Library Juice 3:4 Cuba Supplement - January 26, 2000


1. SRRT Resolution on Cuban Libraries
2. Letter from Ann Sparanese to IFLA Journal editor, and discussion
3. "Friends" versus supporters of Cuban libraries
4. Letter from ASCUBI President to John Pateman
5. Cuba SI
7. PDR's for Cuba
8. Cuban Libraries:  Creating Partnerships


1. SRRT Resolution on Cuban Libraries

Whereas, the United States has engaged in a documented forty-year war
of invasion, assassination attempts, propaganda and economic blockade
against Cuba, which has contributed to the limitation of the
democratic rights of the Cuban people; and

Whereas this policy has also restricted the democratic rights of the
U.S. people, whose access to information has been limited and whose
right to travel freely to Cuba has been denied; and

Whereas, we, as librarians, do not condone the restriction of free
expression anywhere in the world -- including Cuba and the United
States -- but we believe that, as U.S. citizens, the best way to
support the extension of democracy in both countries is to end the
economic blockade against Cuba and to normalize relations between the
two countries; and

Whereas, in October 1999, the FAIFE committee of IFLA published a
report concerning the alleged intimidation of individuals in Cuba
calling themselves "independent librarians," based on information
provided by a group calling itself the "Friends of Cuban Libraries;"
and a United States Agency for International Development
(USAID)-supported Florida website called CubaNet; and

Whereas, the purpose of USAID is to advance the foreign policy
interests of the United States; and

Whereas, the co-chairman of the "Friends of Cuban Libraries" is a
Cuban expatriat economist, who also works for the US goverment's
Radio Marti; and

Whereas, this group of "independent librarians" are not librarians,
but political dissidents of various professions apparently
establishing centers of information in their homes or storefronts,
and supported by funds and materials from such organizations as
Freedom House, which is subsidized by the U.S. government; and

Whereas, any U.S.-based organization calling itself "Friends of Cuban
Libraries" which does not forthrightly call for an end to the U.S.
blockade against Cuba, is no friend of libraries, freedom of
expression or democratic rights;

Therefore, be it resolved that

   (1)  The Social Responsibilities Round Table of ALA rejects the
   program and position advocated by the "Friends of Cuban
   Libraries" as an instrument of the continuing propaganda
   campaign being waged against Cuba by right-wing Cuban
   extremists in the U.S. and financed by U.S. goverment agencies;

   (2)  SRRT supports an increase of exchanges between U.S. librarians
   and Cuban librarians;

   (3)  SRRT joins the British organization, Cuban Libraries Support
   Group which advocates a positive program of interaction with,
   and support for, libraries and librarians in Cuba;

   (4)  SRRT calls for an immediate end to the travel ban, which
   restricts the right of all but "licensed" U.S. citizens to
   see Cuba for themselves.

   (5)  SRRT calls for an immediate end to the blockade against Cuba
   as the best way to support the rights of all people in Cuba to
   free expression and self-determination, rights which are best
   exercised in a state of peace, not war;

   (6)  SRRT further calls for the complete normalization of diplomatic
   and trade relations between the two countries as the best way
   to promote the exercise of democracy and free expression in
   both countries.


2. Letter from Ann Sparanese to IFLA Journal editor, and discussion

Excellent letter by Ann Sparanese on Cuba to IFLA.
Mark R.

From: ACS20[at]
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 1999 11:26:42 EST
Subject: Cuba Letter to IFLA Editor
To: carol.henry[at]

Dear Ms. Henry,

Here is a letter to the editor for your next issue of the IFLA journal.  I
hope it makes you deadline of December 15.

You haven't yet told me about the deadline and word count for a longer piece
on that subject for the special July issue Please inform.


Ann Sparanese

To the Editor:

I have followed and participated in the worldwide "virtual" debate on the
issue of the so-called "Cuban Independent Libraries."  Given the information
widely available about the founders of the so-called "Friends of Cuban
Libraries," the funders of Mr. Robert Kent's trips to Cuba, the identities of
the "independent librarians," and the clear ideological nature of their
activities, I was surprised and disappointed to read the FAIFE statement
published in this issue.  This statement, based on insufficient investigation
and understanding of the issues involved, reveals that IFLA-FAIFE has easily
become an instrument in the unmitigated  campaign of war and provocation
being waged against Cuba by the United States for 40 years.

Librarians worldwide have a commitment to freedom of expression and
intellectual freedom.  These basic principles are being violated in every
country on the face of the earth, Cuba included.  FAIFE could easily write
resolutions condemning the violations - some involving long imprisonment,
torture, murder and the death penalty - perpetrated against free expression
around the world.  And yet the two resolutions that have so-far been passed
by FAIFE include the one on Cuba - where at worst, individuals have been
"intimidated" for seeking outlets for political expression - and Iran, in
which the individuals involved were actually murdered for free expression.

As a citizen of the United States, I am acutely aware of the state of siege
which has been imposed on Cuba and codified into our own legal system through
the Torricelli and Helms Burton Acts.  These laws actually make it incumbent
upon the United States government to fund such activities as those in which
Mr. Kent and Jorge Sanguinetty, his non-librarian co-chair, engage.  Mr.
Kent's trips to Cuba are financed by the Freedom House, an organization
presented with a large check by President Clinton several years ago with the
express purpose of funding such activities in Cuba. Mr. Sanguinetty, an
ex-patriot economist dedicated to the return of free markets to Cuba, is also
an employee of Radio Marti.  The "librarians" they champions are not
librarians at all, but political dissidents who turn their houses or
storefronts into what _they_ call "libraries" but may in fact be as limited
in their range of materials as they claim Cuban public libraries are.   For
FAIFE to champion their dubious and hypocritical cause trivializes the
potential power of a FAIFE resolution.  It makes FAIFE look oblivious to
reality, and to the orchestrated machinations of ideological warfare.  Mr.
Kent and Mr. Sanguinetty have used the best instincts of librarians against
us. It was smart, I admit, but unfortunate.

I am a librarian who attended the IFLA conference in Havana, met real
librarians and visited real libraries.  I don't think Mr. Kent was there. Mr.
Kent was not on the plane which was turned back to Miami because of bomb
threats. This plane was carrying the former president of ALA who became
frightened and canceled her attendance at the conference. Would FAIFE call
this intimidation? Ordinary U.S. citizens, librarians and otherwise, are
threatened by the US government with hefty fines and jail terms for visiting
Cuba without a "license." Mr. Kent is evidently exempt from these because he
makes his trips on _behalf_ of the right-wing Cuban network and U.S.
government policy. Will FAIFE make a statement about this?  Will FAIFE call
on the U.S. government to immediately end the travel ban that intimidates,
harasses and threatens to punish U.S. citizens for wanting to travel freely?
How about ending the blockade which has created the state of siege which in
itself - as in all times of warfare in all countries - inhibits the exercise
of full freedom of expression?

At the very least, let's have some scale and balance here. It is truly
pathetic that one of FAIFE's first actions is to condemn a country which
exceeds many worldwide in the area of literacy and educational rights for
all. And all on the say-so of scurrilous characters with an agenda that has
nothing to do with "free expression" for Cubans, except perhaps for those
living in Miami.

Ann C. Sparanese, MLS
Head of Adult & Young Adult Services
Englewood Public Library

Home Address:E-mail: sparanese[at] or acs20[at]
146 St. Nicholas Ave.
Englewood, NJ 07631

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From: c.atton[at]
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 11:04:31 +0000
To: Mark Rosenzweig <iskra[at]>, plgnet-l[at],
Subject: Re: Cuba Letter to IFLA Editor

I think that 'excellent' here is hyberbolic.

I recall that dissidents in Eastern Europe were never vilified for
turning their homes into 'libraries' and distribution centres -
remember samizdat?

Or are we hung up on the fact that none of these people are 'proper'

Or doe we have a case of 'our enemy's enemy is our friend'?

