The Beyond Access Myanmar project aims to support Myanmar’s libraries to serve more people with critical information and services. Our vision is that libraries will be centered around active librarians and welcoming spaces, and provide up-to-date materials and public internet access internet. The project focuses on training librarians, helping them develop new services and support their communities to increase information literacy. Beyond Access Myanmar aims to maximize the impact of public access to technology and internet by expanding leadership opportunities for girls and developing a long-term strategy to promote community literacy.
- To expand access to the internet and ICT training throughout the country
- To expand educational and leadership opportunities for adolescent girls
- To support libraries in using technology for education
- To boost online access to news and government information
- To develop capacity of libraries to provide relevant information and community services
Librarian training and capacity building
Train librarians in information facilitation skills, including community needs assessment, information literacy, development of new services, and maximizing the value of public access technology and internet.
Education and leadership opportunities for girls
The Tech Age Girls program will prepare 100 adolescent girls to become community leaders, providing them with essential life skills and technology skills through an engaging, integrated program based at public libraries.
Infrastructure and equipment
Ooredoo will provide tablet computers, 3G routers and fast mobile internet access in participating libraries.
Partnership development and advocacy
Partner with government and civil society to employ public libraries as a development asset, helping agencies and organizations use libraries as a base to offer services to communities.
Promoting community literacy
Develop a long-term strategy for ensuring up-to-date literacy materials in relevant languages are provided through all libraries – particularly through the use of technology – by convening publishers and other stakeholders.
- How are tech-savvy girls in Myanmar closing the gender digital divide? January 2017
- How Myanmar’s Librarians Are Mobilizing for Voter Education November 2015
- Why it’s Crucial to Leverage Libraries for Access to Information in Myanmar October 2015
- Two Librarians at the Center of Flood Relief Efforts in Myanmar August 2015
- How Can We Increase Access to Online Services in Myanmar? March 2015
- Partnering with Ooredoo to Drive Access to Information in Myanmar October 2014
- Myanmar’s Librarians Get a Fresh Start February 2014
- New Survey Reveals Promise of Myanmar’s Libraries in Transition February 2014
- New Partnership to Lay Out Vision for Libraries in Myanmar October 2013
- Credibility: The Next Challenge in Myanmar’s Information Revival July 2013
- Will Grassroots Libraries get lost in Myanmar’s Frenetic Transition? July 2013
- A Place for Public Libraries in Myanmar’s Future? February 2013