Public LibraryRadislav Nikčević in JagodinaSerbiaAgricultural Librariesin Jagodina
There is a network of around 230,000libraries in the world. Almost allcountries around the world have anetwork of librarie...
Libraries more and more often attract attention with innovativeprojects that include ICT education and its use. With thepr...
Map of Jagodina townand villages.During the 70s and the 80s all biggervillages in the municipality ofJagodina, Serbia had ...
Rural library inGlogovac was inpoor conditionIn 2008 Public Library Radislav Nikcevicin Jagodina conducted a survey on the...
On the other hand, Serbian government and institutions inSerbia transferred to the electronic notification system.Vacancie...
Public library in Jagodina town is fullydeveloped.Having realized the problems inJagodina’s rural libraries and problemsof...
Website of the AgroLib-JaprojectFor the realization of big ideasstart-up capital is needed.Therefore, Jagodina PublicLibra...
AgroLib-Ja project logoNow to agricultural population infive rural libraries the followingservices are available :1. Agric...
Apart from traditional libraryservices, village librariesprovide ICT training forfarmers. Farmers acquirebasic computer sk...
Website AgroLib marketThe goal of launching the onlinemarketplacehttp://www.agrolib.rs/pijaca/ is togather all farmers in ...
ICT trainings for beekeepersfrom BagrdanIn the beginning we faced greatopposition from farmers to ICT. Whenwe gained the t...
PublicLibraryRadislavNikcevicinJagodinalogoDuring the realization of the projectAgroLib we interviewed users ofthe project...
Farmers inrurallibrariesLibraries and the website became places for exchanging goodideas and even for starting agribusines...
To date Over 900 farmers regularly use the AgroLib Ja services. Over 150 farmers were trained to use the internet in thr...
The idea of rural agricultural libraries inSerbia was the inspiration for manylibraries in other countries. After a year,P...
Library webinar series saves ustime and money, say farmersKlintaine Public Library in Latviamade a network of rural librar...
LIBR-A Project Manager RitaBedulyte demonstrates thelibrarys website for farmers.Pasvalys Marius Katiliskis PublicLibrary ...
Library on Wheels - theINFOBUSPublic Library Goce Delcev inMacedonia copied the AgroLib projectcompletely, which is not su...
Libraries - information,communication andcultural centers of theirlocal communitiesAgroLib project as well as projects byo...
Farmersafter ICTeducation.New information technologies, the use of social networks andcertain websites can be an important...
Libraries are potential thatcan help meet themillennium developmentgoals, especially in thedeveloping andtransitioning cou...
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Presentation given by Jelena Rajic, librarian at the Public Library Radislav Nikcevic in Jagodina, Serbia at the WSIS Forum 2013 on the winning project of WSIS Project Prizes 2013 in the category C3. Access to information and knowledge: AgroLib Ja (Agricultural Libraries in Jagodina) (Public Library Radislav Nikcevic, Republic of Serbia)

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WSIS Project Prizes 2013 – C3. AgroLib Ja (Agricultural Libraries in Jagodina) (Public Library Radislav Nikcevic, Republic of Serbia)

