Library 2.014 Worldwide Virtual Conference

Join us on October 9 at 1:00 p.m. EST for the following online event part of the Library 2.014 Worldwide Virtual Conference:

Libraries as a Safe Heaven in Times of Conflict

Moderator: Loida Garcia-Febo, Chair ALA International Relations Committee, President of Information New Wave



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 experiencing 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. 

For information on how to attend this online event and how to check your computer for it, visit the following page: 

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.