Recently in Chile Category
If you were asked where the home of the books in print should be, you would probably think of traditional places such as libraries or bookstores. The Directing of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DIBAM) staff in Chile thinks differently, however. They believe that the home of the books in print should also be where people can socialize more: the streets (precisely on the feria libre - a type of farmers market). Ferias libres in Latin American countries are more than a place to buy fresh produce from local farmers but somewhere people from all sorts of background and walks of life gather to discuss from politics to sports and new trends, or simply gossip. It has been a neutral meeting point for so many years that it has become part of the culture, almost like a ritual. The place is a natural environment for building personal and cultural identity, thus allowing for the idea of books bringing more colors to the already colorful fruit and vegetable stands.
The Casero del Libro project created by DIBAM, navigates through this idea of extending the library presence to this natural environment where the local community has available at its disposal a variety of books to be easily borrowed without even setting foot in a physical library. The library has identified that this idea goes together with its strategic lines of reaching users in new spaces and impacting non-typical library users. Bringing the library to the feria libre is a way of distancing the concept of reading being something for the elite but a cultural activity accessible to everybody. DIBAM uses the public libraries in the country to deliver this project.
The specific goal of the Casero del Libro project by Biblioteca de Santiago, for example, is to set up the library stand in a traditional place where fresh produce is sold (ferias libres), in Santiago downtown, near to where the physical library is located.
The collection available to the public is comprised of 14,500 items, the same used in another project called Bibliobus (something like a library in a bus). The target audience is the nearby communities, reaching also immigrants from Peru and Colombia. The idea is to foster the inclusion of patrons who otherwise wouldn’t make use of the free resources this public library offers to the community.
Finding ways of taking the print collections to the users rather than waiting for people to enter the library building not only reinforce the social role of a public library but emphasizes the importance of promoting the meaning and purpose of the existence of public libraries in first place. Assuming that everybody, everywhere in the world has access to knowledge virtually is a narrow view of the reality of many developing countries. In some locations, some people are digitally excluded due to their living situation and conditions or lack of awareness that a public library can provide computer and internet access. Others are faced with even harder reality where the public library option is either inexistent or difficult to reach due to many factors such as large distance. The free print resources a public library holds can be put to use though - it can travel from the shelves to the hands of those who will appreciate the opportunity of this shareable knowledge coming to where they are.
Congratulations DIBAM for this initiative!
When looking at the shining round building on the picture above you might imagine that this is a type of ad for the library of the future. In fact, you are looking at the new installations for Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas Library System (UPC) , one of our members in Lima- Peru and the first to join OCLC in the country. UPC Library System is modern and cutting-edge not only with its building; the library was the first in Peru to offer self check-out to its patrons and the first in the country to offer Kindle and iPad loan for its electronic resources. self check-out at UPC
When looking at the shining round building on the picture above you might imagine that this is a type of ad for the library of the future. In fact, you are looking at the new installations for Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas Library System (UPC) , one of our members in Lima- Peru and the first to join OCLC in the country. UPC Library System is modern and cutting-edge not only with its building; the library was the first in Peru to offer self check-out to its patrons and the first in the country to offer Kindle and iPad loan for its electronic resources.
self check-out at UPC
UPC Library System is always involved in bringing visibility to the projects its staff is dedicated to. One example is the institutional repository project the library has finished recently, and which is being added to the WorldCat database. The project includes journal articles, research reports, chapter of books, and theses. The highlights of the project are the 1130 undergraduate and the 406 graduate theses related mostly to architecture and engineering (of course!).
These materials are adding value to the list of Latin American theses in WorldCat such as Cybertesis , a repository of theses from Chilean and Peruvian universities with topics ranging from health to the humanities.
Rio de Janeiro is the site for the 48th CLADEA Conference (The Latin American Council of Business Schools) which is taking place on October 20-23. Hosted by Fundação Getulio Vargas - EBAPE, the conference will gather business executives, government officials, and eminent scholars from several countries to discuss the opportunities for Latin America in the current global context and how the businesses and the education institutions can take advantage of these trends by working together.
During the Cladea Conference is happening the 10th Directors Group Meeting which will bring together library and information center directors from Business Schools members of Cladea. The theme for this year meeting is “One decade managing knowledge and information in the Business Schools part of Cladea.”These librarians will meet on October 20-23 with activities related to the compliance and exhibition of joint projects established in the Group work plan for the period of 2012-2013 as well as presentations by scholars from Fundação Getúlio Vargas-EBAPE and Latin American library professionals.
OCLC is attending the Directors Group Meeting in order to learn more from this group of librarians and be part of the discussions. The meetings are scheduled to take place in the Fundação Getúlio Vargas premises, at Pontificia Universidade Catolica Rio de Janeiro Library System, and the newly renovated Casa Daros . The latter is a beautiful museum displaying Latin American art.
Conferencia CLADEA en Brasil
Río de Janeiro es el sitio de la XLVIII CLADEA (Consejo Latinoamericano de Escuelas de Administración) que está teniendo lugar en 20 al 23 de octubre. Organizado por la Fundação Getulio Vargas - EBAPE , la conferencia reunirá los ejecutivos de las empresas, los funcionarios del gobierno, y eminentes especialistas de varios países para discutir las posibilidades de América Latina en el contexto mundial actual y cómo las empresas y las instituciones de enseñanza puede tomar ventaja de estas tendencias, trabajando juntas.
