WiderNet (creators of eGranary on hard drives) are seeking crowd-funding to produce new information resources on chips that can be placed in mobile devices – dubbed the Pocket eGranary Library. The focus will be on topics such as: language, literacy, life-skills, vocational education, IT skills, health, science, mathematics, science and whatever. They will work with colleagues in “underserved areas in the US and the developing world”.
WiderNet is looking for representatives from target populations to ensure that the content is relevant to their country / community. This is an ideal opportunity for librarians in all sectors to come together and promote the resources that they have found most useful; and to ensure that locally produced services are available in ‘their collection’. Please get in touch with them.
If you look at Phi’s new website (history section), you will see that in the information universe there remain “Black holes” where information provision is poor to non-existent especially in rural areas. It is a source of concern to us. Furthermore the annual Global Information Technology Report highlights the increasing poverty gap between top-performing economies and the lowest performing – a gap which correlates with the ease internet access.
Thanks to CILIP Update (May 2015) for alerting us to these news items
Jean Shaw, Phi