Contact: Craig D'Ooge (202) 707-9189

September 30, 1993

Library of Congress Publishes Donated Book Programs Handbook

With sponsorship by its Center for the Book, the Library of Congress has just published Donated Book Programs: A Dialogue of Partners Handbook, based on the proceedings of the Dialogue of Partners International Workshop on Donated Books held in Baltimore, Maryland, on September 14-16, 1992.

Organized by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE), and the International Book Bank (IBB), the workshop was convened to encourage greater effectiveness in donated book programs by bringing together representatives of the various participants--program administrators, funders, book donors, distributors, and recipients. Ninety-five delegates from 44 countries attended the meeting. The Center for the Book was one of the workshop's 18 organizational sponsors.

In his preface, Center for the Book director John Y. Cole describes donated book programs as "an important way of sharing books between countries and peoples." The illustrated, 104-page handbook contains many useful ideas, recommendations, and guidelines that can be shared with a wide audience.

Donated Book Programs is divided into three parts. Part I summarizes the proceedings of the workshop and Part II is a practical guide for implementing a donated book program. Part III is a directory listing the workshop participants along with their address, telephone number, and a brief description of their organization.

Donated Book Programs: A Dialogue of Partners Handbook is available from the Library of Congress Sales Shop and by mail from the Library of Congress, Box J, Washington, D.C. 20540. The price is $6.95. Please add $3.50 per order (1 to 4 copies) if ordering by mail. Credit card orders may be placed by phone. Call (202) 707-6095 to place orders or for more information.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was established in 1977 to stimulate public awareness and appreciation of books, reading, and libraries, and to encourage the study of the role of books in society. Its projects and those of its affiliated state centers are supported by private contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

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PR 93-118
ISSN 0731-3527

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