THE Davao City Public Library was chosen as a member of the Beyond Access program, a worldwide project that promotes public libraries as a 21st century institution supporting an information society.
Ari Katz, director of International Research Exchange (Irex), said the selection is made by recognizing the most innovative and progressive libraries worldwide.
Irex is an international non-profit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development.
It is presently leading the Beyond Access, a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation initiative that brings together the fields of libraries and development.
Katz said the Davao City Public Library is the only Southeast Asian country library chosen out of the 120 applicants.
Other selected members include groups from Bhutan, Uganda, Kyrgyzstan, Zambia, Nepal, Serbia, Venezuela, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Brazil, and Peru.
He said the city’s public library made it in the list of Beyond Access due to its strong partnership with the community.
“Miss Nora (city librarian) is a perfect example of how library works with government, civil society, and communities. Davao City Public Library is an exemplary of how a public library can be connected with different partners,” Katz said during the I-Speak forum held at the Presidential Room of the City Hall on Thursday.
Considering the digital age, he said libraries should not only impart information that comes from books, magazines, and other printed materials, but it should also include electronic access.
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