I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Chris Atton
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Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 22:19:36 -0500
To: SRRT Action Council <srrtac-l[at]>
From: Mark Rosenzweig <iskra[at]>
Subject: Re: Cuba Letter to IFLA Editor
Reply-To: srrtac-l[at]
Sender: owner-srrtac-l[at]

Reply to Chris Atton re: Cuba


It seems to me - although it may, understandably, not be obvious to other
people, and may, in fact, be off the mark - that to compare the
"independent libraries" in Cuba to the samizdat in the former Soviet Union
is not exactly fair.

Why? Because we had reason to believe, except where it was otherwise shown
not to be the case in particular instances, that the widespread and diverse
Soviet samizdat were, no matter what you thought of their content,
independent (if sometimes misguided) initiatives, with, for one reason or
the other, no direct ties to US intelligence, propaganda, or foreign
policy agenicies, nor direct ties to Western anti-Soviet emigre groups.
That's, perhaps, what made it so unique and powerful.

These "independent libraries" in Cuba, on the contrary, have every
appearance of being entirely dependent on resources and support, delivered
both overtly and covertly, by agencies and emigre groups of an
overwhelmingly powerful and unremittingly hostile "neighbor", if not
entirely the creation of those forces.

The most outspoken supporter of the ostensible "independents" is Robert
Kent's "Friends of Cuban Libraries", which purports, quite dishonestly, to
itself being "independent", and which, despite its name, isn't even really
concerned with Cuban libraries or involved in any dialogue with the broader
library community there.

More disturbingly, Kent's group doesn't, in its independence, recognize any
of the highly significant gains of the revolution for the Cuban people, nor
that the US itself has created a virtual four-decades-long state-of-siege
against Cuba, which has hardly contributed to an atmosphere conducive to
the development of free-wheeling democracy. Nor does Kent even make the
pretense of a call for the end of the embargo, which could have the most
profound effect on the loosening up of Cuba's unfortunately understandable
self-protective vigilance.

I wonder, Chris, if you personally, have any reason to believe in the good
intentions of Robert Kent or in the validity of what seems to me to be the
gossip and rumor he spreads?  Would you yourself honestly care to actually
join the "Friends of Cuban Libraries"? Somehow, I think not. Let us know.
And, if not, why not?

I'm not saying there is not very likely to be a basis for some of their
allegations, and I myself wouldn't paint an entirely rosy picture of the
state of intellectual freedom there, nor would I say that I don't consider
it a mistake on the part of the Cuban government to often needlessly impose
restrictions of various kind and carry out harassment of various degrees.
But, for a US citizen, given the history of US/Cuban relations, Cuba is one
of the LAST places a person of good will  should be initiating an
"intellectual freedom" campaign - first because it's very, very, very far
from the top of the list of countries (many of whom are our allies or
assets) in which there are abuses of these rights, and secondly, because
Kent's own country, the USA, has contributed so mightily to creating,
provoking quite consciously, the  very situation he so high-mindedly
deplores. his country, my country, which has, furthermore, shown no respect
for the rule of law with respect to Cuba or of Cuba's sovereignty & right
to self-determination, or even of its basic economic right to survive,
which has been so seriously undermined by the anti-humanitarian US
embargo/attempted blockade.

I suspect I really need not remind you of the fact that the US was, after
all, THE imperialist (pardon the expression) country whose politicians and
gangster class supported the brutal regime of the dictator Fulgencio
Batista (which had to be overthrown by a revolution),Batista, who  ruled
the island largely for the benfit of US based "interests" (including the

Since Batista's overthrow, the US has mounted an heroically thwarted
invasion, provocatively spied on Cuba and carried out countless dirty
tricks and covert actions, tried MANY times - by its own admission -  with
its most sophisticated resources, to assasinate Fidel Castro, relentlessly
and powerfully beamed propaganda by reactionary, US-based emigres to
exacerbate as many problems as possible, and imposed an extremely
destructive  40 year-old embargo which continues to this day,

Why should the US government and the emigre opponents of Castro NOT use, as
a potentially effective way of isolating Cuba from the international
community which has, so importantly, materially supported Cuba in its
plight, the moving cause of poor, beleaguered "independent libraries" which
they themselves have created for this purpose? Why, on the other hand,
should the Cuban government not be somewhat alarmed at a group which is
trying to cut off its lifeline to  outside support?

