(6 October 2015) In September, IREX partnered with IFLA and the New York Public Library to host a discussion about access to information and the Sustainable Development Goals. During the event, librarian Myat Sann Nyein shared her experience leveraging libraries for community development in Myanmar.
During the darkest years of the former regime, information was under threat. So libraries created spaces for education, information, and people-to-people connections. They became neutral, safe community spaces open to everyone.
Myat Sann Nyein describes how Myanmar’s 5,000 community libraries survived the political upheavals of the past decades becoming among the most trusted community institutions in the country.