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In the Summer 2013 Issue:
Cliff Missen, Director of The WiderNet Project, was recently invited to present at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's 2013 Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC). MIT's LINC is an annual conference founded on the premise of providing every person “a quality education regardless of his or her place of birth” through distance and e-Learning technologies.
The WiderNet Project recently deployed a 12-volt eGranary Lab to a Nigerian cocoa farming community – marking WiderNet's inaugural foray into providing digital library access in areas where power is unreliable. Danny Arnold, Program Manager for WiderNet, developed a partnership with the World Cocoa Foundation to sponsor the initiative. WiderNet staff traveled to Nigeria in June 2013 to install the eGranary and six handheld computers as well as offer ands-on training for the villagers that introduced them to the capabilities of a digital library.
eGranary Digital Library customers have returned to WiderNet in full force to purchase additional eGranaries. Over half of the WiderNet Project’s 2013 sales to-date are from repeat customers in search of additional units or upgrading to the latest software for their respective institutions.
WiderNet staff will be traveling to Ethiopia and to conduct a training at Jimma University from September 23rd through the 28th, 2013. This 5-day training is a follow-up to a training conducted in December 2012 for Jimma University’s Department of Information Science.
The WiderNet Project has relocated! The organization made the trek from the University of Iowa to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in February 2013. We at WiderNet would like to extend a message of farewell and thanks to all of our colleagues, volunteers and supporters at the University of Iowa and in the surrounding communities.
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