Libraries, Telecentres, Cybercafes and Public Access to ICT: International Comparisons, 1st Edition

  • Ricardo Gomez
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  • ISBN-10: 1609607724
  • ISBN-13: 9781609607722
  • DDC: 025.50285
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 608 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released November 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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Public venues are vital to information access across the globe, yet few formal studies exist of the complex ways people in developing countries use information technologies in public access places. LIBRARIES, TELECENTRES, CYBERCAFES AND PUBLIC ACCESS TO ICT: INTERNATIONAL COMPARISONS presents groundbreaking research on the new challenges and opportunities faced by public libraries, community telecentres, and cybercaf├ęs that offer public access to computers and other information and communication technologies. Written in plain language, the book presents an in-depth analysis of the spaces that serve underserved populations, bridge "digital divides," and further social and economic development objectives, including employability. With examples and experiences from around the world, this book sheds light on a surprising and understudied facet of the digital revolution at a time when effective digital inclusion strategies are needed more than ever.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Editorial Advisory Board.
Table of Contents.
Detailed Table of Contents.
1: The Public Access Landscape Around the World.
2: Libraries, Telecenters and Cybercafés: A Comparison of Different Types of Public Access Venues.
3: Who Uses Public Access Venues?.
4: Infomediaries and Community Engagement Are Key.
5: Perceptions of Trust: Safety, Credibility, and “Cool”.
6: “Free” Service or “Good” Service: What Attracts Users to Public Access Computing Venues?.
7: Gender and Public Access ICT.
8: Challenges for Libraries in the Information Age.
9: How Do Public Access Venues Meet Information Needs in Underserved Communities?.
10: Success Factors for Public Access Computing: Beyond Anecdotes of Success.
11: Behind the Scenes: Research Methodology and Analytical Framework.
12: Public Access in a Nutshell: Experiences from Around the World.
13: Public Access ICT in Argentina.
14: Public Access ICT in Brazil.
15: Public Access ICT in Costa Rica.
16: Public Access ICT in Colombia.
17: Public Access ICT in Dominican Republic.
18: Public Access ICT in Ecuador.
19: Public Access ICT in Honduras.
20: Public Access ICT in Peru.
21: Public Access ICT in Bangladesh.
22: Public Access ICT in Nepal.
23: Public Access ICT in Philippines.
24: Public Access ICT in Malaysia.
25: Public Access ICT in Indonesia.
26: Public Access ICT in Kazakhstan.
27: Public Access ICT in Kyrgyzstan.
28: Public Access ICT in Mongolia.
29: Public Access ICT in Moldova.
30: Public Access ICT in Georgia.
31: Public Access ICT in Sri Lanka.
32: Public Access ICT in South Africa.
33: Public Access ICT in Namibia.
34: Public Access ICT in Uganda.
35: Public Access ICT in Algeria.
36: Public Access ICT in Egypt.
37: Public Access ICT in Turkey.
Compilation of References.
About the Contributors.