Libraries Empower Women. Here’s How.

The latest EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (PLIP) winners demonstrate how libraries can successfully incorporate technology into their programs to help women empower themselves and improve their lives. Located in Guatemala and in Nepal, the two award winners help women improve their livelihoods through training in technology and business, but also by offering safe spaces...

Tech in Africa: Improving Education and Agriculture

In Ghana and Uganda, ICT-based programs have improved farmers’ access to information they can use to...

Does Public Access to Technology Matter?

Around the globe, millions of people lack private access to information and communications technology (ICT). In many areas, computer and internet access would be out of reach without public access centers, such as libraries, telecenters, and cybercafes. But the spread of mobile phones and other technologies has shifted the discussion, sparking debate about the role...

Social Inclusion Policy: The Role of Public Libraries in Latin American and Caribbean Development

This post is courtesy of Catalina Escobar, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Makaia. It was presented during Spark 2013: 4th Global Forum on Telecentres. Many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have made progress in the development of public policy related to ICTs (information and communication technologies), especially in terms of allocation and connectivity,...

Professional Start: Ukrainian Youths Choose the Future

The Kherson Oblast Library for Children in Ukraine implemented its Professional Start program to help youth explore and develop their professional skills and interests. In today’s post, the Member Team describes the program and its impact. Young people all over the world dream of a comfortable life. Ukrainian young people are no different: they want...

How Libraries Can Help Improve Public Health

Public libraries are effective partners in health advocacy and awareness programs, as recently released EIFL Public Library Information Program (EIFL-PLIP) impact assessment results show. The results reflect the outcomes of three successful programs in eastern Europe from 2011 to 2012. The programs established and mobilized  partnerships to deliver vital health information to their communities, addressing...

Public Libraries and Women’s Empowerment: Stories From Around the World

Public libraries in developing countries serve as critical ICT access points for women in their communities, as developed in the TASCHA Global Impact Study of Public Access to Information & Communication Technologies. Importantly, they are designing qualitatively different activities that empower women.  Here are some of examples of how libraries are serving women in ways...

International Women’s Day: What are public libraries doing?

Every year on March 8, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. What are public libraries doing to participate in this conversation? It turns out, quite a lot: public libraries provide access to education, opportunities for economic empowerment, and safe spaces where women can speak and interact freely; tools which enable women to take control of...

How Libraries Meet Development Goals: Ramón Mujica

Last month, Peru’s National Library launched the program “Semillas para el Desarrollo” (Seeds for Development) which aims to build libraries in marginalized zones of the country. The new libraries will have the support of the local governments and the private sector. Its principal objective is to serve as innovative centers that focus in the local...

It’s Never Too Late

This post is courtesy of Beyond Access member Red de Bibliotecas de Medellín. My name is Beatriz Helena Monsalve. I am 60 years old and I’m a housekeeper. I am attending the ICT Adoption Training for Adults and Seniors  with the teacher Vanessa in the Floresta Library. I never thought that at my age I...

Students’ Testimonies, Biblioteca Pública del Zulia

Students recently took part in a course titled “Internet for Parents” offered by Beyond Access Member Biblioteca Pública del Zulia in Venezuela. Check out the videos below, which offer testimonies of the students that finished the course ‘Internet for Parents’ that the Public Library of Zulia offers. The course lasted 16 weeks. It was held...

An Example of Development and Innovation: Biblioteca Nacional de Perú

The traditional concept of  a library has changed. A library is no longer solely a space for books and encyclopedia research. Libraries have evolved and have become true spaces for community cohesion. They have been filled up with colors and opportunities for all those who desire to learn, not only through books but also through...

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