Thursday, April 24, 2008

Lubuto Library Project Update in Seattle at the Annual SLA Conference

Lubuto Library Project Update in Seattle

An outpouring of SLA members’ support after Jane Kinney Meyers was presented with the 2007 Dow Jones Leadership Award in Denver has propelled the Lubuto Library Project forward on many fronts, with almost $40,000 in SLA individual and chapter donations ($85,000 including all information and book professionals) fueling our innovative operations. One such donation came “in recognition of what members of SLA can accomplish to help library users around the world.” And in addition to many large and small financial donors, dozens of SLA members volunteer their time and expertise to organize events that dramatically broaden our capacity to engage top-notch professionalism in service to some of the world’s most marginalized children.

At the Annual Conference in Seattle, we would like to thank all of you, show you what your contributions have helped accomplish, and discuss our plans for the future – but still ensure that your investment in Lubuto continues to bolster our program directly. Thanks to the sustained generosity and underwriting of Dow Jones and Co., we will be able to do just that! Jane Meyers and Ann Sweeney will be at the Dow Jones booth (no. 401) in the INFO-EXPO during all of the conference’s scheduled exhibition non-conflict times to thank you in person and give you a DVD of the opening event for the first Lubuto Library. We also hope to engage new SLA supporters as well, and have lots of exciting news to impart, including about:

  • the 1st Lubuto Library in Lusaka;
  • Zambian government and private sector support to Lubuto;
  • partnerships with other organizations and countries for future libraries; and
  • how the libraries are catalysts for Zambians to serve their vulnerable children.


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