Libraries building Communities,
Communities building Libraries

A call to action




Deborah Jacobs
Director, Global Libra...
© 2009 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation   |   2
Seattle Public Library, Central Branch
Seattle Public Library, Beacon Hill Branch   © 2009 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation   |   3
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation




Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value and every
person deserves the rig...
Global Libraries Initiative




We believe that:
   Access to information helps people transform their lives
        Too f...
Libraries must meet user needs; library workers need skill building and
training, libraries must offer an inviting public ...
A new direction for Seattle Public Library
                                             © 2009 Bill & Melinda Gates Founda...
The New Library




              Cultural,
               Literacy
             & Life skills
            programming



...
There is NO TIME better
         than NOW to be a librarian




This is the moment to renew, revitalize and transform ours...
Thank You
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Libraries building Communities, Communities building Libraries

  1. 1. Libraries building Communities, Communities building Libraries A call to action Deborah Jacobs Director, Global Libraries Deputy Director, Special Initiatives June 16, 2009
  2. 2. © 2009 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | 2 Seattle Public Library, Central Branch
  3. 3. Seattle Public Library, Beacon Hill Branch © 2009 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | 3
  4. 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. 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. 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. 7. A new direction for Seattle Public Library © 2009 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | 7
  8. 8. The New Library Cultural, Literacy & Life skills programming © 2009 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation |
  9. 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. 10. Thank You
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