Five More Countries Join World Campaign

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

For Immediate Release
November 2002

Five more countries join Campaign for the World’s Libraries

The Library Association from Moldova, Nepal Library Association, Nigerian Library Association, Association for the Promotion and Development of Public Reading of the Area Metropolitan of Lisbon (Portugal) and National Library of Serbia have signed on this fall to @ your library™, The Campaign for the World’s Libraries.

With these five additions to the world campaign, the total number of international participants currently stands at 18. Other participants include: Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada (which is represented with four provincial associations), Georgia, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kazakhstan, Mexico and Turkey. Artwork of the @ your library logo for Moldova has been added to the @ your library Web site at www.ala.org/@yourlibrary under Download Logos. Translations for Nepal, Nigeria, Portugal and Serbia are in production.

“The increased interest in the world campaign clearly indicates that there is a need by the international library community for tools and resources that help them publicize their programs, services and staff,” says ALA President Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman. “I am very proud that ALA’s campaign is being adapted by other countries to meet their needs, and pleased that ALA has been able to make its campaign and materials available for all nations and libraries on a global scale.”

The Campaign for the World’s Libraries is a multi-year public education effort co-sponsored by the American Library Association and International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) to promote the value of public, school, academic, government and special libraries and librarians in countries around the world. Launched during the 2001 IFLA Conference in Boston, the campaign is based on the U.S. @ your library initiative.

For more information about The Campaign for the World’s Libraries, visit www.ifla.org/@yourlibrary/index.htm.