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ALA receives grant to advance library-led community engagement

“The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that it has received a grant of $1.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund a two-year project, Libraries Transforming Communities. The Libraries Transforming Communities project addresses a critical need of the field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways; strengthens librarians as community leaders and change agents; and strengthens ALA’s capacity as a lead library support entity. The two-year project includes in-person training and coaching of librarians and ALA staff and member leaders to support the transformation of library services and the expanding role of libraries as community conveners. ALA will also offer conference-based and distance-learning opportunities…” (via ALA)

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E-Reading Program in Kenya Funded by Gates Foundation

“Worldreader worldreader.org, the nonprofit aiming to end illiteracy by providing digital books to children and families throughout the developing world, today announced a new grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to test what could be a long-term sustainable way to give access to digital books to millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. The pilot will provide eight libraries in Kenya with 250 e-readers fully equipped with protective cases providing their library patrons with instantaneous access to an immediate supply of 50,000 fiction, non-fiction, genre, reference books, storybooks, plus a complete set of Kenyan digital textbooks suitable for patrons of all ages. Worldreader’s previous work to reduce the cost and complexity of using e-readers makes the device a compelling, cost-effective and efficient alternative to distributing paper-based books in sub-Saharan Africa. E-readers, with their long battery life, decreasing price, and ability to download digital books in less than 60 seconds using 3G technology, have proven effective in Worldreader’s programs and are already used by 12,000 children, teachers, and their families in Worldreader’s school and library programs in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa and Tanzania.” (via Digital Book World)

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Bill Gates fund: libraries need more cash for broadband

ars technica – “The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wants the government to lift the cap on spending for broadband at schools and libraries. Meanwhile, the FCC says it’s interested in a cable industry proposal that could cut funding to small rural phone services.”

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Windows Donations to Schools and Libraries: Charity or Tyranny?

LinuxInsider – “The Gates Foundation has been a source of computer donations to public libraries in the U.S., but it only supplies them with Windows-equipped computers. An indirect effect of this philanthropy has been to boost Microsoft’s market share. “Schools should not accept ANY support from organizations promoting proprietary software and not education primarily,” argues educator Robert Pogson.”

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