The Library Development Program, implemented by the Information Society Development Foundation (one of Telecentre-Europe's Polish member organizations), is one of the 3 finalists for Category B (larger organizations) of the "Be Part of IT – Digital Inclusion Champions Award", one of the Awards that can be won at the European Commission's e-Inclusion Awards Competition 2012.
Together with the other twelve finalists of all categories, representatives of the Library Development Program are invited to the second Digital Agenda Assembly (#DA12) in Brussels, Belgium where the overall winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony that takes place on 22 June 2012.
Their video entry presents the impact of libraries on the daily life of citizens and shows how libraries participating in the program contribute to the development of whole local communities:
The Library Development Program in Poland is supported by Global Libraries, a special initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Program. The program is implemented by the Information Society Development Foundation (FRSI). The FRSI carries out modernization projects aimed at involving primarily the inhabitants of rural areas and small towns in the main course of social and economic life and making it easier for them to gain access to information, knowledge and culture.
The Foundation’s partner and grantee in Poland is the Polish-American Freedom Foundation (PAFF). This Poland-wide venture, scheduled for the years 2009-2014, is addressed to rural areas and small towns – most affected by digital exclusion in Poland. The Program encompasses more than 3.300 libraries.
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