- Novateca is a network of more than 1,000 public libraries in each of Moldova’s 35 administrative regions, providing the public with 21st-century technology tools, digital literacy learning resources, and community services that address local needs.
- More than 450,000 library visitors have learned general internet skills and 260,000 have used Novateca library resources to access government information and services online.
- National and local authorities matched IREX's $3.5 million in 2016 project funding with $1.5 million of their own support for 21st-century tech tools and staff capacity at public libraries. Local businesses and civil society groups contributed another $210,000 for joint community initiatives and internet connectivity for public access computers.
- Novateca employs a rigorous monitoring and evaluation methodology, collecting data with an array of surveys and reporting tools. These are complemented by regular national surveys that assess Moldovans’ ever-changing information needs.
- Novateca's e-Ambassador Initiative has transformed 29 libraries into accredited e-service training sites whose librarians have trained more than 630 patrons, library staff, and private-sector entities in use of e-government services.
- Moldovans are now better able to participate in their communities and access key information to improve their lives. In 2016, 73% of Novateca library patrons surveyed reported learning about community or civic activities as a result of library tech; 88% reported improving their health; 42% participate in informal learning opportunities; and 45% say they are better qualified to find employment as a result of public library services. For more on public library use in Moldova, see the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Data Atlas.
Key Novateca initiatives