I have no hesitancy to state that the harassment of these self-proclaimed
"independent librarians", if it is true, is extremely counterproductive,
and, what's more, lands the government precisely in the trap which they set
for it. I also believe it is wrong in principle. But that doesn't mean I
sympathize with this new tactic in the war against the Cuban revolution by
the US.I will not feel I have the right to aggressively criticize the
Cubans until we in the USA have stopped the blockade.

With respect to the "friends of Cuban Libraries", I find Kent's motives
highly suspect, his sources of dubious reliability, his independence a
joke, his modus operandi provocative and characteristic of ill-intentioned,
revanchist participants in the long campaign against Castro,

You ask, rhetorically, whether you should laugh or cry. Perhaps both. But
also, I would expect some recognition that Cuba is, quite doggedly and
admirably, operating in the menacing shadow of a hostile giant, a giant
with a big vendetta and the means to back it up. Perhaps, while you laugh
and cry, you should also ask "cui bono?" and admit, at least, that there is
reason to believe this "library" issue has little to do with "libraries" or
"intellectual freedom" and much to do with the latest chapter of US
hegemonism, tainted by the single-minded framework of a Cold War  which is
supposedly over.

Comradely regards,

3. "Friends" versus supporters of Cuban libraries

John Pateman, _Information for Social Change_ #10, Winter 1999-2000

On 15 June 1999 an organisation calling itself the "Friends of Cuban
Libraries" issued a press release on the Internet alleging that
"independent librarians" were being arrested in Cuba and their
"libraries" were being confiscated. The "Friends" claim to be an
"independent, nonpartisan, non-profit organisation which supports
intellectual freedom and Cuba's independent library movement". The
founders of the organisation are Jorge Sanguinetty and Robert Kent.

Jorge Sanguinetty resides in Miami. He was head of Cuba's Department
of National Investment Planning before he left the country in 1967.
He is also a newspaper columnist and a commentator on Radio Marti, a
US government funded radio station which broadcasts anti-Cuban
programmes. This station illegally invades Cuban air space and adds
insult to injury by using the name of the Cuban national hero.

Robert Kent is a librarian who lives in New York City. On four
occasions he has taken books and pamphlets to Cuba for Freedom House
and the Centre for a Free Cuba, both of which are funded by the US
Agency for International Development. On three occasions his travel
expenses were paid by Freedom House or the Centre for a Free Cuba.

Freedom House is an anti-Castro organisation which has received
$500,000 (from USAID and the US Information Agency) in US government
funding. The Centre for a Free Cuba has received $400,000. These
grants form part of the $3.1m in payment to organisations that are
committed to the overthrow of the Cuban government. The funding
springs from Track 2 of the Torricelli Act. Track 1 is dedicated to
tightening the illegal 40 year US blockade of Cuba ; Track 2 provides
for US government support to non-governmental organisations in Cuba,
including "dissidents" and "independent librarians". But, as Ann
Sparanese, a New Jersey public librarian, points out :

"Not one of these so-called libraries is a library, and not one of
the allegedly repressed librarians is, or ever was, a professional
librarian. They are professional dissidents. There are many US
visitors to Cuba who travel there mainly for the purposes of
searching for "dissidents" and Mr Kent, who describes himself as "no
friend" of the Cuban government is among these."

In his determination to champion the political freedoms of
"dissidents" in Cuba, Mr Kent does not concern himself with the fact
that other US citizens, unless they receive a "licence" from the US
government are prohibited from travelling and spending money in Cuba
at risk of jail or fines. For every "independent librarian" who has
been harassed and arrested in Cuba, hundreds of US citizens (on trips
NOT approved by the US government as was Mr Kent's) returning from
Cuba have been harassed at customs ; had their belongings, Cuban
materials and passports confiscated ; have been threatened with fines
and jail terms ; have had the FBI hound them at home and work. They
have also been the subjects of Senate hearings and had their names
and addresses published in the hearing reports.

