Session: Do Policymakers Understand the Role of Libraries in Mobilising the Internet as a Catalyst for Development, Innovation and Freedom?

Time: 
Wed, 2011-09-28 11:00 - 12:30

Concise Description:
This workshop will discuss the findings of a recent study of perceptions of public libraries by policy makers in 6 countries in Africa. The study reveals that policy makers still think of libraries in terms of printed media, and not as spaces for catalysing internet access and use. Yet there is substantial evidence that innovative and ICT enabled public library services contribute to development. Case studies will be presented to demonstrate how some developing countries have made use of
ICTs in libraries to mobilise the internet for development. The workshop will be interactive and engage participants in helping to identify mechanisms that can convince policy makers to recognise the potential of internet in libraries to strengthen access and diversity.

From twitter...


ellenstrickland (Ellen I Strickland)

How do we get *effective* participation from developing countries at these meetings?#IGF11 #IG4D

2 years 28 weeks ago

asteris (Asteris Masouras)

RT @ellenstrickland: Getting local African values and views into 'open' fora still very limited by funding, power issues #IGF11 #231 #IG4D #importantreminder

2 years 28 weeks ago

ellenstrickland (Ellen I Strickland)

Getting local African values and views into 'open' fora still very limited by funding, power issues #IGF11 #231 #IG4D #importantreminder

2 years 28 weeks ago

asteris (Asteris Masouras)

RT @modulomathy: Sabine Verheyen, Parliamentarians panel: "We have to transfer ... the common rules for our daily life" to the Internet #IGF11 #125 #IG4D

2 years 28 weeks ago

modulomathy (Burt Kaliski Jr.)

Sabine Verheyen, Parliamentarians panel: "We have to transfer ... the common rules for our daily life" to the Internet #IGF11 #125 #IG4D

2 years 28 weeks ago

sdkaaa (Bernard Sadaka)

Yasmeen Fahim remote Panellist @ WS #417 #IG4D #IGF11 #fb http://t.co/hzi0kBOE

2 years 28 weeks ago

libodyssey (Rebecca Parker)

RT @zaana: wld say redesign rather than rebrand MT @chriscoward: libs need to re-brand cos of people's previous experiences & perceptions #igf11 #185

2 years 28 weeks ago

G20ICT (G20 ICT)

RT @carlo_cosmatos: IGF 2011 - #IG4D now live - room9: http://t.co/FwvZ4Vdq #igf11 #internet

2 years 28 weeks ago

carlo_cosmatos (Universal Internet)

IGF 2011 - #IG4D now live - room9: http://t.co/FwvZ4Vdq #igf11 #internet

2 years 28 weeks ago

rassina (rassina)

RT @chriscoward: Richard (Kenya library director): launching mobile phone library catalog service shortly. thinks will be very popular #igf11 #185

2 years 28 weeks ago