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A Library Consultant teaches a patron about using the Internet.
Bibliomist, a partnership among the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism and USAID, aims to improve Ukrainians’ access to information by increasing the relevance and value of libraries.
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Access to information is essential in today’s globalized society. In Ukraine, nearly 67percent of people lack regular access to the internet. Most are small town residents who do not have access to necessary equipment and skills. 

Current programs

BIBLIOMIST – Ukraine Global Libraries Program
November 1, 2009 – December 31, 2015

Bibliomist, a Global Development Alliance between USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and IREX, is working together with national government and local communities across Ukraine to help libraries better serve their communities through training and technology. The four-year program is equipping more than 1,000 public libraries in Ukraine with access to computers and the Internet. It is also training librarians how to introduce innovative services and strengthening the capacity of the Ukrainian Library Association (ULA), to be able to continue to support and advocate for modern libraries in Ukraine. In support of the goals of the program, Microsoft Corp., a partner of the foundation’s Global Libraries initiative, is donating an estimated $4.4 million in software to Ukraine’s public libraries. Shared access to computing is a priority for Microsoft Ukraine through its Unlimited Potential program, which donates software to non-profits and sponsors e-skills trainings throughout Ukraine.

Last updated: August 13, 2015

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