These violations of the rights of US citizens do not concern Mr Kent
who could travel to Cuba without such threats over his head. Clearly
he was doing the work of the US government in Cuba and financed by
them. His freedom of travel and expression are guaranteed even
promoted. What books did he take into Cuba and which "dissident"
groups did he help to fund ? If a foreigner or foreign government did
that in the US, this would be illegal. Imagine if the activities of
the Cuba Solidarity movement in the US were bankrolled by the Cuban
government. It would not only be scandalous, but unless those people
had declared themselves to be the "agents of a foreign power" they
would go to jail. But the US Interests Section in Havana regularly
funnels money to "dissident" groups in Cuba. The kind of thing that
used to be done covertly by the CIA is now being done openly by the
type of groups that Mr Kent represents. 

Mr Kent is also silent on the countless attempts by his government to
overthrow the Castro regime. These include assassination attempts on
Cuban leaders, invasions, the introduction of biological warfare, the
destruction of factories, the financing of terrorism and the use of
the Guantanamo base to initiate provocations. This state sponsored
terror has gone on for over 40 years and has led to the death and
injury of over 5500 Cuban civilians.


The "Friends" get most of their information from Cubanet, the main
promoter of the "Independent Libraries Project in Cuba". Cubanet is
based in Coral Gables, Florida, and financed by the following :
National Endowment for Democracy, which supports a number of
anti-Cuban government enterprises emanating from such places as the
National Republican Institute, Ronald Reagan's creation ; the Open
Society, funded by George Soros ; USAID, dedicated to advancing the
"political and economic interests of the United States" ; private
donors, including members of the Cuban American National Foundation,
a violently anti Castro organisation.

The "Friends of Cuban Libraries" do not appear to have many
supporters.  Ralph Papakhian, a music librarian at Indiana
University, commented, "Unfortunately for Kent, the USAID and the CIA
have already established well known terrorist track records as regards
their activities in Cuba". Joe Grant, another US librarian, makes a
similar point : "If they are getting money from the US Agency for
International Development, I question their objectivity and their
ability to state that they are independent and non partisan".

Mark Rosenzweig, editor of the "Progressive Librarian", was even more
explicit : "Mr Kent and his colleagues have shown no interest in
working to lift the blockade which has crippled the material basis
for cultural development in Cuba, effecting its libraries as well as
many other more fundamental sectors of Cuban society. He has never
contacted the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American
Library Association about our efforts to help lift the blockade, nor
has he been interested in our programming which has involved Cuban

Mr Kent says that his organisation takes no position on the US
blockade against Cuba. This is surprising given that the "Friends"
are supposed to support human rights and the UN has defined the
provision of information as a human right. The blockade also applies
to food and medicine, another violation of human rights which Kent
ignores. The "Friends" claim to be neutral on the blockade yet Jorge
Sanguinetty is a very prominent spokesman in favour of the blockade,
as any search of the WWW with his name will show. A recent speech of
his at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies was avidly
against the lifting of the blockade.

Ann Sparanese sees the "Friends" group as an opportunity rather than
a threat : "Perhaps we should thank the so-called "Friends of Cuban
Libraries" for reminding us to strengthen our opposition to the
blockade and to do more to assist the Cuban people to get rid of it,
once and for all".

Cuban Libraries Support Group

On 1 July 1999 the Cuban Libraries Support Group (CLSG) was
established. The objectives of the CLSG are to support : Cuban
libraries, librarians, library and information workers and the Cuban
Library Association (ASCUBI) ; Cuba's free and comprehensive
education system and high literacy levels ; and the Cuban people's
right to self determination and to chose the social, political and
economic systems which support their library service.

The CLSG will work in partnership with four organisations :
Information for Social Change, a progressive librarian's network ;
the Library Association, which passed a motion in favour of Cuban
libraries at its AGM ; Book Aid International, which sends books to
Cuban libraries ; and the Cuba Solidarity Campaign.

