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Charting
new terrain

Mission S
tatement

The Bridging eLibrary Foundation is an international, nonprofit, educational
organization
. Its mission is d
edicated to bridging the digital divide
in the tiny
Kingdom of Bhutan. T
hrough the promotion
of digital acce
ss
and Internet

use
the
foundation is dedicated to

raising the

digital
research

and communication standards

as a way of improving every aspect of higher academic education
.

This will be
accomplished by

building
and expand
ing

upon existing

information lite
racy
service
s

through
providing
increased access to

resources, mentoring, and services
.
By increasing access to technology and digital literacy the
intent is
opening up
future educational pathways.
The focus
involves providing

a
touring

academic
eLibrary

that
serves

to

both

increas
e

digital access
to online databases
and to

support

the development of

computer literacy skills
,

through ongoing workshops
for

the ten college

library

facilities

in Bhutan
.


Suggested Project Startup Costs


This
mission’s success

is highly dependent on external
funding.
The
breakdown of
Funding
necessary

for

obtaining

a

converted
tour

bus
is as follows:



15 laptop carts that are sit/stand work stations ($259.00

per unit, or a
total of
$
3800.85
)



A

gas account at commerc
ial rates to

cover travel costs

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A

garage for overnight and holiday s
torage for the mobile eLibrary



W
ireless mobile network router
providing

wireless broadband
satellite
Internet

from
anywhere (
www.markerteck.com

$198.00, the
Kyocera KRZ
model)




A

wireless satellite router, such as Hughesnet




15 Toshiba laptops which have the minimum requirements of gigabits and
memory (
www.toshibadirect.com

unit cost: $329.00, total $4935)



O
ne BALT
Mobile laptop charging station, which is capable of charging up
to 20 computers

(
www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/570485
-
REG/BALT_27541_mobile_lap
top_charging_station.html


unit cost:
$548.95).

The recharger
gets its power from a

bank of batteries
in

the bus. The laptops
would be
networked to a wireless laser printer

(
available at Wall
-
mart for
approximately $150.00).
Another essential is a vi
sual display and a projector. A
suitable model is currently available f
rom
www.staples.com/Epson EX3212

(model
VGA3LCD
at a cost of

$399.99).
The display screen for the projector
could consist of

the Dra
per Star Manuel from

Office D
epot (unit cost: $ 51.99
).
Other essential accessories include:

an Atdec Telehook which is an adjustable
ceiling mount for the projector (available at R
adioshack
,

unit cost: $89.99), 15
kinetic stack chairs from

www.versatables.com/products/carts

(unit price $63.00 or
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total cost:
$945.00), and a
lso standard Ethernet cable
together with

other small
accessories
requiring
a $200.00 budget.

From OverDrive a contract
will b
e required
for a
cquiring an MLS

platform
upon which to install
, develop,

and manage the
libraries
digital databases

(
contract
cost is confidential and needs to take place between the Bhutan government and
the OverDrive
Corporation
).


Subscription to journa
ls can be negotiated with
publishing houses and accessed through open source.

Personnel required would

first

include an experienced technology assistant
. Functions

would include
maintenance of both hardware and software,
managing

server space with the
n
eeded back up of all library applica
tions,

and web pages
.

Also, a

librarian with an
MLS degree from an accredited university and a network manager to develop a
networked library system

will be part of the team
.

The mobile eLibrary will
require access to
qualified bus mechanics for regular service maintenance and the
necessary

funding. Finally,
full liability and product
insurance

coverage

for the
tour bus,
the personnel,
and the digital materials
are

necessary
.


Goals
and

Services


The goals are to p
ursue t
w
o main activities;

these include bringing eLibrary
access to each of the ten colleges
for
one full day
of each

two
week cycle,

while
working
on developing

training for all
staff (Ransom, 2010
)
.

The strategic plan for
the Bridging eLibrary Foundati
on,
(a

nonprofit
focused on the promotion of
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technology

and digital skills)

is to make digital literacy accessible to developing
nation

s higher academic settings and implementing digital literacy skills through
ongoing workshops.


