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Tackling inequalities around the globe: the challenge for libraries

Jonathan Harle and John Tarrant

Introduction

There are many inequalities in the world. The inequitable access to information is one of them, and as a result, people lack access to vital knowledge which could make significant contributions to improving and securing their health, welfare and livelihoods. This chapter reviews some of the principal challenges to improving information access in the developing world and outlines some ways in which they are being tackled. Information is today synonymous with technology, particularly Internet and mobile technologies, and it is common to talk of a ‘digital divide’ – as described in the previous chapter by Jenny Craven – between ...

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