The University of Iowa’s WiderNet Project, based in the School of Library and Information Science, sold its 400th eGranary Digital Library on Oct. 6.
Mansoor Ali Khan, a doctor from Pakistan, was the recipient of the device.
The eGranary is an offline digital resource that delivers millions of educational documents to developing countries where Web access is minimal and expensive. The WiderNet Project began distributing digital libraries in 2001 with the goal of distributing 500 by early June 2012.
Khan plans to implement the eGranary in his institution, The Indus Hospital, a state of the art, free hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. Since libraries are expensive to establish and maintain in the developing world Khan anticipates that his hospital staff, residents, and the school of nursing will benefit greatly from the device.
For more information about the WiderNet Project and the eGranary, visit www.widernet.org.