FCLS Supports Libraries in the Developing World
FCLS is developing institutional partnerships that yield substantial benefits, both to institutions themselves and to their constituent communities. FCLS is also committed to the cause of advancing literacy across the globe. Fulton County Library System, The Friends of the Ocee Library, The Morocco Library Project, and Kennesaw State University’s ‘Year of Morocco’ program partnered in 2019 to facilitate the charitable giving of books to the developing world. Through this partnership, FCLS was able to deliver more than 1000 books to the Medina Children’s Library in Fez, Morocco, and to other children’s libraries across the country. This project empowered communities by providing access to essential learning materials.
Recently, FCLS librarian Ryland Johnson was invited to discuss this project in a virtual conference, “Civic Engagement in Higher Education: Learning to Serve, Serving to Learn,” hosted by the prestigious Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Mr. Johnson discussed library perspectives regarding institutional partnerships with academic and business leaders from around the world. Mr. Johnson was also happy to report that our continuing commitment to helping Medina Children’s Library is now focused on providing professional mentorship opportunities that will develop the library’s ability to serve its community through virtual services and programming.