Innovation Through Competition: Community Participation Contest

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From November 2007 – November 2008, the Global Libraries – Romania team implemented a Community Participation Contest (CPC) to encourage innovation and community building among the Romanian library community. This monthly contest funded technology-based projects designed by librarians in collaboration with community members. Selection criteria included: originality, community participation, innovative uses of technology, and ease of replication.
14 projects were funded, many of which revolved around documenting and digitizing local culture and traditions.
Funding ranged from $1,500-$2,500, depending on the scope of the project, and many librarians have found ways to extend work on the project beyond the award, either through local cost-share or external funding.

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Innovation Through Competition: Community Participation Contest

  1. 1. www.biblionet.ro Meaghan O’Connor Program Coordinator IREX [email_address] Anca Rapeanu Library Specialist IREX - Biblionet Program [email_address]
  2. 2. <ul><li>A competition organized by GLR to encourage innovation and community building among the Romanian library community. </li></ul><ul><li>This monthly contest funded technology-based projects designed by librarians in collaboration with community members. </li></ul>www.biblionet.ro
  3. 3. <ul><li>ADVERTISEMENT </li></ul><ul><li>APPLICATION - 114 proposals submitted, 3 to 18 per month </li></ul><ul><li>SELECTION </li></ul><ul><li>· Criteria: originality, community participation, innovative uses of technology, ease of replication </li></ul><ul><li>· Mixed selection panel: IREX staff, librarians, NGO representatives </li></ul><ul><li>· Top three projects discussed in forum, final panel vote on-line for transparency </li></ul><ul><li>IMPLEMENTATION </li></ul><ul><li>· Successes: high levels of community participation, new faces in the library </li></ul><ul><li>· Difficulties: limited technology skills, limited project management experience </li></ul>www.biblionet.ro
  4. 4. 2240 $ 2405 $ 2469 $ 1945 $ 2214 $ 2300 $ 2461 $ 2461 $ 2490 $
  5. 5. <ul><li>ADVERTISEMENT </li></ul><ul><li>APPLICATION - 114 proposals submitted, 3 to 18 per month </li></ul><ul><li>SELECTION </li></ul><ul><li>· Criteria: originality, community participation, innovative uses of technology, ease of replication </li></ul><ul><li>· Mixed selection panel: IREX staff, librarians, NGO representatives </li></ul><ul><li>· Top three projects discussed in forum, final panel vote on-line for transparency </li></ul><ul><li>IMPLEMENTATION </li></ul><ul><li>· Successes: high levels of community participation, new faces in the library </li></ul><ul><li>· Difficulties: limited technology skills, limited project management experience </li></ul>www.biblioteca.ro 114 ideas in 12 editions libraries from 32 counties (out of total 41 counties) 14 projects implemented 30,358 $

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