Paper til prekonferanse på IFLA

IFLA logoMed Arne Gundersen på NB som førsteforfatter har jeg bidratt til et paper om digital deltagelse som skal presenteres av Arne i august på en prekonferanse til IFLA i Philadelphia.  

Mine bidrag har i hovedsak handlet om e-læringskurset “23offentligeting”, en kartlegging jeg gjorde av bibliotekenes tiltak på området og NBFs rolle i Digidel2017.

Paperet gir en oversikt over hvilke tiltak norske bibliotek gjør for å øke den digitale deltakelsen og hvilken rolle bibliotekene spiller i programmet Digidel 2017. 

Under er abstractet.

Digital literacy – positioning public libraries through a national programme
By Arne Gundersen, National Library of Norway and Jannicke Røgler, Norwegian Library Association

The Norwegian government has established a two-year programme targeting digital literacy and participation. A main objective is to ensure collaboration between key public, private and non-governmental actors that are already engaged in this area. How can libraries use the opportunities within a national programme to sharpen their profile, promote their services and build future structures?

The national programme
Norway is a leading country when it comes to ICT access and use of the internet. Altogether 85 per cent of the population aged between 9 and 79 use the internet on a daily basis. However, there are clear differences between groups. From 2014, digital communication shall be the main rule for communication between public authorities and citizens. A lack of digital skills could be a potential problem for democracy.

The main target groups for the programme are people over 65, people outside the labour market, immigrants, disabled people and all other weak or non-users of ICTs.

The programme, Digidel 2017, is run by the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, which is responsible for national ICT policy. Both the Norwegian Library Association and the National Library are represented on the programme committee.

The programme is inspired by similar initiatives in Sweden and Denmark.

Role and opportunities for the public libraries

The National Library is a member of the programme committee since it is the body responsible for national library policy. For many years national library authorities have encouraged libraries to play a role in digital literacy. Several projects have been nationally funded. The National Strategy for Libraries 2015-2018, launched by the government last year, emphasizes the libraries’ advisory services for basic digital skills.

So far, the programme has not only promoted the public libraries, but also provided tools to improve their services and expand their network. There are plans for a capacity building programme on public digital services for library staff, based on the 23 things concept.

A major challenge will be to establish structures that can live on after the programme period. The government will present a white paper on ICT policy during spring 2016 that will conceivably touch on this issue.

The paper will explain how Norwegian libraries work to promote digital literacy, how a national programme opens up for new opportunities and how libraries and library authorities can use this to establish future structures. Such experiences are transferrable to both libraries and library organisations in other countries and are not restricted to digital literacy.