Global Initiatives: Building and Advancing Rural Community Libraries

Global Initiatives: Building and Advancing Rural Community Libraries

Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5043-5.ch013
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Abstract

This chapter presents an overview of nine organizations that strive to support the creation and support of rural libraries all over the world. These internationally based organizations typically work alongside local stakeholders to develop, build, and support these rural libraries. Some collect books, some help communities to build libraries and information centers on their own, some train community members to build these libraries, and others raise funds to support these efforts. Often times, these organizations do a little of all of the above. They are based in the United States, Europe, Asia, South America, and many other locations. There are some very well known international projects, but there are also smaller, lesser-known, highly effective organizations that have also made their mark.
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A Brief Overview Of Select Organizations

Uganda Community Libraries Association

The Uganda Community Libraries Association (UgCLA) has already been discussed extensively in previous chapters (see Chapter 2). The organization was started in 2007 by Dr. Kate Parry from Hunter College in New York City with the goal of providing startup support and guidance to villages seeking to set up their own rural libraries. Professor Parry determined that with the proper support, other communities could also establish small libraries to support local information needs and access to reading materials. The result was the UgCLA, which strives to complement the Uganda education system and promote the development of productive literacy practices by encouraging and supporting the growth of community libraries. It aims to establish and maintain a network of libraries and to cooperate with national organizations of similar interests, as well as with international organizations that are concerned with the promotion of literacy for development. UgCLA is affiliated with Friends of African Village Libraries, and is considered a “FAVL-managed” library. Dr. Kate Parry serves as co-executive director of FAVL, along with Dr. Michael Kevane. UgCLA is an NGO registered in Uganda. More information can be found at www.kitengesalibrary.org.

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