Boosting Women’s Representation in Bhutan

At the Beyond Access 2012 Conference, each Beyond Access Member team developed a project idea to compete for a Libraries for Development grant in one of four categories: Civic Participation, Economic Opportunity, Community Information and Development, and Public Technology and Innovation. A panel of experts selected the Aurbay Sher Shong Payzothkhang (ASSP) Library’s project in...

Library Innovator Spotlight: Rosa Yataco Marin

Rosa Yataco Marin is a librarian at the National Library of Peru, in charge of the library’s services and resources for visually impaired people. She also works with the National Library system to train other library leaders in Peru on the use of new technologies in their information centers. In February, she attended Conectandonos Peru,...

Library Innovator Spotlight: Thinley Choden

Thinley Choden is the Bhutan country director at READ Global, which established the Aurbay Sher Shong Payzothkhang (ASSP) library in Ura. She spoke with us recently about the Women Represent project at ASSP and also described the cultural challenges to libraries in Bhutan and to the “Women Represent” project. BA: What are some challenges READ...

Library Innovator Spotlight: Alikem Tamakloe

Alikem Tamakloe is Head of the Ghana Library Authority’s regional library in Ho, where he and his team have pioneered a Mobile Library Service along with a solar-powered mobile ICT lab that travels to rural communities to provide school children with opportunities to acquire practical ICT experience and skills.   BA: Can you tell us a...

Library Innovator Spotlight: Samara Iuldasheva and Chinara Ubukeeva

Chinara Ubukeeva, head librarian at Alay Regional Library, has been working with Samara Iuldasheva, a volunteer library coordinator, to develop new community services since returning from the Beyond Access 2012 conference as part of the Kyrgyzstan team. Samara spoke with us recently and described one of the new activities they have been working on- a...

Library Innovator Spotlight: Daniel Ahimbisibwe

Daniel Ahimbisibwe is the head librarian at the Kitengesa Community Library in Uganda, where he works on programs aimed at addressing his community’s information needs, including HIV/AIDS education and support programs. Recently, he spoke with us about these programs and his experience at the Beyond Access 2012 conference. BA: Has any of your work been...

A Conversation with Governor Fajardo of Antioquia, Colombia

Sergio Fajardo, Governor of Antioquia, Colombia, joined Beyond Access last week to speak on his experience in expanding citizen opportunities through his strategy, “Antioquia: the Most Educated.” As mayor of Medellin, Fajardo transformed the city’s reputation.  With significant drops in high rates of violence, Medellin emerged as a model for safe public spaces and good...

Library Innovator Spotlight: Romeo Rodriguez

Romeo Rodriguez is a Development Officer for Beyond Access partner Riecken Community Libraries, representing a network of 64 community libraries in Guatemala and Honduras. Recently, he spoke with us about the library in San Juan la Laguna’s new business center, his experience at the Beyond Access 2012 conference, and his plans for technology in the...

Beyond Access team members from the Asia Foundation, Myanmar Book Centre, IREX and EIFL visit with Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Myanmar MP Aung San Suu Kyi.

Aung San Suu Kyi meets the Beyond Access team in Myanmar

“ were to launch a chain of public libraries across Burma, that institution taken for...

Library Innovator Spotlight: Hellen Muyomba

Hellen Muyomba is a librarian at the National Library of Uganda, working on several programs aimed at using library resources to help improve the lives of people in her community. She is currently working on a program using her library to help teenage mothers in Uganda find health and career resources, and recently shared a few...

Library Innovator Spotlight: Vesna Crnkovic

Recently, we spoke with Vesna Crnkovic, Director of the National Library of Jagodina about her experiences with community outreach, her thoughts about Beyond Access, and advice for other library innovators. BA: Tell us a little about your library. Our library in Jagodina is an institution with a long tradition of working with books. In 2011...

Library Innovator Spotlight: Ricardo Lagos

“The traditional role of the library, which was to provide books so that you can learn a little bit more, is in the past. Now it is a system in which the community is able to relate to the rest of the world.” – Ricardo Lagos, Former President of Chile Library innovators aren’t necessarily librarians....

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