Category: Events

Help Librarians Without Borders Understand Your Library – Survey Deadline Extended!

Librarians Without Borders is interested in understanding the needs of libraries in developing regions, particularly with respect to managing book collections. We have developed a short survey to gather information about the unique experiences of your library and gain knowledge into the common issues that libraries face in communities of need around the world.

Your input will help us develop tools to aid our current and future partners and friends in managing their libraries. We value your perspective and insight, and we thank you for taking 20 minutes to share with us the context of your library.

If you have any questions, please contact Carmen Ho (carmen.ho@lwb-online.org) or Stephanie Osley (stephanie.osley@lwb-online.org).

The survey will close on Sunday November 30, 2014 Sunday December 7, 2014. Click here to complete.

Thank you for providing valuable input into our work and please share widely!

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LWB Heads to Toronto for the OLA Super Conference: Join Us

Mingle with Librarians Without Borders at the OLA Super Conference next week in Toronto!

Thursday: “Bibliotecarios sin fronteras: Visiting a School Library in Guatemala” 

On Thursday, January 30 between 3:45 – 5:00 pm, join LWB volunteers Suzanne Fernando (Toronto Public Library) and Alexandra Ferguson (MLIS Student, Western University) at the T4L – Together For Learning Showcase for School Librarians. They’ll be sharing sharing photographs and details of their participation in the Librarians Without Borders Volunteer Service Trip to the Asturias school library in Guatemala, April 2013.

Friday: Join Us for Lunch and Conversation at Boston Pizza

You’re invited to lunch with LWB on Friday, January 31st at Boston Pizza on Front Street, just a few minutes walk from the Convention Center. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about Librarians Without Borders, meet some of our Executive team, and hear about our programs in Guatemala and Ghana. For more information or to join the event visit our Facebook Event page.
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Library 2.013 Global Conference Kicks Off This Week

The Worldwide Virtual Library 2.013 Conference kicks off this week. This conference is free for everyone around the world to attend and the conference schedule is available here.

Librarians Without Borders is an official partner of this conference. Because it’s entirely online, international librarians across the global can present, volunteer,  and attend.

If you’d like to volunteer (they still have spots), there is free training provided on the software and how to moderate.

Join LWB this week in what looks to be some really great sessions, reflecting our professional field across the world.

 

Toronto Event: Author Sheila Dalton reads from Giller Reader’s Choice novel

Hello Toronto library folks and LWB supporters,

The Toronto Public Library will be hosting an author reading by longtime LWB member and support Sheila Dalton. She’ll be discussing her acclaimed novel The Girl in the Box. LWB Treasurer, Nalini Battu, will also be on hand to talk about our work in Guatemala and beyond. Details are below.

Dalton

Sheila Dalton
The Girl in the Box
A Giller Reader’s Choice Top Ten Pick, 2012.
A mute Mayan girl held captive in the Guatemalan jungle, a big city
psychoanalyst with a rescue complex, and a journalist with a broken
heart are the focus of this provocative tale. Sheila is a former librarian
and a member of Librarians Without Borders. Meet members of
Librarians Without Borders tonight.

Thursday September 26, 7pm
Kennedy/Eglinton Branch
2380 Eglinton Avenue East
416-396-8924

Librarians Without Borders McGill is having a party! Le comité Bibliothécaires sans frontières de McGill organise un party!

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Librarians Without Borders McGill is having a party! Join us for an evening of raffles, dancing and music.

https://www.facebook.com/events/193374334177410/

McGill School of Information Studies students, information studies students at Université de Montréal EBSI, and information professionals from the Montreal community are all invited. A great opportunity to meet new people and to build your professional network!

Thursday, September 12 at 7:00pm

Bar Le Gymnase (410, Rachel Est)

* All drinks $2
* Tickets $7 at the door, 5$ in advance
* There will be a raffle with great prizes to be won!

We look forward to seeing you there!

**Librarians without Borders (LWB) is a non-profit organization that strives to improve access to information resources regardless of language, geography, or religion, by forming partnerships with community organizations in developing regions. Our vision is to build sustainable libraries and support their custodians and advocates—librarians. We have worked with international libraries in Guatemala as well as local organizations here in Montreal, such as the Native Friendship Center of Montreal and the women’s shelter Chez Doris.**

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Le comité Bibliothécaires sans frontières de McGill organise un party! Joignez-vous à nous pour une soirée de tirages, danse et musique.

https://www.facebook.com/events/193374334177410/

Les étudiants de l’école des sciences de l’information de l’Université McGill et de l’École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information (EBSI) de l’Université de Montréal, ainsi que les professionnels de l’information de la communauté montréalaise sont tous invités. Une belle opportunité de rencontrer de nouvelles personnes et d’agrandir votre réseau professionnel!

Thursday, September 12 at 7:00pm

Bar Le Gymnase (410, Rachel Est)

* Toutes les boissons à $2
* Billets 7$ à la porte, 5$ en pré-vente
* Il y aura des tirages avec de très beaux prix à gagner!

Au plaisir de vous y voir!

** Bibliothécaires sans frontières (BSF) est une organisation à but non lucratif qui vise à améliorer l’accès aux ressources d’information indépendamment de la langue, la géographie, ou de la religion, en formant des partenariats avec des organismes communautaires dans les régions en développement. Notre vision est de construire des bibliothèques durables et de soutenir leurs bibliothécaires. Nous avons travaillé avec des bibliothèques internationales au Guatemala ainsi qu’avec des organisations locales ici Montréal, tels que le Centre d’amitié autochtone et le refuge pour femmes Chez Doris.**

Ottawa Feb 13 Event: E-readers and community generated e-collections in Ghanaian society

Research Conversations at the University of Ottawa School of Information Studies

Feb 13 from 1-2:30 in Simard Bldg, Room 12

LWB Student and Ghana Team member Rebecca Ross will be presenting her research from her directed reading course on the LWB-Ghana Team.

