Free virtual conference, “Libraries as a Safe Haven in Times of Conflict”

Libraries as a Safe Heaven in Times of Conflict

Libraries as a Safe Heaven in Times of Conflict

Moderator: Loida Garcia-Febo, Chair ALA International Relations Committee

President, Information New Wave

Co-Presenter Name(s):

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Moderator and speakers: USA. Other speakers: Ukraine, Chile.

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience: All types of libraries and librarians.

Session Description:

Libraries are helping people in cities experiencing conflict around the globe by providing shelter, basic needs and books. They are liaising with organizations to bring services into their communities. In times of armed conflicts, crises and natural disasters, libraries are playing a key role in the recovery process helping to keep families together and rebuild communities. Libraries are saving lives and providing hope in uncertain times.

Join us for a program featuring librarians from regions experiences crisis who will share insightful strategies that may help you to 1) help others in your region, 2) equip yourself to take action if needed, 3) learn ways in which you can help libraries in cities currently in conflict.

*Background articles:

Bustamante, Cesar Jr. “Ferguson libraries step up to serve community in turmoil.” Library Journal, 26 Aug. 2014.  Web.  4 Sept. 2014.

Celedón, A., Pequeño, A., Garrido, M., & Patin, B. (2012). Disaster response in Chile: The critical role of libraries and telecenters. Research Brief. Seattle: Technology & Social Change Group, University of Washington Information School.

“IFLA Principles of Engagement in library-related activities in times of conflict, crisis or disaster.” IFLA, 5 Aug. 2013. Web. 4 Sept. 2014.
*A bibliography will be provided during the event.

Attending Library 2.014:

The Library 2.0 virtual conference is free to attend.  No registration is required to attend these sessions, but please consider registering at this site so we can keep you updated about upcoming events.

Webinar Platform:

The sessions are being held in Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate), and can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices.  See mobile instructions here.

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