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Maria's Libraries

Maria's Libraries, an NGO in rural Kenya, in conjunction with Kenya National Library Services, has been testing innovative approaches and leapfrogging technologies through a network of libraries for the social, political, and economic development of communities in resource-poor settings. OSU Libraries & Press has been exploring alternative publishing paradigms, primarily using mobile technologies to explore how users can access and manipulate information. Since Summer 2013, these two organizations have been working on creating a mobile website platform designed to provide users the ability to crowd source translations of folk tales and existing children's books into a variety of African languages and dialects.

The project is completing Phase I in March 2013, and will be tested at Maria’s Library in Busia, Kenya.