Bridging the Digital Divide project (for the culturally marginalized class)

Where
Republic of Korea
When
2018
Who
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Korea Press Foundation
Key objectives of the measure:

Bridging the Digital Divide project (for the culturally marginalized)

The project aims to reduce the gap in the sharing, enjoyment and acquisition of knowledge and information for the culturally marginalized. 

Scope of the measure:
Local, Regional, National
Nature of the measure:
legislative, regulatory, institutional
Main feature of the measure:

▪While various projects are being implemented to bridge the knowledge and digital divide, one of the most noticeable facts is that some of these projects utilize the digital technology of Korea, and that the access to knowledge is being recognized as an important issue for cultural diversity and pursuit of cultural rights.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

▪This project will encourage the culturally marginalized class to enjoy and benefit from cultural activities by narrowing the knowledge and information gap. 

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

▪The project to assist low-income earners’ access to knowledge and information
▪ The small library revitalization project: 271,262 dollar (as of 2016)
▪ The Library in My Hand project
▪ The audio book sharing project
▪The Saturday NIE (Newspaper in Education) Class project: 174,575 dollar (as of 2016)

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

 The result of the evaluation of the Small Library Revitalization Project is as follows. It increased the small libraries each year, together with the number of new ones. The operation days and hours, and library programs also increased. However, they suffer from a lack of professional personnel, in addition to the low attendance in the educational programs for librarians and volunteers. The gap between the libraries in urban and remote areas still remains significant.  

Indicators used to determine impact:
▪ The Small Library Revitalization project is evaluated on two tiers - evaluation items and index. The items are divided into six categories: personnel/ facilities/ data/ budget/ user service/ exchange and cooperation. Each of these items has its own sub-evaluation indicators.