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December 2014 Newsletter

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In the December 2014 Issue:

New 2014 eGranary 


We are excited to announce the release of the new eGranary set to release in August 2014. New and updated content includes the new and updated copy of Wikipedia, new medical information and public health resources, economic development and sustainability, thousands of world languages, religious studies, science and technology education resources for teachers and secondary students, new full-length books (fiction and nonfiction), resources on sexuality and development, basic life skills like employment, job readiness, and entrepreneurship, and much more

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Jails-to-Jobs: Empower, Educate, Reduce Recidvism

Jail-to-Jobs, a web-based how-to guide to becoming employed, sites that inmates are three times less likely to go back to jail or prison if they are employed, and strives to provide ex-offenders with the resources they need. But before inmates practice their 15-second elevator pitch, Jail-To-Jobs suggests that inmates must focus on the educational opportunities that are available to them while they are waiting to be released. WiderNet's Corrections Off-line Education Platform (COEP) is one of the resources highlighted on the website as a tool to "empower and educate, reduce recidivism and improve public safety."

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WiderNet Project On July 10th, WiderNet staff and volunteers dined at Spicy 9 sushi bar and Asian restaurant in Chapel Hill, N.C. to show their appreciation. Throughout the month of July, Spicy 9 has agreed to partner with The WiderNet Project by donating a portion of its proceeds to WiderNet's mission to bridge the digital divide.  Eat at Spicy 9 in July and show us your love of Asian cuisine on twitter #WiderNetDines. 

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Papua New Guinea Secondary School Makes History

Cameron Secondary School has made history by becoming the first school to represent Milne Bay in the IBS debate competition." According to a teacher at Cameron Secondary School, when the school won an inter-school debate to represent the province in the national IBS debate competition: "The eGranary digital library has helped us a lot in that we used up-to-date and a wide variety of information... 

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WiderNet Director Travels To Africa

WiderNet Director, Cliff Missen, will be traveling to three East African countries (Malawi, Zambia, and Kenya) from July 26th - August 12th. He will begin his trip with a pre-conferece turorial of the eGranary Digital Library in Malawi before attending the SCECSAL conference, which brings together librarians from all over east and south Africa. After the conference, he will train the American Spaces team at the US Embassy in Malawi on how the eGranary can be used at  American spaces locations around Malawi. 

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Volunteer Spotlight


The newest version of the eGranary Digital Library will be released this month. WiderNet would like to thank the contributors of the digital library who dedicated so much of their time updating and adding new and exciting content, troubleshooting issues and spreading the word about the eGranary Digital Library. 

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