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September/October 2011


WiderNet News



In the September/October 2011 Issue:

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David Morrissey Visits Iowa City

David Morrissey, Executive Director of the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD), addressed the current state of the global disability rights movement for the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council on Wednesday, September 28.

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Jennifer Abagyeh Comes to Iowa City for Training

From September 15 until September 30 this year, the WiderNet Project of Iowa City hosted Ms. Jennifer Abagyeh, a WiderNet field associate and regional representative for the Global Disability Rights Library from Nigeria, for training during her first visit to the United States. 

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 400 eGranaries Sold!

The WiderNet Project sold its 400th eGranary Digital Library on October 6, 2011. Dr. Mansoor Ali Khan of Pakistan was the recipient of the device.

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 Prison Project Ready for Funding

Heather Erwin works hard. Not only does she work hard, but she works hard for a cause. “Be not simply good, be good for something,” Erwin said, quoting Henry David Thoreau. 

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First TEDxIowaCity Event to be held in November

Coming November 11 to Iowa City is TEDxIowaCity, and independently organized even licensed by TED. The event, held at Hotel Vetro, is centered on the motto, “Ideas worth spreading,” and will start at 9 a.m. Doors will open at 8 a.m. for a light breakfast before presentations begin. The day-long event will include 14 speakers, four performers, and several TEDTalk videos to entertain and educate attendees.

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Upcoming Events

Please contact us if you are interested in more information on any of these events.

  • November 7: Cliff Missen returns from India and Bangladesh
  • November 11: TEDxIowaCity event from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • November 20 - December 8: Cliff is tentatively planning GDRL trainings and meetings in four countries: Zambia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nigeria.
    • GDRL Program Manager, Andrea Shettle, plans to join Cliff for the trainings and meetings in Zambia, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. 
  • May 14 - 25, 2012: eGranary Digital Librarianship training held at WiderNet Project, Iowa City. Training focuses on:
    • Assess, expand, and promote the existing library collection;
    • Create and maintain an e-collection of locally-generated digital materials;
    • Identify and develop new collections for addition to the library;
    • Learn to manage the library user interface for proper resource management, fast and easy access to information resources;
    • Align resources and services more closely with user needs, assess user needs and their ability to find, identify, select, obtain and use a complete range of information;
    • To learn about the disability accessibility software programs within the Global Disability Rights Library; and
    • Manage effectively information resources available in the Digital library. Contact for more information.

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