Rafal Kramza, FRSI President, Director of the Library Development Program (PL)
» LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IN POLANDJoint venture of the Bill & Melinda GatesFoundation and Polish-AmericanFreedom FoundationImplemented by the Information SocietyDevelopment Foundation (FRSI)2009-2013$28 million3,327 public libraries from rural areasand small towns (c. 50% of theeligible group)
» POLANDOut of over 38,400,000 population60% live in communes of less than 50,000inhabitants (including 38% in villages)Disparities („Poland of two speeds”): in e.g.access to education, culture, and also inthe Internet usage: c. 50% rural areasvs. c. 75% large citiesLibraries: extensive network, publictrust, librarians working with passion
» THE PROGRAM’S VISION OF SUCCESS Within 5 years public libraries participating in the Program will have (re)gained power to support the development of individual citizens and entire communities
» THE PROGRAM’S OBJECTIVES THE KNOWLEDGE AND INFORMATION NEEDS 1 OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES ARE BETTER ADDRESSED BY LIBRIARIES. INHABITANTS HAVE BETTER ACCESS TO 2 ICT-SUPPORTED NEW SERVICES PROVIDED BY LIBRARIES. USERS, PUBLIC OPINION AND POLICY MAKERES 3 PERCEIVE LIBRARIES AND LIBRARIANS AS MORE IMPORTANT FOR INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY DEVELOPMENT.
Practicaltraining courses In total: c. 6,000 participants Library Development Planning Workshop (10 days) Specialist courses (3 days) IT training courses (5 days)
Technologicalsupport2,769 computers2,145 all-in-one printers557 printers A3281 laptops281 projectors with screens3,310 digital cameras In total: c. 9,000 pieces of hardware
Many other activities, e.g.Small grant programs and support forc. 880 projects (new library functions)Networking and best practices sharingbetween librariesSupport for library system institutions, e.g. theNational Library, 18 provincial libraries (provincialcoordinators, courses for training units’ employees),Polish Librarians’ Association (development strategyOutreach campaigns, e.g. „Get Online Week”(c. 15,000 persons), „Library – A Place ForSafer Internet” (c. 5,000 young people trained)
» IMPACTLibraries undertake People visit libraries more For almost 30% ofnew activities (beyond often, benefit in various computer users librarybook- areas, e.g. is the only place whererelated), becoming the education, culture, social they have access to„third place” (meeting integration, civic ICT (c. 200,000).place) serving c. 2,6 participation, life-long learning, everyday life, Almost 40% first-million users & c. 10 job searching - c. 100,000 clickers (c. 250,000).million inhabitants –Program only. users.
» LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AND FRSIRECOGNIZED BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION e-Inclusion Award „Be Part of IT!” 2012 for good practices in using ICT and digital technology to tackle social and digital exclusion across Europe
Free Internet access for all public librariesin Poland (c. 3,500 have taken benefit so far)
» PARTNERSHIPS FOR LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT c. 100 people - representatives of central NATIONAL government, librarian community, key PARTNERSHIP NGOs, national associations of local FOR LIBRARY governments, opinion leaders DEVELOPMENT (writers, filmmakers, scientists, journalists, heads of business organizations) PROVINCIAL representatives of the governor, chairman of the PARTNERSHIPS province board, head of the provincial library FOR LIBRARY 16 partnerships signed DEVELOPMENT more than 160 partnerships (formal and non- LOCAL formal) engaging e.g. representatives of local PARTNERSHIPS authorities, schools, media, local leaders and NGOs, entrepreneurs etc.
» LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS. GOING BEYOND. » strengthen libraries’ potential to serve local communities (beyond resources) » strengthen position of libraries among other local institutions / organizations and support advocacy efforts (beyond milieus) » promote culture of cooperation (beyond mindset)
» LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS. SUPPORT WITHIN THELIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. » idea and skills developed within the library development planning workshops (e.g. values, principles, rules of cooperation, benefits) » consultancy on the spot: trainers assist libraries to organize first meetings with partners (partnership rules and objectives set-up, identification of potential joint ventures based on community needs assessment) » partnerships as part of the rules/criteria of e.g. grant programs
» LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS.CHALLENGES, ISSUES, QUESTIONS… » (not enough) facilitation/communication skills » (not enough) good ideas for ventures » ideas developing into something new (else) » more partners, more opportunities (?) » target group involvement (?) » business = money (?) » being determined/concrete and open for others’ ideas (?) » one-activity partnership vs. project partnership vs. strategic partnership