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Internet Training Workshops Program

In its 15 remarkable years, Sabre’s Book Donation Program has been driven by the conviction that information accelerates development. With the advent of the Internet, however, the means by which information is made available have broadened. Through its many overseas partnerships, Sabre came to understand the growing need of NGOs to take better advantage of electronic communication and information tools. In addition to its continuing goal of providing access to current information through book donations, Sabre has launched an Internet training initiative.

Officially inaugurated with the opening of Sabre’s Internet Training Center in November 1998, Sabre’s Internet Training (IT) Workshops Program caters to the specialized needs of librarians, teachers, students, trainers, scholars and NGO personnel. IT workshops help professionals and students improve their access to the vast amounts of information the Internet provides and use these resources effectively.

"Central to Sabre's goals ... is an emphasis on training individuals who can share what they've learned with others"
Marge Melun, Eric Johnson, Cynthia Borys, Sabre’s Tania Vitvitsky, and Ronald Ungaro at a two-day seminar in Vienna, Austria, for librarians from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The May 1999 USIA-sponsored seminar focussed on the impact of new technologies on public information policies and services.
Marge Melun, Eric Johnson, Cynthia Borys, Sabre’s Tania Vitvitsky, and Ronald Ungaro at a two-day seminar in Vienna, Austria, for librarians from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The May 1999 USIA-sponsored seminar focussed on the impact of new technologies on public information policies and services.

The Internet can play a vital role in development by providing individuals with tools for advocacy, collaboration, communication, education, and research. Sabre’s IT workshops enable trainees to take advantage of the electronic tools best suited for each of these endeavors. Taking into account a trainee’s background and the present and future availability of Internet resources in his or her home country, Sabre customizes its services for each trainee. IT workshops teach participants how to maximize tools already available in their home countries and expose trainees to more advanced technologies likely to be accessible to them in the future. Sabre also arranges carefully selected site visits and professional meetings to give trainees an opportunity to see how information technologies are applied practically in the United States.

Central to Sabre’s goals in the IT Workshops Program is an emphasis on training individuals who can share what they’ve learned with others upon return to their countries. By assisting visiting librarians and trainers with teaching techniques and curriculum development, Sabre expands the impact of its IT workshops beyond those Sabre trains directly. Sabre staff have also traveled abroad to provide this kind of training on-site.

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