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Book donations for development
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2005
place:
Paris
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Ottawa
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72 p.
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bibliogr. p.71
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French ed. Grenoble: Culture et developpement, 2004
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" As a component of international cultural cooperation, the donation of second-hand books is a current practice that is both common and controversial. The practice arose from the realization that bibliographic and documentary resources were unevenly distributed in the world. Book donation programmes aim to transfer a portion of the books that are plentiful in rich countries to poor countries where they are scarce. ... Book donations programmes are complex. They require careful planning in order to achieve their objectives. After half a century of experience in this field, UNESCO has amassed knowledge capable of effectively guiding those actively involved in this type of initiative. The donation of books is not just operational but, above all, has to accommodate the needs and demands of sustainable development in the countries and communities concerned. In this guide, UNESCO examines both the policy and practical aspects of book donations. Donation programmes can, we are sure, be a very beneficial and useful practice as long as they consider a complex and variable set of factors. These factors are examined in this work with a view to proposing an integrated approach to their development, within a series of structural interactions which together form the ″book chain.″ (introduction, p. 7-8)
 
"As part of the education and training for a policy of ″correct giving″, a ′Donated Books Programs: A Dialogue of Partners′ conference was jointly organized by UNESCO, CODE and the International Book Bank in Baltimore in September 1992. The meeting led to a series of concrete programmes set up over the last 10 years, and this handbook is one of the outcomes and takes up the Baltimore recommendations as part of a more educational approach. It provides both policy and practical information for donors and recipients of book donation projects, and gives special attention to those in the developing world. All the policy aspects of donation programmes are illustrated in a methodical way, while the practical sections of the donation projects are presented in all their detail and complexity." (Hans M. Zell, Publishing, Books & Reading in Sub-Saharan Africa, 3d ed. 2008, nr. 1416)
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