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Medellin, Colombia: Libraries as a Catalyst for Economic Growth and Community Development

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In Medellín, Colombia, a city once fractured by violence, the library – a 2009 recipient of the Gates Foundation “Access to Learning” Award – has become a powerful symbol of community building. In the early 2000s, government officials, community leaders and residents came together to build a future for their city. Their plan included using technology to increase the transparency of government, develop a competitive business environment and improve education. People’s perceptions of libraries have shifted from traditional “bookshelves” to dynamic centers – places that offer tools for personal development and economic improvement, places that create a sense of local community and provide a connection to the global community.

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Medellin, Colombia: Libraries as a Catalyst for Economic Growth and Community Development

  1. 1. 1<br />San Antonio Mayor´s Summit<br />
  2. 2. 2<br />City of Medellín, <br />Background: Government Policy<br />Library Parks<br />Library Network<br />Awards: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation<br />EPM<br />EPM Foundation<br />
  3. 3. 3<br />Plaza Botero Medellín - Colombia<br />
  4. 4. 4<br />Medellin Skyline<br />
  5. 5. 5<br />Metro of Medellín<br />
  6. 6. 6<br />1700 en total<br />1700 en total<br />Christmas Lighting – Medellín River<br />
  7. 7. 7<br />Medellín<br />
  8. 8. 8<br />Background<br />Education - Security - Transparency - Coexistence<br />Keywords:<br />Educating City<br />Citizens<br />Participation<br />Social Inequalities<br />Violence<br />Knowledge<br />Social Responsibility<br />Sergio Fajardo Valderrama<br />
  9. 9. 9<br />“Medellin la másEducada”. Transforming Medellin into the most educated city in the country<br />“Medellin Solidaria y Competitiva” <br />Preparing for competitiveness with social responsibility. <br />
  10. 10. 10<br />Education Plan Medellín 2004 - 2008<br />Initial Education<br />Educational stimuli to allow access <br />and reduce number of drop-outs.<br />No one excluded<br />Educational facilities to offer quality<br />coverage.<br />Elementary and secondary education.<br />available to everyone, respect <br />of diversity.<br />Right to high quality<br />education access.<br />Financing to allow access and <br />reduce number drop-outs.<br />Higher education<br />More high quality and relevant <br />opportunities<br />The road to higher education.<br />Network for technical and technological training and institutional strengthening.<br />“Sergio Fajardo Valderrama 2004 – 2008”<br />
  11. 11. 11<br />Development Plan 2008 - 2012<br />Líne 3<br />Líne 1<br />Líne 2<br />Economic development<br />and innovation.<br />Medellin, a solidary and <br />fair city.<br />Development and welfare <br />for citizens.<br />Líne 6<br />Líne 4<br />Líne 5<br />Democratic institutions <br />and citizen participation.<br />Spaces and environment<br />for people<br />City with regional and <br />global projection.<br />“Alonso Salazar Jaramillo 2008 – 2012”<br />
  12. 12. 12<br />Library Parks<br />5 in operation (Visited by 9.611.782 people average monthly attendance for library park: 54.999)<br />2 designed <br />3 in design process<br />5 other<br />
  13. 13. 13<br />Library Parks<br />
  14. 14. 14<br />San JavierLibrary Park<br />
  15. 15. 15<br />España<br />Library Park<br />
  16. 16. 16<br />La Quintana<br />Library Park<br />
  17. 17. 17<br />La Ladera<br />Library Park<br />
  18. 18. 18<br />Belén<br />Library Park<br />
  19. 19. 19<br />San Cristóbal<br />Library Park<br />
  20. 20. 20<br />Doce<br />de Octubre <br />Library Park<br />
