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Report: How Public Libraries Contribute Towards Reaching the Millennium Development Goals « Beyond Access

Report: How Public Libraries Contribute Towards Reaching the Millennium Development Goals « Beyond Access | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
How Public Libraries Contribute Towards Reaching the Millennium Development Goals - Beyond Access: Libraries... http://t.co/EJZi82Wxgv

 

Beyond Access is excited to announce the release of a new report showing how libraries are helping to reach the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs). Featuring stories from different libraries around the world, the report emphasizes the role that libraries are taking in helping to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

List of examples from Guatemala, Zambia, Kenya, etc.

 

Free copy here: http://www.beyondaccess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Beyond-Access-Libraries-MDGs-Small.pdf

 

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Report shows libraries are helping to reach Millennium Development Goals!

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Africa must use digital libraries

Africa must use digital libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Manka S Angwafo:

Making educational resources freely available will fast-track the continent's development.

 

Of more than 2 000 open access repositories worldwide, fewer than 3% are in Africa. And there are even fewer exclusively from sub-Saharan Africa.

Even though the availability of open access material is low, it is important to recognise the progress that has been made over the past decade: several institutions across the region have adopted and are implementing open access policies. However, in spite of these strides, only about 16% of African scholars claim to have a high awareness of e-resources. Much more advocacy is necessary for open access to become a reality across the continent.

Africa stands to gain the most from the open access movement. But factors such as the continent's regulatory environments, the changing role of librarians, weak commitment to institutionalising open access and problems of sustainability have made implementation slow and awareness limited.

 

 

Karen du Toit's insight:

"Data skills & open access needed in Africa!"

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Stamping out poverty as well as books? How libraries can support development

Stamping out poverty as well as books? How libraries can support development | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Stuart Hamilton:

"With 230,000 libraries in developing countries, these institutions can be the difference between users simply accessing information or being able to use it."

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Libraries can power global development!

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