Disaster response in Chile: Public libraries as critical communication and information infrastructure

April 29, 2021

Public libraries, as public Internet access points and as physical and social community hubs, play an important role in the aftermath of disasters. Information and communication resources are critical. Communities also need spaces for regrouping and organizing. The 2010 earthquake in Chile dramatized the emergency value of these facilities.

Connecting African libraries and development organizations: Perceptions and possibilities

October 21, 2020

While perceptions of African libraries as development partners remain low and limited by development organizations, it is possible to change these perceptions. Quantitative data are necessary but insufficient in demonstrating library development value. Possible development partnership roles for African libraries are as community-embedded institutions, and development resource hubs.