  21. 21. Library Parks, Centres of Integration and Services. <br />Concept is generating a service integration space: park, library, <br />information center, cultural events, entrepreneurship and more.<br /> Sustainable development<br /> Cultural diversity<br /> Knowledge, information and reading<br /> Technological platform and connectivity<br /> Citizen and community participation<br /> Communication for development and networking<br /> Entrepreneurship communities ( CEDEZO)<br />21<br />
  22. 22. 22<br />ICT<br />La Quintana<br />Library Park<br />
  23. 23. 23<br />ICT<br />EPM Library<br />
  24. 24. 24<br />ICT<br />EPM Library<br />
  25. 25. 25<br />IDB Assembly Medellín 2009<br />
  26. 26. 26<br />Virtual Information <br />
  27. 27. 27<br /><br />
  28. 28. 28<br />Municipal libraries and the metropolitan library network<br />Área Metropolitana<br />del Valle de Aburrá<br />
  29. 29. 29<br />The public libraries network<br />35 interconnected libraries creating a collaborative knowledge network.<br />The use of ICT as a learning resource to enhance library management, human capacity and services, and to reduce costs.<br />The network integrates resources and services from:<br />The Pilot Public Library and it’s 6 branches<br /> 5 new Library Parks<br /> 8 municipal Libraries (City of Medellín)<br /> 12 municipal Libraries (other cities un the Metropolitan Area)<br /> The EPM library<br /> The library from Centro Colombo Americano<br />
  30. 30. 30<br />Central node Pilot Public Library<br />Coordinator of the Medellin library network, Metropolitan Area<br />Santo Domingo<br />La Ladera<br />La Quintana<br />San Javier<br />Belén<br />La Piloto<br />
  31. 31. 31<br />Medellín Pilot<br />Public Library<br />Founded in 1952<br />by UNESCO<br />
  32. 32. 32<br />ín library network website <br />total registered users : 15.629yearly hits: 1.285.5251.700 computers connected to Internet<br />
  33. 33. 33<br />Special Events<br />
  34. 34. Public catalog<br />34<br />Integrated Catalog<br />MARC format<br />Digital library<br />Loan renewals<br />Address changes<br />Due date reminders<br />Fines<br />
  35. 35. 35<br />Libraries events calendar<br />
  36. 36. 36<br />Virtual Communities<br />Cinema lovers<br />Librarians<br />
  37. 37. 37<br />Multimedia Area<br />
  38. 38. 38<br />Tell me a story<br />
  39. 39. 39<br />Virtual Library<br />
  40. 40. 40<br />Received Award<br />Global knowledge partnership award (GKP) received in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,2007.<br />Is an international recognition given to institutions such as the network of libraries Medellín Metropolitan Area promote multi-sector partnerships for TIC projects.<br />challenger final in Stockholm 2008<br />Network nominated for the awards online Colombia in 2009<br />
  41. 41. 41<br />Access to knowledge award, ATLA 2009<br />Awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation<br /><ul><li>Awarded in 2009 IFLA congress in Milan:</li></ul>“Libraries Help Bring Together the People of Medellin, Colombia<br />Libraries are typically seen as places of learning and knowledge. <br />But in Medellin, Colombia, a city once fractured by violence,<br /> the library has become a powerful symbol for community building”.<br />
  42. 42. 42<br />The eight strategic areas of investment are:<br />1.Retrieval of content from historical records social use.  2.Creation and promotion of new and relevant content for the community. Creation of collective memory.   3.Homologation of public libraries’ digital catalogs and creation of learning objects.   4.Expand's technology platform in network libraries.<br />5.Develop an online program for the teaching of basic English.  6.Expand the public catalog.  7.Develop an appropriation and divulgation plan.  8.Implement a series of indicators to evaluate performance  <br />
  43. 43. 43<br />Heritage<br />Fernando GonzálezPhotographer: Gabriel Carvajal<br />José HoracioBetancur Photographer: Gabriel Carvajal<br />
  44. 44. 44<br />Medellín historical file<br />
  45. 45. 45<br />THANK YOU!<br />Clara Patricia Restrepo de Toro<br />Foundation Manager <br />EPM<br /><br />