Durante la Conferencia Cladea está sucediendo la X Reunión de Agrupación de Directores que congregará a los directores de bibliotecas y centros de información de las escuelas de administración miembros de Cladea. El tema de este año es "Una década gestionando el conocimiento y la información en las Escuelas de Administración Cladea”. Estos bibliotecarios se reunirán entre 20 y 23 de octubre con actividades relacionadas con el cumplimiento y la exposición de proyectos conjuntos establecidos en el plan de trabajo del Grupo para el período de 2012-2013, así como con presentaciones de especialistas de la Fundação Getúlio Vargas-EBAPE y profesionales de la información en América Latina.
OCLC va participar de la Reunión de Agrupación de Directores para aprender más acerca de este grupo de bibliotecarios y formar parte de las deliberaciones. Las reuniones se llevarán a cabo en la Fundación Getúlio Vargas, en la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Río de Janeiro , así como en la renovada Casa Daros . Este último es un hermoso museo que muestra arte latinoamericana.
Conferência CLADEA no Brasil
Rio de Janeiro é o local para o XLVIII CLADEA (o Conselho Latino-americano de Escolas de Administração) que acontece de 20 a 23 de outubro . Organizada pela Fundação Getulio Vargas - EBAPE , a conferência reunirá executivos de negócios, funcionários do governo, e eminentes estudiosos de vários países para discutir as oportunidades para a América Latina no contexto global atual e como as empresas e as instituições de ensino podem aproveitar essas tendências, trabalhando juntas.
Durante o Cladea Conferência está acontecendo a X Reunião do Grupo de Diretores que reunirá diretores de bibliotecas e centros de informação de escolas de administração membros do Cladea. O tema da reunião deste ano é "Uma década gestionando o conhecimento e a informação nas escolas de administração Cladea”. Estes bibliotecários irão se reunir de 20 a 23 outubro com atividades relacionadas com a conformidade e exposição de projetos comuns estabelecidos no plano de trabalho do Grupo para o período de 2012-2013, bem como apresentações pelos acadêmicos da Fundação Getúlio Vargas - EBAPE e profissionais da informação na América Latina.
A OCLC está participando da Reunião do Grupo de Diretores, a fim de aprender mais sobre este grupo de bibliotecários e fazer parte das discussões. As reuniões estão agendadas para ocorrer nas instalações da Fundação Getúlio Vargas, na Divisão de Bibliotecas e Documentação da Pontificia Universidade Catolica Rio de Janeiro , e na recém-renovada Casa Daros . Este último é um belo museu exibindo arte da América Latina.
There are many discussions out there related to the library roles and its social relevance. Some libraries are not simply discussing these topics but rather working in projects outside of the library routine in order to extend their reach and to help improve the communities they serve. Here is another story for the Library Project Series.
"Live forever! For now to have a normal life." Who:
"Live forever! For now to have a normal life."
Who:Biblioteca de Santiago (Public library)
Where: Santiago- Chile
Project: Travesías (Crossing/Passages Across)- Program for patients of Doctor Enrique Paris Daytime Center, coordinated by Biblioteca de Santiago in partnership with Psychiatric Institute Doctor Jose Horwitz B.
Tell us about this project: In 2010 Biblioteca de Santiago in partnership with Universidad Tecnologica Metropolitana and Hospital de Salvador developed the Heal Me from Emptiness Program, which had the purpose of contributing with a better quality of life for the patients with psychiatric pathologies by using reading and cultural activities in general. The idea was to support the social, cognitive and emotional insertion of these people and their families. Then it became evident the need of reactivating this program and adding new activities to complement the first stage, and to build a consolidated and effective program to meet the defined goals. That is how the Travesías Program started.
Goals: Contribute to the better quality of life of the patients while increasing the level of personal and social functionality, besides of augmenting the correct use of the community spaces in the library with activities that help to reestablish the healthy family relations and social rehabilitation as well.
“Social inclusion is made possible in a country only if this country is capable of offering equality of access to the goods and services that are available to everybody; among those are the access to reading, to the culture, and to information.”-preamble of the program description document.
Team in the program: Library staff, social service staff, a professor, a psychologist, and an occupational therapist.
Activities: Travesías is comprised of group activities involving interactive reading and writing, arts, and cultural acts in general. The patients are encouraged to make posters related to the activities performed in both the library and the hospital.
1)Biblioteca de Santiago performs group activities in the hospital and receives the hospital patients in the library where both the library staff and its services are coordinated for the correct use of the public premises in the library.
2)Psychiatric Institute Doctor Jose Horwitz B. offers workshops and work in coordination with Biblioteca de Santiago for the plan of action, and evaluates periodically the impact of the activities with the target audience. Also, its therapeutic team and professionals support the guided visits in the library.
At the end of the semester a poster edition is launched. The posters created by the patients with the texts from the poetry workshops will be integrated to the Biblioteca de Santiago collections and they will be available to the library patrons.