Doina Popa - Day 2, Session 1

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Doina Popa - Day 2, Session 1

  1. 1. Redesigning the role of public libraries in Romania DOINA POPA President of the ANBPR European Congress on E-Inclusion 2011 Brussels, 7 September
  2. 2. Overall context <ul><li>2836 Public Libraries: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>10,65% urban; </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>89,35% rural; </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>4481 librarians; </li></ul><ul><li>4251 workstations for users, with Internet connection: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>44,34% urban; </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>55,66% rural; </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Implementation of the Biblionet Program in a five years period;  </li></ul><ul><li>Public libraries are perceived more through the traditional services than through the ones that support e-Government and e-Inclusion; </li></ul><ul><li>95% of the territory has broadband Internet coverage - 7th place in the world; </li></ul><ul><li>8 million Internet users - 34 th in the world. </li></ul>
  3. 3. About The National Association of Public Libraries and Librarians in Romania <ul><li>Performs constant activities since its establishment in 1990; </li></ul><ul><li>Has over 3,300 active members, individuals and legal entities; </li></ul><ul><li>Has national coverage with its 41 county branches; </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational structure: General Assembly of the Association, Governing Board, Executive Board; </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic partner in the Biblionet Program; </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits from an organizational development grant during </li></ul><ul><li>2009-2013; </li></ul><ul><li>Participates in the process of redesigning the role of public libraries in a knowledge based society. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Investment in public libraries <ul><li>Funded Program: Biblionet ; </li></ul><ul><li>Financing: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, through Global Libraries Program; </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation: IREX Foundation; </li></ul><ul><li>Partners: ANBPR, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage – MCPN, public libraries and local government; </li></ul><ul><li>Target: disadvantaged population in terms of Internet access and digital literacy; </li></ul><ul><li>Beneficiary : public libraries in Romania and ANBPR; </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose of investment : public access to information and knowledge through modern technology, and repositioning the role of libraries as institutions which link citizens and the Information and Communication Technologies - IT&C; </li></ul>
  5. 5. The impact of the investment <ul><li>Contribution to decrease of the digital discrepancy between urban and rural areas by endowing the public libraries with IT&C </li></ul><ul><li> 2008 2010 </li></ul><ul><li> Workstations for users: 1233 4251 </li></ul><ul><li>- urban 89,78% 44,34% - rural 10,22% 55,66% </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a modern library system including over 70% of the public libraries and ensuring e-Inclusion unity efforts; </li></ul><ul><li>Free Internet access, equipment with IT&C and availability of the trained staff will ensure an important progress for Romania, in terms of Internet use and access, digital literacy and skills for the population and IT&C availability. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The impact of the investment <ul><li>Confidence in the ability of public libraries and ANBPR to participate in building a knowledge based society; </li></ul><ul><li>Changing the mentality of librarians, local and central authorities partners in this program and the beneficiary communities; </li></ul><ul><li>Acceleration of the organizational development of the ANBPR; </li></ul><ul><li>Rethinking the role of public libraries in the community by defining and developing them as institutions with important responsibilities in e-Inclusion; </li></ul><ul><li>Taking courses of action through which ANBPR supports the participation of public libraries to achieve objectives of e-Inclusion. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Participation of public libraries in the e-Inclusion process <ul><li>Modern public library system created by Biblionet supports the process of e-Inclusion by: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding the access for population to broadband Internet as a free service; </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians’ participation to citizens’ &quot;digital literacy&quot; and skills training in the field; </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring equal rights of access to IT&C in public libraries; </li></ul><ul><li>Informing citizens about the importance of IT&C for all professions and fields of activity; </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy actions to promote the role of public libraries to support </li></ul><ul><li>e-Government services. </li></ul>
  8. 8. ANBPR supports the redesign of the role of public libraries <ul><li>Lines of action: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Structuring and activity designing documents: </li></ul><ul><li>The draft strategy on &quot;Development of Romanian public libraries in the context of knowledge based economy and electronic communications in Romania for 2014 - 2020&quot;, in cooperation with IREX and MCSI; </li></ul><ul><li>Procedures initiation to obtain the status of &quot;Public Utility Association“. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Strategic protocols for building sustainable links with central and local government: </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration protocol between MCPN, IREX and ANBPR; </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration protocol between MCSI, IREX and ANBPR; </li></ul>
  9. 9. ANBPR supports the redesign of the role of public libraries <ul><li>Lines of action: </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration protocols with the Associations of Local Public Administration: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Municipalities Association in Romania – AMR; </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Towns Association in Romania – AOR; </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Villages Association in Romania – ACoR; </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National Union of County Councils in Romania – UNCJR. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>3. Libraries involvement in e-Inclusion activities at an European level: </li></ul><ul><li>“ European Week of Digital Skills” - 2010; </li></ul><ul><li>„ Get online!”, action organized to increase the number of digital literate people - 2010 and 201 1. </li></ul>
  10. 10. ANBPR supports the redesign of the role of public libraries <ul><li>Lines of action: </li></ul><ul><li>4. Training and professional development: </li></ul><ul><li>Our own training center; </li></ul><ul><li>Accredited courses; </li></ul><ul><li>Developing an e-learning platform; </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitated training participation through a voucher system; </li></ul><ul><li>Library Services Development Courses – DSB; </li></ul><ul><li>Our own DSB teaching manual; </li></ul><ul><li>Grants for participation at international conferences. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Conclusions <ul><li>National context that reinforces the new role of libraries depends on: </li></ul><ul><li>A better understanding of the e-Inclusion concept; </li></ul><ul><li>Firm option to support intelligent work, based on IT&C; </li></ul><ul><li>Perceiving public libraries as essential leverages in developing public services and supporting e-Inclusion; </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination of e-Inclusion actions by integrating all stakeholders; </li></ul><ul><li>Less statements and more facts; </li></ul><ul><li>Internal policies and legislation supporting the e-Inclusion process; </li></ul><ul><li>Persuade the public regarding the impact of IT&C on social and economic life and the need of digital literacy and skills; </li></ul><ul><li>Analyzing and comparing the results in this field. </li></ul>

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