Toronto, ON, Canada
Two Librarians Without Borders volunteers will be presenting at the Ontario Library Association SuperConference, the largest annual gathering of librarians in Canada, this February 3rd in Toronto. Join Jessica Luet and Courtney Lundrigan from 1:00-1:45 pm at the Poster Expo.
You can also catch them at the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Information and Media Studies‘ alumni event at Joe Badali’s on February 3rd from 5:30-7:30 pm. If you’re a FIMS alumni, drop by to meet them, view the poster, hear about this project, and learn more about LWB.
From the Ground Up:
A Collaborative Library Experience in Costa Rica
Courtney Lundrigan and Jessica Luet
In September 2009, Librarians Without Borders (LWB) at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) undertook a project to build an elementary school library in the village of El Humo, Costa Rica. After nine months of fundraising and collection development, a team of ten volunteers went to physically build and set up the library. Participants experienced cultural life and gave the village its first library. The project inspired a continuing collaboration between LWB and the partner association in Costa Rica. Learn how we are supporting information literacy and community development while celebrating international, school, and children’s librarianship.
The current issue of the Canadian Library Association’s national magazine, Feliciter, features an article published by LWB Student Liaisons Erin Walker and Carolyn Doi about the Costa Rican library initiative led by the LWB committee at the University of Western Ontario. Be sure to check it out!
CBC Radio Canada International interviewed Jessica Luet, former Chair of the LWB-University of Western Ontario committee, about the Costa Rican library initiative that the group led last academic year. In this six minute interview, which was broadcast internationally, Jessica speaks about recent work in the rainforest village of El Humo, Costa Rica. The interviewer remarks on the efficacy of these LWBers — helping to build a library literally from the ground up in less than two weeks — and jokingly recommends LWB for any renovation project! Enjoy listening to this story.
Also in the news, former LWB-McGill students Carolyn Doi and Valli Fraser-Celin published “Encouraging a Culture of Literacy in Guatemala: McGill Librarians Without Borders & the Asturias Academy Library Partnership” in the August bulletin of L’Association des bibliothécaires du Québec Library Association. Here is the introduction from their article:
In April 2010 eleven student members of Librarians Without Borders (LWB) McGill traveled to Guatemala to the mountainous region of Quetzaltenango, the second largest city in that country. Our reason for going: the Asturias Academy Library Project. Our ten day trip was packed with library work, cultural excursions, and endless learning opportunities. Most importantly, we worked in collaboration with the Angel Miguel Asturias Academy to shape a vision and create an action plan for their library, which is currently under construction. This was a project of firsts: not only were we the first group of library students from McGill to embark on an international service trip of this kind, we were also Asturias Academy’s first visitors from Canada!
The work of Librarians Without Borders students at the University of Western Ontario made the news today! Read about the school library that they successfully helped to build from the ground up in the small, rural community of El Humo, Costa Rica.
Particular mention is given to the group of volunteers who went to Costa Rica: Jessica Luet, Courtney Lundrigan, Megan Thomas, Kristina Porr, Erin Walker, Debby Ng, Kris Meen, Jessica Kipp, Aubrey Kirkpatrick and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies staff member Steve Patterson.
From September 2009 to April 2010, the Librarians Without Borders
student committee at UWO and Central American partner organization
VIDA, undertook a project to build a school library for the rural
village of El Humo, Costa Rica. In April, ten LWB members travelled to
Costa Rica for two weeks to physically construct and set up the
library. They’re back and ready to share their experiences. LWB
members will speak not only about their experiences in Costa Rica but
also about the planning, organizing, collection developing, all around
hard work behind the project.
Please join us:
Wednesday, June 9 from 12:00-1:00 in NCB 293
Refreshments will be served.