The big leap Foto Göteborg Book Fair, September 2009 Francisca Pulgar Vernalte
Some approximations about Spanish public libraries inthe last decade Göteborg Book Fair, September 2009 Francisca Pulgar Vernalte
Spanish political structure: 17 Autonomous Communities
The Basque Country 7,234 km² 2,155,546 inhabitants. two official languages: Basque and Spanish
Main factorsprovoking leaps • Information technology • Online collective catalogue • Liasing with the users • The library laws
Information Thecnology Information Technology • More and more powerful computers • Faster Internet connections • Wide variety of online communities • Visibility of libraries on social networking sites.
Information Thecnology Information Technology
Online collective catalogues “The library should provide access to the resources of the library and to those of other libraries and information services through the creation and maintenance of and participation in effective electronic networks at all levels from local to international. This can include participation in community networks, programmes to develop technologically advanced communities and electronic networks linking two or more agencies. They should also be part of national information policies”. The Public Library Service: IFLA/UNESCO Guidelines for Development, 2001
Online collective catalogues Project outlines: 1. Planned as a short to medium term project (2004-2006) 2. Library participation voluntary
Online collective catalogues Project outlines: 3. Meetings with liibrarians to explain the advantages to libraries and users
Online collective catalogues Project outlines: 4. Common policy • coordinated management • unifying thecnical processes - cataloguing - lending policy
Online collective catalogues Project outlines: 5.. Single bibliographic catalogue • Publishing and continously updating • Saving of time and effort - Avoid duplicate catalogues - optimize the work time of all workers
Online collective catalogues Online collective catalogues or networks: • 1. Strengthen cooperative cataloguing and libraries services • 2. Have greater efficiency • 3. Improve public access to information
Online collective catalogues The Basque Online network in numbers: Library numbers: 210 Total documents: 570.558
Liasing with the public THE COPENHAGEN DECLARATION(1999) DEMOCRACY AND CITIZENSHIP – Public libraries have a strategic opportunity to increase quality of life and democratic possibilities for citizens of the Information Societies by providing free and equal access to high-quality information.
Liasing with the public 1. One network, one card: - single library card valid in any public library - increases the feeling of belonging to a public libraries network.
Liasing with the public 2. Basque Digital Social Security Card More benefits for users: - medical services - electronic signature - used in other public services ( in libraries too)
Liasing with the public BASQUE DIGITAL SOCIAL SECURITY CARD WITH CITIZIEN USERS
Liasing with the public 2. Easier access to information
Liasing with the public 3. Online libraries services • a public service included in the Quality processes which citizens demand from public administration • creating what is called the 24x7 library services: • make and cancel requests for books • renew loans • produce personal themed bibliographies • consult guides made by librarians • give opinions and suggestions to libraries • use electronic or digital resources 4. Online libraries services Interlibrary loans
Library laws • Specific laws which regulate the sector • National law which regulates: • State libraries • defines library cooperation in Spain • Laws which are updated to the necessities and evolution of the sector
Library laws • The importance of libraries as a public service • Public libraries are considered fundamental cultural infrastructure for citizens • Basic service to avoid a digital divide between citizens
Library laws • The social function access to information for anybody and everybody • The importance of library maps as a tool for planning library services • Definition of basic services which libraries must offer to their community
Library laws • Basic services must be free of charge • Systems in order to coordinate different libraries in the Community • Central services are developped for towns of more than 20.000 inhabitants
Library laws • State law 11/2007, relating to reading, books and libraries, • created the Library Cooperation Council: - To promote the development and improvement of libraries and their services -To promote the exchange and training within libraries
Other factors • Workshops • National library Congress • To exchange information and experiences • To promote guidelines
Autonomous Communities advance simultaneously improving their services
Conclusions At this moment we can say that we have: • More modern buildings • More and newer books • An improve service • New library card holders • Trained staff
To improve • The relationship betwen library administrations • Achieve better financial cooperation • Increase the visibility of libraries in the media • Advertising campaings to atract new users
Thinking about where the future will be At the moment we are facing a double challenge: - the impact of library 2.0 - libraries as meeting place - adequate training of librarians - and MONEY!!
Thanks Tack Eskerrik asko Muchas gracias