Guatemala is located in Central America and is populated by over 13 million people. After its independence from Spain in 1821, it was ruled by a succession of dictators until 1944 when a coup led to a civilian, democratically elected government. In 1954, the CIA led the overthrow of this government. From 1960-1996 Guatemala became caught up in bloody civil wars and genocides as did other countries in Central America. Since the mid 1990's Guatemala has become a representative democracy.
Stephen Stratton is head of Collections and Technical Services at the John Spoor Broome
Library, Cal State University Channel Islands, where he leads the library forward into the future of digital books and journals. Mr. Stratton will talk about his experiences in Guatemala working with two Non Governmental Organizations focusing on libraries, literacy and education.
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
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