Local Partners for Development: Rediscovering Libraries

On October 3, 2012, Beyond Access brought together 350 participants from 39 countries for Local Alternatives for Global Development: Rediscovering Libraries — the first major international forum to explore libraries as development partners; raise awareness about innovative projects, services, and technologies; and begin making connections between representatives from government, civil society, and the library and international development communities. The conference was preceded by a two-day Library Innovators Camp and a day of dedicated sessions for government officials.

This brief summarizes conference discussions and themes, and outlines the contributions that libraries can make to advancing social and economic development.