Allen Andersson and his wife Susan Riecken founded the Riecken Community Libraries in 2000 and served as its president until 2008. As a Peace Corps volunteer in the 1960s, he taught calculus at the National University in Honduras. For the next three decades, he started up software companies to create new technologies in desktop publishing, radiology, computational linguistics, and telecommunications. In 2003 he founded Paperboy Ventures to develop new ventures in biotechnology and clean energy.
“We ask ourselves, what travels cheapest over a hundred miles of bad road, then multiplies its value every time it is used? Information! The idea for Riecken Libraries was born that day.”