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Glob@l Libraries - Bulgaria Program Presentation Glob@l Libraries - Bulgaria Program Presentation Presentation Transcript

    • Initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation implemented in 14 countries around the world
    • 6 grantees in Europe: Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Ukraine
    • “ Global Libraries” has 5 EU member countries : Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania
    Glob@l Libraries in Europe
    • Ministry of Culture (Lead Organization)
    • United Nations Development Programme (Implementing Agency)
    • Ministry of Transport, Information
    • Technology and Communications
    • National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria
    • Bulgarian Library and Information Association
    Glob@l Libraries in Bulgaria
    • 960 glob@l libraries providing public access to IT equipment and the Internet
    • 260 host municipalities
    • 895 towns and villages of all sizes
    WHAT DO WE HAVE in Bulgaria ?
  • WHERE ?
    • 13 492 equipment items (desktops, laptops, multifunctional printers, network and multimedia devices) - 4935 are computers
    • 7 equipment packages based on library space and population size
    • (3 to 25 computers for users per library)
    • Microsoft software donated for all workstations
    • Internet access provided by the municipality / chitalishte
    • Decentralized IT infrastructure
    • Options for centralized IT infrastructure for GLB under consideration
    ICT
      • By the end of 2011:
      • Multi-subject training for librarians ( 2011-2013)
      • 30+ training days per participant
      • 1467 librarians trained in ICT
      • 1841 librarians trained in other fields
      • ICT training for citizens ( organized by the target libraries )
      • 2114 group training event
      • 13875 adults trained in computer / Internet
    WHAT’S GOING ON ?
    • Help for unemployed people to find jobs
    • Help for farmers to buy or sell machinery and consumables
    • Filling in applications for financial subsidies
    • Lists of medications approved by the Bulgarian National Health Insurance Fund and health-related information
    • Health insurance checks
    • Help for young people to find / enroll in schools and universities
    • Searching for information on EU-funding
    • Preparation of project proposals
    • Paying household bills online
    • Chitalishte library in a settlement with population between 500 and 2 , 500 inhabitants
    • 3 desktop computers (with cameras and headphones), a multimedia projector, a multifunctional printer and scanner, network equipment
    • A full-time librarian (8 hours / day) helping visitors use the ICT equipment and access e-services
    • As of end-2011, the librarian has been trained in ICT and at least one more area
    • The library has just started providing access to e-services
    A Typical “Glob@l Library” in Bulgaria - early 2012
  • For 2011 we can report …
  • More Library Visits – percentage increase compared to 2010
    • For the first half of 2011 the increase of the visits is 11 %
    • By the end of 2011 the total increase is 16%
    • The greatest increase is reported in the small settlements – up to 2500 inhabitants
    • Built infrastructure : 4 , 935 public Internet access spots
    • Librarians trained to assist library users
    • Innovative services for the population based on ICT
    • A network with high potential – technical, human and institutional infrastructure at 960 points
    In conclusion …
  • Increasing the added value of the Glob@l Libraries – Bulgaria network in providing access to electronic services and facilitating digital inclusion What do we offer ?