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Overcoming Information Poverty

Overcoming Information Poverty Book
Author : Anthony Mckeown
Publisher : Chandos Publishing
Release : 2016-07-06
ISBN : 0081012314
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Overcoming Information Poverty: Investigating the Role of Public Libraries in The Twenty-First Century considers the role of public libraries in alleviating information poverty and targeting social exclusion, using a three-level information poverty framework. The book proposes a model for understanding the concept of information poverty, develops indicators for its measurement, and provides recommendations for service improvement based on analysis of public library services at macro (strategic), meso (community) and micro (individual) levels. The topic is of theoretical and practical importance when considering the changing role of public libraries today. The book is the first time a macro, meso, and micro model of information poverty indicators has been developed and applied to illustrate the impact of public libraries at strategic, community, and personal levels. Stimulates thinking and debate on information poverty and how it may be addressed by public libraries, education departments, and governments Uses case studies to investigate how information poverty can be tackled at the macro, meso, and micro level Focuses on how strategic policies to reduce information poverty filter through to community-based interventions within branch libraries Discusses mixed methods, using quantitative and qualitative data, surveys, interviews, and focus groups with library users and non-users, to conduct a three-level investigation of information poverty

The Diffusion of Information Technology

The Diffusion of Information Technology Book
Author : Ken Guy,Erik Arnold
Publisher : World Bank Publications
Release : 1995-01-01
ISBN : 9780821332160
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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World Bank Discussion Paper No. 281.This study examines the best practices of eight OECD countries--Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States--in designing national policies and programs to accelerate the effective use of information technology in support of industrial competitiveness. New technologies in computing, communications, and multimedia are changing the competitive advantage of industries, services, and entire economies. Enterprises must therefore increase their technological development and education through government assistance.The emerging experience is rich and diverse. The study draws on the tacit knowledge of the designers and implementors of national policies and programs to establish key rules-of-thumb for future programs. The authors outline broad directions for adapting these practices to the conditions of developing countries.

New Directions in Human Information Behavior

New Directions in Human Information Behavior Book
Author : Amanda Spink,Charles Cole
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2006-01-31
ISBN : 9781402036675
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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New Directions in Human Information Behavior, co-edited by Drs. Amanda Spink and Charles Cole provides an understanding of the new directions, leading edge theories and models in human information behavior. Information behavior is conceptualized as complex human information related processes that are embedded within an individual’s everyday social and life processes. The book presents chapters by an interdisciplinary range of scholars who show new directions that often challenge the established views and paradigms of information behavior studies. Beginning with an evolutionary framework, the book examines information behaviors over various epochs of human existence from the Palaeolithic Era and within pre-literate societies, to contemporary behaviors by 21st century humans. Drawing upon social and psychological science theories the book presents a more integrated and holistic approach to the understanding of information behaviors that include multitasking and non-linear longitudinal processes, individuals’ information ground, information practices and information sharing, digital behaviors and human information organizing behaviors. The final chapter of the book integrates these new approaches and presents an overview of the key trends, theories and models for further research. This book is directly relevant to information scientists, librarians, social and evolutionary psychologists. Undergraduate and graduate students, academics and information professionals interested in human information behavior will find this book of particular benefit.

Language Image and Power in Luso Hispanic Cultural Studies

Language  Image and Power in Luso Hispanic Cultural Studies Book
Author : Susan Larson
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2021-09-30
ISBN : 1000456382
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This volume explores the history, evolution, and future of Luso-Hispanic Cultural Studies as a discipline, a pedagogical tool, and a set of working practices by bringing together a diverse group of renowned specialists to examine how the field has grown out of and radically reconsidered some of the basic premises of British Cultural Studies since the 1950s to address the many cultures of the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world. The chapters in this volume address How Cultural Studies is being practiced in the increasingly virtual mediascapes of the twenty-first century What happens to basic critical assumptions about culture and power after they have passed through the filter of Post-Colonial and Decolonial Studies of the Luso-Hispanic world How we understand the role of culture in light of recent experiences with radical demographic shifts, populism and civil unrest within Latin America, Iberian and the Latino U.S How new ways of practising Luso-Hispanic Cultural Studies have worked their way into our pedagogy and the structure of the curriculum in the age of the increasingly privatized neoliberal university Providing keen insight and reflection on these questions, this volume is an essential read for scholars and students of Visual and Film Studies, Latin American and Iberian Studies, Luso-Brazilian Studies, Language and Culture Pedagogy, Global Studies, and for anyone interested in Cultural Studies across the Luso-Hispanic world.

