Co-Executive Director (1 position)

Treasurer

Membership Director

To Apply

Read the application instructions in the job descriptions, complete the materials, and send to nominations@lwb-online.org no later than July 17, 2015. Please direct all questions to nominations@lwb-online.org.

Candidate summaries will be disseminated to the membership in the AGM package prior to the AGM and candidates will be voted into office by LWB members who attend the AGM and those who have voted by proxy.

Executive Team

Collection Development at the Asturias Academy

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By Kerry Purvis

The 2015 Librarians Without Borders Collection Development team did some great work at the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy this year! This year the project focused on cataloging newly purchased books, reclassifying teacher resource materials, and mending damaged books. All five team members received training on the cataloging system prior to the trip and put the training to use on site.

Before arriving at the Asturias Academy the team stopped by the Piedra Santa publishing company in Guatemala City where they purchased 19 books to add to the library’s collection, and where trip participants purchased additional books individually to donate. The team added a total of 56 new books to the collection.

The team was responsible for classifying the books, adding a call number and adding stickers to the books to explain their reading level and genre. They referred to a Spanish Dewey list when adding call numbers. The school’s books are cataloged by Dewey subjects only and they do not go past the decimal point. After assigning a call number they began by dividing the books into three reading levels, beginner, intermediate, and advanced.The team then selected the genre of the book, assigned the book a reading level, and added color-coded labels. Once the book had a call number and its labels the team then referred the school’s master inventory of 4,851 items to see if there was already a copy of the book in the collection. The school’s librarian Dorita maintains the entire catalog in an Excel spreadsheet. Following that the team then wrote on the back of the cover the reading level (P, I, A), call number, first three letters of the author or editor, and copy number if there was more than one copy.

The team took on several side projects as well. Some of the books were translated into Spanish to make them bilingual books. These were pictures books that had plenty of space to add additional English text. The team also reclassified teacher resource materials, which had been in a separate category. The category was eliminated and and reclassified as advanced books.

A future goal of the collection development team is to help the library create a collection development policy.

Click below to see Alexandra Ferguson talks about Asturias Collection Development

 

 

Join Our Team: Automation Specialists

LWB is recruiting two Automation Specialists to help a Guatemalan library scale to serve more community members in the rural, mountainous town of Chajul, Guatemala. The library has a great problem: a quickly growing patron base! Because its processes are mostly manual, LWB is working with them to automate some of their work in order to free up the librarians for more individual support of community members.

Chajul’s largely indigenous population was a significant target of atrocities — including massacres and scorching of villages — committed during Guatemala’s 36-year civil war. The legacy of these atrocities lives on, although a Mayan resurgence, which aims to exalt and give voice to Mayan people locally and nationally, is growing.

Education is critical to this Mayan empowerment, but due to a lack of Spanish / literacy skills in the region generations of Maya Ixil Guatemalans remain unable to advocate for themselves, access key resources, attain good jobs, or support Spanish literacy development in their children.

To help address the community’s education needs, Limitless Horizons Ixil established the Saber sin Límites Community Library in 2010. This is the first and only library to serve the 20,000 people in Chajul. The library provides critical access to reading materials and related literacy educational programs for its 1,600 members, whose numbers continue to grow.

The LWB Automation Specialists will help LHI automate some of its processes so that it can continue to scale and serve even more community members. The four-month project (June to September 2015) will focus on a patron library-card scanning system, and will culminate in the delivery of software plus a barcode scanner that LWB will deploy in its site visit to Chajul at the end of September.

Please download and read the job description here, as well as information about how to apply: Automation Specialists Job Description. Join our team and contribute to this meaningful work!

PUSH YOURSELF TO THE LIMIT

Bringing the Library into the Classroom

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At the request of Jorge Chojolan and the teachers at the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy, this year marks the first service trip where LWB offered a professional development workshop for the staff of the school.

“When I was here three years ago, the library was set up and the kids were starting to get comfortable with the space and the books. Once we reached that milestone, there was a new need – to bring teachers into the library and get them comfortable with integrating the library into their curriculum”, said Xenia Kourgouzova, project lead.

Referred to as ‘Library Day 2.0’, the main goal was to have a discussion with the Asturias teachers about how they could incorporate the library and its resources into their lessons and their classrooms, and about the importance of the library in improving student performance.

“The goal was not to teach teachers how to teach. The goal was to provide them with some ideas of how they could use the library and interest their students in using the library”, added Kourgouzova.

The members of the Professional Development team were Rebecca Lahr, Natalie Baur, and Stephanie Anderson.

After an introduction by Jorge, the agenda for the two hour workshop was:

Library as a Lab & the ‘Flipped’ Classroom (Natalie)
Leading to the brainstorming session in the second half of the workshop, Natalie talked about the concept of using the library as a place for discovery and innovation, and ‘flipping’ the classroom to have the students lead their learning and do research based on their own questions.

Guided Research (Rebecca)
Following Natalie, Rebecca discussed how the teachers could help guide their students to find the answers to their questions.

Early Literacy ( Stephanie)
Stephanie talked about the definition of early literacy, its importance, and demonstrated an example phonological awareness activity using books from the Asturias library.

Values Education (Xenia)
Xenia used examples from the Olympic Values Education Program Toolkit to demonstrate how topics such as excellence, friendship, and respect can be presented to the students in the form of activities and how they can help cultivate joy of effort, fair play, respect for others, pursuit of excellence and enhance balance between body, will and mind.

Brainstorming Exercise
The teachers then broke into two groups to brainstorm how they could use the library as an incubator or lab for learning.

The teachers agreed that in order to use the library in this way, they would need to change their thinking to be more creative. Some of their ideas were:
puzzles and educational games for the library, e.g those that would teach shapes
use the library for vocabulary lessons, e.g. ask their students to find a particular word in a book in the library, read a passage from a book and discuss the words that they don’t know, or keep a journal of new words they’ve learned.
hold a science fair or math olympics in the library
have the students create their own plays

As part of the exercise, the teachers also discussed what resources they would need to bring their ideas to life so that those needs could be integrated into a future collections plan for the library.

“The main feedback after the workshop from the teachers was that they all were very excited about trying to use the library as a laboratory”, said Kourgouzova.

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