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Biblionet National Program – the world in my library – is one of the most important investments made in a major intervention meant to facilitate public access to the Internet and build a sustainable system of modern public libraries in Romania. Biblionet has a total value of 26.9 million dollars, is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and will be implemented by the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) over a five year period.
Biblionet program’s objective is to facilitate population access to the means of information technology, derived from the fact that over 50% of the population, especially in rural areas, has no Internet access. Thus, for many citizens the economic and social benefits of Internet access are not available, such as e-government services, finding employment, health information, online banking and business administration or communication with relatives abroad. Through the program, over 2,000 public libraries in Romania will receive computers for public access to the Internet through a competitive selection process and more than 3,500 librarians will participate in training courses to help them use the full potential of new technological resources for community benefit.
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Program Development and Evaluation Officer
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