Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Gates Foundation Helps Libraries Worldwide

Say what you will about Bill Gates, he does some good charity work. The Foundation will be training librarians from different countries.

Training includes a three-week program in the United States, then a one-week visit to another country with exemplary libraries.

Then [the] librarians travel to the assigned country, often working through interpreters.

The libraries are sometimes well-equipped, but staff members are not always fully trained in making the best use of the facilities, Ford and Schnuer said. The trainers work to help library officials learn how to implement new techniques, including use of the Internet.

I appreciate the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's effort to improve libraries worldwide instead of just in the United States. There are countries far worse off than North America even in our times of 'economic crisis'.


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