Global Impact Study Principal Investigator, Chris Coward, presented some of the study’s findings at the Libraries for Innovation conference in Vilinus, Lithuania on June 7, 2012. The event, which marked the conclusion of the five-year Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant for the Libraries for Innovation program in Lithuania, brought together numerous attendees, including the Lithuanian Minister of Culture, government officials, librarians, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Director, Deborah Jacobs. This was the first official public presentation on Global Impact Study findings.
Representatives from the Lithuanian library program highlighted achievements made over the past five years, as well as areas they intend to focus on moving forward. To bring a broader perspective on libraries in Europe, as well as from around the world, event organizers kindly invited the Global Impact Study to present, along with Kristine Paberza on the economic value of public libraries in Latvia and Jens Thorhauge of Denmark on transforming libraries in the knowledge society.
Chris presented on findings from the user survey, as well as some top line findings from two in-depth studies, Mobile Internet and Infomediaries. In addition to presenting these findings, Chris also had the opportunity to discuss the Global Impact Study with delegates from Georgia, which is planning a public access program roll-out in the near future. Christine Prefontaine, TASCHA’s Knowledge Sharing and Communications Facilitator, has written more about Georgia’s program here.
We’ll be posting more on the findings presented in the coming weeks, but for those who just can’t wait, you can download the presentation slides below. Stay tuned for more presentations from the Global Impact Study…next up: IFLA 2012 in August.
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