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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10 New Library Services Prepare Youth for a High-Tech World

Smart phones, 3D printers, robotics, online media — it’s all happening at 10 public libraries that have...

How Do Libraries Drive Development in Your Community?

Participate in a global online discussion taking place June 12 at 1 pm UTC/8 am Medellin, Colombia time via Google Hangout. The discussion will center on themes including digital culture, social and cultural management, and reading promotion. Read this Slideshare presentation to learn how to join the event. The event will take place in English....

Libraries in Ukraine Prepare Citizens for Elections

Citizens in Ukraine will take to the polls on May 25th to vote in the presidential elections and in a number of local elections against the backdrop of growing tensions and political uncertainty. However, libraries in Ukraine continue to play a critical role in bridging the communication gap between citizens and local governments to address...

Measuring the Library Movement in Bangladesh

Ingrid Bon (from the governing board of IFLA) and I were in Bangladesh last week, exploring along with Save the Children’s Bangladesh office how the country’s libraries might contribute to early literacy efforts. There are around 130 government public libraries in the country at the district level, and another several thousand at the village level...

Libraries and Local Governments: A Key Alliance

Libraries have become an essential part of urban and rural communities around the world. They are quintessential places of access to information, community development, and social inclusion. Patrons in every country embrace libraries as part of their daily lives — as spaces of learning, growth, and a source of pride for their communities. And that’s...

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