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All Blog Posts Tagged 'libraries' (25)

‘We had to get creative’: Digi-tales from Africa’s resourceful librarians

Andrew Carnegie once said, “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” Today, libraries are just as important as they were in Carnegie’s time, serving as ‘e-hubs,’ where citizens can access scholarly research from around…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on April 1, 2015 at 4:52am — No Comments

Makaia and the Medellin's library system trained staff from 13 libraries in Intel's methodology

Get to know the results of the training project "Intel aprender (intel learning) and Intel easy steps".

It has been organized by the Medellin's library system to accomplish the goal of training the staff of 13 libraries in the city, since this training is based on the user's needs. 



Added by Laia Fauró Gual on August 14, 2014 at 6:36pm — No Comments

New resources about the impact of public access ICTs

It’s been just over a year since we at TASCHA released the Global Impact Study‘s final report,Connecting people for development: Why public access ICTs matter. In the past year, we have been very busy disseminating the findings, participating in discussions about public access and development, and creating various tools…


Added by Global Impact Study on August 7, 2014 at 6:33am — No Comments

Georgian Public Services through Libraries (GPSLib): A New Direction for Libraries in Georgia

In the last decade, Georgia has undertaken massive reforms, particularly in the areas of rule of law, accountability, and transparency. After signing onto the Open Government Partnership, the government of Georgia instituted a plan to ensure access to information for people living in rural areas. With more than 600 underutilized public libraries spread across the country, the…


Added by Seu Yapa on May 21, 2014 at 1:46pm — No Comments

7 Reasons Why Libraries Are the New Telecentres

As those, who have been in and around community-based ICT/Internet access (community informatics) initiatives well know, the primary dilemma for these activities (e.g. Telecentres) is how to ensure sufficient sustainability, organizational stability and programmatic flexibility to allow for survival once the immediate round of funding which helped them launch, runs out.(Note that…


Added by Seu Yapa on February 7, 2014 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Innovation Awards for Five Public Libraries for Promoting Social Inclusion

The Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) has presented Innovation Awards to five public library services that promote social inclusion in their communities.


Added by Vida Gabe on December 5, 2013 at 1:41pm — No Comments

How Can Libraries Boost Inclusion of People with Disabilities?

Libraries are inclusive places by their very nature. They’re open spaces that offer services and information for everyone — and this mission is perhaps most evident when it comes to providing information and ICT access to disabled people.

In Colombia, the Fernando Gómez Martínez Public Library developed a program called “Other Ways to Read and Write,” an initiative that invites people with all types of disabilities to receive training and access to ICT. This year, the library in…


Added by Vida Gabe on December 5, 2013 at 1:26pm — No Comments

How a Modern Library Keeps Mothers Healthy in Rural Ghana

I’d been living in Ghana for five months when I visited the Northern Regional Library in Tamale, a cavernous facility with white and cream-coloured walls that used to be a post office. What I found was rare and wonderful in a country high illiteracy rates and little access to computers: a…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on December 3, 2013 at 4:34am — 1 Comment

New Partnership on Economic Opportunity in the Philippines

Beyond Access is pleased to announce a new partnership with the City Government of Davao, Philippines and the Davao City Library. We are proud to support the City Government in its efforts to transform its libraries into centers for economic opportunity.

After attending the Beyond Access 2012 conference, the Davao City Library hosted a series of public forums to discuss the community’s vision for a modern library. A common theme emerged in these forums: communities on the outskirts of…


Added by Vida Gabe on September 11, 2013 at 8:15am — No Comments

Global Impact Study final report released: Connecting people for development

While you’re likely reading this on your personal computer, enjoying reliable and fast internet, millions of people around the world still lack private access to this increasingly necessary resource to function and prosper in today’s world. How do those people connect to digital society? For many, digital inclusion is found at a library, a telecenter, or a cybercafé – their local public access ICT venue. For over a decade, significant investments have been made in these venues. However,…


Added by Global Impact Study on July 3, 2013 at 2:27am — 1 Comment

Public libraries as strategic partners in social development and protection programs?

