Jamaica joins the Campaign for the World’s Libraries

Contact: Megan McFarlane
Campaign Coordinator
Campaign for America’s Libraries
ALA Public Information Office
312-280-2148
mmcfarlane@sbcglobal.net

For Immediate Release
November 24, 2009

CHICAGO - The Library and Information Association of Jamaica (LIAJA) recently became the newest member of the Campaign for the World’s Libraries.

The Campaign for the World’s Libraries was developed by the America Library Association’s (ALA) Campaign for America’s Libraries and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) to showcase the unique and vital roles played by public, school, academic and special libraries worldwide. Â It is based on The Campaign for America’s Libraries and utilizes the @ your library® brand.

Since its founding in 1949, the LIAJA has worked to unite all Jamaicans engaged in or interested in library work, to encourage co-operation between libraries, to promote a high standard of education and training of library staff and to form an educated public opinion on libraries.

To date, 36 countries have joined the campaign, and the “@ your library” brand has been translated into each country’s language. The “@ your library” brand is currently available in 31 languages. The Campaign has recently debuted logos in partner countries’ flag colors, as well.

To download logos the @ your library in all 31 languages Campaign for the World’s Libraries and, visit www.ala.org/@yourlibrary/logos.

IFLA is a partner in the Campaign for America's Libraries ( www.ala.org/@yourlibrary), ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations who advocate the importance of the library in American society.