We have developed an offline digital library stocked with a wealth of information for people on the frontlines of the Ebola crisis.
Requiring NO Internet connectivity, this collection can be freely copied to flash drives, smartphones, and hard drives.
This is a gift. WiderNet staff and volunteers have donated their time. The authors and publishers have donated their content. We don’t have a budget to distribute copies. But thanks to small contributions from our staff, friends, and family, we have a few dozen chips to “seed” distribution in the worst affected areas.
I would be very grateful if you could help us identify the best places to send these chips. Ideally, the recipients would be in a position to copy the information to the personal devices of health care professionals and students.
The Ebola Pocket Library is a collection of over 20,000 educational web-based resources curated by experienced digital librarians, dozens of volunteers, and computer programmers at WiderNet. The collection comes on a 16GB portable chip, can be copied to any device, and is especially useful in areas where Internet access is impossible or impractical. Time is of the essence to get accurate and accessible Ebola information into the hands of local health care workers!
The Ebola Pocket Library includes over 20,000 resources, practical information critically needed in the hardest hit areas:
• Ebola fact sheets and basic information
• treatment, and prevention of Ebola
• infrastructure design and blueprints
• training information for medical staff
• occupational health and safety guidelines
• case studies and reports
• general resources for emergency preparedness
• travel safety
• posters, music videos, and other materials for posting in public places
• best practices for isolated areas response and low-cost solutions
• safe burial practices for the victims of Ebola.
• emotional, spiritual, and community support for survivors and family
With the guidance of hundreds of stakeholders and experts, we’ve secured resources from publishers like:
• Centers for Disease Control
• Khan Academy
• The Carter Center
• Doctors without Borders
• Ebola Communications Network
• World Health Organization (WHO)
• U.S. Department of State – IIP Digital
• US Dept of Labor: Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
• World Food Programme
• Public Health Emergency
• Johns Hopkins
• BMC Infectious Diseases
Please help us get this life-saving medical information in the hands of health care and public health workers as well as community leaders and individuals.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.
“Access to Knowledge Makes a World of Difference”
The eGranary Digital Library
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Cliff Missen, MA
Director, WiderNet and WiderNet @ UNC
Clinical Associate Professor, School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill