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October 2013 Newsletter

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In the October 2013 Issue:

WiderNet Installs 700th eGranary

The WiderNet Project recently sold its 700th eGranary Digital Library. The libraries, which contain over 32 million resources, have been delivered to communities and institutions in over 40 countries across the developing world.  The lucky #700 was purchased by the non-profit organization TechAide in Ghana.

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New eGranary Portals Developed

The WiderNet Project announces the release four new portals within the eGranary Digital Library. With the release of these four, the number of portals available through WiderNet’s eGranary now stands at 34. The new additions to the eGranary include the Global Disability Right Library (GDRL) Spanish, CocoaOndo, Community Development Resources, National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) portals.

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Jimma University Project Recap

WiderNet Project Director Cliff Missen traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in September 2013 to complete the second installment of a two-part eGranary and computer literacy training at Jimma University. Initially conceived as a single training on developing curriculum from the eGranary Digital Library, the project expanded into building a computer lab at Jimma University with workstations gifted by WiderNet supporters.

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WiderNet@UNC Now Open

Focusing on research and development for the eGranary, the digital library that serves millions across the globe, and other projects, volunteers and staff at WiderNet at UNC are working to gather more information for all audiences, new and old.

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Staff Spotlight

Meet our resident tech whiz, Billy! For the past nine months, he has worked as our computer technician, handling the technical support for eGranary subscribers around the world. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Billy to learn more about the man who so graciously guides us through our technical disasters.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Allow us to introduce you to our wonderful database programming volunteer, Mitali! She has generously been donating her time and talents installing and updating software at WiderNet since June. Continue on after the jump to learn about her path to WiderNet and her diligent work that has played a large part in the high client satisfaction of eGranary users.

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