Finding credible partner organizations is essential in developing new services at libraries. In the community of Filipeștii de Târg, in Pradova, librarian Roxana Chiazim is working with the “Legio Lex Populi” Association (LLPA) to update the electronic equipment at the library.
LLPA and the library are also collaborating in other community service projects. LLPA has been actively involved in trying to improve the living conditions of the local community. LLPA and the local library have work together in well waters testing and in the nationwide campaign “Let’s Do it Romania!” for public service.
LLPA and the library has now applied for funding through the TechCamp Bucharest. The event, held in December of 2011, aimed at increasing the digital library of NGOs in Romania that are working on improving the lives of marginalized populations in the region. Their project, “Our Library: An Education Workshop”, is dedicated to update the local library IT structure though the creation and new services for the community.
Funding through the TechCamp opportunity will be used to install three computers in the library and to provide basic computer skills training to 30 local children and the resident librarian. LLPA volunteers will also provide regular trainings at the library for visiting patrons.
“Having computers for the first time at our facilities will help bring an added value to the library. It will stop being a place where you only come to borrow books and start being what it really is: a place where you can find information either in books or online,” said Roxana Chiazim.
Mrs. Stanciu from LLPA also has high expectations from the project. “This project is only the beginning. We want an active, live library, that’s present in the community, connected to the online world, a host for educational events, and initiator for impactful actions and able to generate new opportunities for our community,” she stated.
TechCamp is a program under Secretary Clinton’s Civil Society (CS) 2.0 initiative – an effort to galvanize the technology community to assist civil society organizations (CSOs) across the globe by providing capabilities, resources and assistance to harness the latest information and communications technology (ICT) advances to build their digital capacity.