[Libs-Or] [Fwd: [alacro-l] ALA Sets Up 'Text' Donations to Help Rebuild Libraries in Haiti]

Suzanne Sager bvss at pdx.edu
Fri Jun 11 08:55:42 PDT 2010


Suzanne L. Sager
Oregon ALA Chapter Councilor

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	[alacro-l] ALA Sets Up 'Text' Donations to Help Rebuild 
Libraries in Haiti
Date: 	Fri, 11 Jun 2010 11:25:31 -0400
From: 	Michael Dowling <mdowling at ala.org>
To: 	ALACRO-L <alacro-l at ala.org>, <chapeditor at ala.org>
CC: 	Beth Nawalinski <bnawalinski at ala.org>

ALA Sets Up ‘Text’ Donations to Help Rebuild Libraries in Haiti

It now only takes two minutes for you to donate $10 to help rebuild 
libraries in Haiti.

The American Library Association has set up an option to easily donate 
through your mobile phone. To donate to the ALA Haiti Library Relief 
Fund simply text “alahaiti” to 20222, and a $10 one-time tax-deductible 
donation will be added to your mobile phone bill.

Only 6 months have past since the devastating January earthquake killed 
over 200,000 in Port Au Prince, Haiti leaving 1.5 million homeless, and 
destroying countless cultural institutions, including libraries.

“Unfortunately, libraries are not immune from natural disasters, yet 
they are critical to the helping people recover,” said Keith Michael 
Fiels, ALA Executive Director. Ten public and community libraries were 
destroyed, and many others damaged. Major academic and research 
libraries/archives housing the patrimony of Haiti also collapsed, or 
suffered major structural damage.

ALA is raising funds to rebuild three libraries in Haiti destroyed 
during the earthquake in January. They are the Petit Goave Public 
Library, the Centre Culturel Pyepoudre Community Library, and the 
*Bibliothèque haïtienne des Pères du Saint-Esprit which was* founded in 
1873 and holds resources documenting the history of Haiti, French 
colonization, slavery and emancipation.

Thanks to a generous donation from Sirsi/Dynix and hundreds of library 
supporters, $18,000 has been raised so far, but much more is needed.

ALA will be encouraging all attendees and exhibitors at the ALA Annual 
Conference, June 24-29 to take two minutes to donate $10.

ALA is pleased to announce that our Haitian colleagues will be attending 
the ALA Annual Conference, including leaders of the three libraries ALA 
is adopting: Françoise Beaulieu-Thybulle, Director-General of the 
*Bibliotheque** **Nationale** **D’haiti; *Library Patrick Tardieu, Head 
Archivist, Bibliothèque Haïtienne des Pères du Saint-Esprit; and 
Elizabeth Pierre-Louise of the Fondation Connaissance Et Liberte (FOKAL).

For more information on ALA’s Haiti Library Relief effort, including how 
libraries can also ‘adopt’ a library in Hati, visit


( A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or

deducted from your prepaid balance. All charges are billed by and payable to

your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. 

are collected for the bene_t of the ALA by the Mobile Giving Foundation and

subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. You can unsubscribe at any

time by replying *STOP *to short code “20222”; Reply *HELP *to “20222 
for help.)

Michael Dowling


International and Chapter Relations Offices

American Library Association

50 E Huron St

Chicago, IL, USA

p +1 800-545-2433 ext 3200

f +1 312-280-4392


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Suzanne L. Sager
Library East, Cataloging
Portland State University

sagers at pdx.edu

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