Agnieszka Koszowska - Day 2, Workshop 2

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Agnieszka Koszowska - Day 2, Workshop 2

  1. 1. <ul><ul><li>PUBLIC LIBRARIES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>as ‘third places’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>addressing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the DIGITAL DIVIDE </li></ul></ul>Agnieszka Koszowska Information Society Development Foundation
  2. 2. TRAINING SYSTEM TECHNOLOGICAL SUPPORT ADVOCACY AND COMMUNICATION CAPACITY BUILDING OF THE LIBRARY SYSTEM <ul><li>Libraries will become multifunctional centres of local activities </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries will better serve the needs of local inhabitants </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries will act as ‘agents of change’ </li></ul>LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM - OBJECTIVES
  3. 3. LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM - RESEARCH <ul><li>PUBLIC LIBRARIES </li></ul><ul><li>Have positive image in the communities </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy public trust </li></ul><ul><li>Are associated with words: ‘reliable’, ‘safe’, ‘trust’ etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Are always close (at least one in each commune) </li></ul><ul><li>Are free of charge </li></ul><ul><li>LOCAL COMMUNITIES </li></ul><ul><li>Need a public meeting place without alcohol being served </li></ul><ul><li>Need social contacts and integration. </li></ul>
  4. 4. DIGITAL EXLUSION IN POLAND <ul><li>10 mln Poles aged 50+ </li></ul><ul><li>do not use ICT </li></ul><ul><li>Main reasons of digital exclusion include: </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of need </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Low awareness of the ICT applications </li></ul><ul><li>Low motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of competence and skills </li></ul><ul><li>Between alienation and adjustment ‘M@turity in the Net’ coalition report http://dojrzaloscwsieci.pl/tl_files/pliki/Raport.pdf </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Public access to the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>IS NOT ENOUGH </li></ul><ul><li>Public Internet Access Points face problems of: </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of nationwide coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Insufficient staff </li></ul><ul><li>Low cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>Low availability (and no sharing) of training resources </li></ul>DIGITAL EXLUSION IN POLAND
  6. 6. A LIBRARY AS A THIRD PLACE <ul><li>A public meeting place </li></ul><ul><li>Neutral </li></ul><ul><li>Safe </li></ul><ul><li>Offering social integration </li></ul><ul><li>Heart of the community </li></ul><ul><li>A place… </li></ul><ul><li>To meet </li></ul><ul><li>To talk </li></ul><ul><li>To spend time together </li></ul><ul><li>To relax, to have fun </li></ul><ul><li>To learn new skills </li></ul>
  7. 7. A LIBRARY – A PLACE ADDRESSING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE <ul><li>THE DIGITALLY EXCLUDED </li></ul><ul><li>Do not need ICT </li></ul><ul><li>Are not aware of the ICT applications </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT THEY NEED IS </li></ul><ul><li>A local meeting place – </li></ul><ul><li>Neutral, safe, reliable, without alcohol </li></ul>
  8. 8. GET ONLINE WEEK 2011 IN POLAND <ul><li>Informal meetings for senior citizens in public libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Training and integration (with coffee and cookies) </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation of the ICT applications in daily lives </li></ul><ul><li>Suggested scenarios (three popular themes) </li></ul><ul><li>Ready to use training materials, handouts, templates </li></ul><ul><li>Nationwide competition for libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership with Microsoft and UPC </li></ul><ul><li>Wide media coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy on the local level </li></ul>
  9. 9. GET ONLINE WEEK 2011 IN POLAND THREE SCENARIOS ‘ Yours for the asking’ (music on the Net) ‘ Health Clinic’ (medical information) ‘ Talk – priceless’ (using instant messaging)
  10. 10. CONCLUSIONS <ul><li>Library – a ‘third’ physical place to address digital divide </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Good practice: thematic scenarios for specific subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Ready-to-use handouts, templates and training materials (with an Open Access approach) </li></ul><ul><li>Nationwide coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy and communication </li></ul>
  11. 11. CHALLENGES <ul><li>ICT & media education as a USP for libraries? </li></ul><ul><li>New ICT tools, new media, new ways of accessing information </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid ICT development makes it hard to keep up </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-leveled approach is needed in digital literacy education </li></ul><ul><li>From basic and informal to specialist and expert levels </li></ul><ul><li>Peer learning, effective ways of knowledge exchange </li></ul>
  12. 12. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION The Polish-American Freedom Foundation has partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help Poland’s public libraries provide access to computers, the Internet, and training. The Library Development Program in Poland is implemented by the Information Society Development Foundation.

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