Global Libraries - Review of IREX Planning Grants 2007 2009

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IREX was selected by the foundation for grants to plan the Global Libraries program in Romania and Ukraine. IREX has been administering access to information and internet programs since the early 90s, but the approach to these programs made them different from anything we’ve done before. Both started in the fall of 2007. This presentation shows lessons learned after planning phase.

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Global Libraries - Review of IREX Planning Grants 2007 2009

  1. 1. Global Libraries Review of IREX Planning Grants 2007-2009
  2. 2. Romania 17 months (Oct 07-Feb 09) 12 pilot sites in 5 counties Needs assessment / Landscape analysis Test training approaches Engage government Ukraine 11 months (Nov 07-Oct 08) Needs assessment Organizational assessment of library association Advocacy strategizing Gauge government interest Planning Grants by the Numbers
  3. 3. EQUIPMENT ASSOCIATION DEVELOPMENT TRAINING POLICY Helping libraries better serve their communities through  training and technology
  4. 4. <ul><li>Government support </li></ul><ul><li>Association building </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians and their communities </li></ul>LESSONS LEARNED
  5. 5. Government support <ul><li>Initial assumption: key to success is national government embraces program goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commited ownership needed from national government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The way to foster participation was through steering committees </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>SUPPORT </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate and direct connection to impact are local </li></ul><ul><li>Local officials can serve as national advocates </li></ul><ul><li>Costs are not prohibitive for local budgets </li></ul>Local government
  7. 8. Average startup costs: $4172 Internet costs: average $257/month ($25-$500)
  8. 10. Library Association Networking Systems standardization Impact data Training Advocacy Best practices
  9. 11. <ul><li>Initial assumption: IREX would help associations develop integrity and credibility </li></ul><ul><li>Reality: The main program challenge is building a member-driven national association </li></ul>
  10. 12. Association Challenges
  11. 13. Reach members Develop professional structures Create valuable services Ownership
  12. 14. <ul><li>Initial assumption: Librarians would need to be pulled into reform efforts. </li></ul><ul><li>Reality: Librarians are embracing change. </li></ul>

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