Deborah Jacobs, director of the Global Libraries initiative at the foundation, oversees the foundation’s work toward improving people’s lives in developing and transitioning countries through useful, used, and sustainable public access to information and communications technology in public libraries.
Prior to joining the foundation in 2008, she served as Seattle City Librarian for 11 years. During her tenure as Seattle City Librarian, circulation of library materials in the Seattle library system nearly doubled. Jacobs began her career as a children’s librarian more than three decades ago, and has received a number of honors throughout her career. Jacobs received a bachelor’s degree in government from Mills College and a masters degree in library science from the University of Oregon.
August 18, 2014 / Deborah Jacobs
The Sri Lankan government's e-Library Nenasala program is bridging the digital divide and bringing technology to the people who need it most.
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May 07, 2014 / Deborah Jacobs
I wanted to be the first to tell the library community – the community I’ve been working with for the last forty years – some important news.
August 13, 2013 / Deborah Jacobs
Brazil is a country of contrasts. Despite sustained economic growth over the past decade, recent protests highlighted deepening inequalities in everyday life.
August 13, 2012 / Deborah Jacobs
The Dominican Republic’s Community Technology Center (CTC) program is at the heart of its strategy to empower people and help them overcome problems such as poverty, unemployment, and poor health.
April 08, 2012 / Paula Ellis, Deborah Jacobs, Julia Stasch
This National Library Week, rediscover your library, as a portal to other worlds—and your own community.
"Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good throughout the world. It’s what propels societies forward." —Melinda Gates
The Global Fund has helped to deliver more than 190 million bed nets to protect families from malaria.
"The world faces a clear choice. If we invest relatively small amounts, many more poor farmers will be able to feed their families." —Bill Gates, 2012 Annual Letter
"When it come to global health, Bill and I are optimists—but we're impatient optimists. Tremendous progress is being made. But there is still so much we're impatient to see done." —Melinda French Gates
In Senegal, 80% of households now have a bed net, helping the number of malaria cases there drop 50% in a single year.
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