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Gates Foundation Participation and Related Activities

The Nebraska Library Commission has participated in a number of grant activities funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation U.S. Library Program.  In 2003 public libraries that serve communities with more than ten per cent of the population below the poverty level were recipients of new computers, software and technical support. In 2004 and 2005 libraries benefited from additional grants to provide technology training in the form of in-person workshops and online classes. In 2006 the Gates Rural Sustainability grants provided workshops for public library staff and trustees in communities of 25,000 and under to help empower them to meet the challenges and sustain their public access computer programs. In 2007 technology-related training sessions were provided as a result of a Gates Foundation Staying Connected Training grant. Nebraska is once again a participant in a Gates Foundation grant program in 2009 to enable public libraries meeting certain requirements the opportunity to obtain hardware and software for public access computing through matching grants. In 2010 the Foundation provided support and the matching funds needed for a public computer center project grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The following offer some historical information on various awards received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation U.S. Library Program grants:

For more information on Gates Foundation awards and programs through the Nebraska Library Commission please contact Devra Dragos, Technology & Access Services Director.

For more information, contact Devra Dragos.