Tag Archives: Beyond Access

Philippine libraries march into the 21st Century

(3 April 2017) Four years ago, Beyond Access began working with the Philippine public library system. Like in many countries, libraries had been largely neglected by policy-makers, and in some municipalities, libraries were already closing due to lack of use. When the Philippine Digital Strategy was published in 2011, libraries were completely absent. Under the […]


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Bangladesh libraries attract new audiences for reading

(23 December 2015) At Shromo Kallyan Public Library in Rangpur division in northwest Bangladesh, the librarian helps children learn Bangla language letters using a tablet app. As part of Beyond Access’s cooperation with Save the Children on the USAID-funded READ program in Bangladesh, 20 public libraries throughout the country have begun offering early-grade reading services to […]


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Beyond Access partner in Philippines receives Digital Literacy Award

(3 December 2015) The Urdaneta City Library has tacked on yet another award to its already impressive resume for addressing the community’s information needs through training. At the recent 2015 Digital Strategies for Development Summit, representatives from UCL, the Molave Foundation and Beyond Access were honored with the Intel/DigiBayani Award for Digital Literacy, which prioritizes reach of […]


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How can we increase access to online services in Myanmar?

(31 March 2015) The few online services offered by the Myanmar government have yet to reach rural communities who have the most to gain because of their geographic isolation and limited resources. But those communities tend to have limited access to technology and internet, and although some government information is currently available online at ministry […]


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Partnering with Ooredoo to drive access to information in Myanmar

(4 October 2014)  Beyond Access has announced that the Myanmar Book Aid & Preservation Foundation (MBAPF), in cooperation with the Myanmar Ministry of Information, Ooredoo and IREX, launched the Beyond Access Myanmar program. The program will expand upon the work of MBAPF and Beyond Access in Myanmar over the past year to transform the country’s […]


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App discovery day in Bangkok

(30 September 2014)  If you’re in Bangkok on Friday, 17 October  Beyond Access invites you to “App Discovery Day” at TK Park from 2-4pm. Beyond Access is a program implemented by IREX that helps countries modernize their public library systems. We’re gathering a group of people together to explore how tablets can be used in […]


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Day 2 at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2013

(24 October 2013) On Day 2 at IGF, IFLA participated in five workshops with topics spanning rights issues for disadvantaged and indigenous peoples, copyright and content creation and net neutrality. IFLA participated as a panelist in Workshop 59, Content Creation, Access to Information and Open Internet, co-organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and Internet […]


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Day 1 at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2013

(IFLA, Bali, 23 October 2013) Yesterday was day 1 at the Internet Governance Forum in Bali, Indonesia, and the librarians were out in force! This year, alongside representatives from IFLA over 40 librarians from the broader Asia region are at the IGF, courtesy of Beyond Access: Libraries Powering Development. There’s a diversity of workshops of relevance […]


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Beyond Access 2013: Asia

(17 October 2013) ICT training for women, financial literacy workshops, health classes, programs for child development — these are all programs taking place in Asia today to help promote economic and social development. Although the activities may seem very different, they can all be found in one kind of institution: a public library. Teams from […]


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Vision for modern libraries in Myanmar

(11 October 2013) Since Beyond Access hosted a Salon on library-driven development in Myanmar earlier this year, interest in using the country’s 5,000+ libraries for the purpose has only grown. Beyond Access is responding to this demand by gathering partners together for the Myanmar Library Visioning Project, to be implemented by the local NGO, Myanmar […]


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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 […]


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Beyond Access at IFLA WLIC in Singapore

(30 July 2013) When the world’s librarians gather in Singapore at IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress in August, Beyond Access will be there to share and learn the latest on how public libraries are contributing to development goals. How are libraries helping make governments more transparent? How are they bringing women into political discussions? […]


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Will grassroots libraries get lost in Myanmar’s transition?

“Our people are avid readers,” said Thant Thu Zar Maung of the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation, as she showed Beyond Access a small school library bustling with children in June. “We just need more to read.” The school in Thanlyn, a town 30 kilometers east of the capital, Yangon, is run by Buddhist […]


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Why libraries are essential to Myanmar’s development plans

A team from Beyond Access visited Myanmar recently to gain an understanding of the potential for the country’s 5,000 libraries to contribute to development goals. A country brief is the result of that visit. Beyond Access examines key elements of Myanmar’s rapid development and highlights the essential role of public libraries in the development process. […]


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Public libraries in Myanmar

Which country is Asia has nearly five thousand public libraries and is aiming to have a library in each of its 60,000 villages? The answer is Myanmar. At a time when libraries of all sorts in all countries  are having difficult times, the Myanmar government with the help of philanthropists and donors is forging ahead to […]


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