App Discovery Day in Bangkok

If you’re in Bangkok on Friday, October 17, please join us for “App Discovery Day” at TK Park from 2-4pm. Beyond Access is a program implemented by IREX that helps countries modernize their public library systems. We’re gathering a group of people together to explore how tablets can be used in public libraries to support...

New Award for Public Libraries Contributing to Education

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) is inviting applications for their new innovation award – for public libraries contributing to education of children and adults. This call is open to public and community libraries in developing and transitioning countries. The prize includes US$1,500 and wide publicity through EIFL’s global communication channels and networks. The deadline for...

How Can Tablet Computers Support Education in the World’s Slums?

This blog post was originally published by EIFL. Visit their website to read the full post.  In Kibera — a vast urban slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya — children often learn in classrooms that do not have electricity, computers, or internet access. They typically struggle to pass exams because their schools don’t have...

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Tackling Illiteracy Through Libraries in Asia

This post was originally published by READ Global. Read the complete post on their website. “My...

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 —...

Beyond Access Signs the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information

On August 18, 2014 the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) launched the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development. More than 100 organizations co-signed the Declaration, which calls upon United Nations Member States to make an international commitment through the post-2015 development agenda to ensure that everyone has access to, and...

Partnering for Digital Inclusion in Uruguay

In Uruguay, we’re launching a new partnership to provide access to information and technology in 10 communities through innovative public libraries. Beyond Access partnered with ANTEL (the national telecommunications company) and the Uruguay National Library to support the launch of the First Digital Inclusion Spaces Contest for Libraries. The initiative will bring computers, internet access,...

How New Information Hubs are Advancing Agriculture in Serbia

Increased agricultural productivity is key to boosting incomes and creating jobs in rural Serbia. And for farmers to increase their productivity, they need access to agricultural information and training, along with access to markets and financial opportunities. In Jagodina, a rural town in central Serbia, the local public library partnered with the farming community to...

Mentoring Romanian Youth For Success

In Romania, youth unemployment remains a serious issue — according to the ILO, the country’s youth unemployment rate has stagnated at 24.40 percent since 2011. There is a clear gap between the technology skills Romanian employers require and the knowledge and skills that young people in Romania possess. So in 2013, Biblionet, TechSoup, and Microsoft...

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Driving Women’s Political Representation in Bhutan

In Bhutan, the Himalayan Kingdom renowned for the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH), half the...

Boosting Access to Affordable Internet in Mozambique

For over 95% of its population, Mozambique’s internet services are unaffordable. Its fixed broadband connections are the fourth most expensive in the world, and while its mobile services are less expensive, a subscription costs over 65% of the average family’s income. The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) – a global coalition committed to removing economic...

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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