Tuesday, August 28, 2012

How Libraries Empower Women, Strengthen Healthcare, and Bridge the Education Gap | Impatient Optimists

How Libraries Empower Women, Strengthen Healthcare, and Bridge the Education Gap | Impatient Optimists

August 27, 2012



When you think of a library, what comes to mind? Row after row of books? The Dewey Decimal System? Kids but no adults? Those stereotypes are outdated.  Around the world, libraries are on the front lines of innovative development. 

More than 230,000 public libraries exist in developing and transitioning countries right now. But why is that important? Because public libraries are a trusted information resource at the heart of communities.  And it’s no longer possible to talk about development without talking about information. As that community hub, libraries are being applied in unique ways to improve lives and communities.

Libraries were the first program of the Gates Foundation, and Beyond Access is one of the ways that work has evolved. Building on the learning of the past 15 years, Beyond Access, is working to ensure libraries are no longer left out of development efforts. 

Consider just a few examples of the ways in which public libraries are already making a difference:Read the whole article.
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