The plan includes detai
ls such as the basic type of technology needed to
operate a mobile eLibrary

and what desirable qualifications are required of hired
personnel
running

the mobile eLibrary and teach
ing

ongoing training workshops
.
Other operational details, such as where to
purchase suppli
es are just initial
suggestions.

T
he workshop’s digital literacy lesson plan curriculum and whether
to contract with Overdrive or another eLibrary provider will be left as details to be
addressed separately
,

as the general entrepreneurial p
roject develops.
Because of
budget constraints,

the initial plan
excludes hiring
consultants. Therefore,
advertisements will be placed in higher academic journals
. Advertisements will
target recruiting advisory board members who are willing to donate ti
me and
services for information training and outreach.

Training and outreach will be
required

in the development of short courses.


These courses are
intended to promote digital literacy skills to library
professionals practicing at the ten college
s associated with the Royal University of
Bhutan. The nature of the workshops offered on the mobile eLibrary will be
planned so that they promo
te digital skills through hands
-
on experiences involved
in the completion of peer group projects. Workshops wil
l

also

be open to staff,
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faculty, and
students

(time permitting)
.

Through the meaningful workshops that
provide digital literacy skills,
the stakeholders
intend to revolutionize
the way

people use the college libraries in Bhutan. Through increased databa
se access
,

both students and faculty will have
availability to

the latest research and peer
reviewed journals. Also, many publishers work with developing nations and
provide
access at

reduced cost to their entire collections. Many textbooks are
being rep
laced by eBooks, and journal readings which
are

accessed through all
sorts of mobile devices.


Some eLibraries provide
open a
ccess as a means of disseminating information.
By developing a library portal through the Royal Bhutan University homepage
,

st
udents would be able to access the database catalogs via their mobile devices.
Developing and maintaining a library homepage would be a priority lesson for
library staff.

Assessment of
Current R
esources


Before drafting this mission statement the mem
bers of the Bridging eLibrary
Foundation analyzed research articles on the availability of digital resources in the
libraries of the Royal University of Bhutan. Articles offered survey results which
included librarians and librarian assistants at these te
n colleges. Their valuable
perspectives and ideas were used as input for the development of this
entrepreneurial project.

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Through the preliminary

research, Ranson (
2011)
,

found that each of the ten
college libraries employs a separate director. Eac
h library runs as its own separate
entity,
resulting in the absence of a
network
.


L
ibraries

need to be integrated into

one centralized

university

system,

which share one

supervising

network service
manager
.


This would increase collaboration amo
ng the ten

libraries,

enabling the
sharing of all information resources

including databases
.


A

priority for the libraries
is to install and learn
to use a Learning Management
System (LMS). The LMS would allow
tracking of

all administrative processes and
do
cuments, as well as for e
-
Learning and delivery of training programs. The
libraries would need to collaborate on develop
ing a shared cataloging system
to
initiate the implementation of an inter
-
library loan system. The inter
-
library loan
system accommoda
tes new purchases, journal subscriptions, and electronic
resources, as well as generates

management reports.

This may be contracted out to
such a corporation as OverDrive.

Contracts may be negotiated between the
government of Bhutan and the OverDrive sup
pliers.


The Bridging eLibrary Foundation will satisfy some very specific
existing
needs for the libraries at these ten colleges.
Upon visiting the home page at
http://www.rub.edu.bt/

for the Royal University of

Bhutan and clicking on the
libraries tab, a blank page with a site directory comes up. The
re

is the ProQuest
Journal tab, and the Open Access Journals tab, followed by two of the ten colleges
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listed on the other two tabs. The other two colleges include
Sherubtse College and
one for CST of which neither

of the URLs

work.
The eight other colleges do not
even have a web portal on the main university page. The need for staff training
would be a prio
rity as in 2011 there were only eight university trained l
ibrarians.
The other personnel either had limited training or what was provided while at
work. Other than the eight official librarians none of the other assistants had any
knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System, or cataloging (Ransom, 2011).


Rans
om’s

article
,

Improv
ing Bhutan’s academic libraries

recommendations
from a situational analysis
,

presents an overview of the functional status of these
libraries and what it would take to
bring them up to

western standards.
Bhutan has
allocated United Nat
ions funds towards the
long
-
term development of these
libraries.

