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Deborah Jacobs
Director, Global Libraries
Deputy Director, Special Initiatives

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  • 1. Libraries building Communities, Communities building Libraries A call to action Deborah Jacobs Director, Global Libraries Deputy Director, Special Initiatives June 16, 2009
  • 2. © 2009 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | 2 Seattle Public Library, Central Branch
  • 3. Seattle Public Library, Beacon Hill Branch © 2009 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | 3
  • 4. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value and every person deserves the right to live a healthy, productive life. © 2009 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | 4
  • 5. Global Libraries Initiative We believe that: Access to information helps people transform their lives Too few have access to technology, creating a severe digital divide We must use our voice loudly and effectively to strengthen and champion libraries © 2009 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | 5
  • 6. Libraries must meet user needs; library workers need skill building and training, libraries must offer an inviting public space; libraries must build public support; and libraries must have strong library systems and supporting institutions. © 2009 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | 6
  • 7. A new direction for Seattle Public Library © 2009 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | 7
  • 8. The New Library Cultural, Literacy & Life skills programming © 2009 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation |
  • 9. There is NO TIME better than NOW to be a librarian This is the moment to renew, revitalize and transform ourselves and our libraries. © 2009 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | 9
  • 10. Thank You