Georgian Public Services through Libraries (GPSLib)

In the last decade, Georgia has undertaken massive reforms, particularly in the areas of rule of law, accountability, and transparency. After signing onto the Open Government Partnership, the government of Georgia instituted a plan to ensure access to information for people living in rural areas. With more than 600 underutilized public libraries spread across the country, the Georgian government and Beyond Access are partnering to train librarians to teach the public to use technology resources to find important eGovernment services.

As part of the rapid transformation of Georgia over the last decade, the government has made a concerted effort to make government services more available and accountable to all Georgians. However, many people in rural parts of the country lack the skills to access this information. Often, they also lack access to resources — including technology — they would need to find the information. Because the use of information and communication technology (ICT) defines the success of Georgia’s reform attempts, it is critical that the government find a way to provide all people with the tools and support they need to improve their ICT literacy and access. This project aims to provide people with a way to improve their ICT skills and better access Georgia’s new eGovernment services.
  • To develop, from a local level, equal economic and social opportunity for all Georgians by giving them access to the skills they need to preserve their livelihoods
  • To improve local access to information and services, giving Georgians access to community spaces and trained professionals who can help gather information
  • To bring the voices of the local population online
  • To boost civic engagement by fostering interaction between Georgians and the government

Library renovations

Four libraries in rural areas will be updated and equipped with technology and internet access

Workshop

Train librarians to deliver Public Services Development Agency Community Center services

Training

Train librarians on technology skills, internet use, and using local government resources

Training of trainers

Train librarians to transfer technology skills to library users