Sector Definition

ISIC Rev. 4 description of #isic9101 - Library and archives activities (activity) (United Nations Statistics Division website).

Sector objectives & options

What are feasible objectives for this economic activity in your city or community? Taking into consideration dependencies on the performance of other activities, what options exist to achieve below objectives for this economic activity?


Relevant Sustainable development targets:


Objective:
A public library within easy reach of every person, as achieved via one of the below options:

0. No library (the zero regime, common in most municipalities of developing countries)
1. A library with printed (and written) materials (usually on paper), available for local consultation or borrowing on a fixed location. For a large collection, indexing and physical ordering are important
2. A mobile library with printed materials, with scheduled visits to municipalities or schools in a region
3. A library which also provides access to online materials (type telekiosk)
4. An online-library which everyone can access via mobile terminals (smartphone, laptop, desktop at home or in the office,…)

How will these objectives be affected by the Sustainable Development Goals and Targets1?:

  1. What are suitable arrangements for training the human resources in this sector? (Pico level)
  2. What are preferable (legal) structures for producing the goods or delivering the services: cooperative2, private corporation, public-private partnership, charity, membership organisation? (Micro level)
  3. What aspects of the sector assets should be managed in a cooperative (e.g. irrigation schemes), via charity, or in a sector federation? (Meso level)
  4. What are suitable fiscal and regulatory arrangements for the professions? Should the profession be protected? Should the sector be protected from foreign competition? Should the fiscal regime be local, national, or international? (Macro level)

Gap & diagnostics

What is the Gap between the current Regime for this sector in your country, state, province or town (AS-IS) and a regime that meets the objectives (for the TO-BE)?

Why are we not capable to achieve the objective for this socio-economic activity?

If there is a gap for your town between the current situation and the agreed objective (one of the list below), you should explain this gap, and answer why it persists.

1. A library with printed (and written) materials (usually on paper), available for local consultation or borrowing on a fixed location. For a large collection, indexing and physical ordering are important
2. A mobile library with printed materials, with scheduled visits to municipalities or schools in a region
3. A library which also provides access to online materials (type telekiosk)
4. An online-library which everyone can access via mobile terminals (smartphone, laptop, desktop at home or in the office,…)

In answering the Why? question give attention to various dimensions of the gap, which usually is caused by a wicked problem;

  1. Do education programs exist for people? And if so: in which schools? Are the subjects taught kept up-to date?
    1. For people who would be leading the businesses or organisations that produce the goods, or deliver the services?
    2. For people who would be performing the work? (Address this question for all professions required)
  2. Do domestic regulations provide a regulatory framework that is conducive for this kind of businesses to be established?
  3. Does poor performance of #isic9101 - Library and archives activities imply social, environmental or health impacts and risks? How have are risks being addressed and mitigated successfully?

Guidelines

What guidelines regarding #isic9101 - Library and archives activities can be formulated for the roles involved?

Try to pay attention to roles3 at all levels in the social architecture.


Resources

Below resources may support you in answering the questions stated before.

Use hashtag #isic9101 to share your questions, answers, resources!

We may include resources in the table below.

CPC Ver. 2 description of (product/service) Subclasses 84510 - Library services and 84520 - Archive services


Resource links
LibWeb - Library Servers via WWW: find the nearest public library, worldwide
Library Value Calculator (created by the Massachusetts Library Association)
Digital Commons Network
Internet Governance Forum Workshop Report (No.130) Digital Inclusion and Public Access to the Internet: What Policymakers Need and how Libraries and Other Community Services can Deliver
The Atlas of New Librarianship (2012)
IFLA - Guidelines for Libraries
The Elsevier Foundation - Innovative Libraries
Collaborative Community Library Planning and Economic Crisis - The Case of Harare, Zimbabwe (by Innocent Chirisa)
Europeana with an impressive list of providers and Europeana G+ page

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