S: Study Abroad Peru 2011
BC: The End
FC: WD White SLIS 5750 and SLIS 5680 Managing Library Automation Projects Seminar in Information Resources and Services for Special Clienteles | Study Abroad Peru 2011
1: Our goal was to automate two existing school libraries in Cuzco and to establish a school library at a small school in Urubamba, a small town about 50 miles from Cuzco.
2: When we arrived in Lima we were greeted with music and dancing-It wasn't for us but it was fun.
3: The people of Peru made us feel welcome.
4: Dean Totten joined us in Peru to encourage us in our endeavor. Professors Toby Faber and Dr Barbara Schultz-Jones led our group of 28 faculty, students and librarians.
6: The flight from Lima to Cuzco was over rugged mountains
7: Cuzco is high in the mountains-11,000 feet
8: We were met at the airport.
9: We stayed at the Hotel Garcilaso a three star hotel very close to the schools we worked at in Cuzco
10: The hotel was built as a residence in the 18th century and followed the traditional enclosed courtyard design of Spanish colonial architecture. All the rooms opened out to the courtyard and this allowed us to socialize and communicate with our team mates.
11: Breakfast and lunch were provided but for dinner we were on our own fortunately there were lots of great restaurants.
12: The soup was wonderful and they had many different kinds. Alpaca tastes like pork!
13: We brought many books to donate to the school library we established in Urabamba.
14: The Glorioso Colegio Nacional de Ciencias The public school of 2,500 male only students where my team worked automating the library.
15: Dean Totten and Dr Schultz-Jones meet with the administration to discuss the project.
16: We inspect the library to assess what they have and what needs to be done. The library is very small and many of the books are old-some several hundred years old
17: The books on the back shelf are the very old books.
18: Discussing the books with the school administration.
19: Viewing the space where the new books will go.
20: Dean Totten signs the guest registry book of the school.
21: Cuzco is surrounded by mountains.
22: We have the weekend to visit some of the Inca ruins around Cuzco and to see traditional indian handicrafts.
23: The traditional costumes are worn by the rural people.
24: This was at a tourist site but people in the countryside do still wear these outfits.
25: We work hard during the week but work harder when we are free to go to see the Inca ruins.
26: The Incas were great builders and the mountains are covered with terraces-all built by hand with the soil and rocks brought from the valley below in order to increase the arable land for agriculture.
27: At Pisac, one of the Inca sites we visited, we did a lot of climbing.
28: The views were spectacular.
29: And a little scary!
30: It is a long way down!
31: And the steps are uneven!
32: The view made it worth while.
33: After a hard climb | we made it back | without losing anyone | this time!
34: We got to learn a lot about indigenous Peruvian culture and traditional handicrafts.
35: Plowing with oxen in a field in the middle of nowhere. There is a lot of poverty but the people are very nice and considerate and work very hard from an early age. It is a beautiful country and I enjoyed the visit.
36: There are too many interesting places and things we were able to see in our free time to discuss but if you get a chance to go to Peru, you will enjoy it.
37: This is the school in Urabamba where we established a library.
38: This is the library they built by converting a storage building.
39: When we got there they welcomed us with open arms and served us drinks and snacks.
40: They played music, sang songs for us and danced!
41: We joined in the festivities.
42: This is the mascot for the school in Cuzco "Ciencias" where my team worked to automate the library system.
43: These are donated books shipped to the school that we received and cataloged in the new library system that we installed on the computers that the local PTA and the director of the library bought for the library. The man in the blue sweater is Pepe the librarian whose dedication and hard work made it possible for us to come to this school.
44: We had a great team who worked hard to get as much done as possible in the two weeks we had to do the job.
45: The highlight of our trip was our outing to Machu Pichu a truly wondrous place and an engineering marvel.
46: We went by train to the base of the mountain and then by bus to the top.
47: When we got back the shelves had been put up and we were able to see some progress. This was the best class I had ever taken. I received practical experience in cataloging and library automation.
48: Cataloging in Spanish was a challenge for those of us who do not read Spanish!
49: But the end result was the most gratifying experience I have ever had. The students and the librarian were so happy with the new system and the new books.
50: The administration threw us a going away party to thank us for our work.
51: Our team at Ciencias with the librarian and his helper.