New partnership on economic opportunity and libraries in the Philippines

(29 August 2013) Beyond Access has announced a new partnership with the City Government of Davao, Philippines and the Davao City Library to support the City Government in its efforts to transform its libraries into centers for economic opportunity.

After attending the Beyond Access 2012 conference, the Davao City Library hosted a series of public forums to discuss the community’s vision for a modern library. A common theme emerged in these forums: communities on the outskirts of the city have limited access to services offered at the city center. Because Davao City covers an area approximately twice the size of New York City, trips to the city center to access economic opportunities and related services can be time and cost prohibitive.

The new partnership will leverage the Davao City Library, a network of 9 libraries and 12 reading centers, to extend information access and services to communities that can’t reach the city center. The city government is already renovating a pilot group of three libraries and one reading center to accommodate the new computers and other technology Beyond Access will provide.

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