Day Two, Session 1 - Signe Balina

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Day Two, Session 1 - Signe Balina

  1. 1. Role of Public Libraries in Latvian e -I nclusion Context Signe Balina , Dr. Oec. President Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association
  2. 2. e- Inclusion Stakeholders in Latvia
  3. 3. 874 Libraries – Bridge Between People, Knowledge and Information in Latvia ICT in library improves quality of life Library users survey – winter 2009
  4. 4. Increasing Contribution to e-Inclusion <ul><li>2006 </li></ul><ul><li>3.02 users’ PCs per library (on average) </li></ul><ul><li>Insufficient number of PCs in 70% of public libraries </li></ul><ul><li>63% of the libraries the data transmition speed didn’t meet the users’ needs </li></ul><ul><li>2011 </li></ul><ul><li>6.4 users’ PCs per library (on average) </li></ul><ul><li>77% of library managers find Internet connectivity speed and number of public workstations corresponding to the users’ needs </li></ul>
  5. 5. Increasing Contribution to e-Inclusion <ul><li>2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Wi-Fi was provided only in 13% of libraries (all of them in Riga district) </li></ul><ul><li>46% of population were Internet users </li></ul><ul><li>Library was the only Internet access point for 18% of population in Latvia </li></ul><ul><li>2011 </li></ul><ul><li>100% Wi-Fi access in public libraries </li></ul><ul><li>62.5% of population are Internet users (2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Library is the only Internet access point for 21% of population in Latvia </li></ul>
  6. 6. Father’s 3rd Son – Largest Investor to Latvian Public Libraries 2006 - 2012: all 874 public libraries transformed as modern information, knowledge and community centres
  7. 7. Libraries in Latvia – Highly Demanded <ul><li>42 % of population are active library customers (2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Number of non-users has reduced from 62% (2007) to 9% (2011) </li></ul><ul><li>90% of library visitors use the Internet </li></ul>
  8. 8. e-Included at the Library: Story of Aija Aija lives in a country side and has lost her job. Internet in the library is her possibility to renew rhythm of her life and to get prepared for a new job. http://www.youtube.com/user/Tresaistevadels#p/c/2D7708B8CC799987/6/2RgEoeSEFpY
  9. 9. e-Included at the Library: Story of Aija http://www.youtube.com/user/Tresaistevadels#p/c/2D7708B8CC799987/6/2RgEoeSEFpY
  10. 10. e-Included at the Library: Story of Matiss Matiss has some physical disability. He lived a solitary life before he discovered that library provides new opportunities to access information and be involved. http://www.youtube.com/user/Tresaistevadels#p/c/2D7708B8CC799987/5/qopLmedVl-o
  11. 11. e-Included at the Library: Story of Matiss http://www.youtube.com/user/Tresaistevadels#p/c/2D7708B8CC799987/5/qopLmedVl-o
  12. 12. Thank you for the attention!

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