Librarians Without Borders Heads to Guatemala for Fifth Consecutive Year
Submitted by LibrariansWitho... on April 28, 2015 - 1:39am
Since 2009 Librarians Without Borders (LWB) has partnered with the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy to support the Academy’s vision of building a sustainable library for the school and its community. This year marks not only the 10th anniversary of LWB, but it is also the fifth anniversary of their annual service trip to Guatemala. From April 24-May 4, fifteen volunteers from all points across North America are working in the school library, discussing emerging needs with the school leadership, and re-connecting with the students and school staff. You can follow the service trip by liking and visiting LWB's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/librarianswithoutborders. “Many Guatemalans are restricted from getting a quality education, in part due to a severe lack of access to books and literacy materials. In a country where books are taxed beyond the reach of the 75% of the population who live in poverty, it is almost impossible to get children excited about reading because many cannot get actual books in their hands”, said Mark Gelsomino, Co-Executive Director of LWB. “Our goal is to work with our partners to give the local community access to a sustainable public library”. This year’s work at the Academy includes collection management activities (cataloguing, processing, and organizing materials) and information literacy/outreach programming for students and teachers. “In addition to our regular work, we will be providing a Professional Development Day for the teachers of the Academy for the first time”, said Gelsomino. “We will be providing training for the teachers on how they can use the resources of the library and integrate those resources into the classroom”. This year, LWB welcomes TinLids as their premiere sponsor of the 2015 service trip to Guatemala. Tinlids Inc. is a Canadian wholesaler of books for children and teens serving schools and public libraries across the country. For more information please visit www.tinlids.ca. About Librarians Without Borders Librarians Without Borders (LWB) is an action-oriented non-profit organization that strives to narrow information access inequities worldwide by supporting libraries in developing regions and domestic communities. We enact our mission by collaborating with partner communities to identify their needs and then mobilize our volunteers – the core being student librarians in a service-learning model – for in-the-field development. We believe that access to information is vital in supporting learning and literacy, reducing poverty, empowering citizens, and building healthy, strong communities.