The Community Libraries Network held in Havana its first assembly in order to institutionally strengthen its work as a public servant. 22 librarians participated with their regional coordinators. The agenda included the following points: Performance of the Independent Libraries in the new scenario for civil society; Analysis of the performance of libraries in the community; Discussion of the Code of Ethics; and citizen initiatives in which the network will be accompanying other proposals generated by civil society
In the National Assembly the librarians assessed the need to raise the quality of work in their respective libraries in the exercise of advocacy in communities and implement new information technologies. One of the demands of the network is the need for literature and supplies. As part of the event the latest editions of the Latin-Cuban Dialogue, a quarterly publication of the International Democratic Solidarity Program (Puente Democrático) by the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) proposed an exchange between Latin American figures from society, academia and analysts and the Cuban civic movement.
The presentation of the Latin- Cuban Dialogue was given by blogger and journalist Agustín López Canino, who recently participated in the Forum 2000 in the Czech Republic and attended at the award ceremony to Committed Diplomacy in Cuba from 2013 to 2014 awarded to Czech Frantisek Fleišman.
At the meeting, the librarians expressed their interest in the publications of CADAL as part of the collection of their libraries in order to continue the public service in their communities
At the end of the presentations the Campaign # Otro18 was presented by its communications team. #Otro 18 is a project to exercise horizontal advocacy seeking reconfiguration of the rule of law, democratization of Cuba through the proposal of legal changes, designed, conceived and legitimized with and through citizen deliberation.
Almost a year after its foundation, the Community Library Network has set the objective of opening a process of restructuring in order to adjust to new scenarios that are presented to Cuban civil society after the 17D. It opens its radar of action towards a more diverse perspective in the community setting. Its main mission is the mobilization of ideas and knowledge from diversity.