Did you know that the U.S. State Department helps organize and maintain libraries around the world? They are set up as Information Resource Centers at embassies and consulates, and as American Corners (partnerships between embassy Public Affairs sections and local host institutions). In Afghanistan, they’re known as Lincoln Learning Centers.
LibraryThing offers free lifetime status for these accounts, and so far more than a hundred diplomatic libraries have begun to catalog their resources using LT. Just a few of those include:
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- San Salvador, El Salvador
- Port-au-Prince, Haiti
- Mazar-e Sharif, Herat and Kunduz, Afghanistan
- Chisinau, Moldova
- Nairobi, Kenya
- Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria
- Luanda, Angola
- Dakar, Senegal
- Dushanbe and Khujand, Tajikistan
- Lahore and Islamabad, Pakistan
- Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Warsaw, Poland
- Vladivostok, Russia
Other American Corner libraries getting their LT catalogs underway recently include a whole bunch in places like Khazakhstan, Serbia, and Fiji.
Just one of the many different uses being made of LibraryThing around the world!