Archive for August, 2009

A shameless pltwitterug – and list of other librarians and libraries in the twittersphere. Learn more about the professionals and organizations out there interested in global and international librarianship.
Other international library twitterers (@globallib listed as #82.):

@LivingLibrary: This organization works to promote the Living Library on a global level.
@IFLA_HQ: Get news from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions here.

Let me know if you hear of others not on this list.


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World Humanitarian Day 2009The first World Humanitarian Day will be observed on August 19 – a day to increase  public awareness about humanitarian assistance activities worldwide and to honor all those who have worked in the promotion of the humanitarian cause and those who have lost their lives in the cause of duty.

Here are 5 ways you can celebrate World Humanitarian Day:

1.) Give a thought out to the librarians and archivists at the national archives in Honduras which been occupied by military personnel. ICA has expressed concern over the reported threats to the preservation of the national archives.

2.) Give a donation to the Sergio Vieira de Mello Library, named after the late Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Iraq who was killed in a bomb blast in Baghdad on 19 August 2003 along with  21 United Nations staff members.

3.) Educate yourself. Find out what humanitarians around the world are risking their lives for. Don’t miss the slideshow.

4.) Give a prayer for the 260 humanitarian aid workers killed, kidnapped or seriously injured in 2008. Also give a prayer for librarians killed doing humanitarian outreach, like William Jefferson in 1995.

5.) Visit the World Humanitarian Day exhibition of posters and photographs capturing images of humanitarian workers in action — Wednesday, 19 August at 10:30 a.m. in the Visitors Lobby of United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

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IREX seeks a part-time intern to provide programmatic and administrative support for IREX’s civil society programs focused on technology and public library development. These programs provide technology training to librarians, equip public libraries with ICTs, support the capacity development of national library associations, and build international and local partnerships. More information on IREX’s library development programs can be found at http://www.irex.org/programs/global_libraries/index.asp and http://www.irex.org/programs/global_libraries2/index.asp.

This internship will be focused on providing research and support on best practices in library development, and is created specifically for a student in library science with interest in international affairs.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Perform research and analysis on a variety of civil society- and library-related issues including Web 2.0 and technology innovation, as required;
• Assist with report writing and editing;
• Compile program statistics;
• Assist with program logistics for events;
• Assist with publications development including newsletters, program materials, and web content;
• Other duties as assigned.
• Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills;
• Excellent writing and editing skills;
• Experience and knowledge of public libraries, research on libraries, and library development;
• MLS student preferred;
• Knowledge of Central and Eastern Europe preferred.
IREX is seeking an Intern available to work a maximum of 20 hours a week, though the schedule is flexible. An hourly stipend will be provided. This internship is open immediately.

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of $60 million and a staff of over 500 professionals worldwide. IREX and its partner IREX Europe deliver cross-cutting programs and consulting expertise in more than 100 countries.
Applications accepted online only at our JOB BOARD at http://www.irex.org/careers. If you have difficulties with the online system please send an email to jobboardhelp@irex.org with ATTN: CSD/INT/MOC in the subject line.

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The Hindu, August 4, 2009

United Nations (IANS): A newspaper produced entirely by women in rural India is among the four winners of this year’s Literacy Prizes awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Khabar Lahariya, the fortnightly newspaper distributed to more than 20,000 readers in Uttar Pradesh, is entirely created and marketed by newly literate “low caste” women who are training as journalists in Chitrakoot and Banda districts.

The King Sejong Literacy Prize was given to this fortnightly paper, started by Nirantar — a centre for gender and education based in New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.The award ceremony will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris Sep 8 to coincide with International Literacy Day.

Source: http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200908041021.htm

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James Vangelis sharing with his co-workers the content of his training)

James Vangelis sharing with his co-workers the content of his training, taken from "L’accès libre à l’information en Haiti.Comment les bibliothèques peuvent-elles favoriser l’accès à l’information ?"

I was glad to see IFLA release a news story about FOKAL / Open Society Institute Haïti a program in its infancy that deserves more publicity that its getting. (Here is their report on access to free information in Haiti.)
The week-long training brought in 34 people (representing 32 libraries) from across Haïti to improve their web and technical literacy skills and to discuss controversial issues plaguing Haitian libraries. A library worker’s anecdote from the report:

Blonse Emmanuel Eugene from the library of Vallieres said that he always had his coworker use their computer but from now on he would try it.

Last summer I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti and meet the National Librarian of Haiti, Francoise Beaulieu-Thybulle. Ms. Beaulieu-Thybulle discussed the training of library and information professionals in Haiti and the need for future development. The biggest obstacle Haitian libraries face is not lack of resources, donated materials, or access to the Internet, she said, but rather the lack of a formal library training program. As few Haitians could afford to travel abroad to receive European or American library training, she advocated coordination and cooperation at national and regional levels and  IFLA-sponsored programs. Kudos to FOKAL on getting this call rolling.

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