Topic: “E-readers and community generated e-collections: opportunities and challenges of print on demand in Ghanaian society”

If you’re in the Ottawa area, consider joining the lunch conversation and hearing about Rebecca’s work with LWB.

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You’re invited to Librarians Without Borders Social Event at the OLA Super Conference 2013

Join Librarians Without Borders at the OLA Super Conference for a fun evening at Jack Astor’s Restaurant Bar and Grill on Friday February 1st, 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to find out more information about Librarians Without Borders, meet Librarians Without Borders members and hear about our upcoming trip to Guatemala this April.

For more information or to join the event visit our Facebook Event page.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Reflections from LWB North American Speaking Tour with Guatemalan Partner Jorge Chojolán

During the LWB North American Speaking Tour with our Guatemalan Partner Jorge Chojolán, LWB student committee members were asked to reflect on their experience attending the workshops and public events during the tour. This post comes to us from Emily, a member of the LWB University of Toronto Student Committee and a student in the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto.

I attended two of Jorge Chojolan’s workshops about Miguel Angel Asturias Academy.  His story and the history of the academy are truly inspiring.  Jorge has created an amazing school with such a limited amount of resources.  It was really great to see how Librarians Without Borders helps the school, and how enthusiastic the kids are about their library.  Jorge’s presentation made me realize how much the work and fundraising that we do means to communities in need of library resources.

 

Speaking Tour Workshop (Toronto): Challenges of preservation of indigenous languages and culture in Guatemala – Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

 

Speaking Tour: LWB Presents Jorge Chojolan

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Speaking Tour Announcement

It is our pleasure to announce that LWB will be hosting our Guatemalan partner, Jorge Chojolan, from November 11 – 29, as part of a North American speaking tour. Jorge is the founder and director of the Asturias Academy, a progressive k-12 school that offers education for students from low-income and indigenous families. The speaking events will focus on the following themes: education reform, leadership, libraries and literacy in Guatemala.

Sponsors of Jorge Chojolán’s Speaking Tour 2012

About Jorge Chojolan

Jorge has spent his life committed to improving access to education for low income and indigenous families in Guatemala. Inspired by the writing of Paulo Friere’s book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Jorge is creating an alternative school system designed to spur improvements in education throughout Guatemala. Learn more about Jorge’s story…

Librarians Without Borders and the Asturias Academy

Since 2009, Librarians Without Borders has worked with Jorge and the Asturias Academy to promote literacy and libraries in Guatemala. Through many hours of fundraising, planning and hard work, Asturias was able to open a community library to students and their families in January 2011. Learn more about our work in Guatemala…

Tour Itinerary & Public Events

Toronto, ON


Workshop: Challenges of preservation of indigenous languages and culture in Guatemala
November 12, 12:00 – 1:00PM
University of Toronto, Faculty of Information (Room TBA)


Workshop: International partnership from two perspectives: Librarians Without Borders and Miguel Angel Asturias Academy, Guatemala
November 13, 12:00 – 1:00PM
University of Toronto, Faculty of Information (Room TBA)


“Promoting Democracy and Human Rights Through Education in Guatemala”
November 13, 6:00PM
St. Mike’s Muzzo Family Alumni Hall (121 St. Joseph Street, Toronto)

London, ON


“Promoting Democracy and Human Rights Reform Through Education in Guatemala”
November 14, 12:15 – 1:30pm
University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Education, Room: 1010.

Ottawa, ON


“Promoting Democracy and Human Rights Reform Through Education in Guatemala”
November 16, 2:00 – 4:30pm
Room 129, Simard Hall, University of Ottawa

Montreal, QC


“Libraries and education in Guatemala”
Monday, November 19, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm
McGill campus, Thomson House ballroom, 3650 rue McTavish
Generously co-sponsored by L’Association des bibliothécaires du Québec Library/Quebec Library Association (ABQLA). Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: Fill out this form: http://bit.ly/LWBeventMcGill or e-mail megan.fitzgibbons@lwb-online.org by November 15


“Indigenous issues and human rights in Guatemala”
Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 12:00-1:30 pm
McGill campus, Peterson Hall, room 116, 3460 rue McTavish
Generously co-sponsored by The Centre for Society, Technology and Development (STANDD) at McGill University. Lunch will be served.

RSVP: Fill out this form: http://bit.ly/LWBeventMcGill or e-mail megan.fitzgibbons@lwb-online.org by November 15


“Education in Guatemala and Asturias’ unique curriculum, based on Paulo Freire’s philosophy”
Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm
Concordia campus, Hall Building, room H-441 (1455 Blvd. deMaisonneuve West; 4th floor).
Generously co-sponsored by the Department of Education and the Loyola College of Sustainability and Diversity at Concordia University.

RSVP: Fill out this form: http://bit.ly/LWBeventMcGill or e-mail megan.fitzgibbons@lwb-online.org by November 15

Los Angeles, CA


“Promoting Democracy and Human Rights Through Education in Guatemala”
November, 29, 7:00 p.m.
Auditorium, Main Campus, Marymount College

Library 2.012 Online Conference Kicks Off Next Week: Attend & Volunteer

The Worldwide Virtual Library 2.012 Conference kicks off next week. This conference is free for everyone around the world to attend and the conference schedule has just been released: check it out.

Librarians Without Borders is an official partner of this conference. Because it’s entirely online, international librarians across the global can present, volunteer,  and attend.

If you’d like to volunteer (they still have spots), there is free training provided on the software and how to moderate.

Join LWB next week in what looks to be some really great sessions, reflecting our professional field across the world.

 

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