Collaborative Librarianship, Vol 5, No 2 (2013)

The Quest for Sustainability in International Library Development: The Experience of the Riecken Foundation

Elizabeth Cramer, John Boyd

Abstract


The Riecken Foundation provides support to communities in developing countries to create sustainable partnership library programs focusing on collection development, technology applications, and assembling professional staff and volunteers. This article studies the experience of the Foundation through research gathered in interviews with Bill Cartwright, President and CEO of the Foundation, along with on-site observations at six participating libraries, and offers analysis of documentation related to these sustainability initiatives. The study also examines the transition of the Foundation from a private foundation to a public charity and the effect this has had in its programming.

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