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.
8/18/2014 1:00:00 PM / 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.
5/7/2014 9:25:00 AM / 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.
8/13/2013 7:39:00 AM / Deborah Jacobs
Brazil is a country of contrasts. Despite sustained economic growth over the past decade, recent protests highlighted deepening inequalities in everyday life.
8/13/2012 11:00:00 AM / 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.
4/8/2012 3:26:00 PM / Paula Ellis, Deborah Jacobs, Julia Stasch
This National Library Week, rediscover your library, as a portal to other worlds—and your own community.
"I am convinced that through the telling of stories, we discover what connects us." —Melinda Gates
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quo." —Bill Gates
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