The Organization of American States (OAS) and Foundation El Libro Total today signed an agreement to disseminate more than 80,000 books digitized by the institution’s platform, free of charge, throughout the Americas and the world.
The agreement establishes a framework of collaboration between the two institutions, through which the OAS will use its platforms to disseminate material from the digital library of The Total Book Foundation and leaves open the possibility of other cooperation agreements in the interest of spreading the culture of the region. The Culture and Tourism Section of the Department of Economic Development of the OAS Executive Secretariat for Integral Development will oversee the initiative.
OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro expressed his enthusiasm for this initiative that will help promote Hispanic American culture around the world. “For us at the OAS, the cultural and creative sectors occupy an important place in the economies of our member states, because they constitute livelihoods and contribute to innovation, investment, digital modernization, and cultural and heritage tourism,” added Secretary General Almagro.
The President of the Fundación El Libro Total, Alejandro Navas, highlighted that the agreement “brings us together with the OAS and the people of the Americas” so that millions of people can access free reading through the digital platform of his institution.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Observer of Spain, Carmen Montón, who participated as a witness of honor to the agreement, said: “This agreement contributes to improve equity in access to culture, in this case to books in Spanish, and to promote reading in our language”.
The Fundación El Libro Total is a non-profit organization supported by the company Sistemas y Computadores S.A., whose main objective is the recovery, conservation, dissemination, and enhancement of the universal cultural heritage. For this purpose, it created the digital library of America El Libro Total, whose domain is www.ellibrototal.com.