Matej manages the Bibliomist project, which helps communities in Ukraine by modernizing access to information in public libraries. Bibliomist is a partnership between IREX, USAID, and the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine.
As part of the project, over 1,000 libraries are being equipped with technology so that citizens have better access to information, and over 3,000 librarians are being trained to provide better services. Bibliomist is a part of the Global Libraries initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Matej holds a bachelor’s degree from Charles University in Prague and master’s degrees from Central European University in Budapest and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., focused on international relations and Eastern Europe.
August 16, 2011 / Matej Novak
By providing access to technology and trained library workers to facilitate its use, public libraries can play a critical role in advancing social and economic development, enhancing lives and strengthening communities.
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