The University of North Carolina Scholarly Communications Working Group

September 2013 Topic

August 13th, 2013 · No Comments

Title: Serving the Information Poor: eGranary digital libraries in developing countries and incarcerated populations
Speaker: Cliff Missen, Clinical Associate Professor, UNC-SILS, and Director of the WiderNet Project
Where: Davis Library 214 A/B
When: Wednesday, September 11

Cliff Missen will provide an overview of the off-line eGranary Digital Library and the challenges that WiderNet faces when introducing new information technologies to people with little or no Internet experience.

Bio: Cliff Missen is Director of the nonprofit WiderNet Project and WiderNet@UNC, a service initiative of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Launched in 2000, this project aims to improve digital communication in developing countries by identifying and promoting affordable technology. WiderNet trains computer technicians and coaches decision-makers across the developing world. It provides on-site hands-on training and conducts research on low cost information technology. Over 6,000 technicians, decision makers, and librarians have been through WiderNet training programs. WiderNet also produces the eGranary Digital Library, an innovative way to deliver the world’s knowledge to people and institutions with inadequate Internet access. Containing over 30 million Web resources, it is installed in more than 600 schools, hospitals, libraries, and universities in Africa, India, Bangladesh, and Haiti. Missen was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria in 1999 and a TED Fellow in 2007