Management of the WSF Information
This page is about Managing the Information of the World Social Forum. See this Link. http://www.worldsocialforum.org/. It focusses on the seventh WSF Event in Nairobi, Kenya, from 20-25 January 2007. Background to the librarians, preparations is found on the website of the Network Institute for Global Democratization. Go to NIGD. If interested, please subscribe to the related mailing list.
As a part of the preparations towards the Nairobi WSF, Information for Social Change has published a special issue on 'Libraries and Information in the World Social Forum Context, which contains for instance an article of the Management of the WSF Information by Esther Obachi, who is the secretary of Kenya Library Association. This article explains how the information from the WSF can be managed for posterity.
The World Social Forum
The existing WSF information materials
The January 2007 and future conferences
For the first time in the history of the WSF, librarians will make their presence as well as their true professionalism felt as they take their rightful position to harness a variety of information that will be generated by various groups, movements and civil society organizations assembled in Nairobi, Kenya from 20th to 25th January, 2007.
The initiative to document the WSF is spearheaded by the Kenya Library Association (KLA), and will be done as a collaborative effort by the librarians from the East African region, namely, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. KLA has been at the forefront in creating the awareness about the WSF to library and information professionals in the EA region, and has held a series of workshops in the region to prepare the librarians to document the WSF. The librarians are well refreshed now in terms of enhanced and innovative skills to document a variety of information at the WSF in both print and print and electronic formats. Information gathered at the WSF will be posted daily at a website to be created shortly and hosted by the KLA. What shall we document? Participants from the three East African countries agreed that the documentation process will ensure value, quality, and relevance of documented information. We shall also observe our professional ethics in the conduct of the documentation process.
Classification and cataloguing
It is my contention that most of the material or information to be collected relating to the WSF will essentially be ephemeral or the grey literature sort of material. This is for most LIS managers and staff a difficult type of material to trace, organise and use. In this regard i would suggest that a simple method of classifying and cataloguing it should be used for the good both of the library staff and the users.
Classification therefore could be modelled on the bases of subject categories such that you have broad subject categories and sub-topics within each broad subject category.
Examples of this are: i. Child/Children
Subtopics: child abuse; child labour; child molestation; street children etc
Print Materials (Paper based)
Dissemination of the WSF information can be done through various centres: Public libraries, University Libraries, Teachers resource Centres Schools, NGOs,Government Institutions, Telecentres, Community centres, Sicial halls, Churches and Mosques.
WSF information will be integrated with in the catalogue of the university and public libraries with a special tag.
The major marketing strategies for the WSF information will include: radio, tv, newspapers, workshops, websites and individual contacts.