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LWB at McGill & the Native Friendship Centre

The collaboration between the McGill chapter of Librarians Without Borders (LWB) and the Native Friendship Centre (NFC) of Montréal centres on the importance of connecting Indigenous communities with Indigenous literature and film. When LWB first formed a partnership with the Native Friendship Centre in autumn 2014, we were asked to find ways to promote literacy within the Indigenous community in Montréal, specifically through developing resources and programming at the NFC. We began by developing a small library for youth who frequent the NFC, with a focus on graphic novels and children’s books written by Indigenous authors. These materials often grapple with histories and experiences undergone by Indigenous communities in ways that are at once complex and accessible to younger readers. However, we’ve since realized that occasional visits by LWB to the NFC library are not enough to continue developing a sustainable relationship with the urban Indigenous community.

LWB McGill committee members cataloguing at the NFC

LWB McGill committee members
cataloguing at the NFC

In autumn 2015, our LWB chapter initiated weekly film showings in the NFC’s youth centre for young adults, again focusing on films made by and about Indigenous communities. Following the viewing itself, the participants, NFC animators, and LWB volunteers discuss any thoughts stirred by the film. Several participants have come to the viewings every week, and give us feedback on the different films. For instance, they have repeatedly expressed interest in learning about Indigenous communities from other parts of the world, and discussing how they are similar to or different than those in Montréal and Québec. As time goes on, the LWB chapter will purchase selected films to add to the NFC’s library for long-term access.

LWB has also partnered with a small library in the Katavic School Board that focuses on resources for learning Inuktitut. Through this collaboration we have learned a lot about the importance of language preservation and the role librarians can play in making these resources available.

In the future, LWB McGill would like to continue supporting initiatives both locally and internationally to assist Indigenous communities and help connect them with the various resources they need and want to use.

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



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

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.**


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

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.**

Join the Librarians Without Borders Team!

Dear LWB Friends and Supporters,

Looking for a chance to join the LWB Executive Team? Have a keen interest spreading literacy to the developing world? We are currently seeking to fill a vacancy as Committee Advisor to our McGill (Montreal) group.


As McGill Advisor, you will provide mentorship, support and guidance to LWB’s Montreal based committee. You will sit as a member of the Executive Team of Librarians Without Borders International and help support the organization’s global literacy work. You’ll also gain valuable experience and skills that can be applied to your future academic and professional careers.

Desired Qualifications (full job description below):

-Must be a member of Librarians Without Borders (sign up here for free: Membership Form).

-Be passionate about our mission and have have a dedicated interest in providing literacy services to communities in need.

-Preferably live in or close to Montreal, or have some connection to the McGill Committee or the Montreal library community.

All interested applicants are encouraged to send a brief (100 word) Statement of Interest to: mark.gelsomino AT

Deadline: Monday, August 12th.  Any questions will be happily answered via the same email address – and don’t forget to read the full job description. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Student Committee Liaison Job Description


Mark Gelsomino & Melanie Sellar

Co-Executive Directors

Librarians Without Borders

*This is a volunteer position which will require approximately 8-15 hours per month.

New books for Asturias

By Xenia Kurguzova

On Wednesday, members of the McGill LWB Committee went to Las Americas in Montreal for a pre-Guatemala shopping trip.

Established in 1972, Las Americas is a great, cozy bookstore which specializes in Spanish books. All employees in Las Americas come from different parts of Quebec, Latin America, and Spain and aim to promote Hispanic culture and the Spanish language in North America. In the last few years, the bookstore has become an important cultural centre for promoting and supporting Spanish culture in Quebec, as well as the works of Spanish writers and the independent publishing houses of Spanish language materials.

Once we entered the store on trendy Boulevard Saint-Laurent, between Montreal’s Chinatown and Just for Laughs Museum, we found ourselves in a Hispanophone world! There were Spanish books in all categories and for all ages: Fiction. Non-fiction. History. Art. Travel. Languages. Hobbies. Architecture. Literature. Reference (which excited some librarians…). And much more.

After many “ohs” and “wows,” we disappeared between the bookshelves. We enjoyed browsing the store for a while and, with the generous help of the store’s staff, ended up with a huge pile of books…before realising that we could not purchase them all at once!

So we left the store with an amazing one-volume encyclopedia (Mi primera Enciclopedia Larousse), two beautifully-illustrated atlases (Atlas historico mundial and Atlas pais Larousse), a wall map (!), several biographies (Alejandro Magno, Picasso, Gaudi, Leonardo da Vinci, and Vincent van Gogh) and a number of history books (Pequena historia del mundo; Mayas y aztecas; Roma, Grecia and Egipto).

The visit to Las Americas made us eager to pack our bags, hop on the plane, and find ourselves in Guatemala as soon as possible! We look forward to seeing these books in the hands of Asturias’ students in just a few weeks.

Upcoming Fall Event at McGill School of Information Studies

The ABQLA College and Research Libraries Section is pleased to announce their fall kickoff event! In collaboration with the McGill student committee of Librarians Without Borders, we will be hosting this event on Wednesday, September the 21st at 5:30 p.m. at the School of Information Studies in room 106, 3661 Peel St.

The group will be discussing their recent service learning trip to Quetzaltenango Guatemala, where they volunteered at the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy. Librarians Without Borders has been active at McGill for several years, and has been working to create and support a library at the Asturias Academy. For this most recent trip to Guatemala, the McGill chapter partnered with other student chapters from across Canada to develop library programming, build the school library collection and work to integrate library resources into the curriculum.

Please come to learn more about Librarians Without Borders and the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy. Refreshments will be served, and there will be time for questions and discussion after the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please RSVP to Lindsey Sikora at by September 20th, 2011.

Guatemala Project Information Session @ McGill

Are you interested in traveling abroad? Making an impact in a developing country? Improving literacy and addressing access to information issues worldwide? Putting your skills in librarianship, archives, and knowledge management to work to help develop a public library in Guatemala?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join Librarians Without Borders McGill for an informational meeting about the ongoing library project in Guatemala and the April 2011 trip to the Asturias Academy.

LWB Liaison Carolyn Doi will give a presentation on last year’s trip to Guatemala, including the planning process. Then, current McGill President Robyn Maler will talk about the details of this year’s trip. Finally, there will be a Q&A where you can present your questions and ideas about the project and the 2011 trip to Guatemala.

When? Friday, November 5th, 2-4 pm EST

Where? Room 106, SIS building, McGill University, 3666 Peel St, Montreal

McGill Student Committee: The Final Project!

McGill’s LWB Student Committee has put their final report for Miguel Angel Asturias Academy online.

View their blog post and the final report!

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