World Bank Group Archives

ACRL Conference: Tour of the World Bank Group's Library and Archives of Development

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    Devastation in France after World War II.

    On March 22, 2017, the World Bank Group’s Digital Publishing and Library and Archives of Development teams hosted 30 librarians attending the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference in Baltimore for a free informational tour and seminar at the Bank. During the half-day session, the librarians learned about the Bank’s history and mission, Archives, Access to Information Policy, as well as the World Bank eLibrary, Documents and Reports, and the Open Knowledge Repository. This included a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bank’s Library collection and Art Program. The highlight of the tour was the Archives Reading Room and storage vault – giving participants a glimpse into the rarely-seen inner workings of the Bank’s Archives and Records management programs.


    Devastation in France after World War II.

    This was an important audience for the World Bank Group. For many students, their first encounter with Bank knowledge products is through their library or university. In addition, most of the Bank’s Access to Information requests are from academics. Participants expressed overwhelming appreciation for the event, the work of the Bank, and the many services and resources available to librarians and researchers around the world. Given that academic librarians play a critical role in the dissemination of the Bank’s publications, research, and data to the next generation of development professionals, policy researchers, and government officials, the event was a win-win for everyone. “I enjoyed the whole experience! I have a need for the type of resources you offer for our students and greatly enjoyed learning all I could…Our Sociology students have to write a research paper on a country looking at political, economic, and social aspects of a topic of their choice. So much of your data and information will be invaluable to them!” said Kristy Floyd of Chesapeake College.

  • 8:00-8:45 am Workshop Check In
    8:45-9:00 am                                                 Welcome -- VIEW in "Video" tab
    Elisa Liberatori Prati (World Bank Group Chief Archivist, Information Management & Technology)
    Presentation: Welcome to the Workshop [pptx] 
    9:00-9:45 am               Keynote - Glance Back, Drive Forward: Reflections on the World Bank's History -- VIEW in "Video" tab
    Chair: Devesh Kapur (University of Pennsylvania) 
    9:45-11:00 am Session 1 - From Bank to Development Agency: Implications for the World Bank's Mission, Governance, and Policy
      Chair: William Becker (George Washington University)
    • Kathryn C. Lavelle (Case Western University)
    Presentation: American Politics, the Presidency of the World Bank, and Development Policy. [pptx]
    • Michele Alacevich (Columbia University)
    Presentation: Development Ideas and the World Bank: 1950s-1970s. [pptx]
    • Alain de Janvry (University of California, Berkeley) and Jean-Jacques Dethier (World Bank, Research Manager, Development Economics)
    Presentation: The World Bank and Governance: The Bank's Efforts to Help Developing Countries Build State Capacity. [pptx]
    11:00-11:15 am Break
    11:15-12:30 pm Session 2 - Constructive Bank/Client Partnerships: Three Case Studies
      Chair: Pamela Cox (World Bank, Vice President, East Asia and Pacific Region) 
    • Rahul Mukherji (University of Singapore)
    Presentation: Ideas, Interests, and the Tipping Point: Economic Change in India. [pptx]
    • Giovanni Zanalda (Duke University)
    Presentation: A Constructive Partnership: The World Bank and Korea in the Early Stage of Korea's Economic Takeoff. Preliminary Findings. [pptx]
    • W.J. Dorman (University of Edinburgh)
    Presentation: Urban Development in Cairo 1976-1993: The Perils of Everyday State Building in Egypt. [pptx]
    12:30-2:00 pm Lunch Break
    2:00-3:30 pm Session 3 - Dialogues of Development: Past Contestations, Present Policy
      Chair: Vijayendra Rao (World Bank, Lead Economist for Poverty & Inequality, Development Economics)
    • Daniel Immerwahr (Northwestern University)
    Presentation: Before Social Capital: The Forgotten History of Cold-War Era Community Development. 
    • Michael Woolcock (World Bank, Lead Social Development Specialist for Poverty & Inequality, Development Economics)
    Presentation: History, Historians and Development Debates: Using the World Bank's Archives to Address Five Key Issues.
    • Trudy Huskamp Peterson (International Council on Archives)
    Presentation: Archives Research as Unfinished Business. [pptx]
    3:30-3:45 pm Break
    3:45-5:15 pm Session 4 - The Role of Archives in International Organizations
      Chair: James Boughton (IMF Historian, Retired)
    • Elisa Liberatori Prati (World Bank Group Chief Archivist, Information Management & Technology)
    Presentation: The World Bank Group Archives: 60 Years of Development Knowledge on the "Science of Delivery". [pptx]
    • Pamela Tripp-Melby (International Monetary Fund, Division Chief, Information Services)
    Presentation: The IMF Archives for Economic Research. [pptx]
    • Bridget Sisk (United Nations, Section Chief, Archives & Records Management) 
    Presentation: Archives of Development in the UN Secretariat: Murky Past, Unclear Future. [pptx]