We are a university committee of Librarians Without Borders, a non-profit organization which seeks to improve access to information resources, particularly books for young people, regardless of language, geography, or region. LWB places an emphasis on forming partnerships which allow for sharing of knowledge and skills between librarians and library students and communities who wish to expand their access to library services. We work on both projects with both a local and an international scope.
LWB McGill is one of six university committees in Canada; other universities with LWB clubs are: Dalhousie University, University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario.
History: LWB was founded in February 2005 by a group of socially-minded librarians who wanted to address the vast information resource inequity existing between different regions of the world. Our vision is to build sustainable libraries and support their custodians and advocates — librarians.
Mission: Librarians Without Borders (LWB) is a non-profit organization that strives to improve access to information resources regardless of language, geography, or religion, by forming partnerships with community organizations in developing regions.
To learn more about LWB international, please visit the website.
Librarians Without Borders (LWB)-McGill works in concert with LWB International on large projects. In May 2012 LWB co-chair Xenia Kurguzova travelled to Quetzaltenango Guatemala to support the continued development of a library in the Austurias Academy. This was the fourth LWB service learning trip to this school.
LWB International has also started work on a new project in Ghana in partnership with Libraries Across Africa.
Pictures from the May 2012 Guatemala trip
The LWB-McGill club welcomes everyone who shares our passion for global equality in access to books and other information resources. You can get involved by:
- Becoming a club member and attending our bi-monthly meetings
- Becoming a club supporter and coming out to help with special events like bake sales, fundraisers and presentations on special topics
- Joining the executive team
For students (MLIS I and II) who would like to become part of the executive for the 2017-2018, elections will be held during September.
Questions, comments and suggestions for Librarians Without Borders McGill should be sent to lwb.mcgill [at] gmail.com. Please address mail to the 2017-2018 co-chairs: antoine.fortin2 [at] mail.mcgill.ca (subject: LWB%20Question) (Antoine Fortin) and heather.rogers2 [at] mail.mcgill.ca (subject: LWB%20Question) (Heather Rogers).
For more information about Librarians Without Borders International, please visit their website.
School of Information Studies students with an active @mail.mcgill.ca account can access more club information on the SIS Wiki