Carnegie Corporation of New York to fund Library Advocacy Projects in the South Caucasus

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ALA News Release


For Immediate Release


November 2001

Carnegie Corporation of New York to fund Library Advocacy Projects in the South Caucasus

The Carnegie Corporation of New York will provide $6,000 to assist library associations in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in promoting library advocacy initiatives. The contributions are part of a grant received by the American Library Association (ALA) to strengthen library associations in the South Caucasus.

The Armenian Library Association and the Association of Information Specialists in Georgia will use the funding to promote their first-ever National Library Week in April 2002. The Azerbaijan Library Development Association will use the grant to promote the re-establishment of a national bibliography.

The advocacy projects are an outgrowth of a workshop in May 2001, organized by the American Library Association (ALA) in Tbilisi, Georgia, in cooperation with the library associations in the region. The workshop was an initiative of ALA Past-President Nancy Kranich to assist libraries in emerging democracies.

For more information on the initiatives and the workshop, visit
ALA's International Relations Office online or contact Michael Dowling at
mdowling@ala.org.