Beyond Access: Perceptions of libraries as development partners

Abstract

Libraries are typically overlooked as partners in development. This despite the existence of 230,000 public libraries located in the developing world, and despite the widespread recognition that access to information plays an essential role in development. This report examines the question: what are the perceptions of key decision makers around the world regarding public libraries and their potential to serve a more prominent role in development initiatives? This report looks at participants’ impressions of libraries, views towards forming partnerships with libraries, and provides examples of successful projects.

Recommended Citation

Fellows, M., Coward, C., & Sears, R. (2012). Beyond Access: Perceptions of libraries as development partners. Seattle: Technology & Social Change Group, University of Washington Information School.