Winner: Library Development Programme, FRSI
Category: ‘Be part of IT’ – large organisations
The primary objective of Library Development Programme (2009 – 2014) of the Information Society Development Foundation (FRSI) is to provide equal opportunities for the underserved population living in rural areas. This has been achieved by revitalizing local libraries and providing them with multimedia equipment and internet access. Training has also been offered in order to improve staff capacity.
The initiative covers more than 3,300 libraries servicing 10.6 million inhabitants. It has provided internet access to c. 750,000 people, half of which have made their first click on the internet in libraries. The libraries participating in the program assist more than 50,000 people annually, offering group classes and individual consultations on the hardware and internet usage. The assistance is given primarily to seniors and is free-of-charge. The librarians enjoy a high level of trust, which is conducive to the learning process. The users value the friendly atmosphere created in the libraries, now perceived as open and welcoming places. Click here to view the video.
The Information Society Development Foundation (FRSI) is a non-governmental organization established in 2008 by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. The Library Development Programme is a result of the partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Polish-American Freedom Foundation.