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									The Compass
ISSN 1911-3684 Volume 2 Issue 3 August 2006

Annual General Meeting
Librarians Without Borders will hold our first Annual General Meeting this Fall (2006). The date, location and time will be announced to members closer to the event.

LWB - Angola Update
With our partners, we have identified and prioritized the needs of the library we plan to assist in Angola, and have consulted with others working in the same geographic area. The nursing/medical collection was chosen as the priority for Phase I. Collection Design In Winter 2006, we developed a list of suggested Portuguese nursing/medical titles with the input of our Angola project liaison. In late May, Jorge Chimbinda took this list to Angola to be reviewed by key people in the schools and community, where they will select and rank the titles, indicate the number of desired copies, and specify any subject areas that have not been addressed. The feedback and recommendations that we receive will be used to tailor the collection to their unique needs. Ultimately, this work is the backbone of our Sponsor-a-Book campaign, which will be launched as soon as we have obtained charitable status (in progress). Development Plan Simultaneously, in Summer 2006, we are continuing to research and create a development plan for the library, with recommendations about how needs such as a secure energy source, Internet access, and professional training can be addressed. This plan is scheduled for completion in Fall 2006. If you would like to provide input and suggestions concerning how we can meet some of these needs please contact our research coordinator at research@lwb-online.org.

Table of Contents
AGM – Fall 2006 .......... 1 LWB - Angola Update... 1 Memories of Angola ..... 2 Member Profile ............ 2 Membership Update..... 2 LWB Activities at UWO . 3 Featured Resources ..... 4 Board of Directors ....... 5 2006 Canadian Library Association Conference 5 Thank-you! ................. 6 LWB Executive ............ 6 Contact Information..... 6

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Memories of Angola before the Rebellion
Submitted by Carol Rigby When someone says “Angola” to me, certain vivid images pop into my mind: • Playing with my little sister on dry, packed earth in the shade of a huge leafy tree, • Calling to my father to come and kill the mosquito that has managed to sneak in under the mosquito net hung over my bed, • Drawing a glass of water from the spout of what seems like a huge urn, with the cool ceramic filters—even at the age of four, I know this is the only water around safe to drink • Watching with horrified eyes as my pet bunny escapes from its cage outside and slips into the tall elephant grass beside the house—a meal, I am convinced, for some wild and ferocious beast lurking out there somewhere… • Watching the triumphal procession of my father and the villagers coming back from a successful Cape buffalo hunt, with meat for everyone. And, more sinister, the last things I remember from our life there:

Member Profile: Carol Rigby
Carol Rigby spent her early years in Portugal, Angola, and the Congo, with her parents, missionaries John and Virginia Keith. She has been in the Canadian Arctic for the last 20 years with her husband and two sons, where she spent 10 years as library technician for the territorial public library service. Currently she works as a contract cataloguer in Nunavut.

Membership Update
Welcome all new members and supporters! The past few months have been especially exciting for LWB membership. We have received overwhelming support and are now 240 members strong - and growing. Our members now span 40 countries, including Columbia, Peru, Pakistan, Indonesia, Botswana, Brazil and many more. Thank you everyone for joining with us as we move even closer to our goals.



Serious men in army fatigues arriving at our house with guns, talking to my parents in Portuguese, and then my mother packing a couple of suitcases and telling me we would have to take a trip, Sitting in the back of an army truck with other women and children, stuck on a road in the middle of nowhere, abandoned by our driver—my several-months-pregnant mother climbing out of the truck and behind the wheel, and moving us along, something the very socially sheltered Portuguese women with us would never dream of doing, Lying on my stomach on the dirt floor of the grassroofed shelter at our airstrip, chatting with the people around me, while we wait for the soldiers to check the elephant grass all around us for guerrillas before the plane flies in to pick us up.
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Maybe not so oddly, the weeks after that I spent as a war refugee in Paris are a total blank—my next memories are of being back with my maternal grandparents in the Boston area, waiting for my mother to give birth while she worried about Dad, left back in Angola and sending occasional letters of being caught in various tight situations. Dad did make it home, just in time for his son’s birth and my fifth birthday a few days later, but he had harrowing tales to tell of hiding under beds while Portuguese and Angolan rebels took pot shots at each other through the building he was trapped in. When these are the first memories you can call to mind, it’s bound to colour your attitude towards life. I guess you could say in many ways Angola shaped who I am, although I have not set foot in the country for 45 years. My parents ran a church-supported school for Angolans in Calambata, at a time when they were very much second-class citizens in their own country. It is amazing how, even as a young child, I picked up on my parents’ outrage at their lack of rights: how my father, as a white man, was the only one in the compound allowed to own a proper gun (as opposed to a handmade muzzle-loader that could easily blow up in a hunter’s face), so he would hunt with the villagers and share the meat with them—a commodity so scarce that nothing, not even the buffalo’s tail and hooves, went to waste. Conditions for our family were, by North American standards, primitive—no plumbing or running water, and lucky to have a cement brick house with a tin roof and a propane stove and refrigerator. By the villagers’ standards, we were wealthy beyond imagining. Our house had more than one room! We had three “houseboys” working for us—young men studying at the school who helped with fetching water from the river, sweeping the eternal dust out of the house, etc. Theirs were prized positions for the tiny amount of income it gave them and the assurance that my parents would help and support them should they run into illness or some family misfortune. Deep bonds were forged—one of the “houseboys,” Pedro, later tracked our family down when we moved to working with refugees from the Angolan war in the Congo, where the Angolans had fled to their tribal relations after the onset of the rebellion, and begged to work for us there. Another student ended up as an immigrant to Canada, eventually working as a missionary for the same church board as my father. Many Angolans I got to know better later, in the Congo. I remember their deep musicality—a new song every week for the church
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LWB Activities at UWO

LWB hosted a firstterm gathering to make those entering the Library and Information Science Program aware of our organization and the opportunities for involvement


LWB was invited to speak in the first term class Perspec-

tive on Library and Information Science

on the topic of libraries in developing communities, and our experiences, challenges and successes thus far.

