|Programme name||Country||Date of information|
|Austria||7th April 2020|
|About the Organisation|
|Organisation name||Österreichisches Bibliothekswerk
Austrian Library Service
|Organisation address||Elisabetstrasse 10
5020 Salzburg, Austria
|Goal/objective||The Austrian Library Service was founded in 1947 and is supporting, representing and promoting approx. 1,300 member libraries. We offer further education for librarians, book reviews, digital services and run projects in the field of social integration and reading promotion in close exchange with artists of all disciplines.|
|Contact Person||Reinhard Ehgartner|
|Position of Contact Person||director|
|Contact Telephone Number|
|Organisation website||www.biblio.at | www.buchstart.at|
|Organisation type||national reading promotion organization|
|How many staff does your organisation employ?||5 employees share 3.6 fulltime jobs|
|About the Programme|
|Programme name||Bookstart Austria – Growing with Books|
|Country where the programme takes place||Nationwide. In-depth in four federal states.|
|Programme goal/objective||To reach every family by a wide network of partner institutions and thousands of involved colleagues (mainly in libraries).|
|Funding sources||Member fees, Ministry of Culture, Catholic church, Federal states. The production of the bookstart material is financed by the contribution of regional partners and libraries.|
|Purpose of the programme|
|Not for profit?||Yes, not for profit|
|Religious or political purpose?||Co-financed by the Catholic church (30%), but no didactic religious purpose in the bookstart project.|
|Local consistency of model|
|Is your programme model consistent across your geographic area, or are there regional differences?||Consistent in the central goal. Not consistent in the implementation under the federal states, which is varying. In Styria the distribution is closer to the municipalities, in Salzburg or Burgenland much closer to the public libraries.|
|What are the contents of your gifting pack?||Together with Austrian publishers, writers and illustrators we devise books of highest quality, all printed in Europe. We already offer more than 70 bookstart elements :|
|Is your programme offered free of charge to all families?||Yes|
|Partnerships and Delivery|
|What are your primary ‘points of contact’ with the population you serve?||Library – main contact; Hospital – very low; School – strong; Others: kindergarten, private initiatives|
|Who gifts/hands-out your pack to families?
|early literacy specialists – some; librarians – mostly; nursery school staff; volunteers – mostly (librarians in Austria often are volunteers)|
|Please list your other programme partnerships and briefly give details.||We run a very successful programme/education in reading aloud – supported by the ministry for social affairs and some Federal states.
We offer the biggest database for book reviews within the German speaking area – www.rezensionen.at – supported by the ministry of culture.
Further education etc.
|If your programme uses volunteers, please give some more details||About 10,000 volunteers work in Austrian libraries. Also in our team there is a lot of experience in volunteer work.
The librarians are offered free education, courses, participation in projects. 85% are female; all ages; the biggest group is from 40 – 50 years old.
|Is the programme universal or targeted?||universal|
|How many children does your programme serve a year?||We don’t have reliable data on this because of the decentralised character of our project. Some federal states claim that they reach 70%; the very low budgeted but very ambitious project in Burgenland reaches 50% of the new born.|
|At what age/gifting period do children receive your programme.||As the programme is very decentralised and autonomous in the realisation, you find all of these periods: Birth – 6 months; 6 – 12 months; 12 – 24 months; 2-4 years|
|Does your program include provisions or resources for children with special needs?||no
|What language populations does your programme serve? Please give details of multilingual provision, and list all languages.||Some books and brochures are multilingual – alongside German you find: Serbian, Bosnian, Turkish, Arab, English, Slovenian, Italian. Our “reading yardstick” is translated into 15 languages:
|Evaluation and research|
|Have you conducted programme evaluation or research (including longitudinal)?
If yes, has this evaluation/research been published?
|The reading aloud programme was evaluated by the Institute of Sociology (University of Vienna) and published by the ministry for social affairs (who funded the project).
The colleagues of “Buchstart Burgenland” have very profound documentations, evaluations and statistics:
Evaluation by ELINET and published as good practice:
The concept and realisation of the education of reading buddies was also evaluated and honoured by ELINET.
|Further information or comments|
|Please give us any further information that would be helpful for us and others to understand your programme||Participation is very important in our programme – many impulses, ideas and creative inputs are coming from partners, artists, librarians, parents. All multimedia is realized by such benevolent people. They are the most important ambassadors of “Buchstart Austria”.