December 2016

December 2016 Newsletter


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Even after 16 years, we sometimes struggle to keep the doors open. But we do not lose sight of our goal. We remain committed to providing a first-class information experience for underserved populations.  
We have over 1,400 eGranary installations worldwide serving between 3-4 million people.
Every eGranary that gets deployed is highly subsidized by hundreds of volunteers and very generous content providers. But most importantly, your gifts make it possible to sustain and grow this audacious but life-affirming program.
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Thank you!


 Girls Can Code Ethiopia

Forty girls, thirty Saturdays, and tons of code: that’s the recipe for the Ethiopian Girls Can Code program that recently concluded in Addis Ababa.  Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, the course – which was taught by young women from the university’s computer science program – was based on a curriculum developed by WiderNet Field Associate Mulugeta Assefa and librarian Laura Ashcraft.


Speaking at the graduation ceremony in July, Jill Biden (yes, THAT Jill Biden) said, “Because of the education you are getting, you are setting out on a lifelong path where most of all, you will have the confidence and tools you need to succeed.”

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Texas Adopts WiderNet's COEP




Jeannie Colson, a librarian at Lee College in Baytown, Texas who helps hundreds of inmates pursue their Associate degrees within the Texas Correctional System, has adopted WiderNet’s Correctional Off-Line Education Platform (COEP) for seven facilities.

Not permitted to access the internet, inmates lack the resources they need to effectively complete research assignments.  “We are supposed to be providing research opportunities to our students because it is required for accreditation” says Colson. “I’ve been trying for years to find a way to provide resources to our students in prison and it just hasn’t happened.”

Until now…

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Papua New Guinea Teacher Colleges

Papua New Guinea’s Department of Education is installing eGranary Digital Libraries in all their teacher colleges, with an emphasis on adding local content and curricula.  This summer, while delivering another 15 servers, WiderNet’s director, Cliff Missen, conducted training programs for technicians, staff, librarians, and educators.

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New 2017 eGranary

WiderNet’s newest eGranary grows to 6TB and includes a wealth of updates and new features.  As well, the 2017 eGranary servers will range from a battery-powered All-In-One network appliance to a high-powered institutional brutes. 

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Staff Spotlight: Dhan Rai in Nepal

WiderNet volunteer Dhan Rai encountered more than his share of adventures as he returned to Nepal to visit family and deliver an eGranary Digital Library to the earthquake-ravaged medical school in Katmandu.

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Many Thanks to Jennifer Brookland for donating her writing talents in this month's newsletter.


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