Innovative ideas for knowledge preservation through libraries in developing countries

Reading the latest news about grant for Innovative Libraries in developing countries, I’m excited there’s organization care about this kind of issues. Most of us see that government in developing countries are lack of fund to improve its science and technology application. They’re spend more of their budget for economic growth. Perhaps only a few of people there see about the investment through science fund.

Okay, so The Elsevier Foundation has announced new grant proposals for the 2012 New Scholars and Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries programs. The deadline for proposals is June 24th 2012. Grants will be awarded in December 2012 and provide one, two and three year awards between US$5,000 to US$50,000 per year for a total of $100,000.

So, what’s the ideas to preserve knowledge in developing countries through innovative libraries?

The Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program provides grants to libraries in the developing world helping to improve access to scientific, technical and medical information. Recent grants have focused on expanding information resources through digitization and knowledge preservation; training and education for librarians and researchers and developed-developing world partnerships providing longer term technical assistance and training. –The Elsevier Foundation

“Over the past five years, we have been able to fund an impressive range of projects to advance women in science and building capacity in developing world libraries. Every year it’s exciting to see so many innovative ideas—,” remarked David Ruth, Executive Director of The Elsevier Foundation in its website.

I list some simple ideas here

  • Mobile library for children in forest margin area such Suku Anak Dalam in Sumatra island. They suffer because of deforestation, access of public health and poverty as well.
  • Enhance elementary school library in remotes area with high speed internet or education software
  • Support apps development for mobile device used by women scientist, eg. journal access, related research etc