[Irtalk] Gates Foundation Prepares To Exit Library Ecosystem

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri May 23 19:31:34 SAST 2014

In early May, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation took much of the world by
surprise by announcing that the massive charitable organization *would stop
offering grants and support to libraries around the world in the next few
years*. Libraries have long been a pillar of the foundation’s strategy, and
while the funding will be missed, librarians are already looking ahead at
how to preserve the work that’s been done and find ways for other
organizations to step into the space the foundation will leave behind.

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