Novateca – Global Libraries Moldova
Through a five-year national program supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with USAID, Novateca is providing Moldovan citizens with access to relevant information and modern, locally tailored services in public libraries to enrich their lives, drawing on technology tools and trained librarians who can guide them in this process.
Novateca: The Global Libraries Program in Moldova
Novateca is helping Moldovans attain a higher quality of life by increasing economic and social opportunities through access to relevant information and modern services in public libraries.
Through a five-year national program, Novateca is providing Moldovan citizens with access to relevant information and modern, locally tailored services in public libraries to enrich their lives, drawing on technology tools and trained librarians who can guide them in this process.
All of Novateca’s activities support innovative leadership development within libraries and at the local, regional, and national level.
- Novateca equips libraries by selecting libraries to receive equipment donations, procuring equipment for donation, and developing a sustainable IT support system for libraries.
- In order to strengthen the system of library professional development, Novateca is establishing a network of training centers and training selected librarians; supporting the sustainability of the continuous professional development system; providing small sub-grants to libraries for innovative, modern services; and raising awareness among the general public of the renewed offerings at public libraries.
- By engaging with the national government and planning activities with local public authorities, Novateca promotes the active participation of librarians in developing partnerships in order to ensure that local libraries are prioritized for development.
- Novateca also increases public support for libraries through civil society involvement by seeking out and cultivating partnerships with NGOs and companies to deliver and scale new services at libraries. In doing so, Novateca fosters the involvement of librarians in the partnership development process, including training and sub-grants, so that they gradually take over responsibility for establishing these relationships.
The Novateca program follows an intensive assessment of the public library landscape in Moldova and a two year pilot (learning) grant, also funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Novateca builds on the knowledge gained from the pilot grant which ended in February 2014, as well as the experiences from IREX’s Global Libraries sister grants in Ukraine (Bibliomist) and Romania (Biblionet).
During the two years of the pilot grant, Novateca equipped 68 libraries with a total of 304 computers across six different raions (districts) and trained 243 librarians on ICT skills and new services delivery. Trainings in advocacy and partnership skills were tested, as well as opportunities for peer learning among innovative librarians.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
United States | Staff size: Unknown
USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.
U.S. foreign assistance has...
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF)
United States | Staff size: Unknown
They are focused on the areas of greatest need, on the ways in which they can do the most good.
International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)
Advocacy NGO, Implementing NGO
United States | Staff size: 251-500
IREX is a global development and education organization. IREX strives for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world—where individuals reach their full potential, governments serve their...