UNESCO Education UIL

UNESCO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC), Chile

Knowledge Management Section

OREALC, the UNESCO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, founded in 1963 to represent and execute UNESCO’s objectives in the Region, maintains an extensive educational documentation and information service. Although not exclusively specialized in adult education, increasing attention is given to adult literacy and basic education, out–of–school education of youth, human rights and to the culture of peace. Ready to participate actively in the Network of Networks as the node for adult education in Latin America and the Caribbean, OREALC has a Digital Library with the objective of providing the adult education research community with information published in this office in Spanish.

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Education, Educational policy, Human rights, Literacy, Peace education, Social sciences, Special needs education

User Profile:

UNESCO staff; public officers; researchers; teachers; students; government employees; inter–governmental organizations; NGO’s; universities

Contact Information


Enrique Delpiano 2058
Providencia (Pza. Pedro de Valdivia)

Mailing Address:
Casilla 127
C.Postal 7511019
Santiago, Chile

(+56–2) 472 4611
(+56–2) 655 1046
Contact person:
Victoria Uranga

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Parent Organisation:
Jorge Sequeira
Information staff:
Countries Served:
Latin America and the Caribbean
Working Languages:
English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish


Books and Documents:
Periodicals recieved p.a.:
Multimedia materials:
300 videos and CD–ROMs
Annual growth of Collection:

Methods of Data Management

Cataloging Rules
Classification System
Correlative number
Methods of Data Processing
Indexing Tool
UNESCO: IBE Education Thesaurus; UNESCO Thesaurus
Database Software

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Responding to requests; compiling bibliographies; searching internal and external databases; document delivery; inter–library loan; selective dissemination of information (via email); distribution of database to other libraries; database in CD–ROM and Internet: Latino V, Bancos Bibliográficos Latinoamericanos y de el Caribe V

Special Activities

Document collection; document dissemination; publication. Training OREALC’s staff in the use of new technologies used by the center. Development and creation of Documentation Centres to help NGOs to organize their information.


HURIDOCS (network of human rights); networks of Documentation Center of NGO’s and Chilean universities; ALADIN; educa–dh network

Studies and Surveys

Research on Internet and education in Latin America and the Caribbean. Implementing a database: EDWEB containing websites on education. Collaborating with REDUC in the Research “State of the art of adult and youth education in Latin America as part of the process of CONFINTEA follow up (OREALC–UIE).

Other material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

Lack of personnel in information technology

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Putting most of their documents on–line on their website; strengthen focus on culture of peace and human rights; improve new technology equipment and facilities; online database in LATINO (Universidad de Colima) website; publications on–line (virtual documentation center)

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

To participate as a Latin American and Caribbean node. Delivering bibliographies related to adult education, adolescents, gender education, human rights, discrimination, etc. via e-Mail, especially in Spanish.