Management of the WSF Information

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This page is about managing the information of the World Social Forum. It focusses on the seventh WSF Event in Nairobi, Kenya, 20-25 January 2007. Background to the librarians' preparations is found on the website of the Network Institute for Global Democratization, 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 on The Management of the WSF Information by Esther Obachi, the secretary of Kenya Library Association. This article explains how the information from the WSF can be managed for posterity.

The World Social Forum


Library Success

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

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


Non-print material

Print Materials (Paper based)


Dissemination Centres

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.

Dissemination Formats

Websites, brochures,leaflets, seminars, workshops.

Librarians are expected to use a variety both electronic and print media to disseminate WSF information. The Print media:This include various publications such as newpapers


The major marketing strategies for the WSF information will include: radio, tv, newspapers, workshops, websites and individual contacts.

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