Joe Grant welcomed the CLSG : "Cuba's libraries and librarians are
dear to members of this family and we try to provide support in a
number of ways. We really want more information". Mark Rosenzweig
also offered his support : "I have no problem with the outline and
goals of the Cuban Library Support Group and will be glad to promote
it among the Progressive Librarians Guild. I will publish the
statement in the next possible issue of Progressive Librarian".

Mark went on to make another very important point : "You must
remember, that we in the US bear a special responsibility for the
situation of the Cuban people, that we are the "Great Power" in the
hemisphere, that our country is consciously trying to strangle Cuba
economically, and that it is incumbent upon our activists here,
therefore, to be especially concerned".
Mark is proposing to members of the Progressive Librarians Guild that
PLG becomes an official endorser of the CSLG. He is presently polling
"the interested members and the response is very positive". Also, at
the next American Library Association (ALA) conference a resolution
on the CSLG will be put before the Social Responsibilities Round
Table (SRRT) asking them to formally endorse it. A resolution on
Cuba, including support for CSLG, will also be taken to the ALA

Ann Sparanese agrees "that SRRT should take an official position on
this and support and participate in the program outlined by the Cuban
Libraries Support Group".

The debate between the "Friends" and supporters of Cuban libraries
continues on the Internet. The balance of contributions are
overwhelmingly in favour of the CLSG. Here is a flavour of what
people are saying. Elaine Harger thinks that "Robert Kent's group
bears all the hallmarks of being one cog in the US machine of US
"public diplomacy" that works quite successfully to undermine
attempts of people to establish within their own countries
alternatives to the inequalities and injustices on which capitalism
depends and thrives".

"Keep in mind that the maintenance of those inequalities and
injustices requires its own brand of censorship, and the US has a
rich history of imprisoning, deporting, blacklisting and killing the
advocates of civil rights, labour rights and human rights. The Robert
Kents of the US do not necessarily have a commitment to freedom,
equality and peace. Many Robert Kents come from a tradition of
bashing skulls of striking workers, stealing land from native
inhabitants, exploiting the natural resources of foreign countries,
and smashing the presses of abolitionists,anarchists and other
opponents of unjust status quos".

For more information about the Cuban Libraries Support Group contact


4. Letter from ASCUBI President to John Pateman

From: Maria Aurora Soto Balbón
To: john.pateman[at]
Cc: eliadesa[at]; luis[at]
Subject: Cuba - FAIFE
Date: 25 November 1999 15:27

Ciudad de La Habana. November 21, 1999

Mr. John Pateman

Merton Council

Head of Libraries

Merton Civic Centre


e/mail: john.pateman[at]

Dear colleague

Last Tuesday, November 16, the Asociacion Cubana de Bibliotecarios (ASCUBI).
held its annual national council. Lic. Eliades Acosta, Director of the
National Library Jose Marti, attended as a special guest during the
afternoon session. Lic. Acosta handled us the different documents you and
your Cuban Libraries Support Group have issued in support of Cuban libraries
and librarians

The National Council colleagues and myself reacted with happines and
gratefulness since

we have not heard of any other expressions from other colleagues to help us
with their solidarity. Many librarians over the world know the reality and
truth of the work of Cuban library professionals.

We have struggled very hard to assure libraries services for our people, we
have helped in the international arena to the understanding of Third World
needs in information and libraries services we have helped, for many years
the institutional work of IFLA.

Our work and our honesty has been ignored, our message and our truth has not
been answered. What happens to FAIFE? I am a regular member and nobody has
endorsed any official answer or message to our ASCUBI official statement
neither to me as a member.

Please, be sure that the Cuban library comunity has not had any other news
about those "independent libraries" than those that have circulated in

We do not know those persons, they are not graduated of any of our different
library professional

schools and they are not members of any of our Association branches.

The ASCUBI National Council expressed a vote of thanks for you and all
colleagues that are supporting us .

We are having our Second National Congress on November, next year. Do you
think will it be a good opportunity to get together and share our
experiences? Let us work on it.

