Librarians Without Borders Seeking Grant to Build Library in Haiti

Throughout our time at the University of Western Ontario we have both been involved with a volunteer-run organization called Librarians Without Borders.

Librarians Without Borders (LWB) “strives to improve access to information resources regardless of language, geography, or religion, by forming partnerships with community organizations in developing regions.”  We have both been members of different LWB executive committees and have had the chance to be part of many great projects through LWB, including partnering with the Kettle and Stony Point First Nations Public Library, sending materials to the FCT School for the Blind in Nigeria and helping the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy Library in Guatemala build, organize and manage their library.  Now in its third year, the partnership with the Asturias Academy has included annual service learning trips to Guatemala to do in-person work with the school and the community.

Jen and the other LWB participants in Guatemala, 2010.

Being involved in LWB has given us many great opportunities to have a direct impact in the field of international librarianship through sustainable and collaborative partnerships.  It has helped us to become more aware of international librarianship issues, and has furthered our interest in the field.  Our experiences through LWB have been a complement to the work we are doing now in Bangalore.

Librarians Without Borders is currently one of the finalists in a competition to win $15,000 to build a library in Limbe, Haiti at Lycee Jean-Baptiste Cineas Public School.  The school is in great need of a library and supplementary materials.  You can find out more about the project here.  You can vote for the project here.  If you have a minute, please take the time to vote for this project.  You can vote once a day.  Thanks!

– Jen & Nariel

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