Seattle's Former Librarian Serving as Director of Global Libraries Initiative

Deborah Jacobs went from helping build Seattle's state-of-the-art Central Library to visiting libraries overseas with no heat or running water and budgets as low as $30 a month. In her first year on the job at the Gates Foundation, she has directed an expanding program called the Global Libraries Initiative, which aims to improve free access to computers and the Internet in public libraries.

Today she is presenting a $1 million prize to a foundation in MedellĂ­n, Colombia, for its innovative use of technology in libraries to promote community development. More from The Seattle Times.