Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Georgia join Campaign for the World's Libraries

Contact: Megan Humphrey
312-280-4020
mhumphrey@ala.org

For Immediate Release
August 2002

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Georgia join Campaign for the World's Libraries

The Armenian Library Association, Association of Information Specialists (Georgia), Azerbaijani Library Development Association and Union of Librarians and Information Service Officers (Bulgaria) have gotten on board @ your library™, The Campaign for the World's Libraries.

The four organizations signed international trademark agreements in June during the ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta. They join nine other international partners using the @ your library brand, including Australia, Canada (which is represented with four provincial associations), Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kazakhstan, Mexico and Turkey. Artwork of the @ your library logo in Georgian, Armenian, Azeri and Bulgarian are in production and will be available online by the end of the summer at www.ala.org/@yourlibrary under Download Logos.

The Campaign for the World's Libraries is a multi-year public education effort sponsored by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the American Library Association (ALA) to promote the value of public, school, academic, government and special libraries and librarians in countries around the world. Launched last summer during the 2002 IFLA Conference in Boston, the campaign is based on the U.S. @ your library initiative.

As part of the world campaign, the Mexican Association of Librarians (AMBAC) recently partnered with ALA to offer advocacy training at its June Annual Meeting in Monterrey. This included how to be a library advocate and build an advocacy network, as well as how Mexican librarians can get involved in the @ your library™ campaign. As a result, AMBAC is developing its own @ your library Web site ( www.ambac.org.mx/entubiblioteca) and new promotional materials.

The Campaign for the World's Libraries will be featured this week at the ALA booth during the 68th IFLA Conference in Glascow, Scotland. International logo artwork will be on display and materials will be available for conference participants, including fact sheets, trademark agreements, camera-ready artwork, buttons and more. ALA and IFLA representatives will be on hand to discuss how countries can participate in this international public relations and advocacy effort.

More information about The Campaign for the World's Libraries, including links to international translations and ideas for using the @ your library brand, can be found online at www.ifla.org/@yourlibrary.