We hope that we can develop much better relations of solidarity and exchange
from now on

Yours very truly

Marta Terry


Asociacion Cubana de Bibliotecarios

PS.Our addresses

Asociacion Cubana de Bibliotecarios

Calle 34 No.513

Miramar, Playa

Ciudad de La Habana


e.mail: ascubi[at]


5. Cuba SI

Imperialism NO! Venceramos!
Information and discussion about Cuba.
Discussion of the path of Ernesto Che Guevara.


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7. PDR's for Cuba

List members --

If your library is discarding the current PDR when the new one comes in,
Cuban hospitals and doctors can make good use of them.  You can send it
to me at my library:

Ann Sparanese
Englewood Library
31 Engle St.
Englewood, NJ 07631

I will make sure it gets down there with Pastors for Peace or others
traveling there.


8. Cuban Libraries:  Creating Partnerships

[Note - This trip may be full, but contact the organizers if you are
interested in future trips. -Ed.]

Join two University of California Librarians on a special, Global
Exchange Reality Tour to Cuba., May 19 to 28, 2000

The Purpose of this Trip:
Cuban Libraries:  Creating Partnerships promises to provide insight into
libraries, research institutes and the culture of our neighbor island. 
Particpants will visit libraries, archives, universities, and other places
of historical and cultural significance and dialogue with staff, faculty,
and librarians at these institutions.

This trip will highlight the trends in libraries, from local to academic
to specialized.  It will provide a venue for exploring issues of mutual
interest in Cuban and U.S. libraries such as preservation, access,
cataloguing, digitizing, collection building, and reference and sharing
expertise and practices in both settings.  It will be invaluable at
setting up contacts for information, networking with fellow workers, and
facilitating a real people-to-people exchange.  Upon return, participants
will continue contacts and share their experiences with others in their
institutions or community.

Program Highlights:
Meet with librarians and library workers of the University of Havana
Library, Academy of Sciences Library, National Jose Marti Library, and
other local community libraries and share issues, knowledge, and
practices.  A special U.S./Cuban digitizing project for posters and other
ephemera exists at Jose Marti Library.

Talk with the President, Marta Terry of the Asociacion Cubana de
Bibliotecarios (Cuban Librarians Association) about setting up a
professional Documentation Centre and library.  Ms. Terry will also set
up discussion groups for librarians and library workers.

Learn about training  for librarians and library workers.

Visit the Instituto Cubano del Libro (Cuban Book Institute); a publishing

Meet with physicians and organizers of the Infomed project.  Infomed was
started by two former Reality Tour participants to send computers to
medical researchers and physicians in Cuba.  The network now spans the
island updating Cubanas with the latest medical news.

Meet with specialists on gender, race, class, and sexuality issues.

Tour by bike or bus the historical sites of Havana:  La Plaza de la
Revolucion, el Gran Teatro, La Catedral de San Cristobal, El Museo de la
Revolucion, etc.

Experience interactive Cuban dance performances, from folkloric to modern
forms and music, such as a salsa dance class with Dulce Maria.

Possible side trips to Pinar del Rio, the community development project
of Las Terrazas; to Matanzas and Varadero Beach; to Regla and its local
church for Santeria (the African religion) and museum.  Also visits in
Havana to the museum, Casa De Africa, publishers, bookstores, and artists
studios in old town.

Price:  $1600 includes round-trip airfare from a designated location, all
transportation within Cuba, accomodation in a 3 star hotel, translation
of all programs, three meals daily, visas and program fees and qualified
trip leaders.  Global Exchange and your leaders can arrange personal
meetings to suit your particular interests.  Single rooms may be
available for an additional cost. 

Contacts:  Jacquelyn Marie, Women's Studies/Reference Librarian, UC Santa
Cruz, Tel:  831/459-3255, jamarie[at] 
Beth Sibley, Social Science Librarian, UC Berkeley, Tel:  510/643-0880,

This trip is open to anyone interested in libraries and/or presently
working in libraries and their friends and families.  Contact librarian
leaders or Global Exchange, 415/255-7296 for flyers and applications.

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