Planning the future Miguel Angel Asturias Academy Library
Internet resources were pretty scarce for the last part of our trip, but people still managed to do some writing about the progress of the library project. Here’s a post from Robyn and Elizabeth written after our meeting with the director of Asturias Academy, Jorge, and the future library staff, written the evening of April 28.
After finishing work on our respective projects, each committee made a presentation to the Academy staff through our interpreter Chris, an English teacher at the Academy. Finally, the moment of truth! After days (or, in some cases, months) of preparation, we were finally sharing our knowledge and expertise with the Academy’s Director and future library staff. The LWB crew felt energized and relieved by the enthusiasm and excitement evident on Jorge and Dorita’s faces. We hadn’t bored them to tears or confused them – phew!
Dorita and Jorge were blown away with our hard work and knowledge, and they seemed eager and excited to implement our ideas and plans. They were impressed with the thoroughness and professionalism of our layout designs, collection development policy, cataloguing procedures, programming ideas, and LibraryThing tutorial. We were also excited to read the comment from a Nebraskan librarian traveling through Xela who wanted to visit the school.
That evening, we visited a vegetarian café where we were finally able to unwind with a few pitchers of mojitos. Today, it was back to the school to polish up our documentation, which we’ll leave with Steve to be translated into Spanish.