An autographed hardcover version of

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
was donated to LWB and used in a raffle at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies in July.
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service, imbued with rhythm and harmony. More than anything, African music transports me back to my childhood. Memories from such an early age are not always reliable—much of what I “remember,” beyond the vivid snapshots in my head, comes from listening to my parents telling people about the situation there in later years. What always came through was how resourceful the Angolan people were, how determined to make the best of any chance that might come their way to forge better lives for themselves—whether it was leaving family and friends to attend school or fashioning oil lamps from sardine cans to use for night-time study. The politics of the time were far over my head; all I knew was that the Angolans were our brothers and sisters, perhaps less fortunate materially but no less worthy of respect and justice. Our little school compound at Calambata was situated right at the heart of the original rebellion against the Portuguese colonial regime. Angolan society has been uprooted by 40 years of that conflict followed by civil war. Now people are trying to help them regain the independence and resourcefulness that was such a mark of the students my parents worked with. Groups such as Librarians Without Borders help by giving people the tools they need to rebuild their society.

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On Thursday July 27 LWB hosted ‘All you can eat, All you can sing!’ - an all you can eat pasta buffet at the Mongolian Grill in downtown London coupled with an evening of karaoke. Library Science and Journalism students sang the night away and won great door prizes that were donated by: The Stamp Shack, Goodlife Fitness, L'Atelier Gregorian and For the Art of It (businesses in downtown London who supported the event). We would also like to thank Karaoke Canada and the Mongolian Grill for contributing to such a successful evening!

suggestions of other reading material on Angola.

Next issue: I will pass on some historical context and provide some

Featured Resources

Papers at the COADY institute on Open Access in developing countries: http://www.coady.stfx.ca/work/openaccess/index.htm.


E-Prints in Library and Information Science is another fabulous resource: http://eprints.rclis.org/ Here, you can browse by country and find papers, like

Open Access for Librarians in Developing Countries, which

can be found at: http://eprints.rclis.org/archive/00006597/

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Board of Directors Recruitment
Our founding members are now graduating and we have quickly grown beyond our student roots. We would like to extend our base by inviting supporters to join our Board of Directors. Voting will take place at our first Annual General Meeting in Fall 2006. We are looking for individuals who share LWB’s values and can offer their passion or expertise to the benefit of the organization, in areas such as financial management, non-profit governance, strategic planning, policy development, fundraising, international development, world libraries, communications, and human resources / volunteer management. We seek to nominate candidates so that the Board balances these interests (regardless of experience). But, of course, enthusiasm and dedication are the main qualifications required for these positions! The term of office for a Board of Director is two years. The Board is responsible for such functions as developing and monitoring the strategic plan, overseeing all financial planning, and managing the Executive Committee. If you enjoy helping to grow a nascent organization and being involved with committed, like-minded volunteers, then LWB would love to have you on board! For an application package and more information about what the positions entail, please contact the Nominating Committee. Interested individuals should contact the LWB Nominating Committee for an application package. Come join the LWB team! LWB Board of Directors Nominating Committee 322 Eglinton Ave East, Apt 710 Toronto, ON, Canada M4P 1L6 exec@lwb-online.org Completed applications must be received no later than September 15, 2006

2006 Canadian Library Association Conference
Following the Keynote address June 14, 2006, LWB Members volunteered for the Stephen Lewis Foundation to collect donations for said Foundation. Simultaneously, LWB was able to promote our new organization, and received some very generous donations.

We also prepared a display for the poster session:

Attending the 2006 CLA conference was a rewarding experience for LWB. We would like to thank all those we met, and spoke with, for your support, encouragement and positive feedback.

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THANK YOU… LWB thanks the following people, organizations and businesses for their support and contributions of time, resources, and expertise:

LWB 2006 Summer Executive
Co-Executive Directors Vicki Saucier Melanie Sellar Treasurer Nick Bray Secretary Meighan Wark Co-Chairs of Operations Catherine Baird Becky Jansen Daniella Liebregts

Lovejeet Bajwa and Chad Matheson
Students, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario Toronto Public Library

Past CLA President City Librarian and CEO, Ottawa Public Library

Barbara Clubb

Guida Da Silva

Gwynneth Evans

London Public Library Dr. Pam McKenzie Dr. Lynne Mckechnie Dr. Gloria Leckie

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Shelley McKay

And FIMS in general....

Research and Strategic Counsel for Non-Profit Organizations

Peter McKinley

LWB 2006 Summer Committees
Media Committee Research Committee Fundraising Committee

Ingrid Parent and Sean Berrigan
Library and Archives Canada

John Wilkinson
Weir & Foulds

Dr. Margaret Ann Wilkinson
Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies and Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services

Cabot Yu

IFLA Membership Manager Web Hosting Services:

Kelly Moore

Camrose Burden, Ann Braden, and Margot Montgomery
All those who have generously donated to Librarians Without Borders

Rory de Loe

P.O. Box 47015 UCC Postal Outlet 1151 Richmond St. N London, Ontario N6A 6G6 E-mail: info@lwb-online.org

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