Information Lives of the Poor

Information Lives of the Poor Book
Author : Laurent Elder,Rohan Samarajiva,Alison Gillwald,Hernan Galperin
Publisher : IDRC
Release : 2013
ISBN : 1552505715
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Information and communication have always opened opportunities for the poor to earn income, reduce isolation, and respond resiliently to emergencies. With mobile phone use exploding across the developing world, even marginalized communities are now benefiting from modern communication tools. This book explores the impacts of this unprecedented technological change. It looks at how the poor use information and communication technologies (ICTs). How they benefit from mobile devices, computers, and the Internet, and what insights can research provide to promote affordable access to ICTs, so that communities across the developing world can take advantage of the opportunities they offer.

e Democracy

e Democracy Book
Author : Alfredo M. Ronchi
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2019-04-12
ISBN : 3030015963
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book explores the main elements of e-Democracy, the term normally used to describe the implementation of democratic government processes by electronic means. It provides insights into the main technological and human issues regarding governance, government, participation, inclusion, empowerment, procurement and, last but not least, ethical and privacy issues. Its main aim is to bridge the gap between technological solutions, their successful implementation, and the fruitful utilization of the main set of e-Services totally or partially delivered by governments or non-government organizations. Today, various parameters actively influence e-Services’ success or failure: cultural aspects, organisational issues, bureaucracy and workflows, infrastructure and technology in general, user habits, literacy, capacity or merely interaction design. This includes having a significant population of citizens who are willing and able to adopt and use online services; as well as developing the managerial and technical capability to implement applications that meet citizens’ needs. This book helps readers understand the mutual dependencies involved; further, a selection of success stories and failures, duly commented on, enables readers to identify the right approach to innovation in governmental e-Services. With its balanced humanistic and technological approach, the book mainly targets public authorities, decision-makers, stakeholders, solution developers, and graduate students.

Using Community Informatics to Transform Regions

Using Community Informatics to Transform Regions Book
Author : Stewart Marshall,Wallace Taylor,Xing Huo Yu
Publisher : IGI Global
Release : 2004-01-01
ISBN : 1591401321
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In many international settings, regional economies are declining resulting in lowered opportunities for these communities. This result attacks the very fabric of cohesion and purpose for these regional societies, and increases social, health, economic and sustainability problems. Community informatics research, education and practice is an emerging area in many countries, which seeks to address these issues. The primary objective of Using Community Informatics to Transform Regions is to provide leaders, policy developers, researchers, students and community workers with successful strategies and principles of Community Informatics to transform regions. This book embraces an integrative cross-sectoral approach in the use of Community Informatics to increase both social and cultural capital as a means to increased sustainability for regional communities.

If Only We Knew

If Only We Knew Book
Author : John Willinsky
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2002-05-03
ISBN : 1135958742
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Managing Cultural Change in Public Libraries

Managing Cultural Change in Public Libraries Book
Author : John Pateman,Joe Pateman
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2018-11-06
ISBN : 1351784323
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Managing Cultural Change in Public Libraries argues that changes to library Strategies and Systems can lead to transformations in library Structures that can, in turn, shape and determine Organisational Culture. Drawing on Management theories, as well as the ideas of Marx and Maslow, the authors present an ambitious Analytical Framework that can be used to better understand, support and enable cultural change in public libraries. The volume argues for radical – but sustainable – transformations in public libraries that require significant changes to Strategies, Structures, Systems and, most importantly, Organisational Culture. These changes will enable Traditional Libraries to reach out beyond their current active patrons to engage with new customer groups and will also enable Traditional Libraries to evolve into Community-Led Libraries, and Community-Led Libraries to become Needs-Based Libraries. Public libraries must be meaningful and relevant to the communities they serve. For this to happen, the authors argue, all sections of the local community must be actively involved in the planning, design, delivery and evaluation of library services. This book demonstrates how to make these changes happen, acting as a blueprint and road map for organisational change and putting ideas into action through a series of case studies. Managing Cultural Change in Public Libraries will be of particular interest to academics and advanced students engaged in the study of library and information science. It should also be essential reading for practitioners and policymakers and all those who believe that communities should be involved and engaged in the planning, design, delivery, and evaluation of library services.

