My recent endeavors helping out TASCHA (Technology and Social Change Group) at the University of Washington have been extremely fulfilling. I’m now listed as one of their student volunteers. The description of their project:
Perceptions of Libraries as Development Partners
This study assesses the perceptions of public libraries through interviews with library sector innovators, national-level library and information access planners, and development policy leaders. The research, covering 12 countries in the developing world, as well as international development agencies, aims to highlight the opportunities and challenges for libraries to serve as more prominent development partners.
Currently, public libraries play vastly different roles in providing Internet access and information services. In some countries they are active players and have adopted new technologies and developed innovative services to meet their population’s information needs. In other countries, libraries are routinely overlooked when new information access initiatives are deployed.