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Since the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs was founded in 1991, over 1200 library professionals from 90 countries have participated in the Center's innovative programs. We also work with our librarian colleagues in countries around the world.
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A Learning Activity for the Information Age


Pamoja is a hands-on activity that brings to life the importance of libraries around the world. Participants work together in teams to create countries with their own cultures and information resources. Then they negotiate with other countries in a fast-paced effort to improve their resources. As in real life, some countries start out with more resources than others and cultural characteristics can facilitate or block negotiations. Depending on their interests, participants use Pamoja to explore many issues and skills such as team building, policy development, negotiation, cultural sensitivity, and the value of information.

Pamoja has been used in diverse settings from professional conferences to high school and college classrooms. It requires no special equipment – the detailed facilitator’s guide provides all you need to lead a group through this enjoyable and thought-provoking experience. The authors retain all copyrights to Pamoja, but the facilitator’s guide and handouts may be downloaded and used for educational and training purposes. Pamoja guides and materials may not be sold without the permission of the authors.

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Copyright © 1999 by Gail Wadsworth and Wendy D. White. All rights reserved.

Any part of this work (other than reproducible masters) may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system without permission of the authors. The reproducible masters in this publication are designed to be used with appropriate duplicating equipment to reproduce copies for training use. Permission is granted to trainers and their associates to reproduce these materials for their own training participants’ use. For all other purposes, request permission in writing from the authors.