Thanks to developments in technology public libraries in transitional countries are now able to use these opportunities to provide an open access to knowledge, and to, subsequently, help to increase community standards of living .
The future of libraries by many is seen as an opportunity to merged with ideals of community centres. Libraries have an exposure to community needs and are able to provide services that will meet these needs. Yet, in most countries where the need is greatest, public libraries are under-resourced.
EIFL- PLIP: Public Library Innovation Programme support public libraries in using technology to creatively develop innovative services designed to meet the needs of their communities. The three-year, $1.4 million Public Library Innovation Program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation selected and funded 12 innovative library projects in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America in 2010.
The grantees, a diverse mix of applicants from public library in Bosnia creating a space for children waiting for buses after schools (Zavidovići Public Library, Bosnia and Herzegovina) to using technology to improve lives o farmers in Chile (Panguipulli Public Library no. 296, Chile ) and creating unique depositories of Mayan oral knowledge (Public Libraries Coordination, State of Yucatan, Mexico) or national networks of libraries for blind in Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar City Public Library (UPL), Mongolia ) offer a promise of creating exciting and uplifting community initiatives.
There are, indeed, some shoes that only public libraries can fill.
- Libraries welcome homeless to ‘community living rooms’ (sustainablelibraries.wordpress.com)
- Towards a National Transition Plan for Libraries – PCWorld (pcworld.com)
- ALA President Roberta Stevens tells TV audience of the tough choices facing public libraries (pio.ala.org)
- Long Overdue | Public Agenda (publicagenda.org)
- Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2009-2010 (ala.org)
- State Profiles for Public Libraries | Public Libraries and … (plinternetsurvey.org)
- Culture Minister launches support programme for libraries (culture.gov.uk)