  1. 1. Public LibraryRadislav Nikčević in JagodinaSerbiaAgricultural Librariesin Jagodina
  2. 2. There is a network of around 230,000libraries in the world. Almost allcountries around the world have anetwork of libraries, even in the mostremote areas. The mission of librariesis to provide their users withinformation for life-long learning andto participate in informal education.When creating strategies for ICTeducation of rural residents,governments often overlook the factthat libraries could be of greatassistance.
  3. 3. Libraries more and more often attract attention with innovativeprojects that include ICT education and its use. With theproject from Serbia-Agricultural Libraries In Jagodina,awarded by the World Summit of Information Society 2013,we want all governments and funders to focus their attentionon the role of libraries in their mission to provide access toinformation and knowledge.
  4. 4. Map of Jagodina townand villages.During the 70s and the 80s all biggervillages in the municipality ofJagodina, Serbia had villagelibraries. At that time libraryservices were traditional and userswere students and literature fans.During the 90s libraries wereneglected due to economic andpolitical crisis.
  5. 5. Rural library inGlogovac was inpoor conditionIn 2008 Public Library Radislav Nikcevicin Jagodina conducted a survey on thecondition of rural libraries in themunicipality and needs of theagricultural population. The resultsshowed that rural libraries were in poorcondition, the book funds were outdatedand inadequate. Predominantly ruralresidents could not use computers and didnot understand the benefits of using ICTtechnologies.
  6. 6. On the other hand, Serbian government and institutions inSerbia transferred to the electronic notification system.Vacancies on subsidies and incentives for farmers arepublished on the website of the Government of the Republicof Serbia and the Ministry of Agriculture. The state does nothave a clearly-defined strategy regarding ICT literacy ofrural population.
  7. 7. Public library in Jagodina town is fullydeveloped.Having realized the problems inJagodina’s rural libraries and problemsof agricultural population in thevillages, it was concluded that themodernized and revitalized rurallibraries could lead to changes in thevillages. The concept of a villagelibrary that would be the information,communication and cultural hub oflocal communities was designed.Rural library in Bunar villagewas in poor condition
  8. 8. Website of the AgroLib-JaprojectFor the realization of big ideasstart-up capital is needed.Therefore, Jagodina PublicLibrary searched for theincentives for the idea. Therevitalization of rurallibraries project was namedAgroLib Ja (AgriculturalLibraries in Jagodina).
  9. 9. AgroLib-Ja project logoNow to agricultural population infive rural libraries the followingservices are available :1. Agricultural magazines andliterature2. Internet access and ICT training3. Lectures in the field of agriculture4. Website www.agrolib.rs andwww.agrolib.rs/pijaca/ (AgroLibmarket)
  10. 10. Apart from traditional libraryservices, village librariesprovide ICT training forfarmers. Farmers acquirebasic computer skills, learnhow to use social networksand forums and how to searchuseful information and to buyand sell on the Internet.All 5 libraries have access to the Internet andcomputers. Using the Internet is free. ICTtraining for farmers, organized in the villagelibraries was also free.
  11. 11. Website AgroLib marketThe goal of launching the onlinemarketplacehttp://www.agrolib.rs/pijaca/ is togather all farmers in one place,which facilitates communicationand exchange of experiences.Also, advertising on the websitehelps them find buyers for theirproducts. The ultimate goal is toimprove economic and socialstatus of farmers.
  12. 12. ICT trainings for beekeepersfrom BagrdanIn the beginning we faced greatopposition from farmers to ICT. Whenwe gained the trust and support frombeekeepers from Bagrdan, the attitudeof farmers towards new informationtechnologies started to change.Farmers are now not only members ofrural libraries, but also of the townlibrary-Public library in Jagodina.
  13. 13. PublicLibraryRadislavNikcevicinJagodinalogoDuring the realization of the projectAgroLib we interviewed users ofthe project to hear their opinionsabout the benefits of the projectand we made video stories. Also,a local TV station followed thedevelopment of the project. Hereis one of the videos aboutLjiljana Vulic from StaroLaniste, who is engaged in mat –weaving.
  14. 14. Farmers inrurallibrariesLibraries and the website became places for exchanging goodideas and even for starting agribusiness. A lot of people aretelling us their stories about how the website or going to thelibrary helped them. There are a lot of stories we do notknow about. We suppose there is a great number of thembecause the village libraries and the online marketplaceAgroLib are more and more visited.
  15. 15. To date Over 900 farmers regularly use the AgroLib Ja services. Over 150 farmers were trained to use the internet in three years - and 87% offarmers say they are using the internet at the library to look for agriculturalinformation. Over 1.000 farmers attended panel discussions and lectures . The library launched the AgroLib Ja website - www.agrolib.rs, which in2011 had over 30,000 visitors, in 2012 had over 60.000 visitors, and in 2013there are for about 10% more visits to the site than at the same time, lastyear. Five village libraries were renovated and equipped and are now vitalcommunity centres.
  16. 16. The idea of rural agricultural libraries inSerbia was the inspiration for manylibraries in other countries. After a year,Public Library Innovation Programmesupported financially three libraries thatadapted the idea of AgroLib to the needsof their local communities. These arePublic libraries in Latvia, Lithuania andFYROM. The goal is the same, enablingaccess to information by using newinformation technologies.
  17. 17. Library webinar series saves ustime and money, say farmersKlintaine Public Library in Latviamade a network of rural libraries. Tosave costs of arriving at the seminarsand lectures, the library makeswebinars for farmers. Throughwebinars, farmers gather in librariesand are able to communicate withsome of the representatives ofgovernment agencies andagricultural experts, and in that waythey get first hand information..
  18. 18. LIBR-A Project Manager RitaBedulyte demonstrates thelibrarys website for farmers.Pasvalys Marius Katiliskis PublicLibrary in Lithuania develops serviceswith so-called Smart phones, becausetheir farmers can already usecomputers. On smart phones, farmersconnect to the Internet, they havecameras and media players. Also, theyhave a web portal for monitoringinformaiton about agriulture. Thislibrary develops a website for helpingfarmers communicate.
  19. 19. Library on Wheels - theINFOBUSPublic Library Goce Delcev inMacedonia copied the AgroLib projectcompletely, which is not surprisinggiven that the situation in their countryis alsmost identical to the one inSerbia. The only difference is they donot revitalize rural libraries, becausethey have Infobus, and they informfarmers through text messages abouttrainings and on various types offinancing that are intended for them.
  20. 20. Libraries - information,communication andcultural centers of theirlocal communitiesAgroLib project as well as projects byother libraries which implement similarideas show that rural libraries should begiven a new role in modernlibrarianship. They should becomeeducational, informational,communication and cultural centers intheir local communities. Also, they canbe triggers for social and economicchanges in communities and beyond.
  21. 21. Farmersafter ICTeducation.New information technologies, the use of social networks andcertain websites can be an important factor in educationand associating farmers. Rural libraries can be places thatencourage professional and ICT education of farmers.
  22. 22. Libraries are potential thatcan help meet themillennium developmentgoals, especially in thedeveloping andtransitioning countries.We believe that librariespower development.

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