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Subject Area: Library and Information Studies
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|Author(s):||Maciej Kochanowicz, (Information Society Development Foundation, Warsaw, Poland)|
|Citation:||Maciej Kochanowicz, (2012) "Poland", Performance Measurement and Metrics, Vol. 13 Iss: 1, pp.32 - 37|
|Keywords:||Global Libraries Initiative, Poland, Public libraries|
|Article type:||Case study|
|DOI:||10.1108/14678041211228670 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||This paper is based on research funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The findings and conclusions contained within are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the current status of the Global Libraries Initiative program in Poland.
Design/methodology/approach – This paper lists the preliminary results and conclusions from the early phases of the progam.
Findings – Among the conclusions so far gathered for developing actions are: developing support for libraries for three new types of services: assistance in job seeking (because while many users make use of computers in libraries for that purpose, but only a few libraries offer relevant special activities); healthy lifestyles (some libraries have already introduced such activities, but it is hoped to develop them in a more systematic way – this area is also consistent with the overall priorities of the Global Libraries Initiative) and e-banking for senior citizens; and improving the advocacy and outreach capabilities of libraries through additional training, as this was diagnosed as one of the weaknesses after the first round of the programme.
Originality/value – A wide range of improvement examples are provided that can be easily transferred to other countries.