Poverty Targeting in Asia

Poverty Targeting in Asia Book
Author : John Weiss
Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing
Release : 2005
ISBN : 1845424700
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book is a must read for researchers and students interested in poverty, poverty reduction, social welfare and development. It provides systematic and comparative studies on the design features, achievements and problems of targeting, set against specific national contexts. The economic focus of the analysis is balanced with sections on the political economy of targeting and management aspects (administrative systems and incentives). While the considerable variations between targeting mechanisms, schemes and contexts demonstrate the difficulties of blanket policy prescriptions, the book presents a fascinating conclusion. Rather than continuing the debate about universal versus targeted approaches, it proposes that a mixed approach might be best: the broad targeting of basic services such as primary education and health care combined with the narrow targeting of social protection schemes for the very poor. David Hulme, University of Manchester, UK Most governments attempt to target resources directly at the poor through a variety of measures including food and credit subsidies, job creation schemes and basic health and education projects. These measures are usually classified as being either promotional (to help raise welfare in the long term), or protectional (to support the poor in times of adverse shocks). However, for many Asian countries the reality of these poverty targeting measures has proved disappointing. Following a comprehensive overview by the editor, this book offers a detailed assessment of the results of directly channelling resources to the poor and extensively discusses the experience of five Asian countries India, Indonesia, the People s Republic of China, the Philippines and Thailand. The authors demonstrate how in many cases these targeting measures have failed due to their high cost and errors of both undercoverage (where many of the poor are excluded) and leakage (when many of the better-off also benefit from these schemes). The authors conclude that whilst poverty targeting remains a critically important objective, past targeting errors must not be forgotten and improved methods of both identifying and reaching the poor must be implemented. Written by leading experts in the field and including analysis of original country surveys, this seminal text documents clearly the operation and success of aid schemes in Asia. This book will make a worthy addition to the literature on development, poverty reduction, social welfare and Asian studies. It will also be an important source of reference for academics and students of economic development, aid practitioners, government officials and development NGOs.

Development as Freedom in a Digital Age

Development as Freedom in a Digital Age Book
Author : Björn Sören Gigler
Publisher : World Bank Publications
Release : 2015-04-10
ISBN : 1464804214
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The knowledge of how to use information technology is a critical human capability for a person to realize the various things he/she values doing or being in all dimensions of his/her life. At the center of this process is a person s ability to access, process and act upon information facilitated through the use of new technologies.

Digital Economies SMEs and E Readiness

Digital Economies  SMEs and E Readiness Book
Author : Mutula, Stephen M.
Publisher : IGI Global
Release : 2009-07-31
ISBN : 1605664219
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"This book provides valuable insights into the current state of the digital economy and the ability of SMEs to leverage Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) so that they may overcome their traditional laggard position in the global business market"--Provided by publisher.

Reducing Rural Poverty in Asia

Reducing Rural Poverty in Asia Book
Author : Nurul Islam
Publisher : CRC Press
Release : 2006-02-28
ISBN : 9781560223016
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Fight rural poverty through the creation of significant policy mechanisms, microenterprises, and employment programs The majority of the world’s poor live in Asia, and most of these live in rural areas. These areas are also infamous for the food insecurity and malnutrition associated with poverty. Making even a modest dent in rural Asian poverty has the potential to realize large gains in global human development. Reducing Rural Poverty in Asia provides evidence-based guidelines for policymakers in developing countries, for researchers focusing on development problems, and for the international development assistance community in the continuing search for ways to effectively reduce poverty in the developing world. Detailed examinations are clearly presented on the efforts for poverty alleviation through microenterprise development and rural public employment programs that focus on public works and household/small-scale industries. Asia-based case studies of various microenterprises and rural public employment projects reveal important policy mechanisms and the effectiveness of each poverty reduction measure. Tables, figures, and relevant glossaries make unfamiliar terms and difficult information easy to understand. Part I of Reducing Rural Poverty in Asia: presents a framework for the analysis of rural microenterprises with a focus on microfinance highlights the main findings of country-specific case studies suggests guidelines for an appropriate strategy for the provision of microfinance to reach the poor, alleviate poverty, and create financial stability analyzes the issues relating to public wage employment schemes and the principal findings of the case studies draws policy conclusions for the formulation of effective public employment schemes Part II of Reducing Rural Poverty in Asia presents case studies conducted in India, Bangladesh, and the Philippines—along with revealing conclusions. These studies include: the SIDBI Foundation for Micro Credit in India—including the continuing problem of the exclusion of the poorest the Maharashtra Rural Credit Project in India and concerns about the sustainability of the financial infrastructure the Small Enterprises Development Project in Bangladesh and the high rate of return on capital from financed enterprises the successes of the Grameen Uddog, Agrani Bank Micro-Enterprise Development Unit (MEDU), and Kishoreganj Community-Based Projects in Bangladesh the income-stabilizing role of the Employment Guarantee Scheme in Maharashtra, India guidelines for the Public Works Employment policy and implementation in the Philippines Reducing Rural Poverty in Asia is a concise overview of the crucial research undertaken at the request of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and makes this a vital resource for researchers, educators, students, policymakers, and development experts working towards the goal of poverty reduction.

Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Libraries

Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Libraries Book
Author : Dr. M. Koteswara Rao
Publisher : Allied Publishers
Release : 2011-10-07
ISBN : 8184247109
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been on the agenda in India for quite some time. The private sector is generally more active in this area than the Governmental and public sector; and the situation is slowly changing. The concept of CSR is finally coming out of the purview of ‘doing social good’ and is fast becoming a ‘business necessity’. This approach to CSR is gaining ground and many corporate houses are realizing the benefits they get in business by extending help to their workers, local community and society at large. There are many corporate companies and voluntary foundations in India who are doing commendable work in education, health, environment and energy under CSR. CSR can also be extended to public libraries, because public libraries are considered as ‘social institutions’ providing basic information for social, economic and cultural development of citizens; and to sustain lifelong learning for students. Public libraries play a vital role in disseminating existing knowledge and promote the creation of new knowledge.

Managing Geo Based Challenges

Managing Geo Based Challenges Book
Author : Serwan M. J. Baban
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2014-07-03
ISBN : 331907380X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book provides sound conceptual understanding of the current approach to management and decision making regarding geo-based challenges in developing countries that tend to suffer from information poverty and subjectivity and are reactive. The book also provides the necessary technical tools to energize research thinking and develop locally driven practical and sustainable solutions, ultimately moving management and decision making from being reactive to being proactive. This book fills a void as there are no published books to show the way forward or to present real case studies for this purpose. Case studies that utilize new technologies and scientific thinking are presented for developing sustainable management options based either on producing local applied research or on utilising relevant international research. These case studies are based on the author's first-hand experiences in arid/semi-arid (Iraq, Tunisia, Morocco and Jordan), temperate (UK) and tropical environments (Malaysia, the Caribbean region, Indonesia and Australia).

Developing Countries and Technology Inclusion in the 21st Century Information Society

Developing Countries and Technology Inclusion in the 21st Century Information Society Book
Author : Etim, Alice S.
Publisher : IGI Global
Release : 2020-11-27
ISBN : 1799834700
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In recent years, many developing regions across the globe have made rigorous efforts to become integrated into the global information society. The development and implementation of information communication technology (ICT) devices and policies within various fields of service have significantly aided in the infrastructural progression of these countries. Despite these considerable advancements, there remains a lack of research and awareness on this imperative subject. Developing Countries and Technology Inclusion in the 21st Century Information Society is an essential reference source that discusses the adoption and impact of ICT tools in developing areas of the world as well as specific challenges and sustainable uses within various professional fields. Featuring research on topics such as policy development, gender differences, and international business, this book is ideally designed for educators, policymakers, researchers, librarians, practitioners, scientists, government officials, and students seeking coverage on modern applications of ICT services in developing countries.

Overcoming Human Poverty

Overcoming Human Poverty Book
Author : United Nations Development Programme
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2000
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Overcoming Human Poverty book written by United Nations Development Programme, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

From Extreme Poverty to Success

From Extreme Poverty to Success Book
Author : Jemilson Pierrelouis
Publisher : Dog Ear Publishing
Release : 2016-06-03
ISBN : 1457547155
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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As a child in Haiti, Jemilson Pierrelouis witnessed the devastating effects of poverty firsthand, and at the tender age of six, he vowed to do whatever he could to help. When he came to the United States at the age of eleven, that vow only grew stronger, and as he fought his way into adulthood, he used education to make his biggest dreams come true. Today, Dr. Pierrelouis is the CEO of Hedge Consultants, LLC, and he seeks to expand his philanthropic vision by using his book, From Extreme Poverty to Success, to both educate and encourage. Combining detailed information on everything stock-related with powerful motivational messages, Dr. Pierrelouis offers a world of possibilities along the path to achievement—both financial and personal. Follow Dr. Pierrelouis’s journey and learn how to move away from the past and toward a future of unlimited fulfillment.

Macro Economics

Macro Economics Book
Author : Martha Gutierrez
Publisher : Zed Books
Release : 2003-03
ISBN : 9781842770610
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Economic analysis grounded in a gender approach is beginning to enter mainstream economics. The discipline is increasingly recognizing that economic behavior may be influenced by gender, as well as examining critically the gender discrimination inherent in some macroeconomic concepts. This volume, with its wide-ranging intellectual explorations and specific case studies, seeks to make a contribution to this process. Using often original empirical material taken from the actual experiences of Latin American countries, the contributors explore a wide range of key issues.

Electronic Business in Developing Countries

Electronic Business in Developing Countries Book
Author : Sherif Kamel
Publisher : IGI Global
Release : 2006-01-01
ISBN : 1591403545
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"This books tackles issues of e-business with a vision to the future on how to bridge these gaps and close down the barriers between the different corners of the world"--Provided by publisher.