After a presentation I gave this morning (at what was to me the unknown hour of 7am), a Fellow asked me if our library resources were available to people not affiliated with UM. More specifically, people not affiliated with UM from a not-for-profit organization. More specifically, people not affiliated with UM from a not-for-profit organization from a developing country.
I mentioned that our license agreements were restrictive, and only UM affiliates could access our e-resources. I further went on to talk about open access, and in particular PubMed Central and DOAJ as access alternatives. I noted his contact information and promised to get back to him with more info.*
To make a(n unnecessarily) long story short, I ran the question by a colleague who's directing the library's global outreach initiatives, and she mentioned the WHO's HINARI program. This program provides developing countries, identified by GNI per capita, with access to a strong collection of biomedical literature at no- to low-cost. Not only do they provide access, but they also provide access to great training documentation.
I knew philanthropic endeavours like this existed, but it was the first I'd heard of (as far as I can remember) HINARI (even though it's been around forevs). If only infrastructure wasn't a problem...
* And get back to him I did.