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I’m taking a class on international and comparative libraries, which has been really eye opening and informative so far. I love travelling and libraries, so the option of combining the two would be ideal! IREX stands for the International Research and Exchanges Board and is basically an organization that provides funding for various projects around the world that support/improve education, independent media and community development. They have one project, the Global Libraries Initiative [http://irex.ua/en/internet], that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation helped fund. The Global Libraries project provides internet access, computer stations and librarian training to 1,000 libraries all over the Ukraine. This program provides invaluable services and resources to Ukrainians and is also training librarians so they can better serve their communities. It’s truly a win-win situation. Anyways, this video is the story of one woman who benefited from the program. I think it’s really inspiring and indicative of how powerful libraries and information can be.

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