An interview with Jessica Dorr – the Program Officer for Global Libraries, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Jessica is a keynote speaker at LIANZA Conference 2009 (she’s on stage at 9.30am this morning and promises a presentation with plenty of photos).
(15.46 minutes, 14 MB)
Jessica recommended this video on Youtube showing how a library project in Latvia, jointly funded by the foundation and the Latvian government, has turned Latvia’s libraries into centres of learning and opportunity by providing better access to information, jobs, and social connections through technology. The grant—which provided public libraries with computer equipment, Internet connectivity, and skilled librarians—is a huge success story and is helping to close the digital gap in Latvia.
(Thanks to Richard Liddicoat of the Digital Library Web Team for his sterling audio work on the interview)