than simply deliver computers or Internet access, Libraries Across
Africa provides a new library-- an insitution that provide both digital
and customizable analog content.
This three-part model consists of the Anchor,
which houses the community-generated physical material; the eHub,
a modified shipping container that houses digital resources and
on-demand book printing to produce collections specifically tailored to
local interests; and an Agora,
a covered social gathering space to catalyze community-building.
By requiring recipients to provide land and space, LAA can ensure a
level of investment in the library that acts not only as social
contract, but guarantees a cost-effective approach.
Utilizing local resources and labor, each library will be
environmentally appropriate, culturally relevant, and site specific.