Lubuto in Boston
Lubuto founder and President Jane Meyers traveled to Boston this month, where she had been invited to address the annual meeting of Simmons College i-School’s Phi Beta Mu chapter. The event was co-sponsored by the Special Libraries Association of New England, and the audience of nearly 100 of the library profession’s finest was inspired by what Lubuto Libraries are doing for children and libraries in Zambia. This was evidenced by the lineup of enthusiastic new volunteers at the end of Jane’s talk whose support we most welcome. A smaller, but equally-engaged, group gathered to hear about Lubuto the next day at d-Lab, MIT’s network of innovators who design and disseminate technologies that meaningfully improve the lives of people living in poverty. We were encouraged to see the level of understanding and appreciation for the role professionally-designed public libraries can play in addressing critical development issues in Africa expressed by those in the d-Lab audience, and a potential new partnership for taking the Lubuto model to Ghana was also born there! We are especially grateful to Karen Vagts, of Tufts University’s Tisch Library, and our long-time friend, supporter and Advisory Board member, Marilyn Hollinshead, for making "Lubuto Week" in Boston possible.