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1 THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF LATVIA: Shaping the Future in the New Eastern Europe

2 INTRODUCTION SHAPING LATVIAS FUTURE Enhance Latvias competitive position in the world economy Acceleration of IT infrastructure development Enhance democratic participation in the Baltic Region through information access Create a fully integrated library network nationwide to support Latvias educational system Preserve Latvias cultural heritage Provide support for economic development and manpower training initiatives

3 INTRODUCTION (continued) NEW BUILDING AS A VEHICLE TO THE FUTURE Vision of a new library during the Perestroika era Gunnar Birkerts design for the Castle of Light emerges in 1988 Development of a project management team Public investment in a knowledge society with a $ 120 million project

4 INTRODUCTION (continued) CAPITAL CAMPAIGN CHALLENGES IN THE NEW EASTERN EUROPE Obtaining UNESCO recognition and gaining international visibility for the project Creation of non-profit fundraising foundation to carry out the campaign at home and abroad Building a long-term outlook in contemporary Latvian society The challenge of inventing politically acceptable financing mechanisms

5 A. THE NLL IN TRANSITION FORMATION OF LIBRARY UPON ACHIEVING INDEPENDENCE: National Library was established in 1919 with collections in Latvian and foreign languages, with holdings of one million volumes by 1940 The National Library became the official agency of the National Bibliography Created and maintained a Union Catalog Provide user services for the support of new democratic institutions

6 A Look Back at a Turbulent History IMPACT OF THE SOVIET ERA : Emphasis of the collection changed to serve Communist ideology For nearly 50 years, access to history and western foreign language collections was severely restricted Many cultural archives and collections were destroyed during the Soviet occupation Contacts abroad were controlled and information censored Almost no funding was dedicated to collections care, information resources and building maintenance by the Soviet regime

7 The Current Situation in Latvia New library legislation has been adopted Library development strategy has been included within the national government programs on Informatics and Culture Government oversight and coordination mechanisms for libraries have been put into operation

8 The Current Situation in Latvia (cont) Concept of virtual libraries has been fully accepted by library users Processes such as digitization and retrospective conversion of data have begun New services are offered to library users in Latvia primarily in electronic form Libraries develop free access points to the Internet Many libraries in Latvia participate in different international projects

9 The Current Situation in Latvia (cont) Financing of libraries is still far from adequate Library personnel are motivated for professional life-long learning and careers Computer literacy is common among new library recruits. Professional salaries in libraries typically do not exceed $150/month Many specialists, especially younger ones, do not continue working in libraries after acquiring computer skills; they gravitate to higher paying jobs in the private sector

10 The NLLs Mission Today FOSTER REINTEGRATION INTO THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY, INCLUDING: To facilitate the development of the cultural and intellectual elements of Latvian society To preserve Latvian culture through an integrated library network To provide full and free access to information resources for people of all backgrounds To support individual growth and understanding and encourage private business enterprise

11 NLLs Vision for the Future To stimulate cultural revival and development in the Eastern European and Baltic Regions To support the nations goal to participate actively in Baltic, European and global economy Share Latvias cultural heritage with the world community To provide critical information resources for the national educational system To help build a competitive work force To provide free public access to global information systems

12 Bridge image Gunnar Birkerts design for new National Library of Latvia

13 Basic Assumptions Governing the New Latvian National Library Project Completion of the new building project including a national library information network is a fundamental precondition of forming a knowledge society in Latvia The project goal will have been met when universal access to information services is offered to the general public in Latvia The primary institutions responsible for implementing this goal are libraries

14 Basic Assumptions Governing the New Latvian National Library Project (cont) Implementation of this assignment will be accomplished by a National Unified Information System (NUIS) All libraries nationwide will be guaranteed access to the unified information system Access to resources will be supported by the virtual library project

15 Basic Assumptions Governing the New Latvian National Library Project (cont) Document delivery will be made available both in hard copy and electronic form All libraries in Latvia will serve as public access points Libraries will need to create facilities for remote access of various information services The National Library of Library will serve as the central portal for information dissemination

16 PROJECT SUPPORT UNESCO Resolution GENERAL CONFERENCE VOTES UNANIMOUS SUPPORT FOR THE NLL PROJECT IN 1999 Recalling the appeal for international support for the National Library of Latvia project made by the President of Latvia at the 155 th session of the Executive Board, on 22 October 1998, Considering the intention of the national authorities to make the National Library of Latvia a multifunctional centre contributing to the safeguarding and promotion of cultural heritage, providing access to educational, scientific and cultural information, and encouraging cultural diversity and inter-ethnic knowledge and understanding, Conscious of the importance of this project for cultural development and co-operation in Latvia and the Baltic region as whole, Calls upon the Member States and international community to provide all possible support for the implementation of this project.

17 Creating a New Library for a New Latvia LATVIA IS BUILDING A NEW HOME FOR ITS NATIONAL LIBRARY. IT WILL BE DEDICATED TO: Safeguarding the librarys priceless collection Providing the public with open access to 5 million volumes and unlimited access to global information resources Establishing a state of the art communications environment Building Latvias image globally Preparing Latvias residents for full participation in the global information age

18 Rendering of new building superimposed on left bank of Daugava River, Riga

19 Building a New National Library Library Functions Librarys functional program needs based on an analysis of the requirements of 21 st century library functions and structures User areas with: 1,200 computer-ready reader stations 335,000 volume open stack shelving access Stack core providing: Compact storage for 6,165,000 volumes (including space for a 25 year reserve) Work rooms for 400 employees

20 Schematic of new building Schematic view of new building showing atrium.

21 Elevation against skyline Elevation of new building superimposed against Old Riga skyline to show scale.

22 IT Infrastructure Requirements All reader and employee work stations will be in the local network; i.e. wireless communications Internet 2 communication technologies External connection: fiber-optic cable Centralized IT administration Data storage capabilities in measurable terabytes Data flow, monitoring and control: 24/7

23 Provide Multi-Purpose Support Infrastructure Restaurant and catering services Conference center 350 seat lecture hall Exhibition galleries Retail services including library shop Vestibule with 10 story atrium Technical support area (IT/business center) 300 car parking garage

24 PROJECT MANAGEMENT Selection of a quality project management team which ensures quality control, effective time management and cost control Developing project auditing systems to assure fiscal responsibility Building local involvement and participation Explaining and teaching western construction management techniques to the building and IT industries THE COMPLEXITY OF THE PROJECT REQUIRES A SOUND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, INCLUDING:

25 Coordinating the countrys library and information system activities NLLS LIBRARY PARTNERSHIPS: Library Information Network Consortia Children's Literature Center Public Library Service Union Catalogue National Bibliography Inter-library loan and document delivery Professional Continuing Education Center

26 The changing role of the library in the new Eastern Europe The role of the library today has changed – it is no longer simply a repository of printed matter. The 21st century library in Eastern Europe must: Offer comprehensive information services to interested persons of all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds Organize cooperation between international and local information sources to make Latvia competitive in the global marketplace Place the user at the center of the library to ensure personal growth and development Provide free access and user training

27 C. THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN CHALLENGE Approval of law authorizing National Library of Latvia project Government guaranteed financing mechanism to be implemented Soft loan is required to permit non- interrupted cash flow

28 C. THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN CHALLENGE Create fund raising strategy Build public and private sector partnerships for fund raising Maintain critical role of UNESCO involvement Obtain counsel and financial support from Council of Europe and European Union In-kind support from various countries

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