By Laura Agosta

Very often, the development programs, and particularly the social development and protection programs, require a network of interconnected players to cover the greatest possible number of beneficiaries and granting them a range of integral services. In Latin America, the most universal social programs represent potential challenges in terms…


Added by Seu Yapa on July 3, 2013 at 1:18am — No Comments

Award 5 – Empowering women and girls through ICT

CALL OPEN: 8 March 2013 to 8th May 2013

Information and communication technology (ICT) has changed the lives of billions of people across the world. But in many countries, women and girls are being left behind. Recent research (2012) by the technology company, Intel, found that nearly 25% fewer women than men living in developing countries have…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on March 27, 2013 at 11:34pm — No Comments

Libraries of the Future

Libraries have always been a centre of knowledge in communities. For many, they provided the only access to developments and news from around the world.

The digital age, however, has fundamentally transformed how people access information. To survive the challenge posed by the proliferation of game-changing resources such as the internet and electronic books, libraries must understand what people today need from them, and expand their services accordingly.

First, libraries must…


Added by Seu Yapa on March 14, 2013 at 2:55am — No Comments

Report on the impact of access to computers & internet releasing soon - sign up to get a copy

What is the impact of computers in public places like telecentres? How can this impact be measured? What about mobile phones? And what does it mean for the future of access to technology?

The Global Impact Study from the Technology & Social Change Group at the University of Washington’s iSchool is excited to announce that we will be releasing our final research…


Added by Global Impact Study on February 26, 2013 at 2:43am — No Comments

Why Poles need libraries?

After 3 years of implementing the Library Development Program at Polish Libraries, a very informative and well written report has now been issued about the impact of the program…


Added by Lize De Clercq on January 7, 2013 at 10:14pm — No Comments

New report from the Global Impact Study - do mobile phones replace public access?

The Global Impact Study is pleased to announce the release of the Mobile Internet in-depth study research report, Public access, private mobile: The interplay of shared access and the mobile Internet for Teenagers in Cape Town. Led by Marion Walton of the University of Cape Town and Jonathan Donner of Microsoft Research India, this study assesses and describes the interplay between public PC-based Internet access and private mobile-based access for urban teenaged public access venue users in…


Added by Global Impact Study on December 6, 2012 at 4:11am — No Comments

Global Impact Study releases user survey data

The Global Impact Study is pleased to announce the release of our user survey data. Over 5,000 public access ICT users were surveyed in libraries, telecenters, and cybercafes in Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Ghana, and the Philippines. The data collected through these surveys is now publicly available in both SPSS/SAV and CSV formats. Accompanying the data at this time are two documents: a “readme” file that provides information on the complexities of the data, including survey skip patterns,…


Added by Global Impact Study on July 16, 2012 at 9:49pm — No Comments

What do public access venue users use computers & internet for?

The last few posts, as well as the User Profile paper, have looked at the characteristics of public access venue users and their access to computers and the Internet. As the survey data analysis continues, we’re beginning to look more at the uses of public access venues, and of course, the impacts. The Global Impact Study is mainly looking at …


Added by Global Impact Study on June 19, 2012 at 3:03am — No Comments

Are all public access venue users young and male?

Photo courtesy of David Sasaki (Flickr user "oso")


The last few posts based on the User Profiles working paper considered the “access” dimensions of public access venues – where people access computers and the Internet and why they go to public access…


Added by Global Impact Study on April 26, 2012 at 2:55am — 1 Comment

Why those with access at home use public access venues

The last two posts on findings from the User Profile paper described that many people only have access to computers and particularly the Internet at public access ICT venues. Public access ICT venues also provide many with their first opportunity to gain experience with computers and the Internet. However, as displayed in the last post, there are public access ICT venue users that do indeed have…


Added by Global Impact Study on April 11, 2012 at 5:21am — No Comments

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