Global Libraries Initiative
Publisher/Organizer: Gates Foundation
Publication date: 2010
“The Access to Learning Award recognizes the innovative efforts of public libraries or similar organizations outside the United States to connect people to information through free access to computers and the Internet.
2010 Access to Learning Award Applications: Submit your application for the 2010 award through October 31, 2009
The Access to Learning Award (ATLA) honors innovative organizations that are opening a world of online information to people in need. The foundation’s Global Libraries initiative invites applications from libraries and similar organizations outside the United States that have created new ways to offer these key services:
- Free public access to computers and the Internet.
- Public training to assist users in accessing online information that can help improve their lives.
- Technology training for library staff.
- Outreach to underserved communities.
The award recipient will receive $1 million.
2009: In a city once fractured by violence, libraries are bringing people together as a community with access to information and technology, educational programs, cultural offerings—and of course, books—in every corner of the city.
2008: Vasconcelos, an innovative mobile technology program, provides computer access and and training to remote, indigenous communities in Mexico's Veracruz state.