However, they did not account for
computer technology and Internet
needs required for the dissemination of information. As the funding is marginal,
focusing on developing one well stocked
m
obile
digital library
allows

for the
maximization of

shared resources.

Resources would include the ergonomic computer furniture and sufficient
computers to hold training workshops. Most libraries do not have Internet service
or a computer of their own. T
he new libraries did not include in their design
student work spaces, so there is no place for computer centers to be located either.
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With the traveling eLibrary, once every two weeks the librari
es would have use of
computers
and printers/scanners
allowin
g

document
sharing
.



At more than half of the libraries
,

the book reserves consisted of multiple
copies of stockpiled textbooks, with very few having a limited serial subscription.
Except for two libraries, many recorded their book inventories on Micros
oft Excel
spreadsheets, which served as the only available catalogues.


The workshops offered will include courses for both librarians and faculty on
how to access and use information,
which
they in turn pass on to their students.
The mobile eLibrary

will act like an information center with reliable power,
technology, available Internet service,
and an

experienced staff. On weekends the
mobile eLibrary could serve as an outreach information center for monks living at
monasteries and rural high school
s. The size of the market is the entire nation of
Bhutan and particularly the university colleges.


The advantage of contracting with OverDrive, is that they are a full service
digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video’s worldwide.
Along
with the digital resources they offer secure management, DRM protection
,

and
download fulfillment services for publishers, libraries, schools, and retailers.
OverDrive is the platform for over 2000 publishers and is in service all over the
world, wi
th headquarters in Cleveland, OH and Australia. All eBooks may be
accessed through most of the readers in circulation as well as on computers and
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mobile devices. All one has to download for free are programs which accept
EPUB files. These programs inclu
de Calibre, Adobe Digital Editions, Stanza
Desktop, Mobipocket Reader desktop, Okular, and more.



OverDrive material may be accessed through iPhones and Android apps, of
which both permit the access of EPUB files. Firefox also has an add
-
on,
EPUBR
eader which allows for the reading of the EPUB files in the browser,
without having to do any downloading. Along with an OverDrive subscription,
subscribers have access to digital content, software applications, technology
services, as well as having thei
r websites hosted. They also provide best practices
support and training through their eLearning center
. Since most people now have
access to iPhones, they would be able to take advantage to reading materials,
which do not have to be downloaded or instal
led. The mobile eLibrary could serve
to promote such digital literacy and open up a virtual world of books. Most of the
libraries in Bhutan are stocked with multiple copies of
textbooks;

this all would
change rather suddenly.


T
he focus of the eLibr
ary would be
making

information resources more user
friendly

and

promoting digital literacy. Also, as more students become digitally
literate, the more chance the nation could go paperless. However first things which
need to be met are the creation of a
coordinated access

point to all digital
eResources. Also,
by providing ongoing training and support to library staff and
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faculty, digital awareness will be promoted. As mobile devices become cheaper,
Internet access will also grow, and the training will
allow users to make the most
use of their mobile devices. Librarians will also need to provide instructional
services for digital literacy to their patrons and faculty to promote technology use
at their colleges.


Finally

we come to the weaknesses of
our project. I
n the event of funding
scarcity this nonprofit organization may have to plan a Website Project, as well as
use Social Media to find potential donors. Should the OverDrive contract be too
expensive, then we would need to build our own websit
e, by writing code from the
ground up. Another alternative would be to use open
-
source platforms which are
free to use. These include Drupal, Joomla, WordPress, and Plone, and
ExpressionEngine. There is a need for continual upgrading of platforms. If w
e go
with the option of open
-
source, then we would need to factor in the cost of hiring a
developer. If there is no funding, then we would need to have a solid content
management system (CMS) for our site. This would allow us to use Firefox or
Internet E
xplored to edit the pages of the library site. The information science
librarian will need to budget time for the updating of the site

in order to keep it
well maintained. Funding for building a self maintaining content managed website
will be anywhere f
rom $3,000 and up.



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