Library Modernization in Georgia: Tech-Based, Human-Centered

This post is adapted from an article published in the Georgian Library Association Journal. 84 public libraries...

Creating local language materials through libraries in the Philippines

  The Philippines linguistic map is made up of 175 languages — 19 of them now taught...

Three Ways Libraries Can Promote Mother Tongue Reading in the Philippines

For the past three years, the Philippines education system has been immersed in a transition from...

Literacy in Ethiopia: Using Tech to Engage Community

This week, Beyond Access is hosting a literacy app hackathon in Addis Ababa. As we planned...

How Literacy Initiatives in Mozambique Can Reach More through Libraries

Mozambique is currently in the midst of a major campaign to increase early childhood literacy. Investments...

Creating Community Space for Early Reading

Young children need time to develop reading skills and a welcoming environment in which to practice....

Libraries and Open Data: Lessons from the Cartagena Data Festival

In April, I had the opportunity to speak on a panel about citizen engagement and accountability...

How Public Libraries Can Help Reduce Illiteracy

This post was contributed by Beyond Access partner organization EIFL. View the full article on EIFL’s...

Sharing the Benefits of Growth in Nigeria

Governments, community organizations, and public libraries are coming together through the Beyond Access Nigeria project to help excluded populations who are left out of recent economic growth develop 21st century job skills. In 2014, the BBC noted that the Nigerian economy eclipsed that of South Africa to become the largest in Africa, growing to a...

Beyond Access Explains the Post 2015 Development Agenda

Through the Beyond Access initiative, IREX partnered with IFLA and other organizations, including CIVICUS, Article 19,...

How Public Libraries Can Support Community Literacy

I recently had the fortune to participate in a UNESCO meeting on mobile literacy solutions for out-of-school children in Thailand. With a large population of migrants in some of the most difficult-to-reach parts of the country, many children risk missing out on school. Thailand’s official commitment to ensuring access to education for all is impressive —...

GPSLib: The Beginnings

Following its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the Georgian public library system underwent a series of massive changes. The system formerly operated based on the centrally-governed Soviet model, wherein Moscow pre-approved library collections and provided resources. When this model was disrupted, Georgian public libraries often became neglected and underfunded. Throughout the 1990s and...

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