Gates Foundation honors Australian library

Aug. 20, 2007 at 1:46 PM

SEATTLE, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to the Northern Territory Library located in Darwin, Australia.

The 2007 Access to Learning Award announced Monday was made under the foundation’s Global Libraries Initiative, honoring the Northern Territory Library for its innovative approach to bringing computer and Internet technology to remote indigenous Australian communities.

The Microsoft Corp., a Global Libraries initiative partner, also will donate $224,000 in software and technology training curriculum to upgrade the public library organization’s 300 computers.

"Computers and the Internet are powerful tools that offer unprecedented access to information of all kinds, and provide opportunities for people to improve their social and economic well being," said Martha Choe, director of the foundation’s Global Libraries initiative. "The Northern Territory Library is showing the world that people with very limited resources can use technology to increase their quality of life, strengthen their communities, and find new opportunities."

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