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Melody Clark

Melody Clark is the Research Coordinator for TASCHA's Global Impact Study. Her most recent work includes working as the Graduate Research Assistant for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries Initiative. In her academic and professional endeavors, Melody’s areas of focus include impact measurement and evaluation and how it affects public access program sustainability, the intersection of information, communication, and technologies (ICT) and public libraries, and program evaluation. She is also interested in how research is communicated and disseminated to non-academic audiences. Previous research experience includes case study and field work, in addition to working as a Research Analyst, for the U.S. Public Libraries Impact Study, in collaboration with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Gates Foundation U.S. Libraries program. Melody holds a Masters of Library and Information Sciences degree from the University of Washington.

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New publication: Public libraries connecting people for development

August 13, 2013

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Last month, the final report of the Global Impact Study of Public Access ICTs, Connecting people for development: Why public access ICTs matter, was released. In addition to the overall analysis presented in the final report, TASCHA researchers also conducted analysis specifically related to ICT access in public libraries in Botswana, Chile, and the Philippines. The report based on this analysis, Public libraries connecting people for development: Findings from the Global Impact Study, is now available for download. Using data from Botswana, Chile, and the Philippines, the report summarizes the study’s key findings with a focus on libraries, situating these venues in the context of national development, discussing some disputed issues, and providing recommendations for policymakers, library practitioners, and researchers.

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Global Impact Study: Final report & findings released

July 2, 2013

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Global Impact Study: Final report & findings released

While you’re likely reading this on your personal computer, enjoying reliable and fast internet, millions of people around the world still lack private access to this increasingly necessary resource to function and prosper in today’s world. How do those people connect to digital society? For many, digital inclusion is found at a library, a telecenter, or a cybercafé – their local public access ICT venue. For over a decade, significant investments have been made in these venues. However, their ability to contribute to development outcomes has come into question in recent times, spurred by the spread of mobile phones and other new technologies and applications. The Global Impact Study was designed to advance knowledge in this field by generating evidence about the scale, character, and impacts of public access ICTs. Today, we are excited to announce the release of the study's final report, Connecting people for development: Why public access ICTs matter.

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