January 23, 2022

Report: UMass World Librarians Project Grows

From UMass Amherst:

A School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty member and two students are working with colleagues across campus — and around the world — to expand the reach of the UMass World Librarians project, which bridges the “digital divide” by connecting students and educators in Africa with educational resources that they wouldn’t otherwise have the technology to access.

World Librarians works with schools and libraries in several countries, providing them with portable servers and Wi-Fi hotspot tools (called Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education and Learning, RACHEL, devices) loaded with open-access educational resources that can be used by students and teachers in solar-powered computer labs. In addition, teachers and librarians can request specific information by sending a message to World Librarians via Twitter. UMass student “searchers” then find the requested resources and post it on a Google drive; from there, a local team member saves the resources to a flash drive and delivers it to the school or library.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.