Category: Events

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

John Abernathy Photography

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: or e-mail 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: or e-mail 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: or e-mail 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.


Library 2.012 Global Online Conference: Submit a Proposal

The virtual Library 2.012 conference (October 3-5) is a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on the current and future state of libraries.  Subject strands include physical and virtual learning spaces, evolving professional roles in today’s world, organizing and creating information, changing delivery methods, user-centered access, and mobile and geo-social information environments. 

LWB is a Library 2.012 Advisor

Why is Librarians Without Borders supporting this conference? Because it’s entirely online, international librarians across the global can both present and share ideas. We’re all doing innovating things for our communities and can learn from one another. 

And, best of all: attendance is free! Sign up at to be kept informed.

Proposals for presenting are due by September 15th.  (View last year’s sessions for inspiration.)

Some statistics from last year’s conference attest to its truly global and inclusive nature: 9,000 logins, 150 sessions, 36 time zones, and 153 countries!


Read to someone special on International Literacy Day!

In celebration of International Literacy Day, Librarians Without Borders compiled a list of Children’s titles about books and libraries, emphasizing the importance of books and libraries for children’s imagination and growth. Celebrate International Literacy Day by reading to someone special!


Children’s titles about books and libraries


  • Wu wei xiong he xiao hua By: Mary Murphy


  • Richard Wright and the library card By: William Miller
  • Librarian on the roof! : a true story By: M.G King
  • D.W.’s library card By: Marc Brown
  • Lola at the library By: Anna McQuinn
  • When the library lights go out By: Megan McDonald
  • Maisy goes to the library By: Lucy Cousins
  • Rachel’s library By: Richard Ungar
  • The House of Wisdom By: Florence Parry Heide
  • Max goes to the library By: Adria F. Klein
  • Tiny goes to the library By: Cari Meister
  • Carlo and the really nice librarian By: Jessica Spanyol,
  • I.Q. goes to the library By: Mary Ann Fraser
  • Book! book! book! By: Deborah Bruss
  • Beverly Billingsly borrows a book By: Alexande Stadler
  • But excuse me that is my book By: Lauren Child
  • Amelia Bedelia, bookworm By: Herman Parish
  • ABC letters in the library By: Bonnie Farmer
  • The boy who was raised by librarians By:  Carla D. Morris
  • Library lion By: Michelle Knudsen


  • Alcatraz contre les ossements du scribe  By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Alcatraz versus the Scrivener’s Bones By: Brandon Sanderson
  • La bibliothèque fantôme By: David Melling
  • Que lit Galette à la bibliothèque? By: Lina Rousseau


  • Milagre na biblioteca : o livro que não gostava de computadores By: Humberta Maria Araujo


  • Richard Wright y el carné de biblioteca By: William Miller

Librarians Without Borders Celebrates International Literacy Day!

In celebration of International Literacy Day, Librarians Without Borders produced a short video that features the Guatemala Program and our long term partnership with Miguel Angel Asturias Academy.

Please share with your friends, family, colleagues and social media channels!

|Happy International Literacy Day! |

|Journée internationale de l’alphabétisation! |

|Día Internacional de la Alfabetización!|



LWB Annual General Meeting: July 18, 2012

Librarians Without Borders is hosting our 7th Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Members: Please join us to hear about LWB work since last October!

LWB saying farewell in Guatemala



Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Time: 7:00-8:30 pm EST

Place: Online via FuzeMeeting



Like the past three years, the AGM will be held as a webinar. The instructions for registration have been sent via email to all of our members. If you did not get your AGM package and invite, please contact to request a new email be sent. We look forward to convening with you.

Join Us: LWB Social at Canadian Library Association Conference

Outside of Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa: Statue adorned with LWB bookbag

Going to CLA 2012? Librarians Without Borders is hosting a get-together at Ottawa’s venerable Royal Oak Pub:

Wed, May 30

7:30-9:30 pm

Everyone is encouraged to head over after CLA’s Opening Reception; there will be group appetizers available for all, and the regular menu will be available for guests to order dinner and drinks.

The Royal Oak Pub is located at 161 Laurier Ave. E. (across from the University of Ottawa), and is only a 5-10 minute walk from the Convention Center. In addition to food, there will be socializing and conversations about our recent service  trip to Guatemala and our emerging work in Ghana.

Current and former volunteers, professionals, and like-minded people are all welcome. Please RSVP at our Facebook Event Page. We hope to see you there!

Innovation from the Margins Unconference: Registration Open!

Librarians Without Borders hosts its first unconference. In the spirit of public discussion, open debate and exploration into the topic of global partnerships and library innovation, this engaging event features speakers Stephen Abram, Mike McCaffrey, Helaine Becker and Katherine Palmer.

Visit our event page to read speaker bios or reserve tickets in advance.

Come out and join the discussion. We hope to see you there!

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