Impact Planning Assessment Worldwide
Guest Editor, David Streatfield, Information Management Associates, and Global Libraries initiative Consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, comments in his introduction to the Special Issue:
"At a time when only 35 per cent of the world’s population is connected to the Internet and people in rural and poor communities are deprived of the economic, educational, health, and social opportunities which a digital world offers, the work of the Global Libraries initiative is making a worldwide impact on addressing this imbalance of opportunity.
This work shows the commitment of the Global Libraries Country-teams’ Impact Planning and Assessment Specialists to communicating what they are learning to public library evaluation specialists and to library service managers in other countries contemplating any kind of service innovation."
As a global publisher, Emerald aims to link research and practice to the benefit of society. This arrangement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offers a perfect opportunity to further the dissemination of valuable, quality research to help develop literacy, including information literacy, and education.
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