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IFLA Receives Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA; www.ifla.org) announced the receipt of a $1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries initiative (www.gatesfoundation.org/GlobalDevelopment/GlobalLibraries). The funding will support IFLA’s work to strengthen awareness of the important role libraries play in developing the information society.

A representative from the Foundation said: "Our partnership with IFLA will help more public libraries provide free public access to computers and the Internet, which can provide people with opportunities to enhance their education, find jobs, build businesses, and exchange ideas with people around the world."

Established in 1927, IFLA currently has some 1600 members in 150 countries. Together, IFLA’s association and institutional members represent more than 500,000 librarians and library workers serving almost 2 billion registered library users worldwide. IFLA is an accredited nongovernmental organization with consultative status to the United Nations.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the U.S., it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Patty Stonesifer and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffett.

Source: IFLA



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