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Doina Popa - Day 2, Session 1

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