Libraries Symposium in Guatemala Features Speakers from UT Austin
Posted: April 17, 2013
Norsworthy and Heath with directors and staff of AHPN and AGCA
During the first week of April 2013, UT Austin Vice Provost and Director of UT Libraries Fred Heath and LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Coordinator Kent Norsworthy traveled to Guatemala for a series of presentations and meetings on libraries and archives. The two spent time in both Guatemala City and Antigua.
Heath and Norsworthy were the featured speakers at a symposium on the future of academic libraries sponsored by the Proyecto UCEN (Universidad Centroamericana del Conocimiento Aplicado), Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG), Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM), and the Library School of the Universidad de San Carlos (USAC). The symposium, held at the Universidad del Valle, was attended by more than 150 librarians representing a broad spectrum of institutions from academia, government, the private sector, and NGOs.
According to Norsworthy, “It was exciting and inspiring for us to see so many Guatemalans involved in the process of transforming libraries. The exchange of ideas we had will be beneficial to both parties as we continue to seek out innovative solutions to the myriad of challenges facing libraries in the twenty-first century.”
While in Guatemala, Heath and Norsworthy also met with dozens of representatives from institutions that either currently have, or are looking to establish, partnerships with LLILAS Benson or other units at UT Austin. These include the Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional (AHPN), the Archivo General de Centroamérica (AGCA), AVANCSO, CIRMA, and six private and public universities.